We are an independent festival dedicated to bring together established musicians and filmmakers in a forum to celebrate the short films. Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival celebrates the artistic, educational and historical importance of short films and music. It gives independent film artists a platform for sharing their work and creating a dialogue with the community. It promotes the discussion and study of filmmaking.
DISFMF is the largest independent short film festival in Ireland, in 2019 we are celebrating the 8th anniversary.
In 2018 we screened 116 short films from all over the world, the festival has brought established, emerging and award-winning filmmakers to the public attention.
DISFMF is conducted from the independent film maker point of view.
Director and producer from each film selected will benefit free entry to all the venues and screenings.
All kinds of short films are accepted. Here are some examples: Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Advertising, Animation, Art-house, Black Comedy, Children/Family, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fantasy, Historical, Melodrama, Crime & Gangster, Biopics, Film-Noir, Road Films, Super-Heroes, Super-Natural, Mockumentary, Independent, Music Video, Musical, Reality, Religious, Romance, Science Fiction, Silent, Sport, Student, Thriller/Suspanse, TV, and more

o Best International Short Film
o Best Director
o Best Script
o Best Music Video
o Best Cinematography
o Best Comedy
o Best Animation
o Best Sound Design
o Best Score/Music
o Best Student
o Best Irish Short
o Best Actor
o Best Actress
o Best Documentary

The actual awards are paintings made by very talented Dublin based artists and the value of each painting is priceless.

RULES AND REGULATIONS: You hereby grant the Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival all rights necessary to exhibit and promote the above-referenced film at the 2019 Festival if the film is selected. You represent that such exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights whatsoever (including copyright, trademark, musical or contract right) of any person or entity. You further represent that you are authorised to submit the above-referenced film. Additionally, you indemnify the Festival from any and all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, and attorney's fees arising out of or in connection with third parties in regard to the screening of the film mentioned above.
General Rules 2019
Festival Dates 4th-6th October 2019
Films that have been produced after 1 January 2015
All kinds of short films are accepted. Here are some examples: Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Advertising, Animation, Art-house, Black Comedy, Children/Family, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fantasy, Historical, Melodrama, Crime & Gangster, Biopics, Film-Noir, Road Films, Super-Heroes, Super-Natural, Mockumentary, Independent, Music Video, Musical, Reality, Religious, Romance, Science Fiction, Silent, Sport, Student, Thriller/Suspanse, TV, and more.
Projects may originate anywhere in the world, but either the dialogue OR the subtitles must be in English.
No premiere requirements.
All filmmakers pay the same entry fee. No student discounts or waivers. All entry fees are non-refundable.
We will accept films of nearly every type and style, such as music videos, documentaries, horror, comedy, etc , with the following restrictions: No unfinished, in-progress, or rough cut projects will be accepted by our judges.
We will accept ONE VERSION of your entry only. We will NOT accept "updated" cuts such as "new sound mix", "new effects added", etc.
Entries must be received by 30 August 2019
Entries should not exceed 35 minutes in duration excluding titles provided the titles don't last for more than 1 extra minute.
I agree that DISFMF can do up to 2 screening during the festival.
The Festival may use excerpts from competition films (up to 10% of the length of the film, but no more than three minutes) to promote the Festival on television and the Internet.
The number of entries by one author is not limited.
Films that promote violence, race, and religion or gender discrimination or contain explicit drug advertisement are barred from the Festival programme.
A film that has been applied cannot be withdrawn from the festival, unless the Festival management decides otherwise.
Screening copy: MP4 or MOV in h264 codec.
ENTERING A FILM IN THIS FESTIVAL IMPLIES THE ACCEPTANCE OF THESE REGULATIONS!

Overall Rating
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  • Antonio Maciocco

    A great festival with quality selected films! Great communication. A competition of excellence standard, I recommend it!

    November 2018
  • Niall Glennon

    The whole DISFMF team were brilliant from start to finish. Florian and his staff were professional and friendly, I found them very helpful in so many ways. My film Permanent Sanctuary was screened on the awards night which was a most enjoyable evening. If you are lucky enough to have a film selected for this festival the memory will be with you for a very long time and for all the right reasons. One of the best festivals out there 10 out of 10. Keep up the great work, I cant wait to get to the next one if I'm lucky to get there again
    Niall Glennon
    Director of Permanent Sanctuary

    November 2018
  • Oliver Milburn

    Great festival, we were so proud to be part of it!

    October 2018
  • Dublin Filmmakers

    Great people, great venues, great festival. Did I mention how great it was?

    October 2018
  • Paul Horan

    Terrific festival, Florian and his team went above and beyond to create an inviting atmosphere and plenty of fun events in great locations.

    October 2018