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 & the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin 2.

  • 2017

    5th Dublin Doc Fest

    The 5th Dublin Doc Fest took place on Sat 11th Nov 2017 in the beautiful RHA Gallery, Dublin 2.

  • 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.


  • 2018

This year Dublin Doc Fest turns 6 and to celebrate, we've hit the road! Teaming up with the Embassy of Ireland Berlin and the Irish Film Institute (IFI), we delved into the festival vaults to bring a special night of short Irish docs in Berlin's oldest Kino, Kino Moviemento on Wed 18th April 2018.

Celebrating contemporary Irish documentary filmmaking, we brought a very special programme that included; Pat Collins & Tadhg O'Sullivan's captivating short 'What Remains' compiled entirely from IFI archive, Aoife Kelleher's 'Home' - a touching portrait of home, Siobhan Perry's 'Off The Board', a delicate short about adolescence and facing one's fears, and Gavin Fitzgerald's fast-paced doc 'The Truth About Irish Hip-Hop' on the flourishing Irish hip-hop scene.

Off the Board (dir. Siobhan Perry, 07' 55")
Needle Exchange (dir. Colm Quinn, 09' 41")
What Remains (dir. Pat Collins in collaboration with Tadhg O'Sullivan, 11' 00")
Novena (dir. Anna Rodgers, 18' 00")
Grey Area (dir. Jonathan Barton, 11' 00")
Home (dir. Aoife Kelleher, 15' 00")
Bloody Good Headline (dir. Paul Quinn & Tom Burke, 14' 12")
The Truth About Irish Hip-Hop (dir. Gavin Fitzgerald, 18' 47")

Proudly supported by: Embassy of Ireland Berlin & The Irish Film Institute.


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, Or Sahar, Vita Maria Drygas, & Melissa Langer. 2017 will see our first Student Shorts programme where we will be working with a small student selection committee from the Media Studies Department of Maynooth University, our main festival sponsor.


Please check back for updates.


Since its launch, Dublin Doc Fest has been hosted by some of Dublin's most beautiful and beloved spaces. Our 5th screening took place in
the beautiful RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2 on Sat 11th Nov 2017.


Please check back for future dates & information.

Festival Sponsors

Our festival sponsor for 2017 was Media Studies Department of Maynooth University. Drinks sponsors were Dublin City Gin and Poacher's Tonic Water by Great Irish Beverages. Thank you.

If you would like to become a sponsor, please email: info@dublindocfest.com.

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 & the Media Studies Department of Maynooth University | Sponsors of DDF 2016 & 2017
Tom Wallis | Programming & Marketing Executive for DDF 2016 & 2017
Róisín Jones | Programme Assistant for DDF 2017
Sarah Cox | Event Manager DDF 2017
Jen O'Meara | Programme Assistant for DDF 2016
Fiona Garvan | Development Executive and Event Manager for DDF 2015 & 2016
Teelings Whiskey Distillery | Venue Sponsors for DDF 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
Deirdre Quinn for event photography DDF 5 | A Thousand Days & Nights
Ahmed El-Banna for event photography DDF 5 | Ahmed Séamus

Thanks to our DDF Volunteers 2017:
Maria Carolan, Cinthia Quieroz de Freitas & Ahmed El-Banna.