Irish Film Institute (IFI)

#IFIDocFest: Call for short docs for IFI Documentary Festival, September 22-25

The IFI Documentary Festival returns this Autumn! The 13th edition of the hugely popular Festival (formerly known as IFI Stranger Than Fiction) which showcases the best of Irish and International documentary film, will run from  September 22nd to 25th 2016.

Since 2001, IFI Documentary Festival has premiered important Irish documentaries including Showrunners, Pyjama Girls, The Liberties, and Bloody Sunday – A Derry Diary. International hits such as We are Many, Muscle Shoals, The Imposter, The Yes Men Fix The World, Sleep Furiously, Forgetting Dad, and Jesus Camp and Oscar-winning documentaries such as Born Into Brothels have all had their Irish premiere at IFI Documentary Festival and the festival has attracted many guests filmmakers from around the world to present and discuss their work.

This year’s IFI Documentary Festival is looking for original and exciting short documentary films (under 20 minutes) from Irish filmmakers to include in the festival. So if your film fits the bill, now is the time to prepare your entries as submissions are open.

Preference may be given to films which are Dublin premieres. Films that have been broadcast on Irish television or on a channel available to Irish television audiences should not be entered and will not be considered. There is no entry fee.

To enter a Short Documentary:

Send an online link of your complete film to with Doc Fest Irish Short  in the subject line. The following information should be included: film title, running time, credits (producer, director), a synopsis of the film in less than 300 words, a detailed  account of the film’s  exhibition history to date  and three high-resolution images from the film.

Submission Deadlines: Films must be submitted before 6pm Monday June 20th 2016.

Full details of the 2016 IFI Documentary Festival programme will be announced in August.

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