CIFF 2022 • News & Opportunities

Thu, 11/11/2021
CIFF 2022 - Save The Date


Solas Nua is delighted to announce that all-access passes are now on sale for the 16th annual Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF).

CIFF 2022 will run from March 3 — 6 2022, co-presented with the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.


The deadline for filmmakers to submit to CIFF 2022 has been extended to December 1st. You can submit directly through FilmFreeway - Films accepted for the festival will be notified by late January 2022. 

Submission fees apply.


Solas Nua is also proud to announce The Norman Houston Short Film Award.

The Norman Houston Short Film Award is part of the Norman Houston Project - a new project initiated by Solas Nua in Washington D.C., dedicated to the memory of Norman Houston, the former Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau (NIB), in the United States.

The Norman Houston Short Film Award is an annual honor for the best new short film created by a filmmaker based in or from Northern Ireland made within the previous two years. This award, which includes prize money of $2,500, will be presented in person at Solas Nua’s annual Capital Irish Film Festival will be at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, March 3 — 6. The filmmaker will also receive return travel to Washington D.C. with accommodation for three days. In 2022, Norman Houston’s daughter, Chloe, and son, Connor, will attend the presentation ceremony, joining Solas Nua in the celebration of the award-winner and to honor Norman’s life, career and distinguished contribution to the arts in Ireland.

All CIFF 2022 short film submissions from Northern Irish filmmakers are automatically entered into The Norman Houston Short Film Award. Any submissions made prior to the announcement of the award have been entered.

The Norman Houston Short Film Award is made possible with generous support from the Northern Ireland Bureau, the Embassy of Ireland and individual contributors.