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BEARA FILM FEST is situated in the busy fishing port of Castletownbere on the south west coast of Co.Cork,Ireland.This festival is officially not only just unique to County Cork but in fact it's the only one of its kind in IRELAND.


BFF is a proud supporter of gender equality balance within the film industry. 

This film festival is FREE to submit for both student and established independent film directors alike from or living in Cork that have shot their short film entirely in Cork,West Cork or the Beara Peninsula to be considered for screening at this exclusive film festival.


2018 saw 78 submissions but only 12 made the final screening selection on the night.
2019 saw an increase of 81 submissions with 12 making the final selection to screen.

Once a year for one night only this charitable event takes place in the former St.Peters Church of Ireland,Castletownbere show casing the talented work of independent directors. 


It's free for the general public to attend just a donation at the door for the festivals chosen charity that gets no funding other than the generosity of the people. 

BFF 2018s chosen charity was 

Cancer Connect.

Chosen charity for 2019 will be 

Cork Penny Dinners .


This is strictly an over 18s event due to some subject content not being suitable for younger viewers as laid down by the Irish Film Classification Office.ID may be required at the door.


We are a nation of storytellers.We need more dreamers,more believers to take the leap,embrace these believers and dreamers,learn to love the arts.

This is made further possible by the governments ongoing commitment of

Section 481 for the film industry.


The Beara Peninsula has been home for numerous tv and movie productions both Irish and Foreign alike over the years dating back to the 1940s drawing attention from Oscar winners Ben Cleary and Neil Jordan in recent years as an ideal location to film.Beara and it's environs offer the film industry "a unspoilt natural film set" in the form of unindustrialised scenic rugged countryside of yester year with many colourful villages dotted throughout further enhanced by the natural light that casts interesting shadows across both sea and mountain.

Castletownbere offers many beds with a 4star Beara Coast Hotel and numerous B&Bs to cater for any size cast & crew. 




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