Dublin Independent Film Festival welcomes you to our 5th edition! An event organized for both independent filmmakers and cinema-goers who love to discover niche films and artists.

The festival’s judges and programmers come from different film backgrounds and are eager to put together an exciting and truly high-quality program of indie films. Dublin Independent Film Festival’s aim is to discover new talent, films and filmmakers with potential, and to recognize the collaborative work this art form is funded on.

The program will focus on independent films of different genres, with no limitations on length, style or country of origin. The festival is open to everyone regardless of budget and experience.

DIFF is run in association with HF Productions, a collection of international film festivals supporting indie filmmaking. By establishing a working network with filmmakers, producers and marketing professionals, we share one common goal: to forge productive and lasting relationships between independent filmmakers and audiences.

△ ​Nominations – Films nominated in each category will be contacted on the notification date, and listed on our website and social media pages. Nominated filmmakers are invited to join the event, although only the films in the Official Selection (below) will be screened.

△ Official Selection – From the Nominations, a smaller selection of films for screening will be notified. Screening materials will be requested and more information about the event will be provided.

△ Winners – Award winners will be selected from the Nominations & Official Selection and announced at our festival, after the screenings, and online the following day.

✓ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles (if in a different language).

✓ All films must have been made in or after 2021.

✓ Short films must not exceed 35 minutes.

✓ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

✓ By submitting to us, you give us consent and right to screen your film in front of a live audience, and, under special circumstances, online screening.

✓ Nominations: These are all the films that have been nominated for an award in a category. Not all nominated films will be screened.

Official Selection: These are all the nominated films selected for screening, which will be notified via email. If you received a Nomination email, but no Official Selection email, it means your film will not be screened, but is still a contender for an award in its category.

Award Winners: Chosen from the Nominations (which includes the Official Selection).

✓ We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

✓ We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through email and our online platforms.

✓ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

✓ We do not accept partial screeners, trailers, or screener links that require access other than password protected links.

✓ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

✓ We cannot provide refunds.

✓ If you have submitted your project in the previous year, please do not resubmit the same project to the current edition.

✓ By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.

✓ We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

Overall Rating
  • Margaret Kane-Rowe

    My only complaint is that I didn't meet the organisers in person, this year. This is an excellent film festival. Run by fellow indie filmmakers. Thank you so much for the excellent feedback and communication. I look forward to meeting you at the next in-person event and festival. Very best of luck to the whole team.
    Margaret Kane-Rowe

    July 2022
  • James Newitt

    this is not a real festival

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear James

    Our team is not sure where your statement is based on, but we can assure you we are very much real and successfully run for 3 years now. Our 2020 edition was held online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and closed cinemas (you can find more info of our virtual event here: https://fb.me/e/5U6BGFX2A) and we are very eagerly preparing a physical festival for 2021!

    You can find photos and testimonies of past invited filmmakers on our FilmFreeway page and social media channels, but please feel free to contact us for any other info you need at dublinfilmfestival@yahoo.com


    The DIFF Team

  • Phoebe Torrance

    Such a great festival, everyone was warm and welcoming. Really great communication too! Thanks so much, the best experience

    November 2019
  • A wonderful festival, great communication and very supportive of Indie filmmakers. I'll be applying again!

    April 2019
  • Bankhouse Productions

    Excellent selection and organization. Thank you for bringing another great festival to Dublin!

    November 2018