The Underground Cinema Short Film Awards are now going in to their 10th year. From January 2019 through to August 2019 Underground Cinema will once again begin screening on a monthly basis a selection of some of the best independent short films and music videos from filmmakers from around the globe. These monthly screenings are held in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire. For our international friends, that's in County Dublin in Ireland.

The short film awards are the only awards ceremony in Ireland that recognise every aspect of the art of making short films.

How it all works:

Once you have submitted your film to us it will be viewed by a member of our judging panel. If your film has been selected by our screening judge, he/she will then be in touch to advise you that your film has been selected and you will be given a screening date. If you can make the screening a complementary ticket will be at the door front of house for you.

When our season of short film screenings finishes in August 2019 a panel of judges will select the films that they feel should be nominated for the Underground Cinema Awards. There will be five nominations in each category. The full list of nominees will be announced at event in Dun Laoghaire in September 2019.

With regard to the awards themselves, the awards will be presented at our annual award giving ceremony in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire in November 2019 which is a ticketed event. Tickets for the vent 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.

Online Video Competition

Films can now be submitted to us online for our Online Video Competition. Similar to the short film scenario above, once the selection judge has viewed your submission they will be in touch to advise if your film has been selected to be screened online on the Underground Cinema website. If selected your video will be online for one month. Underground Cinema members (you can become a member on our website free of charge) can then vote for the film they enjoyed the most online. Votes will be counted and each monthly winner will be advised that their film will now be under consideration for nomination for the Best Online Film at the Underground Cinema Awards. There will be five nominees in this category.

NOTE: You film must have a share link so we can embed it into our website

Best Film
Best International Film
Best Student Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematographer
Best Editor
Best Production Design
Best Sound
Best Score
Best Make Up
Best Costume
Best Documentary
Best Visual Effects
Best Music Video
Best International Music Video
Best Comedy
Best Horror Film
Rising Star Award
Best Online Video

1. We are looking for story based films, which can be in the form of narrative (fiction), documentary (non fiction), or animation.
2. All foreign language films must include English subtitles
3. Films that have been previously screened at an Underground Cinema season of short film screenings cannot be re entered.
4. Films must be under 35 mins long.
5. By submitting your film you are agreeing for Underground Cinema to use clips from your film for promotional purposes
6. You must submit a promotional poster or still with your application
7. You must give the name of the director, writer and producer when submitting your film.
8. We do not accept films that are more then three years old.
9. We do not accept films with poor production standard (sound/video resolution less than 720p HD)

Overall Rating
  • Zeff Lawless

    I would like to thank you on behalf of the entire cast & crew for selecting our short film BINGO! as an Official Selection for the film festival, it will be fantastic to be screened alongside the great films that make the cut. Thanks a million.

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Zeff. We were really happy to be able to screen your film as part of our 10th season of short films

  • Great festival. can't recommend it enough

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Fiona and congratulations on your award

  • Amy-Joyce Hastings

    This is a great festival on the Irish circuit. The festival takes place in monthly installments throughout the year with selected films screening at the monthly events. Selected films are then eligible for nomination at the annual awards event, which is going from strength to strength each year and has become a major fixture on the Irish film calendar. It's also a lot of fun. Dave and his team are really passionate about screening and promoting short films and supporting the filmmaking talent behind them.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for the kind words Amy

  • Adam O'Keeffe

    Excellent festival. Great value and a really important path to audiences and exposure. Easy to deal with and clear communication.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words Adam

  • John Carlin

    This is such an exciting format for a festival - Monthly screenings with a fantastic awards ceremony at the end. So well organised by a passionate team. A real sense of community. Thanks Dave for all the time and dedication put in to this brilliant festival.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much John. Much appreciated