Dublin Feminist Film Festival

November 20 – 22, 2018
Event Date

The fifth Dublin Feminist Film Festival will take place on the 20th–22nd November 2018. We are asking filmmakers to submit their work for consideration as part of our annual short-film competition.

The theme for #DFFF2018 will be REFRAME/REFOCUS. Rather than foreground particular topics, our programme this year will feature films not only directed by women, but also shot by female cinematographers. In emphasising the role of the cinematographer, we aim to expand the notion of who 'makes' a film and what 'Films by Women' means, while also raising questions about whether and how films shot by women feature a different or other gaze. Short film submissions may feature two women taking up roles as director and cinematographer or one woman filling both roles.

Submissions are via FilmFreeway only (https://filmfreeway.com/festival/FemmoFilmFest). If you have any trouble submitting please don’t hesitate to contact us at Dublinfeministfilmfestival [at] gmail [dot] com.

Before submitting your film please read the terms and conditions below carefully. Note that there is a $5.50 (approx. €5) submission fee.

#DFFF is an independent film festival run by a small team of volunteers. We donate a proportion of profits from festival-related fundraising and outreach events to a local charity, so we really appreciate your support.

DFFF has three core goals:
1. To help counteract the misrepresentation and stereotypical representation of women on screen and expose audiences to a broader range of female characters than those often found in mainstream cinema. In other words, female characters that are more developed, diverse, complex, and interesting, and that don't patronise the audience.
2. To help counter the underrepresentation of women in the film industry by screening, supporting and promoting films in which women have played a vital role as filmmakers, directors, producers, writers or crew members. We want to celebrate women who are working in the industry and also hope to inspire and empower others to get involved in filmmaking and production.
3. To bring the perspectives, stories and experiences of women and feminists to a wider audience through film in an inclusive, positive and friendly environment.

Awards & Prizes
We will screen selected shorts during a shorts programme on the evening of 21 November.

Prizes, kindly donated by MediaDrives.ie include:
2 x 1TB G-Drive Ev Raw (USB 3.0)
1 x 4TB G-Drive (USB 3.0) desktop drive

Rules & Terms
1. The short film submission call will open on 22nd June 2018. The deadline for submissions is 31st August 2018 at 5pm. We will announce the selection by mid-October.
2. There is a $5.50 fee to submit a film. The fee is non-refundable under any circumstances, regardless of whether or not your short is selected for screening. This fee contributes to essential costs related to the running of the festival. Once all expenses are paid, all profits go to a local charity of our choice.
3. All shorts must be less than 12 minutes in length. Any films longer than 12 minutes will be automatically disqualified. We will not watch them so please do not submit them.
4. We don't mind if the film has screened before. We don't mind where it's from or where/when it's set. But it must feature women in the roles of director and cinematographer (see theme description above).
5. By submitting a film, you guarantee that your entry is your original work and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of third parties.
6. By submitting your film, you accept that we may use stills from chosen films as promotional material for the festival.
7. In celebration of our fifth year, the festival is moving to Light House Cinema, an independent art cinema in the vibrant Smithfield area of North Dublin. This gives us the opportunity of presenting our films on a large screen through a professional projector. We can project films in a variety of formats, and if your film is selected we will require that you provide us with a copy in as high a quality format as possible to ensure its best presentation.

Our organizing committee and programming team will watch the submitted shorts and give them a mark for each of the criteria listed below. To finalize a short-list, we will consider the total cumulative marks received by each film, as well as the overall fit with both the theme and features programme.

The criteria for this year’s festival are:

1. Theme. Our final selection will take into account how well the submitted shorts align with the spirit of this year’s theme: REFRAME/REFOCUS (see opening paragraphs). While films must have a female director and cinematographer to be considered, we will also consider formal and aesthetic questions related to the presence of a woman behind the camera.
2. Production quality and aesthetic tone. We are not interested in the budget of your film but in how well you have told your particular story and conveyed your creative approach given the tools at your disposal.
3. Crew. We will take into account the involvement of women as filmmakers in the crew, particularly in the high-level creative roles of writer, producer, editor, but also other below-the-line positions as members of the camera and sound crew.
4. Entertainment value. This is about how successfully your film moves and involves the judges within its own genre and context. We are looking for compelling, absorbing, interesting and/or entertaining films.
5. Representation. Relatable/interesting/diverse/prominent female characters.


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair