The Underground Cinema Short Film Awards are now going in to their 9th year. From November 2017 through to August 2018 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. This year we are delighted to introduce five new categories: Best International Film, Best Student Film, Best International Music Video , Best Animated Short and Best Online Video.

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 2018 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 2018.

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 2018 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 Animated Short Film
Best Music Video
Best International Music Video
Best Comedy
Rising Star Award
Best Online Video (Online Video Competition Closed for Entries)

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
  • It was a great Experience for "Not Here"

    December 2017
  • Remarkable festival for independent filmmakers.. one of unique opportunity for to showcase your films.. a source of motivation.

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your kind words Bahadir, they're very much appreciated

  • Ronan Cassidy

    Underground Conema Short Film Awards was absolutely great! Affordable submission fees, great communication, extremely helpful and a great networking opportunity. Great experience, I hope to submit again.

    September 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kids words Ronan. Really great to see so many great indie shorts coming from Limerick. You'll be giving Cork a run for their money soon.

  • Great Festival!!!! Thanks for my selection!!!! ;)

    September 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words Alex. Looking forward to seeing what you have for us next time around