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 place at some point in 2021. We want to maximise our in-person events and so are currently having discussions whilst keeping note of local restrictions - we will be able to confirm our festival dates later in the year. FilmFreeway requires specific dates, but we will update them as we are able to decide.
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 - March 23rd 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.
4. Be Available for competition screening in DCP or HD Quicktime.
5. Completed between Jan 1st 2020 - March 23rd 2021.
SHORT IRISH DOCS
Entries MUST be:
1. Completed in the LAST year (i.e.between Jan 1st 2020 - March 23rd 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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 email@example.com).
4. Be submitted online via FilmFreeway.
Entrants MUST be:
Aged 24 or under.
Based anywhere on the island of Ireland.
Deadline 30 April, 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.