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 2020 we are celebrating the 9th anniversary.
In 2019 we screened 106 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 Horror
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 2020 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 2020
Festival Dates 9th-11th October 2020
Films that have been produced after 1 January 2016
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 2020
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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  • Carine Napiot

    We were not able to attend the festival, but we were honored to be selected as one of the films for this event.

    January 2020
  • Aoife Nic

    DISFMF is a wonderful festival that supports local filmmakers. It gives us the chance to showcase our work at the city's best venues and on its largest screens. It's clear a lot of work and heart goes into the organising and it's a great opportunity to meet other filmmakers from home and around the world.

    November 2019
  • CiarĂ¡n Hickey

    While I was unable to attend this year, Florian and his team were incredibly accommodating to myself and the extended crew behind our selected short this year 'Just Fine.' To have such a diverse range of shorts both national and international show in the heart of the country's capital under such friendly consideration was a pleasure. You can do no wrong with this one folks!

    November 2019
  • Sam Stage

    We were extremely happy to have our short-film selected for this year's festivals. The organisers do a brilliant job and the standard gets higher every year. Thanks again to everyone involved.

    November 2019
  • Cian Desmond

    It was a pleasure to have our animated short "Critical Hit" screen at DISFMF. As both a filmmaker and an audience member the festival was a treat to attend - an interesting and varied selection of films, fun atmosphere, and lovely staff.

    November 2019