Belfast Film Festival

11th – 20th April 2019


Festival News

Uprising: Spirit of 68!

On Saturday night film lovers and music fans where enthralled by what unfolded in a derelict church at Carlisle Circus in north Belfast at our special event Uprising: Spirit of ’68. Many did not quite know what to expect in relation to the live soundtracks but were intrigued as to what the night might bring… Read Article →

BFF partner venue QFT to celebrate 50 years of movie magic

The internationally renowned Queen’s Film Theatre is set to host a month-long series of films and events to celebrate its golden year this October. To mark its fiftieth birthday, QFT, which is an independent cinema based at Queen’s University Belfast, will host a range of events including brand new films and old classics. It will… Read Article →

Belfast Says Yes! to Pull Focus

Whether it was rowing the Camino, cycling the Giro, reflecting on ‘the Troubles’ or getting better acquainted with Orson Welles, we are delighted to say Belfast Says Yes! to Pull Focus.  16 documentaries, 9 premieres, 16 guest filmmakers and 2000 citizens gathered, watched and where enthralled by the stories and their creators. Northern Ireland’s first… Read Article →

NI Premiere of The Camino Voyage

Last Wednesday saw the NI Premiere of The Camino Voyage at the Movie House on Dublin Road. Audience members flocked to see the film which documented the journey taken by  a small crew of musicians and artists headed by writer and poet Danny Sheehy. The Camino Voyage sees these men make the eponymous 2,500km journey… Read Article →

INCREDIBLE BIG SHOW – End of summer outdoor cinema brought to you by Glider

Join Translink on Saturday 1stSeptember for the ‘Incredible BIG Show’ outdoor cinema for special end of summer screenings, celebrating the official premiere of Glider, a new innovative mode of travel for Belfast. Partnering with Belfast Film Festival this free event will screen in HD BluRay, three popular feel-good movies including superhero animation The Incredibles,80s classic… Read Article →

I, Dolours

Monday night saw the local premiere of Maurice Sweeney’s docu-drama based on the life and testimony of ex-IRA volunteer Dolours Price.   Sweeney attended the event with Producer Ed Maloney to introduce the film and take part in a post screening Q&A. The screening was packed to capacity, some of those participating in the Q&A challenged… Read Article →

Premieres, Filmmakers, Docs! 

So much has happened since we started #pull focus on Thursday, we are only just catching up with ourselves. On Friday night we had a surprise guest at our screening of Dust On The Bible. Director John T. Davis delighted a packed Beanbag Cinema when he dropped by to introduce his 1989 documentary which reflects… Read Article →

Opening Night of Pull Focus Documentary Festival: The Image You Missed

Great turnout last night at the Movie House on Dublin Road for our opening night of the Pull Focus Documentary Film Festival, Northern Ireland’s first ever documentary film festival. We opened with Donal Foreman’s wonderful The Image You Missed followed by a very engaging and enlightening Q&A hosted by Hugh Odling Smee. You can watch… Read Article →

Sunshine and Singing at Summer Cinema!

Last weekend Belfast One in association with Belfast Film Festival hosted a free Open Air Cinema at Belfast City Hall screening eight classic movies. Film lovers, families and passers by came along to the lawns of Belfast City Hall to watch much loved movies – Up, The Goonies, Grease, The Greatest Showman, Toy Story, Back… Read Article →

Pull Focus Documentary Festival has launched!

We are very pleased to announce the latest addition to our summer programme of events: ‘Pull Focus’ Festival – A celebration of contemporary documentary, with a focus on Irish and Northern Irish documentary making. Irish documentary on both sides of the border is fast becoming world-renowned and increasingly prolific, and Pull Focus provides an opportunity… Read Article →

Separating Art from the Artist

As part of the 18th Belfast Film Festival Cinepunked held an event called Art vs Artist to discuss the recent public engagement with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations. Cinepunked’s resident hosts Robert JE Simpson and Dr Rachael Kelly led an interactive panel discussion navigating the ethics of… Read Article →

The 18th Belfast Film Festival Winners

Congratulations to all our winners this year! Winner of the Short Film Competition was Good Girls, written and directed by Niamh McKeown and produced by Jack Cowhig. A film about Pinkman’s finest student and head girl, Bonnie, who takes us on a tour of her school as she tries to round up the school captains… Read Article →

Comic Genius Graham Linehan in Belfast!

Brian Henry Martin was joined on stage by the incredible talent that is Graham Linehan, four time BAFTA winner, an IFTA winner and winner of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. In a warm, funny and engaging conversation at the Assembly Buildings Conference Centre, Graham entertained a packed audience by talking about his successful career… Read Article →