Aoife Duffin Photo by Dean Keana
Aoife Duffin in Lamb Photo by Dean Keana

2023 Dublin International Film Festival announces short film programmes

Featuring short films from well-known names like Clare Dunne, Mia Mullarkey, Emma Martin & Hugh O’Connor, the 2023 Dublin International Film Festival will showcase an impressive line-up of 25 shorts from Ireland and across the world.   

Throughout the festival there will be five presentations of shorts, including a selection from Screen Ireland’s funding scheme recipients and the return of the Glasgow Film Festival highlights, joining three DIFF presentations, offering numerous opportunities to celebrate this unique artform.    

Screen Ireland/Fís Éireann is again supporting Irish shorts this year with a curated programme from Screen Ireland’s Focus, Framework and Short Stories funding schemes. 

Throughout this diverse and exciting mix of stories, the filmmakers take us on journeys of grief, love, terror and redemption… and ask us to decide on the guilt of a seemingly innocent rabbit.

Emma Scott, Head of Distribution and Short Film Production – Screen Ireland

The three DIFF shorts presentations feature a diverse and powerful selection of shorts from Ireland and around the world. Selected from over 750 submissions by programmers Aisha Bolaji and Mohamed Tarek, the programme exhibits some of the best of Irish film as well as internationally with works from China, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, Lebanon, Norway, Iran and more.  

The Irish highlights of the DIFF programme includes stellar directorial debuts with Conor Bradley’s student short Sons of Roisin, Derek Ugochukwu You’re Not Home and Tania Notaro’s Glitterbug. In addition, the programme includes Irish language film Bean Feasa Winner of ‘Best Irish Short Film’ at Foyle Film Festival 2022 and the Irish premiere of award-winning directing duo Nathan Fagan and Luke Daly’s Mud Queen starring Clare Dunne, as well as Dunne’s own short One Good Conversation 

Among the international highlights of the programme are the Chinese film Will You Look At Me by Shuli Huang winner of Queer Palm Award at Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2022, the Iranian film Deer by Hadi Babaeifar winner of Best Short Film at GENERATION — KPLUS at Berlinale 2022, and Warsha by Dania Bdeir winner of Best International Short Film: Fiction at Sundance Film Festival 2022. 

Through fiction, documentary, animation and experimental works we are brought to an array of experiences that delve into the fantastical with films showcasing folktales and mythology as well as a look into contemporary issues concerning gender, the LGBTQ+ community, women’s rights and more. We explore themes such as coming-of-age, alienation, grief, family and acceptance through genres such as comedy, horror, drama and fantasy.

Aisha Bolaji and Mohamed Tarek, Short Film Programmers – DIFF

The short film format has always been a vital part of the festival, acting as both a showcase for future talent and as an exciting and dynamic art form. Help us celebrate the wealth and diversity on offer. 

Gráinne Humphreys, Director – Dublin International Film Festival

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The 2023 Dublin International Film Festival will take place from 23rd February – 4th March 2023, and will be a multi-platform event, bringing the programme directly to the big screen and to audiences in their homes.   


The Festival would like to acknowledge the continued support of their chief funder, the Arts Council. 


DIFF Shorts 1 

Dolorosa – Emma Martin/Hugh O’Connor, Ireland 

Will You Look At Me? – Shuli Huang, China 

Baths – Nell Hensey, Ireland 

Deer – Hadi Babaeifar, Iran 

The Small Makings of a Storm – Avery Angle, Ireland 

Everything At Once – Henrik Dyb Zwart, Norway 

Bean Feasa – Daniel Butler, Ireland 

One Good Conversation – Clare Dunne, Ireland 

Wednesday’s Child – Laura O’Shea, Ireland 

Sons of the Crezent – Brendan Canty, New Zealand 

DIFF Shorts 2 

Mud Queen – Nathan Fagan/Luke Daly, Ireland 

You’re Not Home – Derek Ugochukwu, Ireland 

On Xerxex’s Throne – Evi Kalogiropoulou, Greece 

My Girlfriend – Kawthar Younis, Egypt 

Cracks Will Come – Daniel Mateo Vallejo, Colombia 

Sons of Roisin – Conor Bradley, Ireland 

Blind Spot – Lotfi Achour, Tunisia 

People of the Plaza – Paul Gleeson, Ireland 

DIFF Shorts 3 

Rosemay A.D. (After Dad) – Ethan Barrett, USA 

Warsha – Dania Bdeir, France/Lebanon 

Full Moon – Alexander Wilson-Flynn, Ireland 

Tsutsué – Amartei Armar, France/Ghana 

Glitterbug – Tania Notaro, Ireland 

La Tumba – Natasha Waugh, Ireland 

Far Calls – Olwen Fouere/Tristan Heanue, Ireland 

Screen Ireland Shorts 

Safe as Houses – Mia Mullarkey, Ireland 

Regular Rabbit – Eoin Duffy, Ireland 

Shadow – Janna Kemperman, Ireland 

Bad Boy Buck – James Fitzgerald, Ireland 

Red Rabbit – Rory Kerr, Ireland 

Hermit – Sarah Benson, Ireland 

Lamb – Sinéad O’Loughlin, Ireland