Belfast Film Festival

11th – 20th April 2019

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And the winner is ……

Short Film Competition This years short film competition featured a strong line up, with over 40 films from across the island, the standard was high – but in the end there can only be one winner. Judging Panel: Dr Laurence McKeown (Writer & Filmmaker), Prof Sarah Edge (Photography & Culture Studies Centre for Media Research… Read Article →

Day 9: Shooting For Socrates at the Waterfront

Belfast Film Festival goes football crazy with UK premiere of Shooting for Socrates.  Belfast Film Festival together with O2 went football crazy tonight. The red carpet was out at the Belfast Waterfront as stars of screen and sport, and a very special trophy, lined up for the UK premiere of Shooting for Socrates. The visit… Read Article →

Day 8: John T Davis at the QFT

A packed crowd gathered at the QFT last night to pay tribute to John T Davis, legendary documentary filmmaker from Holywood, County Down, at the screening of director Paul McParland’s tribute ‘John T Davis: His Own Trail.’ Davis, one of Ireland’s most internationally respected documentarians, established his reputation with films such as ‘Shellshock Rock,’ ‘Route… Read Article →

Day 7: The Spirit of ’58 at the Moviehouse

Film and football fans joined together at the Movie House cinema on Dublin Road last night to celebrate the world premiere of feature documentary Spirit of ’58. A labour of love for local filmmakers, writer/director Evan Marshall and cameraman/editor Ben Price, Spirit of ’58 was rapturously received by a sell-out crowd of more than 300,… Read Article →

Day 7: Eraserhead with live score by Cercueil (Coffin) at the MAC

Last night Coffin played live to a packed auditorium of fans of David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead at the MAC. Eraserhead is already a surrealist nightmare with a fitting post-apocolyptic soundscape, but last night this beautiful and strange film was scored live by French band Coffin’s hypnotic electronic music. While we basked in the… Read Article →

Day 6: A Kind of Sisterhood at the QFT

Through interviews with republican and loyalist ex-prisoners, prison chaplain  Father Raymond Murray and the journalist Nell McCafferty,  filmmakers Michele Devlin and Claire Hackett pull the common focus of the troubles and make visible women’s narratives during this phase of the conflict. Aspects of the film are shocking. The youth of the women who were imprisoned,… Read Article →

Day 5: Patrick’s Day at the Moviehouse

Last night Patrick’s Day received its Northern Irish premiere at the Belfast Film Festival with the support of Contact. This dark, comic and compelling story of a young man with mental health issues who falls in love with a suicidal flight attendant, screened to a Belfast audience at the Moviehouse. A gritty film about the… Read Article →

Sat 25th 4pm – The Big Lebowski gets the Live Read treatment

Let me explain something to you. Um, this is not a screening of the film “The Big Lebowski.” It’s a Live Read of the screenplay of the Big Lebowski. There will be actors. So that’s what you can call them. You know, that or, uh, thespians, or uh, players, or El impersonators if you’re not… Read Article →

Day 5: Film Devour at the Black Box

A feast of fresh local shorts and hot popcorn brought to us by Film Devour at the Black Box. And the award goes to… Audience Choice Award – Photobomb by Jim McMorrow Directors Choice Award – The Coming of Age by Rian Lennon    

Day 4: BFF Quiz at the Black Box

Did you bring your dirty half-dozen A-teams to the ultimate screen test? Obscure minimalist posters, film memorabilia and colourful umbrellas were all in attendance at the 15th Belfast Film Festival Quiz hosted by Brian Henry Martin at the Black Box.  

Day 4: Eat Your Children at the QFT

A reference to Johnathan Swift’s satire essay from 1729, the title conjures a gruesome image of cannibalistic economics and apocalyptic self-sufficency. Swift’s essay A Modest Proposal, suggested that the solution to Ireland’s poverty would be for Irish people to rear their young to be sold off to the aristocracy as food, an analogy that directors … Read Article →

Day 4: Eat Your Children at the QFT

‘Eat Your Children,’ a provocative and challenging documentary road-trip by two friends who emigrated from Ireland during the financial crash of 2008 and returned to probe Ireland’s so called acceptance of debt and austerity screened at QFT on Sunday 26th April as part of the Belfast Film Festival. The film’s directors, Treasa O’Brien and Mary… Read Article →

Day 3: Director Terry George Q&A – I promise to tell this story

Terry George Oscar-winning director speaks to the Belfast Film Festival audience and answers their questions after a screening of Hotel Rwanda, hosted by Mark Davenport at the MAC. Terry George talked about his experiences while researching the film, parallels he found with his cinematic work and Northern Ireland, and his new projects.     On… Read Article →

Day 3: Blazing Saddles at the Black Box

Oh Lord! Boy did we have some strength to pull off this mighty task in one night!  Ranch style baked beans, 10 gallon hats and fresh bales of hay, it was a wild night at the Blazing Saddles night hosted by Paul Currie at the Black Box.