The Festival

Films & Stars

Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) is Ireland’s premier film event, dedicated to presenting the best in contemporary and classic world cinema. It brings the world to Ireland, and showcases Ireland tothe world. With a rich history spanning several decades, DIFF showcases a diverse selection of films, hosts industry events, and fosters a vibrant film culture in Dublin.

Over the past 22years, it has screened more than 1,600international films from over 52 countries. TheFestivalhas hosted over 600 highprofile guests, including Al Pacino, Angela Lansbury, Brendan Gleeson, DanielDay-Lewis, Danny DeVito, EnnioMorricone, JossWhedon, Julie Andrews, KristinScott Thomas, Stanley Tucci, and Stellan Skarsgård.

The 2024 festival welcomed 19,200 people across 10 days, screening 138 films from 50 countries, shown across 14 venues, and featured an expanded programme with 16 public events, 15 industry events, and 40 post-screening Q&As.



From hidden gems to red-carpet spectaculars attended by directors and stars, every Festival is a celebration of cinematic excellence in all its forms. Our awards recognise outstanding achievements in documentaries, features and shorts, while the Dublin Film Critics’ Circle Awards distribute accolades from Ireland’s professional film critics and the Audience Award gives Festivalgoers a chance to vote for their favourite features and shorts.

But the Festival’s most prestigious accolade is the Volta. Named after Ireland’s first dedicated cinema, the Voltas are awarded each year to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of film. Previous recipients have included iconic figures such as Al Pacino, Julie Andrews, Ennio Morricone, Daniel Day-Lewis, Claudia Cardinale, Martin Sheen, Kristin Scott Thomas, Brendan Gleeson, Terry Gilliam and Angela Lansbury.


Industry Events

Many of these stars join us in helping to nurture the next generation of talent, as every year DIFF invites a wealth of leading industry professionals to run workshops, give talks, and offer inspirational advice. Over the years we’ve welcomed leading lights from every area of filmmaking, including writers and directors (and quite a few writer-directors), composers, producers and casting agents. Our Creative Catalyst series – introduced in 2019 – showcases the visionary figures (such as Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Motion Picture Production) who are changing what we see onscreen.

And that’s not all. With a host of special events, from exhibitions to live concerts, every Festival is unique. For a look at Festivals past, check out previous Festival programmes.

Whether you’re a dedicated film fan, an aspiring director, or you simply want to try out one of Ireland’s best festivals, the Dublin International Film Festival is for you. Be sure to sign up to our newsletter for all the latest news and events.