Film Festival

The Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival will be taking place in Malin Village, Inishowen, between 16-19 May this year.

Having taken place in Gortahork, Donegal for the past 6 years, Guth Gafa is delighted to be moving to its new home in Malin and will be working tirelessly to promote Inishowen with the same passion it gave to Gortahork.

Over 4 days, Guth Gafa will see approx 2,500 people in the wider Malin area, extending as far as Derry, where we will be hosting satellite events, and there will be a boost for the local economy with a an average of €100,000 spent locally each year in previous Guth Gafa editions.


It will also highlight Donegal and Derry as holiday destinations internationally and it will promote Inishowen and its attractions through publicity campaigns locally, nationally and internationally. Just last Saturday Guth Gafa was in The Irish Times “What’s Hot” list.

Guth Gafa’s international documentary film line-up includes more than 15 Irish premieres of films by Oscar, Emmy and IFTA nominees and winners, from over the last couple of years, including films that have won top awards at Sundance, IDFA and SXSW Festivals.

Henry Girls

But it’s not only about the films — as Guth Gafa hosts a top-class musical line-up featuring local and international acts including Malin’s own Henry Girls, Derry’s Balkan Alien Sound, Carndonagh’s Kate O’Callaghan, RSAG, plus traditional sessions and local acoustic acts.

There will also be a Kids Zone, with all day drama, art and film activities for children, while the adults watch films. Not to mention great food and drink in the Malin Hotel, local pubs and Guth Gafa’s own café.

There is none of the usual hustle-bustle associated with the bigger Irish film festivals. At Guth Gafa expect an intimate and relaxing long weekend with a festival feel, watching great films and meeting all the filmmakers who are there in person, to discuss their films with our audience over a coffee or a glass of wine, in the Donegal sunshine.