Dublin Feminist Film Festival has established firm roots on Dublin’s cultural calendar since 2014, shining a spotlight on women in film. DFFF promotes and celebrates female filmmakers, hoping to inspire and empower others to get involved in filmmaking.

This involves considering women on-screen, but also behind the camera, through the dual-aspect of celebrating and showcasing fantastic female filmmaking, as well as demonstrating that women make compelling and complex characters and subjects. DFFF is a celebratory festival and our commitment to inclusive art is reflected in the programme each year, showcasing a range of work, from documentary to drama, short form to feature, including work by women from a variety of national, ethnic, and class backgrounds. Anywhere and everywhere that we mention ‘women’ we mean anyone who identifies as a woman.

After taking a Covid-19-related hiatus in 2020, we are returning with a hybrid festival for 2021. Our feature selections will be presented online, but - depending on government restrictions and the status of cinemas in Ireland - we hope to have live, in-person screenings of our shorts programme. This year's festival will be run in conjunction with the Irish Film Institute.

To reflect new networks of support that have developed over the past year, the theme of this year's festival is CARE and CONNECTION. We would love to see shorts that touch on that theme in a variety of ways. As with past festivals, shorts needn't fit the theme exactly, although preference will be give to those that do.

WINNER - DFFF SHORTS AWARD 2021 (Prize TBC)
RUNNER UP PRIZE (TBC)

RULES & TERMS

1. All films must be directed by a woman.
2. The maximum length for films is 18 minutes.
3. Shorts should have been produced in the last two year - any time since January 2019.
4. Filmmakers must be able to submit their films digitally in a resolution suitable for projection by 15 August.
5. Shorts can touch on any theme or genre, and we encourage submissions of fiction, documentary, animation. Shorts that touch on the theme of CARE and CONNECTION will be given preference.

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  • 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
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    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
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Megan, thanks for coming!