We are delighted to announce next year we will be running as part of the program for as one of the events  Octocon is bringing the best to an Irish World Con.

The National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards (THE GOLDEN BLASTERS) is a film festival open to entries from across the world and is dedicated to the art of the short film and screenplay in the genres of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy.

It is our aim to bring greater recognition and attention to those Film makers and Screenwriters who create speculative fiction in the format of the short film.

The Festival will be held this year as part of Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon, to be held in Dublin on the 15th – 19th of August 2019. In Celebration we will be awarding our coveted Blaster trophy in three categories

Best Picture ( Golden Blaster)
Audience Award (Silver Blaster)
Short Screenplay (Golden Blaster)

Each film and Screenplay selected are nominated for the award and have the right to also list themselves as nominees in that category.





The National Irish Science Fiction Film Festival



The Golden Blasters (The National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards) is a film festival dedicated to short science fiction, fantasy and horror stories. We aim to bring the best speculative fiction around and expose more people to the wonderful art of the short film.


The Festival, in its Ninth year, will be taking submissions from the general public for the short film competition, as well as for our script competition from March 2017 onwards. The Festival is held annually at The National Irish Science Fiction Convention, Octocon, and this year is no exception.
We take submissions from anywhere in the world, and the winners are selected by audience vote and the deliberations of our panel of judges. Listen to the Director of the Festival John Vaughan speak about why genre short films & scripts.

You can listen to our Film Festival Director John Vaughn being interviewed about the festival below.

Rules For Entry


Scripts can be up to twenty pages in length (this is a shorts
competition) and must be in the correct format (Courier, font size 12).


Films can be as short as you like, however the ideal maximum running time should be 12 to 18 minutes … this is dedicated to the art of the short … we will look at films that run a minute or two longer than that and will consider them if their quality is high enough. Shorts can be dedicated to horror, science fiction and fantasy, and can be a mixture of live action, animation and music video.

Short Film Exhibition Format
Can be filmed on 35, 16 mm or video but entries must must be on DVD, CD-ROM, or Digital Download the same with exhibition copies. We ask for two copies of any physical media sent.

All packages should be sent by regular post and NOT by courier/registered post

Submissions can be made via


It is the 1st of March 2017 and you are invited to submit your short film or screenplay to this year’s National Irish Science fiction Film Awards.

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