Disappear Here Film Festival 2021

The Disappear Here Film Festival now in its fifth year, returns to Ballyliffin village from September 24th-26th 2021. This increasingly popular 3 day event celebrates independent film-making from all corners of the country & across the world, and has developed into a thought provoking & diverse showcase of all the industry has to offer.

Festival highlights include screenings, industry workshops and masterclasses, children films and lively post-screening interviews and debates.

The Disappear Here Film Festival will take place in a series of unique locations on the Wild Atlantic Way, in and around the picturesque village of Ballyliffin, Co Donegal. From short animated films for kids, to scary midnight movies for the young at heart - The Disappear Here Film Festival promises you a weekend of entertainment, utterly unmissable and unforgettable. The Festival will have a high concentration of shorts but includes an outstanding mix of features and documentaries, music videos and animations.

Over the weekend films will be screened in specially constructed cinemas in the village of Ballyliffin.

Our versatile programme will include screenings, talks, educational workshops and a host of entertainment events through which we will provide a unique festival experience.

There will be a variety of awards for selected films across the weekend, including Best short, Best Music Video, Best Actor and Best Student Film. In recent years, we added two new award categories, namely our Environmental Awareness Award that rewards films that raise awareness of sustainability & preservation of our planet/environment. The second is our Human Rights & Social Change Award, for films that highlight issues from International human rights abuses, to advancing equality and social acceptance for the LGBT community.
The Disappear Here Film Festival will make the following awards:

• Best Live Action Short Film (Ireland)
• Best Live Action Short Film (International)
• Best Music Video
• Best Student Film
• Best Documentary
• Best Actor
• The Northern Exposure Award (For emerging Filmmakers*)
• Environmental Awareness Award
• Human Rights & Social Change Award

*We will offer a EUR 500.00 Bursary to a selected new emerging talent.


This is a film festival for feature films, shorts, documentaries, animation, student films and music videos, and work submitted must have been produced since January 2016.

All shorts must have a running time of less than 25 minutes.

Feature and Documentary submissions can be no longer than 120mins in length.

Non-English language films
To qualify for selection, all non-English language films must have an English-subtitled screening copy available.

How to send your film
Please submit your film via the online submission platforms.

The Festival will only contact those filmmakers with work selected for screening during the Festival. Unfortunately, the Festival cannot offer feedback regarding films that are not selected for the Festival.


The Disappear Here Film Festival is hereby granted the right to use any film or video submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival or for promoting the Festival.

The individual or corporation submitting hereby warrants that it is authorised to commit the film or video for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

Entry to the Festival implies that the entrant has the right to do so, has pre-cleared all materials that comprise the film, and is an authorised representative of the team that holds the intellectual property in the film.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless 'The Disappear Here Film Festival' from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Kate Haley

    Brilliant Festival! We were so proud to win Best Irish Short at this festival. The guys dealt so well with Covid and moving things online. Highly recommend!

    April 2021
  • Jeremy Engel

    Great festival and great communication. The organisers are really committed. I hope to be able to present another work and attend in person next time! Brilliant from A to Z :)

    April 2021
  • James O' Sullivan

    Outstanding festival with very appreciative and inspiring communication with the filmmaker. I’ve submitted again with my latest film!

    May 2020
  • Dolores Rogers

    Thank you so much for screening my film, Typhoid Mary. It was an honor to participate in your festival. The poster was fantastic, too.

    January 2020
  • Could not attend but wish i could have, great communication and from what i heard off others a really cool Festival. Will def be submitting again and make sure i attend next time.

    October 2019