New, emerging and established film-makers, listen up! Want to get your story heard?

Virgin Media is committed to discovering different voices in film, and we are calling for ideas that bring diverse tales, voices and stories to life. This year our theme focuses on Diversity & Inclusion and we’re looking for your unique perspective.

What’s different this year?

Virgin Media Discovers was launched in 2019 in association with the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival to discover and support fresh and fearless filmmakers.

This year we’re making the competition even bigger by also partnering with Fís Eireann / Screen Ireland, offering you support to develop your script and bring it to screen, which is at the heart of the prize fund this year.

If shortlisted, you’ll receive funding to evolve your idea with a script editor. Two projects will be selected from the shortlist of 10 scripts for final production. 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 2021 programme of events.

The Prize

From a total prize fund of €150,000, 10 shortlisted projects from new and established filmmakers will be given €9,000 each to invest in the development oftheir script. €90,000 in total will beinvested in script development. Two winners will be selected from these final scripts by our judging panel and will win €30,000 worth of investment each to fund the productin of a 10-minute short film. 

The Judges

A panel of industry experts will whittle entrants down to a shortlist. Our panel of judges includes Director Lenny Abrahamson, Screenwriter Lisa McGee and
Actor Niamh Algar with representatives from Virgin Media Television, Fís Eireann / Screen Ireland and Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.


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. Submit your Entry & get more information here.

Deadline for Submissions is Midnight 30th of November 2020