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Still Voices Film Festival in partnership with Creative Ireland is thrilled to announce the full programme for this year’s very special fifth-anniversary hybrid festival which will run from 5th-7th November. We can't wait to welcome back live audiences once again in celebration of all things film!

While the festival is still based in Ballymahon - birthplace of the great writer Oliver Goldsmith - as the festival has grown, it has expanded to larger venues across Longford, Westmeath, and Roscommon.

This year’s festival sees a jam-packed programme of events and has a superb line-up of truly impressive short films available both in-person and online over the festival weekend.

To celebrate their fifth anniversary, Still Voices are delighted to welcome acclaimed film director Terence Davies to the midlands for a special screening of his 1988 masterpiece ‘Distant Voices, Still Lives’ after which the festival has taken its name. This in-person event will take place on Nov 5th at 8 pm in the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone, and the following day Davies will participate in a directing masterclass with renowned Irish filmmaker Pat Collins at the Backstage Theatre, Longford. Davies and Collins will discuss the filmmaker’s long and varied filmography, his film-making style and unique sensibility.

The very popular family-friendly screenings and a children’s animation workshop are also set to return as well as the industry panels which are a very important part of the festival for established and budding filmmakers alike.

On Nov 7th Ballymahon Community Library will host a very interesting discussion on the challenges of pursuing a career in the arts with three acclaimed Longford artists, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Karen McGann, and John Connell. Longford poet Dani Gill will moderate this event.

Culture and Creativity Team

Laughing conductor

Cllr. Paraic Brady

Granard Municipal District


Cllr. Pat O’Toole

Ballymahon Municipal District


Cllr. Martin Monaghan

Longford Municipal District


Barbara Heslin

Director of Services


Paula Mulry

Acting Creative Ireland Coordinator


Dónall Mac An Bheatha

Senior Planner


Michael Nevin

Head of Local Enterprise Office


Martin Morris

County Archivist


Máiréad Ní Chonghaile

Heritage Officer


Frank Horne

Community Development Officer


Mona Considine

Manager, Backstage Theatre


Shane Crossan

Longford-Westmeath ETB Schools Completion Officer


Eamonn Brennan

Heritage Education and Oifigeach Cultúrtha, Longford GAA


Our Strategy

Culture is at the heart of Longford’s identity and quality of life, and is central to making it a vibrant county to live, work and do business in. The County Longford Culture & Creativity Plan is a five-year strategy which aims to place culture and creativity front and centre of our lives. The societal benefits from expenditure on culture and creativity and the role that culture plays in building committed, cohesive and sustainable communities.