***The DIFF 2019 Submissions are now open!***

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

DIFF is Ireland’s premier event and has built a formidable reputation for delivering the very best in international film and film talent to Irish and International audiences each year. Its core elements include a select programme of the most exciting international cinema currently on offer, the best new Irish cinema, a retrospective of much loved and forgotten classics, a focus on screenwriting and unique access to a plethora of international film-making talent including actors, writers and directors and behind the scenes talent. An all encompassing event, carefully curated and ranging from the weird and wonderful to the glamorous and exclusive, DIFF turns the city into a film mecca for cinema-goers and experience-lovers of all kinds.

Soon coming into its 17th year, the Festival has grown to a maturity with a feature programme that charts the very best in new international cinema and a history of guests that include Al Pacino, Julie Andrews, Paul Schrader, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Danny DeVito, Eric Bana, Angela Lansbury, Stanley Tucci, Stellan Skarsgard, Richard Gere, Kim Cattrall, Daniel Day Lewis, Claudia Cardinale, Russell Crowe and Kristin Scott Thomas. In addition there has been a vibrant, ongoing programming of year-round events with huge talents including Amy Schumer, Andrew Stanton, Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, Bryan Cranston and Ennio Morricone.

Every year our Festival Director Grainne Humphreys travels to international festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, LFF, EIFF and Netia Off Camera to view films for the festival programme. However, every year we have a highly competitive submission process, with hundreds of entries from which a select choice will make the catalogue.

DIFF puts the films and filmmakers at its heart and understands the importance of nurturing new and experienced talent alike. So get your submissions in before the rush, and be a part of the exciting, vital, international festival that is DIFF.


Audience Award:

The DIFF audiences are central to the festival and each year they have their say in the Audience Award.

Audience Award Feature Winners:
2018 - "The Breadwinner", Nora Twomey
2017 - “The Farthest”, Emer Reynolds
2016 - “Viva”, Paddy Breathnach
2015 - “The Salt of the Earth”, Wim Wenders
For full list of winners visit our previous recipients page on diff.ie

Audience Award for Short Film:
2018 - "Time Traveller", Steve Kenny
2017 - “The Nation Holds its Breath”
2016 - “Little Bear”, Daire Glynn & Ger Duffy
2015 - “Boogaloo & Graham”, Michael Lennx
For full list of winners visit our previous recipients page on diff.ie

DIFF Discovery Award:

Renamed, the DIFF Discovery Award in 2016, the festival has focussed 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:
2018 - TJ O'Grady Peyton (Actor), Mia Mullarkey (director), Trevor Whelan & Rua Meegan (Director/Cinematographer)
2017 - Vincent Gallagher (Director), Niamh Algar (Actress), John Connors (Actor)
2016 - Barry Keoghan (Actor), Kathryn Kennedy (Producer), Jack O’Shea (Director/Animator)
For full list of winners visit our previous recipients page on diff.ie

Short Film Award:

The 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:
2018 - Best Irish: "Mother & Baby" Mia Mullarkey, Alice McDowell
2018 - Best International: "Retouch", Kaveh Mazaheri
2017 - Best Irish: “Lily”, Graham Cantwell
2017 - Best International: “Speechless”, Robin Polák
2016 - Best Irish: “Geist”, Ben Harper, Sean Mullen, Alex Sherwood
2016 - Best International: “Bathtub”, Tim Ellrich

Fantastic Flix Children’s Jury:

The Fantastic Flix Children’s Jury in association with The Ark Children’s Council and the Irish Film Classification Office.

Fantastic Flix Winners:
2018 - Best Feature: "Rum 213"
2018 - Best Short: “Earthy Encounters"
2017 - Best Feature: “Zip & Zap and the Captain’s Island”, Oskar Santos
2017 - Best Short: “Litterbugs”, Peter Stanley-Ward
Watch the 2017 Fantastic Flix Children’s jury video announcement here: https://youtu.be/hCfYHqvKqis

The Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards:

Every year the Dublin Film Critics 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 ADIFF programme.


* All films considered must be Irish premières.*
Accepted Formats for Cinema Exhibition:
DCP / Digital

Submitting your film:
For viewing purposes entries should be submitted on DVD or by screening link at the submission stage. NB: If posting a DVD, please label submission clearly on the DVD with film title, contact name, duration, tracking number and email address

Submission Waivers will not be granted.

Submission envelopes must not exceed 25cm Width or 6 cm Height

All packages/envelopes should be marked NO COMMERCIAL VALUE - FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY

***DEADLINE For Submissions is midnight on Monday the 1st October 2018***

Applicants will be notified of the status of their submission by email by approximately 10th Jan 2019. Successful applicants will be required to supply a film print or video master for screening at ADIFF 2019. You should pay particular attention to the shipping and customs information, which will be sent to you at that time.
- Please note that ADIFF 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, 2017

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 première 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, 2017

Place of Origin: Projects may originate from anywhere in the world. All non-English speaking films must have English subtitles.

Première Status: Projects must be a première in Dublin. Films available publicly online will not be accepted.

Distribution Status: Projects may have distribution

TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONDITIONS OF ENTRY The Audi Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF) welcomes unsolicited submissions made in accordance to the regulations below: * ADIFF only accepts feature films or documentaries of 60 minutes or more and Short Films under 30mins in length * Submissions will only be accepted through FilmFreeway. * ADIFF does not pay screening fees. * 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 ADIFF 2019. * 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 ADIFF for any reason. * Due to the large amount of submissions received ADIFF 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 ADIFF by prior arrangement with the Print Transport Manager only). * The Audo Dublin International Film Festival does not accept any responsibility for damage to prints. * Television and Internet broadcasting: Taking part in ADIFF implies allowing broadcasting on Irish and foreign televisions and on the Internet (extracts limited to and not exceeding 3 mins.) for the purpose of promoting the Festival.