This year’s IFI Documentary Festival, September 27th to 30th 2018, 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 submit your Irish short and feature-length documentaries.

IFI Documentary Festival is a festival of Irish and international film. International films are selected by IFI programme team following viewing at festivals and elsewhere. Irish films are programmed directly by invitation or by selection following submission to IFI Doc Fest.

General Submission Criteria


  • Only Irish films should be submitted for consideration.
  • Irish – refers to all-island.
  • For these purposes an Irish film is one which fulfils one or more of the following criteria:
    • Made by Irish-born or Irish-based director,
    • Produced by Irish-based production company,
    • Located primarily in Ireland with subject matter which is wholly or primarily Irish-themed.
  • Short films are no longer than 20 mins.
  • Feature films are no shorter than 60 minutes.
  • Preference will be given to films which are Irish premieres.


  • Films that are publicly available online or have been broadcast on Irish television or on a channel available to Irish television audiences should not be entered and will not be considered.
  • Films that have been submitted for previous IFI Doc Fest will not be considered unless they have been altered substantially since last submission.
  • Films must have been completed no more than 24 months before submission date.

There is no entry fee.

Films will be selected by a team of experienced IFI programmers.  Their decisions on selection will be final, and we will not be able to enter into any further correspondence in this regard.

Submission Guidelines:

Send a private online link to your complete film to ifidocfest@irishfilm.ie with either IFI Doc Fest Irish Feature or IFI Doc Fest Irish Short in the subject line.

The following information should be included:

  • film title
  • date of completion
  • running time
  • credits (producer, director)
  • a synopsis of the film (between 100 and 300 word)
  • a full account of the film’s exhibition history
  • three high-resolution images from the film

Submission Deadlines:

Films must be submitted before 6pm Wednesday, June 20th 2018.

The IFI acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.

The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland