The Belfast Film Festival is saddened to learn of the death of pioneering documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, who has passed away at the age of 88.

Albert was a special guest of the festival in 2005 and The Maysles Brother’s Documentary Film Award was founded in honour of the work he produced alongside his brother David.

The Maysles Brothers were a documentary filmmaking team who pioneered the ‘fly on the wall’ perspective in documentary cinema. Their films include Salesman (1988), Gimme Shelter (1970) and Grey Gardens (1976).

The Belfast Film Festival would like to send their condolences to the family and friends of Albert. He will be greatly missed.