The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival has unveiled its short film programme which will feature 48 shorts across six different presentations.

The collection of shorts on show are from home and aboard by established and emerging filmmakers.

With a selection of highlights from Screen Ireland's funding schemes, as well as a new selection of some of the best shorts from Glasgow Film Festival joining the four VMDIFF presentations, 2022 will big the biggest showcase of this unique artform yet.

The festival will showcase new work from exciting Irish directors including Dave Tynan’s (Dublin Oldschool) searing examination of race in Ireland, The Colour Between; Kelly Campbell’s engaging Dublin story An Encounter, written by Mark O’Halloran (Rialto, Viva) and Rioghnach Ní Ghrioghair’s hyper-sensory sonic horror, Don’t Go Where I Can’t Find You, a genre-leaning drama about grief and the redemptive power of music and art.

Offering windows into the world, the programme will also show international shorts from countries such as Russia, Brazil, USA, Canada, Turkey, The Netherlands and more.

Psychological drama You Are Not My Mother is one of the feature films on the schedule

"The talent and vision exhibited by these filmmakers are extraordinary. The storytelling is really engaging and tackles pressing social issues of our time which will captivate our audiences," actor and screenwriter Tania Notaro said of the selections.

"The short film format has always been a vital part of the festival, acting as both a showcase for future talent and as an art form in its own right and we have expanded our line-up to include the wealth of incredible films made under the most difficult of circumstances." said Gráinne Humphreys, VMDIFF Director.

It is the 20th anniversary of the film festival and it looks set to be an exciting year and some upcoming highlights have already been announced.

Star of the big and small screen, Ruth Wilson will return to Dublin for the Irish premiere of the ambitious and absorbing psychological thriller True Things, adapted from Deborah Kay Davies's acclaimed novel True Things About Me.

Birdwatching, starring Amanda Seyfried, is sure to be a highlight on the festival programme

Celebrations of music and film have been highlights of the festival over the last two decades, and in 2022 acclaimed composer Neil Brand will present an evening of music by immortal comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. From their earliest days on opposite sides of the Atlantic in Music Hall and on the stage, to their individual comedy films before they were paired up by Hal Roach, and on to their silent masterpieces before the arrival of sound, Neil will tell the touching story of the world’s greatest comedy team, who could not have been two more different men.

Showcasing one of Ireland’s most exciting female directors, the festival will be screening Kate Dolan’s psychological thriller You Are Not My Mother, after its successful debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The full festival schedule will be announced in January.