The Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF) is dedicated to the showcasing of contemporary Irish arts. CIFF is the largest Irish film festival in the United States and shows more Irish language films than any American film festival. Since 2005, CIFF has sought to introduce new Irish filmmakers to American audiences with feature films, documentaries, shorts and animation.
The Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF), a Washington D.C. production of Solas Nua, will run again in January 2015, from Thursday Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 25. It will showcase new Irish features, documentaries, shorts and animation, Irish language films, with a special emphasis on emerging talent in the Irish film industry. Now in its ninth year, CIFF has become the largest Irish film festival in the U.S.
Submit a Film
Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2014.
There is no fee to submit a film to CIFF.
Submissions can be made ONLINE or BY MAIL.
Mail in your submission
To make a submission by mail complete this application form.
- Mail to: Pat Reilly, Solas Nua c/o Flashpoint, 916 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Label the outside of your package – ATTN: CIFF
Format: NTSC* DVD Film Screener. Please note this is ESSENTIAL for selection screening purposes; PAL format is NOT acceptable)
Labeling: DVD should be labeled with the name of the film, the director’s name, the length of the film and contact details (email, phone, website)
Materials will not be returned.
Make your CIFF submission online
Share an online copy of your film with us via a video streaming site.
Have a question?
Use the contact form below or email film [at] solasnua.org
Special Category: Music and Multimedia
For the first time Solas Nua will include a special section for original music and multimedia works in CIFF.
We invite Irish composers and media artists to submit pieces which COMBINE original music and multi-media (aka visual music) to be shown in Washington D.C. in Autumn 2014. Selected works will be eligible for a $1500 prize, which will be based on audience votes.
This category has a separate submission method from our Film category. Submissions can be made online. Visit the submissions page for full details. Contact Sarah O'Halloran at solasnuamusic[at]gmail.com with questions.
Here's an interview with CIFF 2013's very special guest, film maker Lelia Doolan.
Our 2013 films:
OFFline Film Festival Winners