Dublin International Film Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys announces 2021 Short Film Programmes.

This year we are hosting our largest programme of short films to date, with four programmes dedicated to the best Irish and international shorts of the past 12 months, together with a strand highlighting short films funded by Screen Ireland, a dedicated LGBTQ season and a Young Audience focus.

“The short film format has always been a crucial part of the festival, acting as both a showcase for future talent and as an art form in its own right “ said Gráinne Humphreys. “I am excited to see who the recipients will be of the 2021 Short Film Awards announced at the close of the festival which will recognise the best Irish and International shorts as chosen by the festival jury.” 

Short Film Programmes represent emerging and established film makers from 16 countries and feature 40 films with themes that include, war, social isolation, gender inequality, the rural landscape, faith, grief, tradition and coming of age. International titles include 2020 Canne Palme D’Or winning I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face and highly anticipated Sundance 2021 selection Inabitável/Unlivable from Brazil.

The Irish programme includes award-winning actor and writer Eva Birthistle’s directorial debut Kathleen Was Here and Lia Campbell’s accomplished student debut To All My Darlings starring Demi Isaac Oviawe.

Emmy nominee and Normal People global star Paul Mescal will also make an appearance in Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney’s Drifting, which along with Michael-David McKernan’s How to Fall in Love in a Pandemic, will feature music from Irish electronic artist Daithí.

Short Film Programmes

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