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 2018 we are celebrating the 7th anniversary.
In 2017 we screened 103 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. We do not spend half of our budget inviting any big stars but we want every film maker attending the festival to feel like a star because they are the ones who worked hard to see the projects ready.
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

Awards & Prizes

o Best International Short Film /200 Euro Price
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/ 200 Euro Price
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 & Terms

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 2018 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 authorized 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 2018
Festival Dates 5th-7th October 2018
Films that have been produced after 1 January 2014
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 1th of August 2018
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!

22 Reviews

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    Cathal Feeney

    Very well run and enjoyable festival. I was lucky enough to have a film in it this year but being in my home city it is one that I look forward to even if I don't. See you next year!

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Cathal for your feedback and see you next year.

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    Pietro Birindelli

    A great festival and the hosts are super friendly. A very good experience overall.

    December 2017
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    Jonathan Farrelly

    One of the best festivals - great location, great communication, ran by people that love and care about short film and want to help filmakers get their work screened. The cost of festivals can quickly add up, so in terms of value for money and a great experience - I would put this up at the top of the list for priority festivals - so make sure and submit!

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jonathan, good luck with the new projects and see you next year, hopefully. :)

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    Tom Lynch

    Excellent festival. We screened twice at this festival, and it was a really great experience. Well organized - with really good venues for the films. I look forward to attending it again next year..

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Tom and see you again next year :)

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    Sinéad O'Loughlin

    Had a great time, sugar club is a great venue. Good communication from the festival, would recommend submitting.

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Sinead and hopefully see you again next year.