WFT Ireland Short Film Showcase Line Up 2023

By 13 October 2023News & Events

Women in Film & Television Ireland is proud to present the line up for their annual Short Film Showcase programme, which takes place in IFI on Thursday 30 November.  Now in its 6th year, the WFT 2023 Showcase will celebrates the breadth and strength of work being made by new and established women filmmakers in Ireland today.

In partnership with the IFI and supported by Coimisiún na Meán, the annual event will be followed by an awards ceremony with stunning prizes for Best Writer, Best Non-narrative Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film and Runner Up. The Showcase is eligible to all WFT members and provides a platform for both emerging and established women’s voices in the industry.



Moving through a series of tableaux vivants, Dolorosa is a short film reflecting on humanity in all its glory, innocence and desperation, power and vulnerability.

Writer: Emma Martin / Directors: Emma Martin and Hugh O’Conor / Producer: Zlata Filipovic / DOP: Albert Hooi



Can a strained mother-daughter relationship survive a break from age old tradition?

Writer: Siún O Connor / Director: Siún O Connor / Producer: Arcade Film and Escape Pod Media / DOP: Dan Keane



An ordinary day takes a sinister turn for a woman and her child when a stranger walks into their isolated rural home.

Writer: Sinéad O’Loughlin / Director: Sinéad O’Loughlin / Producer: Lara Hickey / DOP: Daniel Keane


Miss Patti    

A seemingly deferential cleaning woman uses the anonymity of her position to gain access to her client’s lives and bolster her hidden career as a hugely successful social media personality.

Writer: Kate Hamilton / Director: Grasie Mercedes & Kate Hamilton / Producer: Natalie Britton / DOP: Allie Schultz



After a wild opening night, an actress races to the theatre late for an important performance. As she prepares to go onstage, she tries to piece together the happening from the previous night.    Writer: Kate Stanley Brennan / Director: Kate Stanley Brennan / Producer: Kate Stanley Brennan / DOP: Sophie O’Donovan


Julie, a young woman tormented by her reaction to a life-changing event, must reflect on her return home to the family farm in order to conquer her own feelings of guilt.

Writer: Laura Whelan / Director: Aisling O’Regan Sargent / Producer: Laura Whelan / DOP: Alba Fernandez

Waiting Day    

A young mother struggles alone to make ends meet from one social welfare payment to the next. Their love and humour carries them through even the toughest encounters.

Writer: Lynn Ruane / Director: Grace Dyas / Producer: Claire Byrne / DOP: Narayan Van Maele

Wednesday’s Child    

Marie faces her first day as a Social worker. Despite her optimism, a house call quickly brings her down to reality.

Writer: Caroline Harvey    Director: Laura O’Shea    Producer: Caroline Harvey / Co-producer: Charleigh Bailey    DOPs: Evan Barry

The Awards on the night will be given to:

The WFT Ireland Best Cinematography Prize

  • Lighting Package for your next Short Film from Apollo Lighting
  • Grip Package for your next Short Film from Celtic Grips
  • One year of WFT Membership

The WFT Ireland Best Non-Narrative Prize

  • One year of WFT Membership
  • Entry for the Docs Ireland Festival and Market Place 2024
  • A Feedback Session with WDM’s Head of Talent Initiatives and Lead producer of the Netflix’s Documentary Talent Fund – Elisabeth Hopper

The WFT Ireland Best Film Prize

  • A €500 bursary for your next film from Production People
  • One year of WFT Membership
  • A Colour Grade for your short film by Natalia Witkowska, Element Post Production
  • A Festival Pass for Dublin International Film Festival 2024

The WFT Ireland Best Film Runner Up Prize

  • One year of WFT Membership
  • A year’s membership to the IFI

The WFT Ireland Best Writer Award

  • Supported by Screen Ireland
  • Writers Guild Membership
  • Six Month Residency at the Tara Building
  • Mentorship Sessions
  • One Year of WFT Membership

WFT Ireland is one of more than 50 Women in Film & Television International chapters across six continents – all working for the same goal of gender balance in the media industry.  Chair of WFT Ireland, Dr Susan Liddy, was inaugurated President of Women in Film & Television International in September 2023.

WFT Members: please make sure your membership is up to date, and you can secure their spot here.

Tickets for Non-Members are available to purchase via the IFI Website.