Industry FFF


Foyle Film Festival is Northern Ireland’s only Oscar® affiliated film festival and, one of only a handful of festivals with BAFTA and BIFA recognition.

We offer filmmakers, animators and artists a unique platform to screen their films, network with industry professionals and gain access to the international market.

Over the past 17 years four different LIM competitors have all proceeded to Oscar® glory, including Terry George, Martin McDonagh and, most recently Laurent Witz, for the beautifully animated feature Mr Hublot in 2014.

Actor Ray Winstone, famous for his ‘hard man’ roles in The Departed, Nil by MouthScum and Great Expectations, is also a supporter of the Festival.

“I cannot over-emphasise the importance of festivals in general, and Foyle Film Festival in particular, in providing a platform for independent films dealing with subjects outside of mainstream cinema.

I had the huge honour of launching the Foyle Film Festival in 2012 with Ashes, the first time the film had been shown on the big screen. Without the Foyle Film Festival, Ashes would not have received that platform or the exposure thereafter.”

- Ray Winstone

The three competition categories under LIM are:

  • Best Short Film
  • Best Animation
  • Best Irish Short Film 





Jim Sheridan is a playwright, screenwriter, film director, and film producer. From 1989 to 1993, Sheridan made three acclaimed films set in Ireland: My Left Foot, The Field, and In The Name Of The Father that between them received 13 Academy Award® nominations. Sheridan has personally received six Academy Award® nominations. In addition to the above–mentioned films, he is also known for the films The Boxer and In America.

In 1989, he directed My Left Foot, which became a critical and commercial success and won Daniel Day–Lewis and Brenda Fricker Academy Awards®. He followed that with The Field (with Richard Harris) in 1990; then with In the Name of the Father in 1993, a fictionalised re–telling of the case of the Guildford Four. The film won the Golden Bear at the 44th Berlin International Film Festival.

In 1996 he co–wrote Some Mother's Son with Terry George. The Boxer (with Daniel Day–Lewis) was nominated for a Golden Globe for best film drama in 1997. In 2003, he released the semi–autobiographical In America, which tells the story of a family of Irish immigrants trying to succeed in New York. The film received superb reviews and earned Samantha Morton and Djimon Hounsou Academy Award® nominations. In 2005 he released Get Rich Or Die Tryin', a film starring rap star 50 Cent.

Sheridan helmed the 2009 film Brothers, starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal, which was shot in New Mexico. He also directed the thriller Dream House, which starred Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, and Rachel Weisz, and more recently The Secret Scripture with Rooney Mara, Aidan Turner, Eric Bana, Vanessa Redgrave and Irish actors Jack Reynor, Susan Lynch and Adrian Dunbar.

He recently directed the short film, The Eleventh Hour with Salma Hayek, which screens as part of this year’s Light in Motion Competition.



Aardman Animation will talk about their award–winning short and feature films, and give the audience a unique glimpse at some of the studio's latest work.

Based in Bristol and co–founded by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, Peter and David met Nick Park at the National Film and Television School when he was working on his student film A Grand Day Out. Nick joined Aardman full time in 1985.

Aardman Animation Studio is one of Britain’s biggest creative exports, producing multi–award–winning feature films, television series, music videos, advertisements and digital entertainment. The studio won three Academy Awards® for Best Animated Short Film – Creature Comforts (1990), The Wrong Trousers (1993), and A Close Shave (1995), and then went on to win Best Animated Film for Wallace & Gromit’s feature debut, The Curse of the Were–Rabbit (2005), which was also awarded the BAFTA for Best British Film. Popular theatrical releases have included The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012), Arthur Christmas (2011), Flushed Away (2006) and the studio’s highest grossing theatrical release, Chicken Run (2000). One of the studio’s earliest stop motion animation characters, Morph, has been a children’s television favourite in Britain since he first appeared on television in 1977.

Aardman’s most recent productions include Shaun The Sheep The Movie and follow–up feature Shaun The Sheep 2 due for release in 2019. Aardman’s latest animated feature Early Man, starring Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams, and Tom Hiddleston, will be released in January 2018.