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Festival News

We Are Hiring!

Be part of our dynamic team! Belfast Film Festival (and Docs Ireland) is a vibrant and energetic organisation, which plays a central role in the cultural life of Belfast. The organisation has delivered an annual Belfast Film Festival since 1995, and in 2018 initiated Docs Ireland, promoting a dynamic year long programme of fiction and… Read Article →

Frames Per Second – VFX Apprenticeship

Are you an early school leaver aged 16 or 17 and interested in a career in animation? This new and exciting apprenticeship opportunity could be for you! Funded by NI Screen, you will be trained by those at the very top of their game over a period of six months for one to two days… Read Article →

Decision makers announced for the second edition of the Docs Ireland Marketplace

Docs Ireland is pleased to announce it’s first decision makers for the second Docs Ireland Marketplace, taking place online on Thursday June 17th and Friday June 18th, as part of the festival’s online industry programme. The Marketplace will bring together top documentary industry players and documentary filmmakers from Ireland, the UK and internationally, to pitch… Read Article →

European Heritage Open Day 2021

Have you heard of European Heritage Open Days?  Would you like to take part this year? This year marks the 24th year of European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) in Northern Ireland. It’s an annual celebration of local architecture, history and culture. It’s when many properties and locations open their doors and organise free events for… Read Article →

Northern Ireland Screen Feature Development Pitch

APPLICATIONS FOR THE NORTHERN IRELAND SCREEN FEATURE DEVELOPMENT PITCH ARE NOW OPEN. After the success of our online pitching competition in November 2020, 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 →

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 returns in June 2021

Docs Ireland will return with an online industry edition of the festival in June 2021. Docs Ireland, the island of Ireland’s only industry focused documentary festival will return in June, with an online industry programme for emerging and established filmmakers, including the second edition of the festival’s documentary marketplace. Industry events will take place online… 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 →