Awards 2017

Awards 2017

We are an independent festival dedicated to bring together established musicians and filmmakers in a forum to celebrate the short films.

For 2017 we have 14 awards

o Best Director
o Best Producer
o Best Script
o Best Music Video
o Best Cinematography
o Best Edit
o Best Animation
o Best Sound Design
o Best Score/Music
o Best Student
o Best Irish Short
o Best Actor
o Best Actress
o Best Documentary

Winners of Winners of the BEST DIRECTOR, BEST IRISH SHORT and BEST SCRIPT will receive an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.

The actual awards are paintings made by very talented Dublin based artists and the value of each painting is priceless.

Press 2017

Press 2017

DISFMF is an independent festival dedicated to bring together film makers and musicians
from around the world in a forum to celebrate short films and music.

The goal of the festival is to show variety of all genres, drama, comedies, animations,
documentaries, music videos, narrative stories and horror.

Our aim is to build cultural bridges and network capabilities between the most talented filmmakers and musicians from around the world. Dublin is the most populous city in Ireland and also a multicultural capital with great venues and great people.

Every year the festival is held in the beginning of October

Festival date in 2017 are 6th -8th of October and will take place in two main venues, Cineworld for the short film screenings and The Sugar Club for the awards ceremony on the 8th of October.

During the festivals will have live music events in different venues. The venues we use before were: Wiorkmans Club, Grand Social and The Liqueur Room.

2016 we had over 850 submissions and we screened over 90 shorts from all over the world.
In 2017 is the 6th edition and we have 14 award: Best Director, Best Producer , Best Script , Best Music Video, Best Cinematography, Best Edit, Best Animation, Best Sound Design, Best Score/Music, Best Student, Best Irish Short, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Documentary.

The actual awards are paintings made by Pratima Gungados talented Dublin based artists from Mauritius and the value of each painting is priceless.

Submission fees for each short is 15Euro

In 2016 on Filmfreeway the festival was voted in the first 100 out of 4778 festivals due to reviews.

,,A brilliant and so professionally organised festival. A great choice and variety of films being screened at proper venues. One of the best, if not the best film festival in Dublin’’
Patrick McNnight, Director

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Rules and Regulations 2017

Rules and Regulations 2017

You hereby grant the Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival all rights necessary to exhibit and promote the above-referenced film at the 2017 Festival if the film is selected. You represent that such exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights whatsoever (including copyright, trademark, musical or contract right) of any person or entity. You further represent that you are authorized to submit the above-referenced film. Additionally, you indemnify the Festival from any and all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, and attorney’s fees arising out of or in connection with third parties in regard to the screening of the film mentioned above.

Submission fee: €15

Festival Dates: 06-08 October

General Rules

Films that have been produced after 1 January 2014
Projects may originate anywhere in the world, but either the dialogue OR the subtitles must be in English.
No premiere requirements.
All filmmakers pay the same entry fee. No student discounts or waivers. All entry fees are non-refundable.
We will accept films of nearly every type and style, such as music videos, documentaries, horror, comedy, narrative stories, drama… etc, with the following restrictions: No unfinished, in-progress, or rough cut projects will be accepted by our judges.
We will accept ONE VERSION of your entry only. We will NOT accept “updated” cuts such as “new sound mix”, “new effects added”, etc.
Entries must be received by 1th of August 2017
Entries should not exceed 35 minutes in duration excluding titles provided the titles don’t last for more than 1 extra minute.
I agree that DISFMF can do up to 2 screening during the festival.
The Festival may use excerpts from competition films (up to 10% of the length of the film, but no more than three minutes) to promote the Festival on television and the Internet.
The number of entries by one author is not limited.
Films that promote violence, race, and religion or gender discrimination or contain explicit drug advertisement are barred from the Festival programme.
A film that has been applied cannot be withdrawn from the festival, unless the Festival management decides otherwise.

Screening copy: MP4 or MOV in h264 codec!


Filmbase Filmrace

Filmbase Filmrace

Being a film student is awful. I’ve been one, and it’s a wonder I didn’t end up in hospital with a stomach ulcer from worry. While other students may feel their lot is bad, nothing, NOTHING is as poor as the lot of a film student. You attend class, talks, workshops, do the necessary assignments, oh and yeah-make a film or two. Now that doesn’t sound so bad, I know. But it is. A film, a feature film is a faceless monster on any occasion. But for a student, well…to be frank…it’s a mind screw,

First, you must get a hold and grasp of the basics; script, camera, lights, sound: then comes casting, costumes, equipment, locations, sets, safety regulations, rights, accounts, catering, transport, VFX, editing…oh and one other little thing, that floats the whole circus, money. That last one, right there, is what keeps a film student panicking.

Who will fund your film? And let you make and control it, the way you want? Film isn’t like other college projects or exercises. Like many it requires immense teamwork, creative communication, long hours, but how many projects, require the student to find the cash to fund the work? Film making is an expensive business, and sometimes educational institutions need a helpful wallet.

And so, the students from Filmbase, find themselves in a ‘Filmrace’. The aim of the game is to raise 25,000 euros to make two feature films. The first, is Poison Pen, written by the international best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl books, Eoin Colfer. It’s a romantic comedy that deals with love, vanity, and deception. PC Molloy, a has-been literary master, is blackmailed into working for a tabloid gossip magazine. Cultures clash and sparks fly as the cerebral Molloy reluctantly becomes the celebrity interviewer for vain celebrities. Will Molloy be seduced by the trappings of fame or will he be seduced by April Devereux, the fiery editor of Poison Pen?

The second feature, Light of Day is a mocumentary set against the backdrop of low-budget horror filmmaking. Written by Filmbase graduate, Chris Brennan, Light of Day follows the doomed crew of First Bite is The Deepest – a cheap vampire flick as they struggle to make their film. With an inept director, world-weary producer, meddlesome writer, star with a peanut allergy and the worst product placement deals in history there’s more horror behind the scenes than in the film. The only hope their film will ever see the light of day rests in the hands of Michael and Sarah, the only two sane people on the production.

Both films are part of the Filmbase MSc Digital Feature Film Production course. The aim is to create two industry standard productions that will boost the future careers of the students involved. Filmbase has gone on similar such ventures in the past with Keys to the City and How to be Happy both produced on the course in previous years. Both films sold out festival screenings worldwide and are securing distribution deals. The latter How To Be Happy, I saw screened at the Galway Film Fleadh last summer. It gleaned rave reviews from audiences and extra screenings had to be scheduled. No easy task with 30 degree sunshine outside, and no air conditioning in sight.

Needless to say the productions from Filmbase have an excellent track record in quality and success. All that’s holding the students back is funding. So, fancy opening that helpful wallet of yours, to educate the next generation of Irish filmmakers? Who knows, they might take over RTÉ someday, and show ‘em a thing or two.

If you are interested in supporting their project, please visit

There are great rewards for anyone wishing to help out and more will be added to the list. If you’d like to support the project but would prefer to help out in other ways, please contact Alan Fitzpatrick at Filmbase (

Check out facebook and twitter for regular updates on the campaign.

Any thoughts? Email me at

Lorna Buttimer. Follow me on twitter @buttimer_lorna