Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival is Ireland’s newest genre-specific film showcase. In its inaugural year, the festival will take place over a weekend in Dublin city centre and comprise screenings of new features, documentaries and short films, along with classic science fiction and fantastic features from the vaults.

From golden era 50s B-Movies and 70s psychedelic cult classics to sparkling new releases and overlooked gems, there is something here for every sci-fi nut and fantasy geek. The festival is also seeking submissions from Irish and international filmmakers that will be programmed along with a tastefully curated list of invited films.

The festival will also host a number of short film programmes. Submissions for this category are now open and film entries should belong to the genres of science fiction or fantasy and be no longer than 35 minutes in duration. The programmes will be curated by the festival team who will look for strong concepts, originality and inventive storytelling among other qualities in their search.

The festival is founded by David Desmond, who has previously worked for Cork Film Festival as part of their programming and management team, as well as roles with Dublin International Film Festival as part of their management and catalogue editorial team:

As Festival Director of Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival I want to bring broad range of international genre-film to the big screen in Dublin to reflect the city’s diverse cultural appetite. With other cities around the world offering major genre-focused festivals like Sci-Fi London Film Festival, Austin’s Fantastic Fest and the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival, I believe that we can provide Dublin audiences with the same calibre of programming in an area that has been overlooked in the past.

The festival will announce its venue and dates for 2017 over the coming days and is now open for submissions. There are no submission fees for 2017. Please send entries via FilmFreeway.

Visit Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival online at www.dublinscifi.com or find them on Facebook.

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