Pete Walsh Critical Writing Award Returns for 2017 – Win a Year’s Free Movies!

The Pete Walsh Critical Writing Award was established to celebrate the memory of our former head programmer who passed away in December 2012 and was a central figure at the IFI for 18 years.

The award is designed to highlight the importance of critical engagement with film, by showcasing an outstanding piece of writing. In this case, any theatrically released film from 2016 can be the subject, and anyone can submit their review or article.

We will be accepting submissions until Tuesday the 28th of February 2017, and then the judging panel will assess the entries to choose the best of the year. This winner will get their review published on the IFI website and will also get access to a year’s free screenings at the IFI with their very own Gold Card!

2015 winner Julia O'Mahony

2015 winner Julia O’Mahony

All you have to do to enter is send your favourite piece of writing about any film which was released in cinemas in 2016 to petewalshaward@irishfilm.ie before the 28th of February. Submissions should be under 800 words but otherwise you can write in any style you like.

As inspiration, you can read the winning entries from 2014, 2015 and 2016 below.

Taxi Tehran – Naomi Keenan O’Shea
Tony Benn: Will & Testament – Julia O’Mahony
Lovelace – Darragh O’Donoghue

The Judging panel for 2016 includes:
– Tara Brady, Film Critic, The Irish Times
– Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director, Audi Dublin International Film Festival
– Neil Sinyard, Emeritus Professor of Film Studies, University of Hull
– Tony Tracy, Lecturer in Film History and Digital Media at Huston School of Film, NUI Galway

You can read more about the award over here, and make sure to get your submissions in before the 28th of February! 


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by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland