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Saint Patricks Day, from the Archives.

An archive film produced by Belfast Film Festival to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.  The film consists of footage taken during Saint Patricks day from the 1950’s to the present day. You’ll see a young Seamus Heaney organising a children’s play, a bedraggled Richard Harris telling Gerry Kelly what St. Patricks Day means to him and… Read Article →

Docs Ireland 3 August Events Announcement

Our sister festival Docs Ireland, will announce it’s 3rd edition of screenings and events next week, with a selection of the August 2021 programme of events being announced later today. Following our Industry events which took place in June 2021, we will be presenting a series of in-person screenings and events, alongside a range of… Read Article →

Docs Ireland 3 – Open for Submissions!

Submissions for the 3rd Docs Ireland festival have just opened (Irish and International Feature Docs, Short Irish Docs, Young Filmmakers Competition and VR Films). Docs Ireland is back for our third year and this is your chance to be part of it! (Dates TBC) Docs Ireland is an annual dynamic programme of events showcasing the… Read Article →

Seasons Greetings!

Seasons Greetings from everyone at Belfast Film Festival and Docs Ireland. We hope you all have a peaceful and safe Christmas. We also want to take this opportunity to thank our funders, sponsors and all our customers for your continued support throughout this year. Here’s to a better and brighter 2021!

And the winner is…

This year’s independent jury (Tanya Hatsura-Yavorska, David O Mahony, Charlotte Procter) have been very busy, watching and deliberating the 21 best Irish and Northern Irish short documentaries of 2020. And the winner of the Docs Ireland Short Documentary Competition 2020 is… Hydebank, Directed by Ross McClean Jury’s Statement Ross McClean’s Hydebank, a portrait of Ryan… Read Article →

Meet this year’s Docs Ireland Short Documentary Competition Jury!

This year’s Docs Ireland Competition Jury are: Tanya Hatsura-Yavorska Graduated from the faculty of journalism URAO (Moscow). In 2007-2010 – Executive Director, then Deputy Chair of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee. In 2010-2012 – Head of the EuroBelarus Consortium advocacy program. Head of the public association “Zvyano” since 2014, co-founder of the International Human Rights Documentary… Read Article →

Northern Ireland Screen Pitch Shortlist

Thank you to everyone who made a submission to this year’s NI Screen Pitch. We had a record number of submissions and it was very difficult to shortlist down to just six projects. Docs Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen are offering a chance for documentary makers, from established filmmakers to new and emerging talent, to receive… Read Article →

Programmer, Stuart Sloan talks Docs & his November highlights.

It’s been an incredibly hard year for the film industry, but we feel it is important to celebrate and support these films. Again, in the last few weeks, we’ve been forced to change our plans again, this time moving all of our films online, like many festivals before us. Our opening night film is The… Read Article →

Festival Teasers

We have not one but two festival trailers for you! Enjoy some of our Docs Ireland and Belfast Film Festival highlights coming up this November 2020.

Whats Coming Up in Docs Ireland November 2020?

Docs Ireland has a lot to offer this November. A programme of ‘not to be missed’ – new cinema, short films and industry events providing a unique insight into the documentary making process. A programme of fascinating new cinema including The 8th, Lost Boys: Belfast’s Missing Children, The Sheriff and world premiere of the new … Read Article →

Docs Ireland Short Documentary Competition Line-Up

After the postponement of Docs Ireland earlier in the year, we’re especially thrilled to present the second Docs Ireland Irish Short Documentary Competition. This year we have a fantastic range of films showing just how versatile and expressive the short film can be. The documentary short is an artform of its own, and excitingly, many… Read Article →

Ignite Documentary Project Participants Announced

Cork International Film Festival and Docs Ireland have announced their inaugural 2020 Ignite documentary development programme participants. This exciting venture is a cross-border partnership which seeks to foster a new generation of Irish documentary filmmakers from the north and south of Ireland. The programme is a pilot bilingual talent development initiative directed towards emerging Irish… Read Article →

We’re Back! Welcome to our LAUNCH DAY!

What better way to start the weekend than with some good news! It’s LAUNCH DAY!!! Welcome to the launch of our November 2020 festival. A month of film events brought to you by Belfast Film Festival and Docs Ireland. Here’s a special message from our Chair Mark Cousins and Festival Director Michele Devlin.

Belfast Film Festival & Docs Ireland are back with a month of movies

Belfast Film Festival and its sister documentary festival, Docs Ireland will both take place this November after being postponed earlier in the year. The two festivals will run across the month of November and will unveil a series of premieres including the world premiere of a new documentary, Martin McGuinness: I Fought, I made Peace,… Read Article →

Northern Ireland Screen Feature Development Pitch

APPLICATIONS FOR THE NI SCREEN FEATURE DEVELOPMENT PITCH HAVE NOW CLOSED. After the success of our inaugural pitching competition at the 2019 festival, Docs Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen are again offering a chance for documentary makers, from established filmmakers to new and emerging talent, to receive an award of up to £7,500 towards a… Read Article →