We showcase Irish films and films by Ireland-based filmmakers. The four-day Festival is based at the Washington DC American Film Institute's Silver Theatre & Cultural Center (Silver Spring MD). We are supported by Culture Ireland and work closely with the Irish Film Institute and ScreenIreland.

The Festival also enjoys sponsorships from the Embassy of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Bureau.

The Festival collects feedback and ratings for each film in order to announce the "Audience Favorite" in both feature and short film categories.

Solas Nua is also proud to announce The Norman Houston Short Film Award.

The Norman Houston Short Film Award is part of the Norman Houston Project - a new project initiated by Solas Nua in Washington D.C., dedicated to the memory of Norman Houston, the former Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau (NIB), in the United States.

The Norman Houston Short Film Award is an annual honor for the best new short film created by a filmmaker based in or from Northern Ireland made within the previous two years. This award, which includes prize money of $2,500, will be presented in person at Solas Nua’s annual Capital Irish Film Festival will be at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, March 3 — 6. The filmmaker will also receive return travel to Washington D.C. with accommodation for three days. In 2022, Norman Houston’s daughter, Chloe, and son, Connor, will attend the presentation ceremony, joining Solas Nua in the celebration of the award-winner and to honor Norman’s life, career and distinguished contribution to the arts in Ireland.

All CIFF 2022 short film submissions from Northern Irish filmmakers are automatically entered into The Norman Houston Short Film Award. Any submissions made prior to the announcement of the award have been entered.

Solas Nua's Capital Irish Film Festival accepts submissions of features, documentaries, shorts, and animations, from Ireland-based filmmakers.
CIFF accepts submissions in both English and Irish (with English subtitles provided).

Submissions are open from August through November 15, 2021.
We can screen from Vimeo or YouTube formats but will require DCP format for those films selected for inclusion in the Festival.

All images submitted to help promote the film will be available for the Festival to reproduce in advertising and Festival programs without payment to submitters or any partners involved in production of such images.