Established in 2003, The Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) has fast become Ireland's premier feature film festival and takes place in Ireland's capital city over the course of eleven days and nights each Spring.
DIFF continues its commitment to celebrating film as an art form by presenting the highest standard of international cinema to the Irish Audience. The festival is a citywide event that takes place in all of the Dublin City Centre Cinemas including Cineworld, The Savoy, Irish Film Institute and Light House Cinema in Smithfield. The majority of films shown at the film festival are Irish premieres, and for some of the films shown, the festival represents the only public screening that will take place in Ireland.
Awards & Prizes
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The documentary jury chose "Confucian Dream" as the winner of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2020 Documentary Competition.
DUBLIN HUMAN RIGHTS FILM AWARD
"Herself" was announced as the winner of the recently relaunched Dublin Human Rights Film Award, a partnership with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL). Liam Cunningham was also awarded a Lifetime Contribution Award in 2020.
Audience Award Feature Winners:
2020 - "Endless Sunshine on a Cloudy Day", John Connors
2019 - "Maiden", Alex Holmes
2018 - "The Breadwinner", Nora Twomey
Audience Award for Short Film:
2020 - "Iarscoláire", Shaun Dunne
2019 - "99 Problems", Ross Killeen
2018 - "Time Traveller", Steve Kenny
Renamed the Aer Lingus Discovery Award in 2020, the Discovery Award has enabled the Festival to shine a spotlight on emerging Irish talent since 2008. The programme offers unique mentoring opportunities with Festival guests as well as networking opportunities.
DIFF Discovery Winners:
2020 - Cara Holmes (Director), Dónall Ó Héalaí (Actor), Paddy Slattery (Writer/Director), Claire Byrne (Director)
2019 - Alexandra McGuinness (Writer/Director), Ian Hunt Duffy (Director), Oonagh Kearney (Director), Special Mention: Madonna Bambino (Make Up Artist)
2018 - TJ O'Grady Peyton (Actor), Mia Mullarkey (director), Trevor Whelan & Rua Meegan (Director/Cinematographer)
SHORT FILM AWARD
The Virgin Media DIFF Short Film Awards support and nurture emerging Irish and international talent in the short film form as voted for by an international jury of industry professionals.
Short Film Award Winners:
2020 - Best Irish: "Welcome to a Bright White Limbo," Cara Holmes
2020 - Best International: "Quiet Land Good People," Johannes Bachmann
2019 - Best Irish: "Five Letters to the Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain," Oonagh Kearney
2019 - Irish Special Mention: "The First Was A Boy," Shaun Dunne
2019 - Best International: "Inanimate", Lucia Bulgheroni
2019 - International Special Mention: "Child", Joren Molter
2018 - Best Irish: "Mother & Baby", Mia Mullarkey, Alice McDowell
2018 - Best International: "Retouch", Kaveh Mazaheri
FANTASTIC FLIX CHILDREN'S JURY AWARD
The Fantastic Flix Children’s Jury in association with The Ark Children’s Council and the Irish Film Classification Office.
Fantastic Flix Winners:
2020 - Best Feature: "Onward," Dan Scanlon
2020 - Best Short: "Streets of Fury," Aidan McAteer
2019 - Best Feature: "Mia and the White Lion", Gilles De Maistre
2019 - Best Short: "First Disco", Helen O'Reilly
2018 - Best Feature: "Rum 213"
2018 - Best Short: “Earthy Encounters"
THE YOUNG PROGRAMMERS CHOICE AWARD
The inaugural Young Programmers Choice Award took place in 2019.
2019 - Best Feature: "Rafiki", Wanuri Kahiu
2019 - Special Mention: "Ballon", Michael Herbig
THE DUBLIN FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
Every year the Dublin Film Critics vote for their Best Film, Best Director, Best Irish Film, Best Documentary, Best Performances and the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award and the George Byrne Maverick Award, named in honour of the contributions of two late Irish critics, from the Virgin Media DIFF programme.