Irish Film Institute -The Irish Film Institute call for submissions for the 2016 Documentary Festival 

The Irish Film Institute call for submissions for the 2016 Documentary Festival 

IFI Press Release: 29th April 2016.


This year’s IFI Documentary Festival, running from September 22nd to 25th, is looking for original and exciting documentary films from Irish 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 short documentaries (under 20 minutes), and Irish feature length documentaries (over 60 minutes).

Since 2001, IFI Documentary Festival (formerly IFI Stranger Than Fiction) has hosted premieres of important Irish documentaries including In a House that Ceased to Be, War in Eastern Congo, The Liberties, and Bloody Sunday – A Derry Diary. International hits such as A Syrian Love Story, Muscle Shoals and The Imposter, have all had their Irish premiere at the festival which has attracted many guests filmmakers from around the world to present and discuss their work.

Preference may be given to films which are Dublin premieres. 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 Short or Feature Documentary:

Send an online link of your complete film to with either Doc Fest Irish Feature or Doc Fest Irish Short  in the subject line. The following information should be included: film title, running time, credits (producer, director), a synopsis of the film in less than 300 words, a detailed  account of the film’s  exhibition history to date  and three high-resolution images from the film.


Submission Deadlines: Films must be submitted before 6pm Monday June 20th 2016.


For images and further details please contact Michelle McDonagh 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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Arts Council of Ireland