The IFI Documentary Festival has made a call to Irish filmmakers looking for original and exciting documentary films to include in the festival.

The 2016 edition of the annual IFI Documentary Festival, formerly known as the Stranger Than Fiction Festival, runs from 22nd to 25th September.

The organisers are now looking for submissions to be included in the festival, so get busy preparing your entries! Categories for submissions include Irish short documentaries, which must be under 20 minutes, and Irish feature length documentaries, over 60 minutes.

Many important Irish documentaries have premiered at the IFI Documentary Festival since its inception in 2001, including In a House that Ceased to Be, War in Eastern Congo, The Liberties, and Bloody Sunday – A Derry Diary. International hits such as A Syrian Love Story, Muscle Shoals, and The Imposter, have all also had their Irish premiere at the festival.

To enter a Short or Feature Documentary, you need to send an online link of your complete film to the organisers, with either Doc Fest Irish Feature or Doc Fest Irish Short in the subject line. The following information should also be included: film title, running time, credits (producer, director), a synopsis of the film in less than 300 words, a detailed  account of the film’s exhibition history to date, and three high-resolution images from the film.

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Films must be submitted before the deadline of 6pm on Monday, 20th June, 2016, and there is no entry fee. Preference may be given to films which are Dublin premieres, and it should be noted that films that have been broadcast on Irish television or on a channel available to Irish television audiences should not be entered and will not be considered.

The IFI Documentary Festival is an important addition to the artistic landscape of the city, showcasing the best of Irish filmmaking, and attracting many guests filmmakers from around the world to present and discuss their work.

The IFI acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.

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