DAFF 2018
We are celebrating the 8th Animation Film Festival in Dún Laoghaire and Blackrock, County Dublin this year!

This year’s festival will take place on the 26 and 27 October 2018. We are now calling for entries. You can find our application forms and entry guidelines here.

When the festival started in 2011, Ireland was suffering from the global recession. The first festival was a one-day event, which received 45 entries and the first festival screenings were held in a former Methodist Church in Blackrock, now known as the Urban Junction. (We still hold animation workshops for children there). The story of how the festival started, the extraordinary dedication and support from the local community, animators, film fans, family and sponsers to make this dream a reality, deserves its own film.

We want our 2018 programme of Irish and international shorts to be our best one yet - so enter your film now!

The closing date for receipt of entries is 5pm, 10 August 2018 (GMT).

Over the summer, we will be working on our programme of screenings and events. So be sure to visit this website regularly! You can follow us on twitter @dublinanimation and on our Facebook page.

We would like to thank our sponsors and supporters who have helped to make this festival come to life! Check out our sponsors and please support them - Dublin Animation Film Festival would not have reached Year 8 without them!

Our full programme will be available to download in September 2018!

We are delighted to announce that we will be screening Cartoon Saloon’s Academy Award Ⓒ nominated feature ‘The Breadwinner’ and holding a Q & A, after the screening with a special guest from Cartoon Saloon after the screening. We are also hoping to welcome another special guest over from the UK – so follow us on twitter and keep checking this website for updates!

Call for Entries
It’s that time of year! We are looking for short animated films for DAFF 2018!

We are looking for films for the following categories:

  • Best Irish Short Animated Film
  • Best International Short Animated Film
  • Best Irish Student or Graduate Student Short Film
  • Best International Student or Graduate Student Short Film
  • Social Recognition Short Film (Awarded to a film that has been created for a good cause or has an important social message).

Click to download entry forms and the rules/guidelines.

The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday, 10 August 2018 at 5pm (GMT).

Please note: We do not accept late entries.