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Lightsabers at the ready! It’s time to dive into the Wild Atlantic Way at its most galactic with Fáilte Ireland’s four day ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival. Kicking off on Wednesday May the 4th.  The day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe.​​

This year the festival will go back to being a live event in the beautiful village of Portmagee in County Kerry.  Join us for a host of events including the Star Wars Trail, The Mos Eisley Cantina Social,  Yoda Yoga, Star Gazing,  The May the 4th Be With You Comic Con and finally, meet the 501st Ireland Garrison who will be in attendance once again.    Learn how to make a storm trooper costume and find out how you can become a member of the Garrison too and build your own costume.  

We just cant wait to see you. 

Star Wars

The Irish Connection

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Star Wars Trail

Explore the Skellig Coast and find 17 hidden Star Wars characters

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Full Program

Check out the full program of events here.

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Costume Building

Learn how to make screen accurate Star Wars Costumes

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Mos Eisley Cantina Social

Join us for our Galactic Disco at the Royal Valentia Hotel

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Comic Con

Check out the fantastic selection of comic books, toys, kits and collectables by Heros and Villans who will be at the con this year in the Portmagee Community Centre

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Visit
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The home of Star Wars in Ireland, check out these beautiful locations

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Pre Recorded Panel Discussions

On Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th at 4pm in the Portmagee Community Centre, the team will be screening a number of prerecorded interviews.  You can check out our guests below

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Check out our interview with comic book artist Wayne Talbot from Rogue Comics Ireland and find out what he's up to next.

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Join us online to chat to Damien Valentine aka Darth Angelus about his animated series Heir of the Empire                                                                                                       

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We're going to get a chance to chat to Julie Dolan.  She's voiced Princess Leia for various Star wars projects including Rebels

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Meet Dr John Donaldson who lectures Star Wars Phillosphy at Glasgow University.  Check out his webinar at our festival this year.

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We'll get to chat to comic book artist Nick Brokenshire who's worked on Star Wars Adventures.  He;s also done work on 2000AD, Judge Dredd & Robotech

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Irish Film Maker Michael Fitzgerald chats to us online about his brand new short film which will be released soon, Stormtroopers 3                                                                   

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Andreas first job was a Jawa in An New Hope.  How cool is that, join us online to hear more from Andrea about her experience on set   

           

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We got to chat with one of the worlds best freelance illustrators. The guys is an absolute legend.  Join us for to hear what he has to say about the industry.

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Meet Jesper Tønnes online where he will give us exclusive access to a clip from his new Fan Film The Lost Padawan 2.

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Meet the stormtrooper repsonsible for placing Captain Solo in place in the Carbonite Chamber.  Alan will be joining us to chat about his time on The Empire Stikes Back.

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Meet Marsha Parkins.  Official Star Wars Sketch Card artist,
Official Marvel, Mars Attacks, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and AMC's The Walking Dead Sketch Card Artist.

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Meet Gerard Kennedy.  The owner of The Moorings in Portmagee and the man that looked after Mark Hamill while he stayed there during shooting of The Last Jedi

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Costuming Fan Clubs

The 501st, Rebel Legion, Galactic Academy and Reels Icons are an all-volunteer, non-profit international costuming club whos aims are to raise money for charities, to support community events and promote the franchise through appearances their members make in costumes that represent all eras of the Star Wars Saga.

The 501st Legion was formed in August 1997 by Albin Johnson and Tom Crews and now has over 13,000 active members worldwide, with over 26,000 approved costumes.


501st Legion’s member’s research, build, craft and make their own costumes, in their own time and expense to appear at events.

Members are encouraged to strive for the highest level of screen accuracy and realism in order to bring the characters of the Star Wars universe to life.


As such it would be easy to mistake the 501st Legion as a cosplay group but really they are a ‘costuming’ club; where accuracy and dedication to making the most authentic costumes is as important to our members as raising money for the charities we support.  As well as attending larger national and international events, our key objectives is also to give something back to the communities we live in through charity fundraising at the events we attend – large or small.

Request A 501st Appearance

Subject to the availability of our volunteers within your area, 501st Ireland Garrison are always happy to attend events as volunteers at the invite of both large and small organisations, corporate or individual groups within the Republic of Ireland. One of our key focuses is charitable fundraising, so we ask to either be allowed to fundraise ourselves at events, or alternately that a prior agreed charitable donation for our attendance is made to an agreed registered Irish charity, the value which you may choose. As we are a non-profit volunteer group, details of our (minimal) group requirements are agreed beforehand.

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May the 4th Be With You Festival 2023

It's been a difficult two years for everyone around the world this year.  We do hope that our festival will be bring some joy to all you Star Wars fans and we hope that you continue to join us on our website throughout the year.  We have big plans for next year and we want to keep you updated. 

 

We have two big events for 2023.   The first big event or next year is to unveil a full sized bronze statue of Luke Skywalker which will sit on top of a 3 foot plinth made from Valentia slate. And you never know who may do the unveiling.  The festival will be the biggest Stars Wars party  ever held on the island of Ireland. And we all know that the best place in the world to have a party is in Ireland.   Return to the website to see what special offers will be available  to all our followers with regard to accommodation, restaurants, tourist trips and of course, boat rides to the Skelligs themselves.  Check out the video below from our live festival we hosted back in 2019.

May the 4th Be With Sci Fi Film Festival 

New for 2023 will be the May the 4th Be With You Sci-Fi Film Festival and Awards Ceremony. We will present a new generation of adventurous independent filmmaking, in which boundaries are explored, pushed and often broken. The creative means employed in these films will take audiences on a wild ride towards the future of cinematic storytelling.

The festival will be a mixture of live and online screenings. Live screenings will take place over the four evenings of the festival in Portmagee. Those films selected to be screened online will run for the duration of the festival on the May the 4th Be With You Festival Website

Our panel of judges are experts within the independent film scene. In April 2023 they will be announcing the nominees for the awards ceremony which will be held on Saturday May the 6th in the magnificent Royal Valentia Hotel on Valentia Island in County Kerry.

 

The event is a ticketed event. Tickets for the event go on sale as soon as the full list of nominees are announced. Tickets include a four course dinner, the awards ceremony and aftershow party. Nominees interested in attending must purchase their own tickets. if a nominee cannot attend and happens to win an award then we will ensure that the award gets to the winner shortly after the awards ceremony.

Films that are submitted for the short film category and that are chosen for a live screening are automatically under consideration for nomination for the following awards:

 

Best Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematographer
Best Editor
Best Score
Best Visual Effects
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design
Best Make Up

Films that are screened online are under consideration for the Best Online Film Award

We will also be selecting a number of feature films to be screened live and online. These features, whether they are screened live or online will be under consideration for nomination for the Best Independent Feature Award.

Finally, the Best Documentary Award, the documentary can be a feature or short film.

 

With regard to the trophy's, we have commissioned bronze artist David O'Brien to create a unique scuplted piece for all the winners. You can see David's work on his website http://bronzeart.ie

 

Ireland is the land of a thousand welcomes and for those of you who have their films screened at our 2023 festival and who decide to travel to Ireland to participate at the event, will feel the warmth of those Irish welcomes.

Portmagee is a little bit special. It’s often described as “a picturesque and sleepy little fishing village on the South Western most tip of the Iveragh peninsula, just off the Ring of Kerry”. It’s true but the description only touches on the more obvious charms of our seaside home.

Portmagee is within reach of a huge number of activities from golfing to diving, for which the area is justly famous.

We’re also the departure hub for trips to the amazing and awe-inspiring Skelligs Rocks, the home of preserved monastic settlements from the 6th century.

And this is just the jewel in a crown of beautiful scenery, historical sites and fascinating places to visit in the area.

Our past is far from sleepy as is amply demonstrated in the tale of how the village got its name – pirates, smugglers and political intrigue are all mixed up in it.

We cant wait to see you there!

 

Awards & Prizes
Best Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematographer
Best Editor
Best Score
Best Visual Effects
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design
Best Documentary
Best Online Film
Special Audience Award
Best Independent Feature Film

May The 4th Be With You Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.