About the Festival
The Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival has become the world’s premiere cinema event dedicated to short films. The festival screens around 450 films in 14 venues for more than 160,000 spectators and attracts 3,500 industry professionals in February each year. The Short Film Market hosts 37 exhibiting countries and some 8,000 films at the Video Library.
Short Film Market
Each year the IFB hosts a stand at the festival’s Short Film Market. The stand promotes the latest slate of IFB short films, distributing the IFB's latest short film DVD. In 2017, close to 4,000 delegates registered for the market, providing the IFB with an important opportunity to promote up and coming Irish talent through our short films.
Competitions and Awards
There are three competitions at the festival-a National Competition, which consists of French produced films; an International Competition, for films from all over the world; and a Lab Competition, for everything experimental.
Over the past number of years Irish short films have been extremely successful at the festival. Recent selections include Lee Cronin’s Ghost Train and Jack O’Shea’s A Coat Made Dark, as well as Jonathan Clarke’s Somewhere Down the Line which picked up the prestigious Best Animation Award in the International Competition section of the festival in 2015.