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 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 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!

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  • J.J. Kandel

    Florian and his team work incredibly hard to put on a great fest with DISFMF. The venues are lovely, films are well-selected, and the vibe is hard to beat. It's a truly an international fest, and worthy of the trip.

    November 2019
  • Sarah Horgan

    I was honoured to have my film Something Borrowed screened at this wonderful festival. The organiser Florian was so helpful and professional from start to finish and there was such a lovely atmosphere.. Congrats to everyone involved!

    November 2019
  • Ben Adam-Harris

    A lovely festival. Although I couldn't attend they were great with communication and information about the festival and our screening.

    November 2019
  • I was thrilled to have my short documentary film "1 BILLION" selected and screened at this festival. The selection of films were eclectic and encompassed the diversity of life in our world which was refreshing and wonderful to see.

    The Team behind the festival were extremely friendly and welcoming, with great communication, hospitality and overall made the festival a great event. Also having the opportunity for filmmakers to do a question and answers after the screening was a great idea, many festivals don't do this, and after attending many with my films, this was the first time I had the opportunity to do a Q&A.

    This festival provides the much needed platform to showcase short films and for filmmakers like me to be given the opportunity to share stories that I feel are important. Where would filmmakers be without festivals like this?

    It was an honour to be part of the Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival, and my best endorsement can only be that I will continue to submit my work to them in the hope they select it as it was a privilege to be among so many great films. A big thank you to the Judges and the Team, wishing them every success for future festivals and if you are a filmmaker with a project you are interested in submitting, then this festival is for you. @davethomasfilms

    November 2019
  • Steven McKenna

    DISFMF was a great festival and really well organised with great turnouts for the screenings and a great atmosphere. Florian was a pleasure to meet and he and his team ran the festival extremely well. I will definitely be submitting again.

    November 2019