Dingle International Film Festival is couched within the breathtaking town of Dingle on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, southwest Ireland and takes places annually in March; Dingle is home to many film makers, one of Irelands only independent cinemas, is a known film location (Star Wars) and a major tourist destination making it the perfect home for our festival.

Dingle IFF offers shorts and feature screenings from Ireland and around the globe, covering all genres; it is home to the Gregory Peck Award: For Excellence in the Art of Film, (recipients including Gabriel Byrne, Jim Sheridan, Jean Jacques Beineix, Stephen Frears, Laura Dern and The Peck Family).

Dingle IFF prides itself on its culture of nurturing upcoming filmmakers and its annual Pow Wow event takes place during the Festival weekend on the beautiful Peninsula. Here established industry experts share with upcoming young experts of the future at our Chinwag and Banter sessions.

Housed within this Gaeltacht area, Dingle IFF is proud to promote the Irish language and is the only festival offering an award for Irish Script writing with its Físín event. To enter see

Guests have included: Maureen O Hara, Oscar nominated actresses Sarah Miles and Saoirse Ronan, Cillian Murphy, Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor, Barry Keoghan, Paul McCann, Scott Wilson; 2-time Oscar nominated director Sir Alan Parker, inventor of the Stedicam Garrett Brown, 2-time Oscar winner and sound artist Tom Johnson, 2-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple, Directors; Ben Wheatley, Michael Uppendahl, Lance Daly, Pat Collins, Frank Berry, Gerard Stembridge, Screen writers; Todd Komarnicki, Leslie Dixon, Lisa Albert, Marc Flanagan, Daphne Pollon; Editor Leslie Tolan and Producer Ned Dowd.

Animation Dingle, "Top 25 Events in The World Not-To-Be Missed" is the first Irish festival to embrace the field of Animation and in 2015 held Ireland's first ever Animation Awards ceremony in association with Animation Ireland; it is home to the Murakami Award for achievement in animation, recipients have included: Jimmy T. Murakami (When The Wind Blows), Richie Baneham (Avatar) and Tomm Moore (Song of The Sea); it has a full and inclusive Animation Programme of events as part of Animation Dingle.
See Animation Dingle on FilmFreeway to submit your film www.filmfreeway.com/animationdingle.

Festival is non-competitive but the audience chooses the best short film and feature film of the festival with our "Audience Choice Award".

For our Animation Awards as part of Animation Dingle visit www.filmfreeway.com/animationdingle

We welcome short films to submit to the festival.
We are open to all genres of short film: live action, experimental and documentary film.

• QUICKTIME compatible file with preference for the higher quality ProRes codecs.
• We will not screen on DVD

Submission waivers will not be granted.

Final deadline is 4pm on Monday the 3rd December 2018
Films submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

• You will receive an email by 21st January 2019 notifying you if your film has been accepted or not to the festival.
• Should you be successful, we will need a high res image for our festival catalogue. We may use an image from your film or a trailer or clip to promote the festival. This may include: television, radio, our website or social media.
• As a selected filmmaker you are responsible for ensuring the safe delivery your film to the festival and all costs relating to it. We will return the film to you after the festival. If you are attending the festival you can arrange to pick up your film after its screening. We can forward your film to another festival after it’s screening at Dingle IFF by prior arrangement only.
• We will let you know when to send the film to us.
• Please note that Dingle IFF cannot acknowledge receipt of entries.
• All foreign language entries must provide English subtitles

Other Rules of entry
• Runtime for Shorts must be under 30 minutes
• Completion Date: Dingle IFF only accepts Projects completed after January 1, 2018
• Submissions may originate from anywhere in the world, however, all non-English speaking films must have English subtitles
• Films available publicly online will not be accepted. Any film that has been previously broadcast (television or video-on-demand) in Ireland shall have less priority in being programmed for the festival
• Projects may have distribution status
• Dingle IFF does not pay screening fees
• The selection and scheduling of films screened at the festival is entirely at the discretion of the Festival Director
• With the exception of the Audience Award, Dingle IFF is a non-competitive event
• No cuts or changes in any film will be made by Dingle IFF for any reason
• Due to the large amount of submissions received Dingle IFF cannot enter into any discussion regarding films that are not selected for the festival
• The Dingle International Film Festival does not accept any responsibility for damage to prints or hard drives
• By applying to Dingle IFF you accept the above rules of entry

Overall Rating
  • Sarah Ingersoll

    Many thanks to Dingle for having our short doc Somebody Somewhere Who Looks After Critters. Amazing setting, lovely people and long, fun nights! Great opportunity to catch some incredible films, especially When All Is Ruin Once Again and Woman At War. Both exceptional films, wish I could have seen more! Would highly recommend for filmmakers and 'goers'.

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Sarah for the positive review and really glad to hear you had such a great time at the festival.

  • Roisin Kearney

    What a fantastic weekend spent in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The Dingle film festival was wonderful, there was a diverse selection of films and a relaxed atmosphere where filmmakers could chat/network. Great communication and a lovely inclusive atmosphere.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Roisin, delighted to hear you had such a great time at the festival and thank you for your review! Maurice

  • shelley thompson

    Great spot, lovely films. Would have loved more outreach to foreign filmmakers.

    April 2018
  • Clare Cahill

    Dingle is a very special town in South West Ireland and the Dingle International Film Festival is a very special festival. As they say: small but perfectly formed!

    A key part of the festival for us was the PowWow, held on the coast overlooking the Blasket Islands. It was like a film-makers' retreat for a day!

    The people in the town are film fanatics which is shown in their determination to preserve the town's cinema.

    Maurice Galway, Tor Cotton and Moya Farelly were so welcoming and attentive. I will be back with my next film!

    April 2018
  • Alfonso Films

    Dingle is such an amazing town and the buzz around the festival was electric! We were so delighted to have our short film as apart of the festival this year!

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Dear Alfonso Films

    On behalf of Dingle International Film Festival, I would like to thank you for your participation in this year’s success. The festival welcomed over 2,000 international and national guests to Dingle for our annual celebration of film and television. We are delighted that you joined us and hope you enjoyed your time with us.

    Each year, the festival’s success continues to grow. This year surpassed all expectations. We are extremely grateful that you could be part of it.

    We wish you every success for the future and hope to welcome you back to Dingle International Film Festival.

    Many thanks,