Dublin Doc Fest

Short Documentary Film Festival & screenings - providing a unique platform for documentary film in Ireland

Dublin Doc Fest is a short documentary film festival and screenings based in Dublin, Ireland, showcasing the work of both Irish and International filmmakers. Founded in 2013 by documentary filmmaker Tess Motherway, the festival's objective is to create a new platform for short documentary film in Ireland - to give it its own space and context for exhibition - in carefully curated programmes. We believe Ireland fosters a high standard of documentary filmmaking. We want to create opportunities for these films to have a longer life - to place Dublin firmly on the map as an international destination for documentary film.
Each screening brings together unique stories from some of the most original voices working in documentary film today. We love non-traditional screening spaces and always strive to exhibit our films against the backdrop of Dublin's most iconic and beloved spaces. Previous venues include The Sugar Club, The Reading Room of The National Library of Ireland, City Assembly House & Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

  • 2016

    4th Dublin Doc Fest at Teeling Whiskey Distillery

    Our fourth festival event took place on Fri Nov 11th 2016 in the stunning exhibition space of Teeling Whiskey Distillery, 13 - 17 New Market Square, Dublin 8.

  • 2015

    Dublin Doc Fest at City Assembly Hall

    Our third festival took place on Saturday the 28th February 2015 at 7pm in The Irish Georgian Society, City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin.

  • 2014

    We join the St Patrick's Festival

    Dublin Doc Fest was commissioned by St Patrick's Festival to curate a special programme of short documentary film as part of their 'I Love My City' programme of cultural events which took place on Sun 16th March 2014 in The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 to an audience of 120.

  • 2013

    Our first screening

    Dublin Doc Fest's first screening took place on July 4th 2013 at The Sugar Club, Dublin as part of the film programme of 10 Days in Dublin multi-disciplinary arts festival.


Previously featured films

We are very proud to have presented films by a diverse and talented group of filmmakers, each of whom has a unique voice and distinctive style. These richly evocative works take us from the worlds of dairy farming, street newspaper sellers and female impersonation, by way of the indigenous Tlingit community of the Pacific north west.
The festival has earned a reputation for championing unusual, left of centre stories, and embracing a wide range of filmaking styles, including animated, observational and experimental documentary. Previously featured filmmakers include Colm Quinn, Tony O'Donoghue, Aoife Kelleher, Anna Rodgers, Traolach Ó Murchú, Pat Collins and Sharon Whooley, Christian Cerami & Jonathan Barton.


Submissions for our 2017 festival have opened! We have two categories, STUDENT short documentary & REGULAR short documentary films, both accepting entries up to 30 mins duration. To enter your film, please register with one of our online submission platforms Film Festival Life, Festhome or Film Freeway (via the buttons below), read the rules & guidelines for the category that applies to your film entry & follow the instructions.

Submissions deadline for STUDENT shorts is May 26th 2017 at 5:00pm (GMT). Our REGULAR shorts deadline is June 30th 2017 at 5:00pm (GMT). We look forward to viewing your films!


Since its launch, Dublin Doc Fest has been hosted by some of Dublin's most beautiful and beloved spaces. Our 4th screening took place in the stunning exhibition space of Teeling Whiskey Distillery, New Market Square, Dublin 8 on Fri Nov 11th 2016.


2017 Festival dates to be announced.

Festival Sponsors

We are very proud to announce our festival sponsors for 2016 were Media Studies Department of Maynooth University & Teeling's Whiskey Distillery (venue sponsors). Without this support we would not be able to hold a festival. Thank you.

If you would like to become a sponsor, please email: info@dublindocfest.com. We also accept donations which can be made by Paypal via the button below:

The Festival Director would like to thank the many people who have helped bring the festival to life.
These include, but are certainly not limited to:
Maria Pramaggiore & Maynooth Media Studies Department | Sponsors of DDF 2016
Teelings Whiskey Distillery | Venue Sponsors for DDF 2016
Tom Wallis | Programming & Marketing Assistant for DDF 2016
Jen O'Meara | Programme Assistant for DDF 2016
Fiona Garvan | Development Executive and Event Manager for DDF 2015 & 2016
Gobnait Ní Néill for our website and design | Design for Market
Aisling Walsh for our logo.
Eavan Aiken for our promo video | eavanaiken.com
Greg Dunn for imagery | stoneybutter.com
Brendan Gregory for music | chymera.org
Eoin Kirwan for event photography DDF 1 | eoinkirwan.ie
Johnny Brew for event photography DDF 2.
Martin O'Leary for event photography DDF 3 | The Picture Rooms
Róisín Jones for event photography DDF 4

Thanks to our DDF Volunteers 2016:
Maria Carolan, Cinthia Quieroz & Annamaria Craparotta.


We're always on the lookout for innovative new filmakers, venues and partners. If you have a project in mind, we'd love to hear from you. Email info@dublindocfest.com or use the form below.

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