The 11th Underground Cinema

Film Festival

The 11th Underground Cinema Film Festival is an IFTA (Irish Film & Television Academy) Affiliated International Film Festival located in Dublin in Ireland.  A champion of emerging filmmakers, Underground Cinema has the belief that no matter what the film’s budget or the director’s vision it’s the filmmakers passion that drives a film.​

​As technology allows greater access to short films as well as filmmaking tools, an increasing number of people are turning to short filmmaking as a form of expression and an opportunity to explore creative freedom. The fact that we received 200 more submissions in this category than last year speaks to that. Within them we saw a wave of truly original and outrageously distinctive films united by their uncompromised spirit. This year we will present a new generation of adventurous independent filmmaking, in which boundaries are explored, pushed and often broken. The creative means employed in these films will take audiences on a wild ride towards the future of cinematic storytelling.

The current pandemic has pushed us from a live festival to an online festival.   But we began this journey back in May with our monthly screenings which had to go online and they have been enormously successful.   The numbers are huge and the audience is much much bigger.  And why?  Because filmmakers and audiences can connect. Filmgoers and talent from the film can see and speak to each other via Skype/Zoom/Google Meet.   It creates a conversation. New technology allows the public to interact with actors and film makers that  are ordinarily inaccessible to them.  Filmgoers have a passion to discuss the movies they’ve seen. A screening of short films, feature and documentaries provides a forum by which like-minded people experience a sense of community, which encourages personal contact, ongoing conversations and relationships.

Unlike a live film festival, this year all films will be available to view online for three days.  We have kept our ticketing simple.  You can buy a pass to see a specific program or a pass that gives you access to everything including some watch parties for those who purchase the VIP pass.  We will be hosting a number of Q&A sessions online with directors, actors, and screen writers.  You can check these out on the upcoming events list below.  We'll be adding more guests to the list as we get closer to the festival.

The awards this year for the festival will be announced online on the evening of Sunday September 6th.  The awards this year are as follows:

Best Independent Feature Film
Best Independent Short Film
Best Student Short Film
Best Documentary
Best One Minute Short Film
Audience Award for Best Short Film (online vote)
Audience Award for Best Documentary (online vote)
Audience Award for Best Student Film (online vote)

To finish up I'd like to say a huge thank you to all the filmmakers who submitted their work to UCFF, and who had to put up with countless emails from me when we had to switch from a live event to an online event.  Your support has been greatly appreciated.  We look forward to this new interactive experience with you and we also look forward to chatting to a lot of you guys online over the three days of the festival.

Dave Byrne

Festival Director

We've tried to keep this as simple as possible.    Below you will find four packages.  A short film package, a feature film package, a documentary package and a VIP pass.  Traditionally at a live film festival you would buy a single ticket to see a feature or a single ticket to see a short film program consisting of 10 films for example.  These packages give you access to everything.  A short film pass gets you access to 70 shorts, a documentary pass gets you access to 14 documentaries and a feature pass gets you access to 6 features.  The VIP pass gets you  access to every single film online as well as access to a special Watch Party page for surprise screenings.

You can purchase a package any time you want.  But you will not be able to access the films until 10am Friday September 6th.  Once the festival opens on Friday you will be able to access the films you wanted to view for the full three days of the festival.  Each of the tabs at the top of this website page are locked until the day of the festival.   Your package will activate automatically on the day of the festival and is unique to you.  You can buy your package any time you like.  One thing to remember, you need to log in to this site when you're activating your package 

Tickets, Film Programs and How It All Works


View Full Program

You can view the full line up of films selected for UCFF by clicking here.

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Documentary Program

You can view the documentary program here.  


Short Film Program

You can view the short film program here.  

Feature Program

You can view the feature film program here.  

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Student Film Program

You can view the student short film program here.  

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Online Booking

Get you tickets for all our online programs including VIP passes here







Over the years the team at Underground Cinema have hosted some brilliant interviews with some of the most talented artists within the film industry.  This year we are delighted and honored to bring you an interview with one of Ireland's greatest actors, Mr Patrick Bergin. 

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Filmfreeway Five Star Festival

An awesome festival, one of the few that can really boast being organised BY filmmakers and FOR filmmakers. The team are passionate and work hard to keep all participants in the loop and put together an 

Nicolas Courdouan


Underground Cinema Film festival ticked all the right boxes, advice beforehand, up to date notifications, feedback afterwards. So happy to have got in to this festival as its one of  the premier ones for me.


Jonathan Pegg


Great film festival. Amazing films.


Great communication and just a fantastic place to network meet like minded film makers and actors.   Cant wait for next year

Emmet Kelly

Writer & Director

They really support independent filmmakers and do this out of a genuine love for film and great stories. If you are looking for a festival to submit your work to, then this is a must!

Dave Thomas 

Documentary  Maker

Remarkable talent spotters, champions of raw ambition. this team is at the heart of a revolution.  The revolution will not be televised but it will be screened at Underground Cinema.

Terry McMahon

Writer & Director