The sixth Dublin Feminist Film Festival will take place on 22-24 August, 2019. We are asking filmmakers to submit their work for consideration as part of our annual short-film competition.

For #DFFF2019 we are opening submissions to films of any theme or style. As with all our past festivals, short film submissions must be directed by women. We look especially favourably on films that feature multiple women crew members.

Submissions are via FilmFreeway only (

If you have any trouble submitting please don’t hesitate to contact us at Dublinfeministfilmfestival [at] gmail [dot] com.

Before submitting your film please read the terms and conditions below carefully. Note that there is a $5.50 (approx. €5) submission fee.

#DFFF is an independent film festival run by a small team of volunteers with support from the Arts Council Ireland.

#DFFF2019 has three core goals:
1. To counteract the misrepresentation and stereotypical representation of women on screen and expose audiences to a broader range of female characters than those often found in mainstream cinema. In other words, female characters that are more developed, diverse, complex, and interesting, and that don't patronise the audience.
2. To counter the underrepresentation of women in the film industry by screening, supporting and promoting films in which women have played a vital role as, directors, producers, writers or crew members. We want to celebrate women who are working in the industry and inspire and empower others to get involved in filmmaking and production.
3. To bring the perspectives, stories and experiences of women and feminists to a wider audience through film in an inclusive, positive and friendly environment.

We will screen selected shorts as part of a shorts programme during the festival. Winners will be announced that evening.

Prizes from CameraKit and Media Drives.

Details TBC

1. The short film submission call will open on 29 April 2019. The deadline for submissions is 14 June 2019 at 5pm. We will announce the selection by late July.
2. There is a $5.50 fee to submit a film. The fee is non-refundable under any circumstances, regardless of whether or not your short is selected for screening. This fee contributes to essential costs related to the running of the festival. Once all expenses are paid, all profits go to a local charity of our choice.
3. All shorts must be less than 18 minutes in length. Any films longer than 18 minutes will be automatically disqualified. We will not watch them so please do not submit them.
4. We don't mind if the film has screened before. We don't mind where it's from or where/when it's set. But it must feature a woman in the role of director (other women crew members will be looked upon favourably).
5. By submitting a film, you guarantee that your entry is your original work and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of third parties.
6. By submitting your film, you accept that we may use stills from chosen films as promotional material for the festival.
7. The festival takes place at Light House Cinema, an independent art cinema in the vibrant Smithfield area of North Dublin. This gives us the opportunity of presenting our films on a large screen through a professional projector. We can project films in a variety of formats, and if your film is selected we will require that you provide us with a copy in as high a quality format as possible to ensure its best presentation.

Our organizing committee and programming team will watch the submitted shorts and give them a mark for each of the criteria listed below. To finalize a short-list, we will consider the total cumulative marks received by each film, as well as the overall fit with both the theme and features programme.

The criteria for this year’s festival are:

1. Production practice. Films must have a female director to be considered, we will also consider formal and aesthetic questions related to the presence of a woman behind the camera.
2. Production quality and aesthetic tone. We are not interested in the budget of your film but in how well you have told your particular story and conveyed your creative approach given the tools at your disposal.
3. Crew. We will take into account the involvement of women as filmmakers in the crew, particularly in the high-level creative roles of writer, producer, editor, but also other below-the-line positions as members of the camera and sound crew.
4. Entertainment value. This is about how successfully your film moves and involves the judges within its own genre and context. We are looking for compelling, absorbing, interesting and/or entertaining films.
5. Representation. Relatable/interesting/diverse/prominent female characters.

Overall Rating
  • Great festival and excellent communication. Happy to be a part of it, thanks!

    July 2019
  • Great communication and friendly team. I was sadly unable to attend but the website and pictures looked fantastic.

    February 2017
  • Natasha Waugh

    A great festival to be a part of. The festival team were so welcoming, and the audience was so receptive. The screening drew in a great crowd, and was sold out, no doubt in thanks to the festival's excellent communication.
    One of the best aspects of the festival, is that all proceeds go to Sesane - a Nepalese based charity that works with women survivors of human trafficking. A very worthy, and important festival to be a part of, and one I will definitely be submitting to in the future.

    November 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Natasha, you're too kind!

  • Megan K. Fox

    Brilliant festival run by awesome women, championing the work of female filmmakers 💪🏼 thoroughly enjoyed it.

    November 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Megan, thanks for coming!