About Us

* Please Note - We are planning for a full live event in 2021. However, in preparation for potential Covid-19 lockdowns, we may need to move the Short Film Competition online. *

Who We Are

The Still Voices Short Film Festival is a community-focused, international film festival which takes place every August in the town of Ballymahon, Co. Longford, Ireland. What started out as a showcase for local filmmaking talent in 2014 has grown into a festival which is recognised both nationally and internationally.

The Still Voices Film Festival aims to deliver new, exciting and world-class cinema for the local community and wider Midlands region. Through our core programme, the Short Film Competition, we showcase a variety of films, including fiction, non-fiction, animation, student, Irish language and experimental.

What We Do

Throughout the weekend of the festival, over 100 short films are screened, and each year we have seen the quality of submission increase significantly. Our aim is to ensure that the work of aspiring filmmakers is given as much exposure as possible, with that in mind we make our entire short film programme free to view throughout the weekend. In addition to our short films, we run a wide variety of events, with both national and international feature films, documentaries, Q&As, panel discussions, masterclasses and workshops specifically designed for children.

In addition to the annual festival, Still Voices hosts year-round events in Longford, Westmeath and the wider midlands areas. including the Still Voices Film Society, in partnership with Access Cinema.

Our Priorities

The festival has become a strong voice for gender equality in the industry. In May 2019, Still Voices signed the 5050x2020 pledge an initiative led by the Women in Film and Television in Ireland in partnership with 5050x2020 Cannes Collective to encourage gender equality and transparency within the industry. Since 2018, the festival has achieved a 50/50 gender split across the short film selection, judges and guest speakers.

Still Voices has a strong commitment to being a fee-paying festival for artists. We pay our speakers and guests taking part in our panel discussions, Q&A’s and workshops. Still Voices is also proud to support the National Campaign for the Arts in Ireland. The success of the festival is largely due to our strong relationship with Creative Ireland. Funding from Creative Longford is key to the development and growth of the festival. Our partnership allows continued expansion of both the festival and ancillary events.

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Screening Venues

Bog Lane Theatre

The Bog Lane Theatre

Wonderfully rustic theatre located in the heart of Ballymahon

Ballymahon Library

Ballymahon Library

Beautifully refurbished three-bay two-storey former court house and market house, built between c. 1819 - 1826 and now Library

Latest News

Check out our news section below for all the lastest updates on Still Voices!

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Cruinniu na nÓg 2021

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 09 June, 2021

Cruinniu na nÓg 2021 - Five Primary School Premieres Online

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Change of Festival Dates

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 03 June, 2021

Still Voices 21 Moves to November

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Still Voices Summer Series

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 26 April, 2021

Still Voices Launches Summer Series. Interviews celebrating Local Artists and Local Venues.

FYI

Check below for more info on the festival, including official tickets and programme.

Tickets

Tickets will be made available at a later date.

2021 Programme

Our 2021 Programme will be announced at a later date.

Partners

Check out all the wonderful organisations whose support makes Still Voices possible each year.

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Ballymahon

Located in the heart of the Irish midlands, Ballymahon plays host to Still Voices every August.

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Our Wonderful Partners

Without the support of these amazing organisations, Still Voices would not be possible.