If you have a short film or know of anyone with a short film, Aer Lingus in partnership with the Irish Film Board are offering a great opportunity to emerging talent.

As part of the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation, an initiative called the Aer Lingus Irish Filmmaker Competition is now open to short film makers throughout the country.

The three winners will get to showcase their work internationally by having their shorts screened on Aer Lingus transatlantic flights.

Not only that but the winning filmmakers will also receive complimentary flights to attend film festivals in North America and around Europe and promote their work on an international stage.

The short films can be live action or comedy, and will be judged by a panel that includes renowned directors and writers from the Irish film and television industry – Neasa Hardiman (Happy Valley), Dearbhla Walsh (Little Dorrit, Borgia) and Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul, Garage, Viva).

Applicants must be Irish residents and citizens, and at least 18 years of age. The terms and conditions for entries are as follows:

- Must fall within the categories of live action or animation

- Must be the original work of the applicant

- Can be no longer than 15 minutes

- Must have been produced in the last 18 months

- Must have a G-rating

The competition is open to entries now and closes on the 27th July 2017.

Interested candidates can apply via this link. The judging process will begin in July and the winning short films will be unveiled at a special screening event in September 2017.