Seeking fresh and fearless filmmakers.

Filmmakers, listen up! Want to get your story heard? At Virgin Media we love film and connecting with new filmmakers.  Through our short film competition, Virgin Media Discovers we want to connect and help new and established filmmakers get these stories heard. Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our competition and we’re looking to discover unique voices and takes on this theme.


Virgin Media Discovers was launched in 2020 and now in partnership with the Fís Eireann / Screen Ireland we have an investment of €200,000 in this year’s competition. We will be awarding 10 filmmakers the chance to receive a script development investment of €6,000 and 3 filmmakers scripts will be awarded €30,000 to bring their script to life on screen with the production of a 10-minute short film.


Along with the prize fund and mentorship the winning films will be broadcast on Virgin Media Television, Virgin Media on Demand and as part of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival programme of events.


The Judges

A panel of industry judges will whittle shortlist scripts to the 3 final winners selected as part of an online pitch process.  Previous judges have included Lenny Abrahamson, Lisa McGee, Niamh Algar, Ursula Rani Sarma, Grainne Humphreys, Bill Malone, Birch Hamilton, Nessa Hardiman and Adrian Dunbar.


The competition is open to all filmmakers – new and established, on submission of a pitch document. This document should outline the idea, the plot, characters, tone and how it meets the theme of diversity & inclusion.

Closing date for submissions is 31st March 2022.

Click here to enter and find out more.

Virgin Media Discovers 2021 winner.

The winning projects are:

‘Water Under The Bridge’ tells a coming of age story about a character who is traumatised by the loss of his father and experience as a refugee, told by someone who lived in a Direct Provision centre from the age of six to 16. While the film will explore diversity and inclusion from a race perspective it also deals with themes of being gay and mental health.


Based on true events, ‘Punch Line’ tells the story of how a transgender female stand-up comedian reframes a transphobic attack she experiences during the day in her routine that evening. The story explores diversity and inclusion from the perspective of a trans woman who is the victim of repeated assaults, physical and verbal but she owns the experience in a way that she triumphs over it.