Day four of the Belfast Film Festival kick started with the Short Documentary Competition in the Queens Film Theatre, with this year seeing almost three times as many submissions! Nomad by Zoe Tweedy, a documentary about a retired rider and transgendered woman nestled in the Canadian countryside, won the top prize!

The NI Independents continued screening across Belfast with The Solace of Orpheus and Poor Mouth taking residency in the Movie House, Dublin Road and Our Father had its premier in the Beanbag Cinema. Cry Rosa, a film about a music obsessed mixed-race girl questioning her identity in 1980’s Belfast had its premier in the Queens Film Theatre along with a host of exciting new cinema including Edie, Lean on Pete, The Boy Downstairs, The Divine Order and The Workshop.

At a unique event in the Black Box, we presented Colm Laverty’s documentary Lessons of War, which focuses on musicians from across the world affected by war or conflict. The film was followed by a special performance by Matt McGinn and fellow musicians.

The Strand Arts Centre celebrated 35 years of Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill with the event including a Video Introduction by Lawrence Kasdan and a special screening of the Toronto Film Festival’s 30th Anniversary Q&A with the cast and crew.

The day ended with the highly anticipated sold out BFF Quiz hosted by Joe Lindsay and Ronan O’Donnell in the Black Box with the winners, Dirty Half Dozen, picking up goodie bags packed full of tickets to the BFF and Bierra Moretti!