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Foyle Film Festival opens entries for Light In Motion Competition 2021
19 Apr 2021 : News Desk
Foyle Film Festival
Foyle Film Festival, Northern Ireland’s only Oscar-affiliated film festival, has launched its 2021 Light In Motion Competition.

The competition is open to filmmakers and animators across the world. Filmmakers can enter their films under three competition categories: Best Irish Short; Best International Short; and Best Animated Short.

Filmmakers can submit their films via FilmFreeway from 10am on Friday 16th April.

Winners of the Light in Motion Awards qualify for consideration in the Live Action and Animated Short Film categories of the Academy Awards without needing the standard theatrical run. Foyle Film Festival is also an IMDb Qualifying Festival, granting all eligible film submissions a fast-tracked title page on IMDb.com.

“Foyle Film Festival is delighted once again to be launching the call for entries for this year’s Light In Motion Competition,” said Festival Director Bernie McLaughlin. “We are looking forward to seeing all the entries and announcing the winners.”

Previous winners and competitors who have proceeded to win an Oscar include Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman for Skin (2019); Chris Overton, and Rachel Shenton for The Silent Child (2018); and Terry George for The Shore (2012).

A flagship project of the Nerve Centre, Foyle Film Festival has become renowned for attracting top industry professionals to Derry-Londonderry. Past guests have included Richard E Grant, Ray Winstone, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Christie, Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Wim Wenders and Stephen Frears.

Funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and Derry City and Strabane District Council, Foyle Film Festival delivers a comprehensive programme of documentaries, short films and feature films from all over the world.

“Foyle Film Festival’s Oscar-affiliated Light in Motion competition offers a fantastic opportunity for local filmmakers and animators to showcase their projects alongside their peers from all around the world,” added Richard Williams, CEO of Northern Ireland Screen.  “We’re proud to support this initiative and have no doubt the standard of entries will be extremely impressive.”

The winners will be announced on the closing night of the Foyle Film Festival, which will take place later in the year on Friday, 19th to Sunday, 28th November.

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