Whats On


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.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The Festival, in its Sixth year, will be taking submissions from the general public for the short film competition, as well as for our script competition from April 2014 onwards. The Festival is Normally held annually at The National Irish Science Fiction Convention, Octocon, However this year the Golden Blasters is part of the European Science Fiction Convention Shamrokon. We take submissions from anywhere in the world, and the winners are selected by audience vote and the deliberations of our panel of judges.  



John Vaughan (Writer and Director) presents The Vault of Horror, a carefully curated section of the truly horrifying films. No genre is spared, neither is the audience, from the moans and groans which can be heard when the Vault opens.  


The European Science Fiction Society is an international organisation of SF professionals and fans who are committed to promoting Science Fiction in Europe and European Science Fiction worldwide. The Society's awared know as the ESFSA will be presented at Shamrokon.

The European Fandom party will also be one of the evening events, come meet your fellow attendees and explore differences and the many things in common.