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Welcome to Underground Cinema

The 15th Underground Cinema Awards

The 15th edition of the Underground Cinema Films Awards is currently underway. Starting from January and running through September 2024, Underground Cinema will once again showcase a monthly selection of outstanding independent short films and music videos from talented filmmakers worldwide.

For 11 years, our screenings have been held as live events. However, due to the Covid outbreak in 2020, we transitioned our monthly screenings from live to online events. This transition has been incredibly successful, garnering impressive viewership numbers online.

Throughout 2024 our screenings will continue to take place online. We will curate online programs over a span of nine months, with each program being launched online for a two-day period, specifically on Saturdays and Sundays. These programs will be freely accessible to the public during that time.

In mid September 2024, following the conclusion of our season, we will unveil the nominees for the 15th Underground Cinema Film Awards. The awards ceremony itself will be a live event held at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland. These short film awards distinguish themselves as the only ceremony in Ireland that acknowledges every aspect of the art of making short films.  Shortly after the nominees are announced a number of online interviews with the nominees prior to the awards.  This relaxed and informal interviews will be screened live on the Underground Cinema Website, our Facebook Page, and our YouTube Channel. The Facebook livestream has been particularly popular, as it enables the audience to interact with the filmmakers in real-time through comments.

We are currently accepting entries for our 2024 season

Filmfreeway Five Star Festival

Lovely festival, great communication from the start and really well organised. They really care about the filmmakers and respect their projects.

Teresa Lavina

Documentary  Maker

Great festival.  Selected films are eligible for nomination at an annual awards event, which is going from strength to strength.  Has become a major fixture on the Irish film calendar. 

Amy Joyce Hastings


Fantastic film festival. A really special event. The monthly screening bring together loads of film makers and is a great chance to network. The awards night is just fantastic. Brilliantly ran. 

Emmet Kelly

Writer & Director

They really support independent filmmakers and do this out of a genuine love for film and great stories. If you are looking for a festival to submit your work to, then this is a must!

Dave Thomas 

Documentary  Maker

Remarkable talent spotters, champions of raw ambition. this team is at the heart of a revolution.  The revolution will not be televised but it will be screened at Underground Cinema.

Terry McMahon

Writer & Director

If I could give 100 stars to this festival I would! The best communication ever, and it was so appreciated.


Ramie Strong

Documentary Maker 

Really great festival. Hats off to the organisers for having some kind of physical event/screening for all the films this year. It was a breath of fresh air & a positive step in the right direction.

Rickie O'Neill


A terrific experience. Alll of the festival team were a dream to deal with. The ambience at the festival was very welcoming.Can't wait to come back with our next film! Couldn't recommend the festival highly enough.

Collette Cullen


Having my international premiere in the town that brought the world Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett was unreal. These guys rock. I hope you are around for another 50 years.​


G Gotham Smith 


The team do a wonderful job to make filmmakers feel welcome & honored. This festival supports films that don't often get a ton of support, it's a home for true indie filmmakers. 

Frank W Kelly

Write & Director

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