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 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);

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 including 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.

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.

Guests have included: Maureen O Hara, Oscar nominated actresses Sarah Miles and Saoirse Ronan, Cillian Murphy, Aidan Gillen, 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, Director Ben Wheatley, Jack Reynor and producer Ned Dowd.

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

GENERAL RULES
We welcome short and feature films to the festival.
We are open to all genres of film: live action, experimental and documentary film.
For our Animation programme as part of Animation Dingle visit www.filmfreeway.com/animationdingle

Accepted Screening Formats
• For short, St. James’ Church: a QUICKTIME compatible file with preference for the higher quality ProRes codecs.
• NB we will not screen on DVD

Submission waivers will not be granted.

DEADLINE
For all submissions our final deadline is 4pm on Monday the 18th December 2017
Films submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

NOTIFICATION
• You will receive an email by 22nd January 2018 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 will have to deliver your film to the festival at your own cost. 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 a Short: under 30 minutes
• Completion Date: Projects completed after January 1, 2017
• 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 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

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  • 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
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    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,
    Jema

  • Jessica O'Sullivan

    The Dingle film festival was pure magic. It's not large and flashy but it fits in perfectly and unobtrusively with the charm of the town and the wild beauty of the Dingle peninsula. The short films programmes were on point as was the selection of feature length films that premiered there. Being able to have a Q and A with the Directors and Actors directly after some of the feature film screenings was wonderful and a real novelty. It's a festival that is able to pull in a very loyal and local audience as well as big names in the industry from afar! Would highly recommend it!!!

    April 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Jessica

    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,
    Jema

  • Any excuse to head to Ireland is a bonus, but having a strong programmed festival like this as a goal is perfect. Maurice and the team make everyone feel welcome and the selections on show really do create a brilliant programme. We salute the hard work the team put into this fantastic festival!

    April 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Festival Formula

    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 Dingle Pow-Wow and the festival itself.

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

    Many thanks,
    Jema