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Docs Ireland Update March 2023

In this March update we’ve lots to tell you. Read on for up to date news and events happening over the coming weeks!

To be a part of Docs Ireland make sure to submit your film/marketplace application before it’s too late! Or simply purchase an Industry Pass available now.


Docs Ireland 5 Submissions – CLOSING FRIDAY 21 APRIL

We are inviting submissions for Docs Ireland 4 which will take place from the Tuesday 20th until Sunday 25th June 2023.

Throughout the festival we will present new and international documentaries, shorts and features, and will host industry events including a marketplace, pitching sessions, masterclasses, new talent focus and funding information events. Film submission late deadline is Friday 21 April 2023. Click here for further info.


Docs Ireland 5 Marketplace Applications – CLOSING FRIDAY 14 APRIL

The marketplace is an opportunity for filmmakers to meet one-to-one with leading international documentary industry decision makers, including international funders, broadcasters, distributors and exhibitors. It will take place during Docs Ireland 5 on Friday 23rd June 2023.

Applications are open to long form documentary films (50 minutes +) across all genres, and from any country. You must have at least one TV / digital / theatrical credit in documentary, although this can include shorter form.

The deadline for application is 5pm on Friday 14th April 2023. Successful projects will be announced on Friday May 27th. Click here for further info.


Northern Ireland Screen Feature Pitch returns to Docs Ireland 5 

Docs Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen, in association with Yellowmoon Post Production, are offering a chance for documentary makers, from established filmmakers to new and emerging talent, to receive an award of up to £7,500 towards a pilot for a documentary feature. Established at Docs Ireland 2019, the Northern Ireland Screen Pitch is one of the festival’s flagstaff industry events and has ushered a wealth of non-fiction talent through the process of developing their feature documentaries. Click here for further info.


Visions Of Europe – best of European film at Queen’s Film Theatre – Mr Bachmann And His Class

We are delighted to be partnering with Visions Of Europe at Queen’s Film Theatre to present Mr Bachmann and His Class on Saturday 1 April at 1.30pm, Queen’s Film Theatre.

“Maria Speth’s documentary…is a stunning lesson in film-making” The Guardian

In Stadtallendorf, genial teacher Dieter Bachmann offers his pupils the key to at least feeling as if they are at home, in Maria Speth’s engrossing documentary. On the brink of retirement, Bachmann is eager to inspire these citizens-in-the-making with a sense of curiosity for a wide range of crafts, subjects, cultures and opinions. BOOK HERE.

Visions Of Europe at Queen’s Film Theatre returns 31 Mar – 16 Apr to celebrate the breadth of European cinema. Make sure to check out the full programme:


Peace and Beyond 2023 – A Journey Through Film with Brian Rowan and Brian Henry Martin. Tuesday 18 April, 6pm Black Box Belfast.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, Journalist Brian Rowan and filmmaker Brian Henry Martin will explore how Northern Ireland has been represented on screen and ask what role drama has in navigating unresolved concerns, ongoing debates and controversial questions for our communities. BOOK HERE.


Docs Ireland Industry Accreditation NOW AVAILABLE.

Our Industry Passes are now available for Docs Ireland 5 in June. If you are an industry professional and would like to attend our industry events, film screenings and avail of networking opportunities we would recommend purchasing an industry pass. Further Info here.