Drive In Screenings for May in Roundwood


Underground Cinema are  bringing more Drive In Movies to Special Ops Paintball Centre in Roundwood during the month of May.

The first half of May will see four films over the first two weeks.  Grease, Jaws, The Life of Brian and Silence of the Lambs.  You can check out the Underground Cinema Website for more details by clicking here.


3 Screenings Left Before The Underground Cinema Awards

New Underground Cinema Logo

Underground Cinema have only three more screenings to go before the end of their short film season. As soon as the season is finished our judges will then begin the difficult process of selecting 5 nominees from each of the categories below for the 4th Underground Cinema Awards which will be held in the Royal Marine Hotel in October

Best Independent Short Film
Best Funded Short Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Editor
Best Cinematographer
Best Score
Best Sound
Best International Film
Best Documentary
Best Animated Film
Best Comedy
Best Music Video
Best Newcomer

If you are thinking of sending your short film to be screened at one of the final three screenings so it may be considered for nomination for the awards this year, please do not delay in sending your work to us as slotsa are filling up rapidly. If you have a work in progress, you can advise Underground Cinema who can take this into consideration.

You can submit your film online by clicking here If you have problems with the link (Mac users may have a problem), just send an email to expressing your interest.


Underground Cinema Relaunch 2013


Join Underground Cinema in their new Venue in Dun Laoghaire on Thursday January 31st

Underground Cinema  begin the New Year with an incredible selection of short films in their new home, The Eblana Club

The 2 hour program this month is packed with every type of genre from some of the best young filmmakers in the country

You can check out the full line-up by clicking on the following link.

After 4 years in the Kingston Hotel, Underground Cinema have decided to move location.

The new venue includes a members bar at club prices with an intimate atmosphere. The new venue is called the Eblana Club and it is located on Eblana Avenue in Dun Laoghaire.



Call For: Underground Cinema Season IV Now Taking Submissions

Underground Cinema are widely recognised for presenting some of the most unique, cutting edge, visionary works that Irish cinema has to offer and take pride in bringing attention to the Irish filmmaker with the same enthusiasm that is often reserved for international artists.Now in its 4th year, Underground Cinema are now excepting submissions for its new season of monthly screenings. There are no submission fees and all films selected are considered for nomination for the Underground Cinema Awards that will take place in the Royal Marine Hotel in September 2013.  You can submit a film to be screened at one of Underground Cinema monthly screenings by clicking here and filling in a submission form.

For those of you who have submitted short films to the recent Underground Cinema Film Festival and who would now like to now submit a film to the monthly screenings, there is no need to forward another disc to us (unless of course the film has been re-edited).  A submission form will still need to be submitted to us though.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and welcoming you to Underground Cinema.


Call For: Entries – 3rd Underground Cinema Film Festival

Illustration by Adeline Pericart

The 3rd Underground Cinema Film Festival will take place in Dun Laoghaire from13th September through to 16th September.

This year’s festival promises to be our biggest festival yet with four full days of some of the best independent film making from around the world. Once again our festival will include an incredible selection of industry led workshops from some of the biggest names in the country along with some surprise guest speakers. This year will also see Underground Cinema devote an entire program celebrating the work of women in the film industry.

UCFF are now calling for entries for this years festival which is competitive. Films will be awarded under the following categories:

  • Best Irish Feature Film – Feature film with a budget less then €200K.
  • Best International Feature Film – Feature film with a budget less then €200K.
  • Best Independent Short Film – Short film under 25 minutes that has not received funding.
  • Best Funded Short Film – Short film under 25 mins that has received funding.
  • Best International Short Film – Short film made outside of Ireland under 25 mins that may or may not of had funding.
  • Best Student Film – Short/Feature film completed by full time students in the Republic of Ireland.

Opening and closing feature films will be screened  in the wonderful Pavilion Theatre.  Although all genres are welcome at the festival we are particularly interested in horror film submissions this year as one of our programs  will be dedicated to this particular genre.
You can get more details on our festival by logging on to our website .


New Irish Film to Screen at Underground Cinema

Meeting on the Stairs

An Irish fashion duo have brought a new drama to Irish film circles with positive acclaim. The film, Meeting on the Stairs, is an independent Irish drama shot and produced in Dublin in 2011 and to screen at the Underground Cinema, Dun Laoghaire having made its debuted at Clones Film Festival and the Capital Irish Film Festival, Washington DC.

Written and directed by experienced Irish fashion photographer Lorna Fitzsimons and produced by one of the country’s top male fashion models, Carl Shaaban, the drama is a story of a fledgling romance and the difficult decision of terminating a pregnancy. With Dublin as a poignant backdrop and as a constant reminder of Ireland’s illegal stance on abortion, the film engages viewers in a topical issue with sensitivity and realism. This thought-provoking theme, coupled with excellent cinematography and a fantastic performance by a young cast, has led to the film receiving recommendations at home and abroad.

Writer and Director Lorna Fitzsimons, said: ‘I have tried to capture the path of many Irish women who find themselves in this situation and who must travel outside of Ireland to terminate their pregnancy. Even in a modern society where access to such services is possible abroad, women are left to take this journey alone and in shame. I have tried to tell this story in an unbiased way, leaving the audience to make their own judgment.’

Carl Shaaban, Producer said: ‘We wanted to create a movie that brought awareness and gave people choice and we are delighted with the reception the film is receiving across the country. In particular, the reception at the Clones Film Festival, is a tribute to the collective team of creative individuals who gave their skills and dedication to this project, one which we all believed in from day one.’

To find out more about the film, view the trailer at:: or visit the Facebook page:

Meeting on the Stairs will be showing at The Underground Cinema, The Kingston Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Thursday, 9th  February  at 8pm.

To book a ticket, contact