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Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival is Ireland’s newest genre-specific film showcase.  In its inaugural year the festival will take place in the Light House Cinema and Generator Hostel in Smithfield  and comprise screenings of new features, documentaries and short films, along with classic science fiction and fantastic features from the vaults.

From golden era ’50s B-Movies and ’70s psychedelic cult classics, to sparkling new releases and overlooked gems, there is something here for every sci-fi nut and fantasy geek.  The festival is also seeking submissions from Irish and international filmmakers that will be programmed along with a tastefully curated list of invited films.

The festival will also host a number of short film programmes. Submissions for this category are now open and film entries should belong to the genres of science fiction or fantasy and be no longer than 35 minutes in duration.  The programmes will be curated by the festival team who will look for strong concepts, originality and inventive storytelling among other qualities in their search.

The festival is founded by David Desmond, who has previously worked for Cork Film Festival as part of their programming and management team, as well as roles with Dublin International Film Festival as part of their management and catalogue editorial team:

“As Festival Director of Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival I want to bring broad range of international genre-film to the big screen in Dublin to reflect the city’s diverse cultural appetite.  With other cities around the world offering major genre-focused festivals like Sci-Fi London Film Festival, Austin’s Fantastic Fest and the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival, I believe that we can provide Dublin audiences with the same calibre of programming in an area that has been overlooked in the past.”

The festival  is now open for submissions.  There are no submission fees for 2017.

Please send entries via the FilmFreeway portal using the following link:


DSFFF have also launched a campaign on Indiegogo to help raise funds for the first Sci-Fi film festival in Dublin. Funders will be offered unique Festival items in exchange for their support, from limited poster prints to Festival passes and acknowledgement in the Festival programme, your support no matter how big or small will be a great contribution to the Festival. With your donations, DSFFF aims to include a greater number of screenings across the city, engaging with wider audiences in multiple venues, and will give access to filmmaking talent, workshops and events for years to come.


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