Doc Fest Ireland is a new, annual dynamic programme of events showcasing the Irish documentary industry. It’s the first of it's kind in Ireland, run by the team behind Belfast Film Festival, and chaired by award winning, Internationally renowned documentary film maker, Mark Cousins. Doc Fest Ireland will showcase high quality documentaries that will inspire, educate and enliven cultural discourse.

When we at Belfast Film Festival piloted a Irish documentary festival - Pull Focus- in the summer of 2018, we were astounded and delighted as screening after screening sold out – But it makes sense when you realize that documentary is the medium, now more than ever, that helps us make sense of the strange times we are living through.

Docfest will present new and international documentaries, shorts and features, and will host industry events including a marketplace, pitching sessions, masterclasses, new talent focus and funding information events.

As well as our long standing award for Best Observational documentary (The Maysles award) there will be prizes for Best Short Irish Doc and The Pull Focus Award for Best Irish Feature Documentary.

Maysles Award: £2,500
The Pull Focus Award: £2,500
Best Short Doc: £1,000

PULL FOCUS Irish Documentary Features
Entries MUST be:
1. Completed in the LAST year (i.e.between March 1st 2018-March 1st 2019)
2. Made in Ireland- or made by an IRISH writer/director (i.e. shot in England, but writer or director or Lead actors are Irish/NI citizens) Please email us if you have made a film ABOUT Ireland but have no other Irish Connections, for eligibility.
3. Be at least 60 minutes in length
4. Be submitted online
5.. Be Available for competition screening in, DCP or HD Quicktime

THE MAYSLES BROTHERS DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Documentaries must be:
1. OBSERVATIONAL.
2. OBSERVATIONAL.
3. Over 60 minutes in length.
4. OBSERVATIONAL.
5. Be Available for competition screening in, DCP or HD Quicktime

SHORT IRISH DOCS
Entries MUST be:
1. Completed in the LAST year (i.e.between March 1st 2018-March 1st 2019)
2. Made in Ireland- or made by an IRISH writer/director (i.e. shot in England, but writer or director or Lead actors are Irish/NI citizens) Please email us if you have made a film ABOUT Ireland but have no other Irish Connections, for eligibility.
3. Be 20 minutes or under
4. Be submitted online
5. Be Available for competition screening in, DCP or HD Quicktime
No refunds will be given in the event of failure to comply to (or READ!!) the T&C's