Guth Gafa is a multi award-winning film festival showcasing the best documentaries in the world to Irish audiences, along with inviting directors of selected films to present their work and to take part in Q&As, discussions, debates and masterclasses.
It has been nominated 3 times and won twice at the AOIFE awards and is the largest rural film festival in Ireland (with audiences of more than 4,000 in 2014). It is also the only independently-run documentary film festival in Ireland, described on RTÉ Morning Ireland by Swedish director Bosse Lindquist as "one of the best documentary film festivals in the world".
In 2014, Guth Gafa ran a bi-located event in both Donegal and Meath and due to the success of the festival in Meath, this year the move to Kells was made permanent. Unfortunately, for this reason, the Arts Council of Ireland cut Guth Gafa's entire funding (€8,500 was granted in 2014 with €10,000 requested for 2015).
Guth Gafa appealed to the Arts Council against this decision on the grounds that the geographical location of a festival should not be the main criteria for funding, especially when the festival had been such a huge success in Kells in 2014. Unfortunately, our appeal was rejected.
But Guth Gafa refuses to be beaten and will still take place from Oct 2nd-4th in Kells, Co. Meath!
We now ask our supporters, friends and fellow filmmakers to come out in support of what has proved to be an amazing festival and help us raise €8,500 to replace the money we received last year from The Arts Council.
In return, we are offering a range of rewards that will allow you to enjoy some of the many films, events etc. at the festival itself.
For the past eight years, Guth Gafa has run on way lower budgets than festivals of comparable sizes in Ireland and across Europe, with funding built up every year from over 15 different funding sources. By any standards, the festival runs on a shoestring budget given the high quality of what we create, and the effort to raise this funding is significant. Most people, including the Festival Directors and Programmers, work on a voluntarily basis.
Raising €8500 will really help us to keep the festival's quality & spirit at the level we all desire. However, if you see we have reached this target, please keep giving – just think of it as a way to purchase your tickets in advance and at a great price!
The more money we raise will allow us to host even more amazing Guth Gafa events and screen even more ground-breaking films. In 2015 we will also be hosting a major strand on Women in Documentary Film, celebrating the work of Irish and international women filmmakers.
So, go on – you know you want to! Help us fund the festival this year by treating yourself to one of our rewards below. We look forward to meeting you in Meath in October and saying thank you personally.