The 13th Underground Cinema Film Festival is an IFTA (Irish Film & Television Academy) Affiliated International Film Festival located in Dublin in Ireland.

A champion of emerging filmmakers, Underground Cinema has the belief that no matter what the film’s budget or the director’s vision it’s the filmmakers passion that drives a film.

As technology allows greater access to short films as well as filmmaking tools, an increasing number of people are turning to short filmmaking as a form of expression and an opportunity to explore creative freedom. The fact that we received 300 more submissions in this category than last year speaks to that. Within them we saw a wave of truly original and outrageously distinctive films united by their uncompromised spirit. This year we will present a new generation of adventurous independent filmmaking, in which boundaries are explored, pushed and often broken. The creative means employed in these films will take audiences on a wild ride towards the future of cinematic storytelling.

Our festival takes place in the magnificent Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin in Ireland from September 16th to the 18th. Over the three days of the festival we will screen over 100 independently produced films from all over the world and we will once again host a number of free filmmakers workshops from industry experts. Like previous years, the festival will be a Hybrid event with a mixture of live and online screenings.

The Hybrid element to the festival has worked very well for us over the past two years. It has meant that we are able to include more films to our program and it also means that we can host more Q&A sessions online with directors from all over the world.

We are also delighted to be brinigng back the Mini Comic Con to the Festival. The Con will take place on the final day of the festival on Sunday September 18th.

*Important Note
All films that have been selected to be be screened at this years festival will be programmed for an online screening. 100 of the subsmissions sent through to us will be selected for a live screening as well in our venue. Please do NOT submit a film to us if you do not want an online screening.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to what promises to be our best festival yet.

Dave Byrne
Festival Director

Best Independent Feature Film
Best Independent Short Irish Film
Best Independent Short International Film
Best Student Short Film
Best Documentary
Best One Minute Short Film
Audience Award for Best Short Film (online vote)

1. The UCFF is open to Republic of Ireland and International filmmakers in the following categories:

Best Independent Feature Film – Feature with a budget less then €200K
Best Independent Short Film – Short film under 25 minutes
Best International Short Film – Short film made outside of Ireland under 25 mins
Best Student Film – Short/Feature film completed by full time students
Best One Minute Short Film - Your short film has to be under 60 seconds. This category is an international category
Best Documentary - This can either be a short or feature length documentary

2. We will accept entries via Vimeo download on the application form below. We will also accept We Transfer or Dropbox files. Please email dave@underground-cinema.com if you intend to send your files via either of the two options above.

3. All entries must include the following:

A completed entry form
€25 entry fee for feature films
€20 entry fee for short films
€5 entry fee for one minute shorts

4. Entry fees are non refundable

5. Films which have been broadcast on Television, Cable or have an international theatrical release prior to the UCFF are NOT eligible to enter competitively but may be screened out of competition.

6. For films submitted under the student category, a letter confirming your placement in college/school must be submitted prior to the film festival by email to the following address, dave@underground-cinema.com

7. Non English language produced films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

8. Winners agree to participate in the publicity for the Festival as well as other promotional events, including the Underground Cinema website.

9. Closing date of for submissions August 13th. Selected film entries will be notified by September 2nd. Winners will be announced on the Closing Night of the Festival.

10. Selected films will either be screened online, live or both. 100 films will be selected for a live screening.

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  • Hard Bargain Pictures

    Yet another great run for The Underground Cinema Festival. Thanks Dave and Eoghan.

    September 2022
  • Emily Swain

    Loved attending this wonderful festival and so delighted our film was selected. Thank you to Dave who with team really care about their curated festival. Dave says they watch in entirety every film submitted. Highly recommend submissions to this festival as as a huge amount of integrity run by experienced film lovers.

    September 2022
  • Ramie Streng

    If I could give 100 stars to this festival I would! The best communication ever, and it was so appreciated. Thanks so much for giving "Plenty to Say:The Radical Murals of Mary Perry Stone," a platform both in person and online. We so wish we could have attended.

    September 2022
  • Alan Keane

    Delighted we entered 'A Day in the Life', our new Irish Arts & Culture Documentary Series to this Festival. Dave is a great organiser and very welcoming and personable. Being Officially Selected with an Honourable Mention was the icing on the cake! Highly recommended.

    September 2022
  • Great festival, we were delighted to recieve the best documentary at the 13th underground film festival.
    So naturally I would recommend this festival to anyone who wants to see their film in competition

    September 2022