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Galway Film Fleadh opens call for entries for feature films for 2017rn rnThe Galway Film Fleadh Irelands leading film festival, is now accepting feature submissions for the 2017 edition of the festival, which will run from 11th - 16th July.rn rnIn 2016, the Film Fleadh screened 16 World Premieres as well as countless European and Irish Premieres, many of which have gone on to secure distribution or be picked up for further international outings. Films screened at the Fleadh frequently follow on to Toronto, Berlin, Sundance, Tribeca, Venice and London.rnrnThe Fleadh is an Oscar-Qualifying festival for Shorts (Animation & Drama). It also platforms excellence in filmmaking with retrospectives, public interviews, tributes and masterclasses from some of the world’s best filmmaking talent (John C. Reilly, Ruth Negga, Zachary Quinto, Saoirse Ronan, Fionnula Flanagan, Josh Olson, Brenda Fricker, Will Forte, Martin Sheen, Stephen Daldry, Michael Fassbender, Ronald Harwood, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Hampton, Peter O'Toole, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Robert Towne, Paul Schrader, Mira Nair, Patricia Clarkson, Abbas Kiarostami, Paolo Taviani and many more).rnrnSpeaking about the call for entries Gar O'Brien Galway Film Fleadh programmer said “The standard of Film coming through the Fleadh each year is getting higher and higher, with the Fleadh now firmly established as THE must-attend Irish film event on the industry calendar. Alongside the Film Fair, the festival attracts programmers, financiers, distributors and sales agents from around the world and is a unique platform for filmmakers to showcase their work to both industry and some of the most cine-literate and passionate audiences in the world. It’s also a frankly dangerous amount of craic. “rn rnAlongside the festival, the Fair – Ireland’s only film market, co-ordinates pre-scheduled meetings between filmmakers and invited Film Financiers, Distributors and Major Producers, allowing new talent to be discovered and long term partnerships to be made.rnrnThe Galway Film Fleadh accepts dramatic, documentary and animated feature films. Screening at an earlier film festival will not preclude selection, although priority will be given to Irish, European and World Premieres. The audience selects awards for Best International First Feature, Best International Feature and Best International Feature Documentary, Best Irish First Feature, Best Irish Feature, Best Irish Feature Documentary while awards for Human Rights Cinema and The Bingham Ray New Talent Award are awarded by a jury of industry professionals.rn rnThe earlybird deadline for feature film submissions is Friday 24th February at 5pm. The submission fee is €30. The regular deadline is Friday 31th March at 5pm, the fee for which is €40.rn