Irish Film Institute -IFI Stranger Than Fiction 2014 Call For Entries

IFI Stranger Than Fiction 2014 Call For Entries

IFI Press Release: 2/5/2014


The dates for the 11th edition of IFI Stranger Than Fiction, Dublin’s documentary film festival have just been confirmed as September 25th-28th 2014. The Festival is looking for original and exciting documentary films from Irish and international filmmakers to include in the festival. So if your film fits the bill, now is the time to prepare your entries as submissions are open for Irish and international short documentaries and Irish feature length documentaries with a deadline of 6pm, June 13th 2014.

Festival Director Ross Whitaker said “After a fantastic festival last year with brilliant films including Smash & Grab, Muscle Shoals and Here Was Cuba, over 30 filmmaker guests and large and engaged audiences, I’m looking forward to this year and all of the great documentary submissions that we’ll be receiving.”

This year IFI Stranger Than Fiction plans once again to premiere some of the best documentaries from Ireland. For the second year in a row the Festival will be parterning with Eat My Shorts, an organisation that specialises in delivering high quality short film programmes and festivals in different contexts around Ireland,in programming its documentary shorts selection.

Since 2001, IFI Stranger than Fiction has premiered important Irish documentaries including Pyjama GirlsThe Liberties, and Bloody Sunday – A Derry Diary. International hits such as Muscle Shoals, The ImposterThe Yes Men Fix The WorldSleep FuriouslyForgetting Dad, and Jesus Camp and Oscar-winning documentaries such as Born Into Brothels have all had their Irish premiere at IFI Stranger than Fiction and the festival has attracted many guests filmmakers from around the world to present and discuss their work.

Details of the 2014 programme will be announced and go on sale in early August 2014. For the latest details check


IFI Stranger Than Fiction is accepting entries of Irish and international short documentaries (under 20-minutes) and for Irish feature-length documentaries (over 60-minutes). International features are programmed on an invitation-only basis and no entries in this category will be accepted.

All Irish feature-length entries must be Dublin premieres. For short documentaries, no premiere status is required but preference will be given to shorts that are Dublin premieres so please indicate in your submission. Films that have been broadcast on Irish television or on a channel available to Irish television audiences should not be entered and will not be considered. There is no entry fee.

To enter a FEATURE documentary:

Send two non-returnable DVDs of your film to IFI STRANGER THAN FICTION, Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, IRELAND.

Include in your package an A4 sheet with the film title, running time, credits (producer, director), a synopsis of the film of less than 300 words. Please also email these details to along with three high-resolution images from the film.

To enter a SHORT documentary:

Send an online link to along with the details mentioned above.

For more media information please contact Patrick Stewart at the IFI Press Office on 01 679 5744 or email

The IFI acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.



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