***The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival's 2022 Submissions are now open!***
Full rules for short films, documentary and feature films below, please read carefully before submitting.
Taking place every spring, the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is one of the most iconic events in Ireland’s cultural calendar. The programme has evolved over the years, but each Festival is guaranteed to offer a mouth-watering mix of cinema from around the world, with many screenings attended by the filmmakers and stars.
From hidden gems to red-carpet spectaculars attended by directors and stars, every Festival is a celebration of cinematic excellence in all its forms. Our awards recognise outstanding achievements in documentaries, features and shorts, while the Dublin Film Critics’ Circle Awards distribute accolades from Ireland’s professional film critics and the Audience Award gives festivalgoers a chance to vote for their favourite features and shorts.
But the Festival’s most prestigious accolade is the Volta. Named after Ireland’s first dedicated cinema, the Voltas are awarded each year to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of film. Previous recipients have included iconic figures such as Al Pacino, Julie Andrews, Ennio Morricone, Daniel Day-Lewis, Claudia Cardinale, Martin Sheen, Kristin Scott Thomas, Brendan Gleeson, Terry Gilliam and Angela Lansbury.
Many of these stars join us in helping to nurture the next generation of talent, as every year Virgin Media DIFF invites a wealth of leading industry professionals to run workshops, give talks, and offer inspirational advice. Over the years we’ve welcomed leading lights from every area of filmmaking, including writers and directors (and quite a few writer-directors), composers, producers and casting agents.
For our 2022 event, we are planning a hybrid festival presentation and looking to include a new strand of work celebrating music, both features and documentary.
The shorts selection will be curated thematically into programs of approximately 90 minutes in duration which aim to bring together a diverse cross-section of contemporary cinema.
Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival's Commitment to Greater Diversity:
As part of Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival's mission to employ greater diversity in its programming, we welcome submissions from varied ethnicities and marginalised voices, as well as seeking greater parity and a 50/50 gender-balance. Please make us aware of the diversity in your project when submitting your film.
Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival aims to be an inclusive and diverse organisation that promotes and delivers equality of opportunity regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation across all its activities, from programming and audience development to employment policies.
The Festival is not complacent about its progress to date, and recognises that there is more work to be done to achieve diversity in all of its activities.
For full list of winners visit our previous recipients page on diff.ie
The documentary jury chose "Acasa, My Home" as the winner of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2021 Documentary Competition.
DUBLIN HUMAN RIGHTS FILM AWARD
"The Dissident" was announced as the 2021 winner of the Dublin Human Rights Film Award, a partnership with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL).
Audience Award Feature Winners:
2021 - "Minari", Lee Isaac Chung
2020 - "Endless Sunshine on a Cloudy Day", John Connors
2019 - "Maiden", Alex Holmes
2018 - "The Breadwinner", Nora Twomey
Audience Award for Short Film:
2021 - "To All My Darlings", Eamonn Hughes
2020 - "Iarscoláire", Shaun Dunne
2019 - "99 Problems", Ross Killeen
2018 - "Time Traveller", Steve Kenny
The Aer Lingus Discovery Award has enabled the Festival to shine a spotlight on emerging Irish talent since 2008. The programme offers unique mentoring opportunities with Festival guests as well as networking opportunities.
DIFF Discovery Winners:
2021 - Burschi Wojnar (DoP) Rachel Carey (Director), Hazel Doupe (Actress), Saileóg O'Halloran
2020 - Cara Holmes (Director), Dónall Ó Héalaí (Actor), Paddy Slattery (Writer/Director), Claire Byrne (Director)
2019 - Alexandra McGuinness (Writer/Director), Ian Hunt Duffy (Director), Oonagh Kearney (Director), Special Mention: Madonna Bambino (Make Up Artist)
2018 - TJ O'Grady Peyton (Actor), Mia Mullarkey (director), Trevor Whelan & Rua Meegan (Director/Cinematographer)
SHORT FILM AWARD
The Virgin Media DIFF Short Film Awards support and nurture emerging Irish and international talent in the short film form as voted for by an international jury of industry professionals.
Short Film Award Winners:
2021 - Best Irish: "Her Song" Éabha Bortolozzo/Jack Kirwin
2021 - Best International: "Anita", Sushma Khadepaun
2020 - Best Irish: "Welcome to a Bright White Limbo," Cara Holmes
2020 - Best International: "Quiet Land Good People," Johannes Bachmann
2019 - Best Irish: "Five Letters to the Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain," Oonagh Kearney
2019 - Irish Special Mention: "The First Was A Boy," Shaun Dunne
2019 - Best International: "Inanimate", Lucia Bulgheroni
2019 - International Special Mention: "Child", Joren Molter
2018 - Best Irish: "Mother & Baby", Mia Mullarkey, Alice McDowell
2018 - Best International: "Retouch", Kaveh Mazaheri
FANTASTIC FLIX CHILDREN'S JURY AWARD
The Fantastic Flix Children’s Jury in association with The Ark Children’s Council and the Irish Film Classification Office.
Fantastic Flix Winners:
2020 - Best Feature: "Onward," Dan Scanlon
2020 - Best Short: "Streets of Fury," Aidan McAteer
2019 - Best Feature: "Mia and the White Lion", Gilles De Maistre
2019 - Best Short: "First Disco", Helen O'Reilly
2018 - Best Feature: "Rum 213"
2018 - Best Short: “Earthy Encounters"
THE YOUNG PROGRAMMERS CHOICE AWARD
The inaugural Young Programmers Choice Award took place in 2019.
2019 - Best Feature: "Rafiki", Wanuri Kahiu
2019 - Special Mention: "Ballon", Michael Herbig
THE DUBLIN FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
Every year the Dublin Film Critics vote for their Best Film, Best Director, Best Irish Film, Best Documentary, Best Performances and the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award and the George Byrne Maverick Award, named in honour of the contributions of two late Irish critics, from the Virgin Media DIFF programme.
* All films considered must be Irish premieres.*
Accepted Formats for Cinema Exhibition:
DCP / Digital
Submitting your film:
For viewing purposes entries should be submitted by screening link only at the submission stage.
Submission Waivers will not be granted.
***DEADLINE For Submissions is midnight on Friday the 15th October 2021***
Applicants will be notified of the status of their submission by email by approximately 14th Jan 2022. Successful applicants will be required to supply a film print or video master for screening at Virgin Media DIFF 2021. You should pay particular attention to the shipping and customs information, which will be sent to you at that time.
- Please note that Virgin Media DIFF cannot acknowledge receipt of entries.
- Preview copies will not be returned.
- All foreign language entries must provide English subtitles
- Submissions with unpaid fees will not be considered for selection.
Runtime: Features: minimum 60 minutes
Completion Date: Projects completed after September 1, 2020
Place of Origin: Projects may originate from anywhere in the world. All non-English speaking films must have English subtitles.
Premiere Status: Projects must be a premiere in Ireland. Films available publicly online will not be accepted.
Distribution Status: Projects may have distribution
RUNTIME: Maximum 30 minutes
Completion Date: Projects completed after Sept 1, 2020
Place of Origin: Projects may originate from anywhere in the world. All non-English-speaking films must have English subtitles.
Premiere Status: Projects must be an Irish premiere for features and docs. Short films must be a Dublin premiere. Films available publicly online will not be accepted.
Distribution Status: Projects may have distribution
TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival welcomes unsolicited submissions made in accordance to the regulations below: * Virgin Media DIFF only accepts feature films or documentaries of 60 minutes or more and Short Films under 30 minutes in length * Submissions will only be accepted through FilmFreeway. * Films must be presented in their original format and have English language subtitles or commentary where necessary. * All films considered must be Irish premieres. * When submitting your film please include details of any public screenings and festivals that your film is being exhibited at before Virgin Media DIFF 2022. * The selection and scheduling of films screened at the Festival is entirely at the discretion of the Festival Director. * Please ensure that you include a synopsis of no more than 200 words as you would like it to appear in the programme. (NB: Please note that the Festival reserves the right to amend the copy submitted). * No cuts or changes in any film will made by Virgin Media DIFF for any reason. * Due to the large number of submissions received, Virgin Media DIFF cannot enter into any discussion regarding films that are not selected for the Festival. * The cost of shipping prints must be met by the sender. The Festival will pay for one-way return shipping of prints only (prints can be forwarded to another festival after their screening at Virgin Media DIFF by prior arrangement with the Print Transport Manager only). * The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival does not accept any responsibility for damage to prints. * Television and Internet broadcasting: By taking part in Virgin Media DIFF your are agreeing to allow broadcast on Irish and foreign televisions and on the internet (extracts limited to and not exceeding 3 mins) for the purpose of promoting the Festival. *In submitting to VMDIFF, the Festival may occasionally contact you about relevant industry events and updates. You can opt-out of this at any time*