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.

For 2020, the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is proud to host its largest programme of short films to date, with three programmes dedicated to the best Irish short films of the past 12 months, together with an additional three strands highlighting some of the most significant recent International work. The Short Film Awards recognise the best Irish and International shorts in our programme, as chosen by our jury.

Special Mention International Short Film

Adnan, Director: Steven Chatterton & Mark Arrigo

Best International Short Film

Quiet Land Good People, Director: Johannes Bachmann 

Special Mention Irish Short Film  

Innocent Boy, Director: John Connors 

Best Irish Short Film

Welcome to a Bright White Limbo, Director: Cara Holmes