Oscar Calling at the 25th Foyle Film Festival

Derry~Londonderry's Oscar and BAFTA recognised Film Festival begins submission process for the 2012 Light In Motion (LIM) Awards

The 25th Foyle Film Festival will open to submissions for the 2012 Light In Motion (LIM) Awards on Friday May 11, and will stay open until Friday September 21. This year’s competition is starting earlier and running longer due to the huge number of films entered into competition in 2011, which led to the competition deadline being extended.

The Festival, funded and supported by Northern Ireland Screen and Derry City Council, delivers a comprehensive programme of documentaries, short films and feature films from all over the world; a full programme of educational events for schools, youth, and adults and an impressive array of industry networking events and panel discussions.

The Three Competition Categories under LIM are:

· Best Short Film

· Best Animation

· Best Documentary

Entries shortlisted for each category will be screened during this year’s Festival which will take place from Wednesday 21 - Sunday 25 November.

Speaking ahead of the competition launch, Festival Director Bernie McLaughlin said:

'We are really excited to be launching this years competition for the Foyle Film Festival Light In Motion (LIM) Awards, and look forward to viewing a high standard of work from a range of filmmakers and artists from all over the globe. Winning at the Foyle Film Festival can really launch a film to international attention, given that Foyle is an Oscar affiliated and BAFTA recognised festival.

'That Derry serves as an international gateway for filmmakers is very important, especially in the 25th year of the Foyle Film Festival and ahead of the 2013 City of Culture. We are so proud that the Foyle Film Festival has been responsible for delivering such a high quality programme of films and industry events, both for schools and the general public, for the last quarter of a century.

'The festival competition just keeps going from strength to strength, and each year the volume and quality of entries received just keeps getting bigger and better. We are delighted and honoured to provide such a prestigious platform for filmmakers to showcase their work.'

Since 1999, the Foyle Film Festival has been an Oscar affiliated festival – one of only a handful of festivals to enjoy this honour. As a result, recipients of the LIM Award qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Previous winners and competitors who have proceeded to win the Oscar, including Martin McDonagh for Six Shooter, Adam Elliot for Harvie Krumpet, and Eric Armstrong with Chubbchubbs. Other festival award winners received Oscar nominations in 2010 - including Juanita Wilson, director of The Door, who received a LIM Award for Best International Short at the Foyle Film Festival in 2008. 

The winning streak continued for recipients and competitors of the LIM Award with Michael Creagh’s short film The Crush, which achieved Best Irish Short at the Foyle Film Festival in 2009, receiving an Oscar nomination in 2011. Another Oscar contender last year was Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite’s short film Wish 143, which was screened and nominated for Best International Short at Foyle Film Festival in 2010.

In 2009 the Foyle Film Festival joined the list of BAFTA-recognised festivals. Consequently, short films and short animations which either screen or are accepted to screen as part of the Light In Motion (LIM) Film Awards at Foyle Film Festival can be submitted for consideration to the Short Film Awards at BAFTA. For further details please visit www.bafta.org. Independently funded British feature films (fiction and documentary) screening at Foyle Film Festival qualify for consideration in the British Independent Film Awards. 

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

For competition submission and information on rules, regulations, cost, and how to apply to the LIM Film Awards please log onto the festival website, or go directly to www.withoutabox.com Please note the festival does not accept unsolicited entries outside of this official process.

The 25th Foyle Film Festival is scheduled to take place from Wednesday 21 - Sunday 25 November 2012, with the winners of the LIM Awards being announced at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony on Sunday 25 November.

For programme information contact Foyle Film Festival office at The Nerve Centre on 028 71260562 or log on to the website.