This year’s IFI Documentary Festival, September 26th to 29th 2019, is looking for original and exciting documentary films from Irish filmmakers to include in the festival. If you think 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 Documentary Festival.

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 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 18.00 on Wednesday, June 19th 2019.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

By submitting to our festival, we will utilise any personal data that you submit to us as part of the details of your submission, to evaluate your submission for the purposes of the festival. We will use your data as part of our internal surveys to assess the number of submissions for the festival and where submissions came from and from what category. You are in control of your data and should you wish to delete your data, you may request us to do this at anytime. To withdraw consent to use your data and delete it from our systems, please email us with your request.

Data Consent

The only way to enter our film festival is by submission. It is not possible to enter the festival without a submission. Therefore by submitting to our festival you are giving us consent to utilise your data in the ways listed above. If you do not consent to this and would like us to delete your data entirely after the festival, please contact us. By making a submission to our festival you are giving your consent for us to use your data.

The IFI acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.

The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland