Foyle Film Festival is one of only a handful of International festivals with Oscar® affiliation, BAFTA and BIFA recognition.


The prestigious Light In Motion (LIM) competition, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, is open to filmmakers and animators across the world.

The three competition categories under Light In Motion are:

  • Best Irish Short
  • Best International Short
  • Best Animation
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Recipients of the LIM 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

The category winners will be announced at the closing evening Awards Ceremony, Sunday 26 November 2023.

Competitors are required to read through the festival Rules and Regulations in full before submission, these can be found on our submission site.

By submitting to Foyle Film Festival it is mutually understood that competitors are bound to abide by the rules and regulations of the Festival and that they have pre-cleared all materials that comprise the film, as an authorised holder of the intellectual property of the work.

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Submission Deadlines

Regular deadline — Friday 9 June 2023

Late deadline — Friday 11 August 2023

Extended deadline — Friday 8 September 2023

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Past Films and WinnersPast Films and Winners

Take a look at some past winners and what they have gone on to do.

Past Winners and Oscar Nominations

Past Films