***Dublin International Film Festival's 2024 Submissions are now open!***

Full rules for short films, documentary and feature films below, please read carefully before submitting.

Taking place every spring, the 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, Angela Lansbury and Adam McKay.

Many of these stars join us in helping to nurture the next generation of talent, as every year 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 2024 event, we are planning a hybrid festival presentation consolidating the new strand 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.
Dublin International Film Festival's Commitment to Greater Diversity:

As part of 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.

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 "Notes From Sheepland" as the winner of the Dublin International Film Festival 2023 Documentary Competition.

"406 Days" was announced as the 2023 winner of the Dublin Human Rights Film Award, a partnership with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) with a Special commendation to 'My Imaginary Country'.


Audience Award Feature Winners:
2023: '406 Days', Joe Lee
2022 - 'An Cailín Ciúin', Colm Bairéad
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:
2023 - 'Mud Queen', Luke Daly & Nathan Fagan
2021 - "To All My Darlings", Eamonn Hughes
2020 - "Iarscoláire", Shaun Dunne
2019 - "99 Problems", Ross Killeen
2018 - "Time Traveller", Steve Kenny

The Five Lamps 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:
2023: Laura O'Shea (Director), Greg Burrows (Producer), Rory Kerr (Screenwriter/Director)
2022 - Colm Bairéad (Director), Kate Dolan (Director) , Rioghnach Ní Ghrioghair (Director)
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)

The 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:
2023 - Best Irish: 'Lamb' Sinead O'Loughlin
2023 - Irish Special Mention: 'Shadow' Janna Kemperman
2023 - Best Interntional: 'Will You Look At Me' Shuli Huang
2023 - International Special Mention: 'On Xerxes's Throne' Evi Kalogiropoulou
2023 - International Special Mention: 'Blind Spot' Lotfi Achour
2022 - Best Irish: 'An Encounter' Kelly Campbell
2022 - Irish Special Mention: 'Don't Go Where I Can't Find You' Rioghnach Ní Ghrioghair
2022 - Best International: 'Stiletto: A Pink Family Tragedy' Can Merdan Dogan
2022 - Special Mention: 'In Flow of Words' Eliane Esther Bots
2022 - Special Mention: 'Store Policy' Sarah Arnold
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

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 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 13th October 2023***

Applicants will be notified of the status of their submission by email by approximately 12th Jan 2024. Successful applicants will be required to supply a film print or video master for screening at DIFF 2024. You should pay particular attention to the shipping and customs information, which will be sent to you at that time.
- Please note that 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, 2022

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, 2022

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

Dublin International Film Festival welcomes unsolicited submissions made in accordance to the regulations below: * 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 DIFF 2024. * 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 DIFF for any reason. * Due to the large number of submissions received, 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 DIFF by prior arrangement with the Print Transport Manager only). * Dublin International Film Festival does not accept any responsibility for damage to prints. * Television and Internet broadcasting: By taking part in DIFF you 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 DIFF, the Festival may occasionally contact you about relevant industry events and updates. You can opt-out of this at any time*Submission fees for withdrawn films will be issued only within 28 days of submission*

Overall Rating
  • We were thrilled to have our clients Everything At Once (dir. Henrik Dyb Zwart) and Atali'i O Le Crezent (Sons of the Crezent) (dir. Brendan Canty) 😘

    May 2023
  • Princep Pictures

    Delighted to have been screened at DIFF. The festival consistently curated a programme for international and Irish audiences. Will be submitting here again for future festivals.

    March 2023
  • Mick Hannigan

    Dublin International Film Festival is great and pleasure to deal with it.

    March 2022
  • Carbonated Comet

    Dublin International Film Festival is a fantastic festival to be part of and I was delighted to have had a number of my short films selected at this years festival. Quality programme and interesting Q&As. Totally recommended.

    March 2022
  • Dromglen Productions

    Getting selected to screen at The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival was an honour for our team who created our short film, PADDY. Although virtual this year there was still a vibrant atmosphere around the festival. Gráinne Humphreys and her crew did a brilliant job. Highly recommend.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for the kind words. Grainne