IRISH FILM FESTA 2024 | Short Film Competition

The 15th IRISH FILM FESTA will take place from April 4th to 7th, at the Casa del Cinema in Rome.

Our competitive section, for short films produced or co-produced in Ireland, gathered nearly 200 submissions: reaching the final selection of fifteen shorts (plus one out-of-competition), was incredibly tough.

Heartfelt thanks to all the Irish filmmakers who shared their work with us, and congratulations to the ones who are going to screen at the festival.

IRISH FILM FESTA full programme is to be announced soon.



BABY STEPS, Hannah Mamalis

Ireland 2024, 9’29”
produced by da Zoë Brennan-Whitmore
with Hannah Mamalis, Gavin Drea, Tara Flynn

Em is 7-months pregnant and feels no connection to the baby inside her. She tries to follow the instructions of an outdated tape called How to Connect with your Unborn Child – chaos ensues.

CALF, Jamie O’Rourke

Ireland 2023, 14’48’’
produced by Ronan Cassidy, Gregory Burrowes
with Isabelle Connolly, Kate Nic Chonaonaigh, Stephen Hogan

A sinister farm accident leaves Cáit with a terrible decision to make.


Ireland 2023, 11’44’’
produced by Rob Earley, Mark Griffin
with Fionn Foley, Bryan Quinn, Hannah Mamalis, Morgan C Jones, Faye O’Rourke, Rory Musgrave

Darren needs help. His fears and anxieties are manifesting themselves in the most unusual of ways – through the medium of opera. He visits his therapist to find a quick solution, but sometimes restoring harmony is about facing the music.


Ireland 2023, 11’30’’
produced by Seán Mullan
with Oisin McCool, Colm Herron

An empty room is full of memories.

SIMON, Peter J McCarthy & Ben Conway

Ireland 2022, 13’16’’
produced by Rob Earley
with Aaron Monaghan

A desperate call for help pushes Simon to his  breaking point.

WHAT NOW?, Jack Olohan

Ireland 2023, 15’45’’
produced by Kate Stanley Brennan
with John Olohan, Aoibheann McCaul, Jack Olohan

After the death of his mother, Davy starts to notice small changes in his father’s behavior. 

WRECKER, Martina McGlynn

Ireland 2023, 14’13’’
produced by Garret Daly
with Sam Keeley, Cameron Barron

In 1849, as famine tears through her community, a young girl discovers her father made a controversial decision to provide for their family. The young girl will confront his choices and fight for what she believes in.

YOU, I KNOW, Lisa Service & John Carlin

Ireland 2023, 18’53’’
produced by Adam Wilkinson, Gavin Kelly, Sam Sripps, Welland Scripps, Kylo Freeman, Phillip McGonigle
with Shane McNaughton, Katherine Devlin, Nigel O’Neill

This is the true story of one man’s wish for a new life, and a woman’s fight to hold onto hers. 


CUMHA, Elena Horgan

Ireland 2024, 6’16’’

An experimental documentary that explores the intersections of language, land, and identity.

KNOCKSER, Darragh Foy

Ireland 2023, 9’46’’
produced by Steve Sheehy, Colin Brady
with Donal Bligh, Josh Winters

The journey of Bohemian FC amputee squad player Donal Bligh and how  football can connect people in unexpected ways.


Ireland 2023, 11’38’’
produced by Kevin Gildea, Terence White
with Kevin Gildea

The last days of a unique bookshop in Dún Laoghaire, run by comedian Kevin Gildea.



Ireland 2023, 4’59’’
produced by The National Film School – IADT

Desperate to escape from a routine of biweekly visits, a recently divorced father drags his two children camping to the west of Ireland.

RUFF PATCH, Nico Rylands

Ireland 2023, 8’20’’
produced by Ballyfermot College of Further Education

A rescue greyhound tries to get along with their new owner “Alex”, as their mental illness manifests itself in the form of the “Beasties”.

TEACUPS, Alec Green & Finbar Watson

Australia/Ireland 2024, 7’35’’
produced by Alan Holly, Alec Green, Finbar Watson, Carla Vulpiani
with the voice of Hugo Weaving

Can a simple act of kindness save a life? For almost half a century, Don Ritchie would approach people contemplating suicide at the edge of a cliff, just 100 feet from his home.

WORRY WORLD, Jessica Patterson

Ireland 2023, 8’40’’
produced by Shauna Cullen
with the voices of Domhnall Gleeson and Florence Adebambo

In a regimented world of black-and-white, where all thought is on display, a rebellious young factory worker who thinks in colour makes an unexpected connection.


SHAKES VERSUS SHAV, Damian Farrell & Gerry Hoban

Ireland 2023, 18′
produced by Damian Farrell, Elaine Gallagher, Martha Moloney
with Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi

The short is based on the last play completed by legendary Irish playwright and Nobel Prizewinner, George Bernard Shaw, where he himself engages in a war of words with William Shakespeare to decide who is the greater writer.