After the postponement of Docs Ireland earlier in the year, we’re especially thrilled to present the second Docs Ireland Irish Short Documentary Competition.

This year we have a fantastic range of films showing just how versatile and expressive the short film can be. The documentary short is an artform of its own, and excitingly, many of the films in this collection have used experimental and essayistic approaches to their visual style and structure, broadening the artistic landscape of Irish documentary.

Subjects range widely from island life to women in sports, imaginative ways to live with illness, roadside religion, ageing and the body, artistic practice, personal and historical memory, family stories, prison stories, community figures, intimate portraits, and the significance of the crow to Irish culture. All of these themes are individually described on film with thoughtfulness and care, imagination and vision.

Although ideally these films would be part of an in-person festival, expertly screened in our partner venue the QFT as part of a day’s celebration of short documentaries and their makers, it’s a pleasure to present these films online. With the success of Belfast Film Festival’s online Short Film Competition and Official Selection programmes in April, we know that there is a keen audience for the short form in this format. We feel this reflects the quality of Irish short filmmaking, something we continue to champion and encourage.

All the films are free to view but booking is essential. For further information click here.

We hope you enjoy exploring these films and the worlds they illuminate.


Written by Rose Baker, Docs Ireland short documentary programmer.