Foyle Film Festival’s Oscar® Affiliated Competition Now Open

Foyle Film Festival’s Oscar® Affiliated Competition Now Open

Northern Ireland’s only Oscar® affiliated film festival has launched its 2016 Light In Motion (LIM) competition, open to filmmakers and animators across the world. Based in Derry~Londonderry, the Foyle Film Festival competition is also BAFTA and BIFA recognised and will remain open for entries until September 23, 2016.

Over the past 17 years four LIM competitors have all proceeded to Oscar® glory, including Belfast director Terry George for his captivating Northern Ireland-set short The Shore in 2012, Martin McDonagh with Six Shooter and most recently, Laurent Witz, for the beautifully animated feature Mr Hublot in 2014.

Led by the Nerve Centre, and funded by DCAL through Northern Ireland Screen and by Derry City and Strabane District Council, Foyle Film Festival delivers five days of documentaries, short films and feature films from all over the world as well as an educational outreach programme of events.

The festival offers filmmakers, animators and artists a unique platform to screen their films, network with industry professionals and gain access to the international market. The 2013 winner of Best Irish Short, Stephen Fingleton has achieved success on the Irish and International stages garnering BAFTA and BIFA nominations and an IFTA Rising Star award for his first feature film The Survivalist. Also, receiving international acclaim was Belfast-based film Boogaloo and Graham, which after the Foyle Film Festival took home a BAFTA and made it onto the prestigious shortlist for the Oscars®.

Foyle Film Festival is an IMDb Qualifying Festival, granting all eligible film submissions a fast-tracked title page on

Competition categories under LIM are:

- Best Short Film

- Best Irish Short Film

- Best Animation

- Best Documentary

Recipients of the LIM Award qualify for consideration in the Short Films and Animation categories of the Academy Awards® without needing the standard theatrical run.

All entries for the 2016 festival must be submitted through affiliated website: Entries shortlisted for each category will be screened during this year’s festival which will take place from Wednesday, November 16 to Sunday, November 20 2016. The winners will be announced at the Light in Motion Awards Ceremony before the closing night film at the Brunswick Moviebowl on Sunday, November 20 2016. The Light in Motion Awards are sponsored by City of Derry Crystal.

For competition information contact Eavan King, Competition Manager at the Foyle Film Festival office at the Nerve Centre on: 028 71260562, via e-mail:

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