About The Dublin International Film Festival

Established in 2003, The Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) has fast become Ireland's premier feature film festival and takes place in Ireland's capital city over the course of eleven days and nights each Spring. The next edition of the festival will take place 18th-28th February 2016.

DIFF continues its commitment to celebrating film as an art form by presenting the highest standard of international cinema to the Irish Audience. The festival is a citywide event that takes place in all of the Dublin City Centre Cinemas including Cineworld, The Savoy, Irish Film Institute and Light House Cinema in Smithfield. The majority of films shown at the film festival are Irish premieres, and for some of the films shown, the festival represents the only public screening that will take place in Ireland.

Since its inauguration the festival has prided itself on creating a unique forum of exchange between the public and the filmmaking community through hosting a whole range of events that allow the public to interact with filmmakers in the form of public interviews, panel discussions and Q&A sessions. Dublin International Film Festival continues to lead the way in the presentation of outstanding Irish and International film.

Over the past thirteen years the Festival has hosted over 500 major guests along the way ranging from Irish mega stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Saoirse Ronan, Cillian Murphy, Daniel Day Lewis, U2 to Hollywood A-listers Al Pacino, Julie Andrews, Russell Crowe, Kim Cattrall, Mark Wahlberg, Glenn Close, Joss Whedon, Danny DeVito and Richard Dreyfuss. The Festival has screened world cinema from 52 different countries, a total of almost 1,500 films, of which 300 were Irish features including world premieres of Once, Ondine, In Bruges, Calvary, The Stag, The Secret of Kells.

In addition there has been a vibrant, ongoing programming of International out of Festival events with huge talents Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, Bryan Cranston, Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Judd Apatow and Ennio Morricone. Audiences and industry members have been delighted to meet a widely diverse range of luminaries and gain insights into every area of the film world including perspectives from directors, producers, screenwriters and critics such as Mike Leigh, John Sayles, Laurent Cantet, Pedro Costa, Martin Mc Donagh, Jeremy Thomas, Wim Wenders, Neil Gaiman, Jan Troell, Sarah Polley, Frederic Raphael and Todd McCarthy among many others.

Irish Film Talent is celebrated as an integral part of the DIFF programme each year by presenting Irish film in all its guises from archival, to documentary, to the very latest Irish feature films from first time film directors. In 2008 the festival inaugurated The Irish Talent Spotlight in order to profile exceptional new and established talent working in all areas of the Irish Film Industry. Ken Wardrop (Writer/Director), Margo Harkin (Producer), Tim Fleming (Director of Photography), Cartoon Saloon (Irish Animation Company) and Margeret Corkery (Writer/Director) have all been honoured as part of this initiative.

Each year the Dublin International Film Festival presents The Volta Awards to outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of film. Named for Ireland's first dedicated cinema, the Volta Picture Theatre on Mary Street in Dublin, recipients of The Volta have included Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, Consolata Boyle, George Morrison, Paolo Sorrentino and Thierry Fremaux.


Planning your trip to Dublin?

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Or if you looking for a budget break, stay at the funkiest hostel in Ireland's capital: The Generator Hostel Dublin


The Company is a non-profit festival with Irish Revenue registered charity status (Charity Number: 15821).
This means that all donations to the Company are eligible for tax relief under section 484a of the Taxes Consolidation Acts.
The Company is a ltd Company (Company number: 365622) registered in Ireland, with a voluntary Board of Directors.