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, Solas Nua has sought to introduce new Irish filmmakers to American audiences with feature films, documentaries, shorts and animation.

Capital Irish Film Festival Calls for Submissions

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Celebrating Irish identity, culture and artistry, the Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF), is accepting free submissions at for its 14th annual run.

Rules and regulations   

1.    There are no submission fees; the festival does not pay screening fees for titles that have been submitted through this process.

2.    The final deadline for the festival's office to receive the required submission material(s) is on or before Sept. 30, 2018. Selections will be made by December 2018 and accepted films will be notified. The festival gives priority to U.S. premieres.

3.    Irish language films are welcome. Submissions and screeners must contain English subtitles.

4.    If selected, the film’s contact person will be told the date at which prints must be delivered to the festival. The sender must meet the cost of shipping to the festival. The festival will pay for one-way return shipping, but not for express shipping. All prints will be returned or shipped to another festival during the week following the close of the festival. 

5.    The participating filmmakers agree that up to three minutes of their film (visual or audio) may be used by the festival in promotional activities.

6.    This year, for the first time, CIFF will grant awards for the following categories:

Best Feature                          Best Short

Best Documentary         Audience Favorite

7.    If your film is accepted to screen at this festival, we will require a screening copy in DCP or Blu-ray. We will inform you of the deadline for delivering prints to the American Film Institute in Maryland. The festival will pay for return of the print in the week following the festival.