Docs Ireland is back for our third year and this is your chance to be part of it! We are inviting submissions for Docs Ireland 3 which will take in August 2021. We are currently having discussions whilst keeping note of local restrictions, and so our festival is likely to include online events, but with a focus on maximising our in-person events.

Docs Ireland is an annual dynamic programme of events showcasing the Irish documentary industry. It’s the only festival 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. Docs Ireland showcases high quality documentaries that inspire, educate and enliven cultural discourse.

Documentary is the medium, now more than ever, that helps us make sense of the strange times we are living through. After a successful first edition, and an online festival in the strange year of 2020, we're back in 2021 for round 3! Throughout the festival we 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 cash prizes for Best Short Irish Doc and The Pull Focus Award for Best Irish Feature Documentary.

PULL FOCUS Irish Documentary Features
Entries MUST be:
1. Completed in the LAST year (i.e. between Jan 1st 2020 - June 1st 2021)
2. Made by NORTHERN IRISH or IRISH producers or directors. 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. Strictly OBSERVATIONAL. Observational Documentary is a type of documentary filmmaking that aims to record 'real life' without intrusion. It is sometime referred to as cinéma vérité, direct cinema, or fly-on-the-wall filmmaking.
2. Over 60 minutes in length.
3. OBSERVATIONAL.
4. Be Available for competition screening in DCP or HD Quicktime.
5. Completed between Jan 1st 2020 - June 1st 2021.

SHORT IRISH DOCS
Entries MUST be:
1. Completed in the LAST year (i.e.between Jan 1st 2020 - June 1st 2021)
2. Made by NORTHERN IRISH or IRISH producers or directors or documentary subject 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. Please email (stuart@docsireland.ie) if your film is longer and you would still like to submit.
4. Be submitted online.
5. Is NOT available publicly online.
5. Be Available for competition screening in DCP or HD Quicktime.

YOUNG FILMMAKERS COMPETITION
Entries MUST:
1. Be no longer than 5 minutes in duration.
2. Have been completed after 1 April, 2020.
3. Be an MOV, MP4 or Quicktime file (if you have any questions about formats contact stuart@docsireland.ie).
4. Be submitted online via FilmFreeway.
Entrants MUST be:
Aged 24 or under.
Based anywhere on the island of Ireland.

VR FILMS
This work can take any form, as long as it intended to be shown through VR headsets. There are no budget limitations on entries, and your work can be made in any way you choose. What we want to see is innovative story-telling.

If there is no version of the film that is able to be submitted online, please email stephen@belfastfilmfestival.org with details on how to view.

No refunds will be given in the event of failure to comply to (or READ!!) the T&C's.

Overall Rating
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  • Really enjoyed screening my film at Docs Ireland! Would Recommend to any filmmakers out there!

    June 2019
  • Carbonated Comet

    It was fantastic to have our film 'The Vasectomy Doctor' be a part of the inaugural Docs Ireland fest. The staff were kind and helpful, the screenings well organised and the overall atmosphere was very pleasant and inviting. I think this festival has the potential to become one of the key events on the Irish film calendar.

    June 2019
  • charlie Ryder

    Grateful that i had my film "The Art of Ubuntu" selected by Docs Ireland. The films were exquisite, speakers brave and documentary market place provided a wonderful opportunity to learn about how to get funding and meet funders. The staff are very warm, friendly and kind. A lot of thought, creativity and hard work has gone into the festival and the Docs Ireland team have done an amazing job. Well done all involved and i wish you all the best for 2020.

    June 2019