All submissions are made through FilmFreeway.
Yes. Both feature films (documentary and fiction) and short films have an entry fee attached. For features, prices range between $35 and $65, depending on how early you submit. For short films there is a flat entry fee of $35. Full details can be found here.
We do not offer waivers for submissions.
If you are a college or institution, or have a number of films you would like to enter, please email [email protected]
Every year the Virgin Media DIFF programming team receives hundreds of entries and devotes hours of free time to making sure every film is watched and considered fairly. The team is passionate about film (many of us are filmmakers ourselves), and understands the costs and the personal expenses associated with creating even the shortest of shorts. The fees you pay for entry go straight back into the costs of curation, including venue hire, promotion and production.
For feature films and feature-length documentaries your film must have Irish premiere status.
For shorts your film must have Dublin premiere status.
Any film available publicly online is not eligible for entry. We accept secure and password-protected links only.
The minimum run time for features is 60 minutes.
The maximum run time for short films is 30 minutes.
Yes! Please pay for your submission on FilmFreeway and label your DVD clearly with the code. See our FilmFreeway page for further details.
Post your submission to: Digital Hub, Office 2.3, 157 Thomas Street, Dublin 8, Eircode: D08 T91Y
No. We do not return submissions; please make sure that you send a copy.
DIFF accepts films that are within 1 to 1.5 years of their completion date.
There are a number of awards for which your film may be eligible, including the Virgin Media Audience Award (Feature and Short Film), the Discovery Award (available to Irish talent only), the Short Film Award, the Documentary Competition, the ICCL Human Rights Film Award, the Dublin Film Critics’ Circle Awards (Features only), the Fantastic Flix Children’s Jury Award and the Young Programmers’ Choice Award. Learn more about our awards here.
You can submit a rough cut, however we recommend submitting your film as close to completion as possible before the submission deadline.
Yes, but we do not recommend entering again unless it has changed significantly.
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of submissions, we are unable to offer feedback. Please don’t be discouraged if you are not accepted into Virgin Media DIFF. There are often many factors influencing the acceptance or suitability of your film for Virgin Media DIFF.
As part of Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival's mission to employ greater diversity in its programming, we welcome submissions from varied ethnicities and marginalised voices, as well as seeking greater parity and a 50/50 gender-balance. Please make us aware of the diversity in your project when submitting your film.
All films submitted through FilmFreeway are given parity of treatment.
Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is committed to treating all peoples with respect, dignity and fairness and will take steps to welcome individuals, organisations and communities of all backgrounds including: of any race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, ability, citizenship, creed, sex, sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, same sex partnership, age, marital status, family status, immigration status, receipt of public assistance, history of mental health issues, health status, political affiliation, learning difference, level of literacy, accent, first language, body type, physical appearance and abilities, stature or socio-economic status.
The Festival is not complacent about its progress to date, and recognises that there is more work to be done to achieve diversity in all of its activities.