About The Dublin International Film Festival

Audi Dublin International Film Festival is Ireland’s premier event and has built a formidable reputation for delivering the very best in international film and film talent to Irish and International audiences each year. Its core elements include a select programme of the most exciting international cinema currently on offer, the best new Irish cinema, a retrospective of much loved and forgotten classics, a focus on screenwriting and unique access to a plethora of international filmmaking talent including actors, writers and directors and behind the scenes talent.  An all encompassing event, carefully curated and ranging from the weird and wonderful to the glamorous and exclusive, ADIFF turns the city into a film mecca for cinema-goers and experience-lovers of all kinds.

International Talent

Soon coming into its 15th year, the Festival has grown to a maturity with a feature programme that charts the very best in new international cinema and a history of guests that include Al Pacino, Julie Andrews, Danny DeVito, Angela Lansbury, Stanley Tucci, Stellan Skarsgard, Richard Gere, Kim Cattrall, Daniel Day Lewis, Claudia Cardinale, Russell Crowe and Kristin Scott Thomas. In addition there has been a vibrant, ongoing programming of year-round events with huge talents including Amy Schumer, Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, Bryan Cranston and Ennio Morricone.

Volta Award

In 2007, DIFF introduced the Volta Award, in order to celebrate the careers of individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of film. Our annual Volta Awards are named after Ireland's first dedicated cinema, the Volta Picture Theatre on Mary Street in Dublin, which opened on 20 December 1909 by an enterprising young novelist named James Joyce. The 2016 Recipients included Angela Lansbury and Claudia Cardinale.

Behind the Scenes - Festival Strand

ADIFF Legend’s series promises to continue after two successful years of public audiences with icons of stage & screen, Julie Andrews and Angela Lansbury. ADIFF is dedicated to the importance of screenwriters through the invitation of international peers such as David Hare (ADIFF 2016 / The Hours) and Robert Towne (ADIFF 2013 / Chinatown) to participate in the Festival’s Behind the Scenes strand. This focus is surrounded by commitment to championing both emerging as well established directors (Ben Wheatley, Rebecca Miller, Joss Whedon, Anieszka Holland) and a range of industry professionals including composers (Dario Marianelli, Jan AP Kaczmarek), cinematographers (Chris Menges, Doug Milsome) animators (Didier Brunner, Tomm Moore) and more.

Fantastic Flicks

Fantastic Flicks, the Festival’s family strand, graduates into its sophomore year with a dedication to bringing the very best international cinema to young audiences.

Irish Talent

2016 has been a hugely successful year for Irish cinema, with high profile Oscar nominations surrounding Brooklyn and Room and a new generation of Irish talent including John Carney, Lenny Abrahamson, Mark O’Halloran, Mark O’Rowe and with a dazzling line up of acting talent (Farrell, Fassbender, Gleesons, Murphy, Ronan and Reynor) acting as ambassadors for Irish talent, there has never been a more exciting time to look to the Emerald Isle.

The Festival also has a dedication to honouring new talent through the ADIFF Discovery Award. This award aims to identify and champion emerging talent from both in front of, and behind the camera. The 2016 nominees were judged by a panel of industry experts comprising of Casting Director Margery Simkin, Head of Distribution at Element Films Audrey Shiels, Director and Manager of Teach Solais Jason Foran and Director Ken Wardrop. The winners were announced as actor Barry Keoghan (Mammal, Traders, The Break), director/animator Jack O’Shea (A Coat Made Dark, Eat the Danger) and producer Kathryn Kennedy (My Name is Emily, It’s Not Yet Dark, After).


In 2017 the Audi Dublin International Film Festival will return for its 15th year, with submissions now open through Film Freeway, with entry available to features, documentary, family, animation and short-film until October 2016. Bookended by Sundance, Berlin and the Oscars, ADIFF is essential in promoting Dublin as one of the world’s leading creative cities, in a month which immerses audiences in film worldwide.



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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.