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The 13th Underground Cinema
Film Festival

The 13th Underground Cinema Film Festival is an IFTA (Irish Film & Television Academy) Affiliated International Film Festival located in Dublin in Ireland.  A champion of emerging filmmakers, Underground Cinema has the belief that no matter what the film’s budget or the director’s vision it’s the filmmakers passion that drives a film.​

​As technology allows greater access to short films as well as filmmaking tools, an increasing number of people are turning to short filmmaking as a form of expression and an opportunity to explore creative freedom.  Within the submissions we received this year we saw a wave of truly original and outrageously distinctive films united by their uncompromised spirit. This year we will present a new generation of adventurous independent filmmaking, in which boundaries are explored, pushed and often broken. The creative means employed in these films will take audiences on a wild ride towards the future of cinematic storytelling.

We have been screening independent films online with our monthly screenings since May 2020.  Last September we hosted the 11th Underground Cinema Film Festival entirely online.  And what have we learned over the past two years since we began screening online is that it works and works very well!  The numbers viewing the films online are huge.  At last years festival we had close to 10,000 views.  That's a very impressive number for a three day event.  It works so well because film makers can connect.  Filmgoers and talent from the film can see and speak to each other via Skype/Zoom/Google Meet.   It creates a conversation. New technology allows the public to interact with actors and film makers that  are ordinarily inaccessible to them.  Filmgoers have a passion to discuss the movies they’ve seen. A screening of short films, feature and documentaries provides a forum by which like-minded people experience a sense of community, which encourages personal contact, ongoing conversations and relationships.  This year all online films will be available to view for the three days of the festival.  

We have kept our ticketing simple. You can buy a single ticket for a specific screening or you can buy a number of different passes.  The full list of passes available are listed below.  

The awards this year for the festival will be announced online on the evening of Sunday September 18th directly after the closing film Bound to Work.   The awards this year are as follows:

Best Independent Feature Film
Best Independent Short Film
Best Student Short Film
Best Documentary
Best One Minute Short Film

To finish up I'd like to say a huge thank you to all the filmmakers who submitted their work to UCFF  Your support has been greatly appreciated and we look forward to welcoming those who can make it to the festival this year to Dun Laoghaire.

Dave Byrne

Festival Director

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View Full Online  Program

You can view the full onlien program by clicking here.

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View Full Live Short Film Program

You can view the full short film program for live screenings here


View Full Live Feature Film Program

You can view the full program for feature films that will be screened live here

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View Full Live Documentary Program

You can view the full program for documentary's that will be screened live here

Tickets, Film Programs and How It All Works


Live Screenings

You can buy tickets to any of our live screenings below.  Just scroll down to the Upcoming Live Screenings and you can purchased you tickets there


We've tried to keep this as simple as possible.    Below you will find four packages.  Traditionally at a live film festival you would buy a single ticket to see a feature or a single ticket to see a short film program consisting of 10 films for example.  Some of these packages give you access to specific programs and others give you access to everything.  Just choose the package that suits you

Online Screenings

You can purchase a package any time you want.  But you will not be able to access the films until 10am Friday September 3rd..  Once the festival opens on Friday you will be able to access the films you wanted to view for the full three days of the festival.  The Online Film page will be locked until the opening day of the festival.   Your package will activate automatically and is unique to you.  One thing to remember, you need to log in to this site when you're activating your package 

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Filmfreeway Five Star Festival

An awesome festival, one of the few that can really boast being organised BY filmmakers and FOR filmmakers. The team are passionate and work hard to keep all participants in the loop and put together an 

Nicolas Courdouan


Underground Cinema Film festival ticked all the right boxes, advice beforehand, up to date notifications, feedback afterwards. So happy to have got in to this festival as its one of  the premier ones for me.


Jonathan Pegg


Great film festival. Amazing films.


Great communication and just a fantastic place to network meet like minded film makers and actors.   Cant wait for next year

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

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