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Presented in partnership with the Make Film History project

Docs Ireland and Make Film History have come together to create a unique opportunity for emerging ​filmmakers. Make Film History ​offers special access to a treasure trove of footage from the vaults of Irish and Northern Irish broadcasters, the BBC and the British and Irish Film Institutes, national archives, as well as other independent sources. We ​invite filmmakers to respond to a film from the Make Film History collection to produce a new film remixing archival clips with your own footage.
Rules and Stipulations:
  • The film can be in any genre or style, and we actively encourage creative use of the archive in any form.  
  • The film must be no longer than 5 minutes. 
  • Extracts of up to two minutes from the archival film may be used for educational purposes only, subject to the terms of use explained in the project FAQ and license agreements. 
  • You can’t alter or misrepresent the editorial integrity of the archive film you use, or make use of it in a way that is derogatory to the film or any person appearing or depicted in it. You should also credit the film and its supplier in your end credits, using the suggested credit line listed under each film entry. 
  • The film must not be uploaded publicly to Youtube, Vimeo, or any other online platform.
  • Deadline for entries is Monday 16 August, 5pm.
More info, other free sources of archive material and a list of curated material that Docs Ireland made can be found here:
The completed films will then be screened as part of Docs Ireland in August 2021. There is also potential for the films to form a touring programme, starting at the Irish Film Festival in London.  
We also firmly suggest that all filmmakers attend our archive day training session, which is all online on June 16th – check out for more details, or book directly here: