Belfast Film Festival


Festival News

Award Presentation to Winning Short Film

Nicholas Keogh the Director of the 2016 winning short film, Introducing Brian, joined us last week for a presentation ceremony. Nicholas who is originally from Rostrevor, represented Northern Ireland at the 2006 Venice Biennale.  Kevin Jackson the Festival Chair presented the award.  Nicholas’ producer Manal Laginaf, Michele Devlin Festival Director and Stephen Hackett (Programmer) attended… Read Article →

Michael Moore’s Visit to Belfast

Last week Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and political provocateur Michael Moore visited Belfast to present his latest film ‘Where to Invade Next’. On his short visit, Michael was shown the sights of Belfast during a whirlwind tour, by filmmaker Mark Cousins (I Am Belfast). First stop was The Crown Bar, and some of the film history… Read Article →

Oscar-Winning Filmmaker, Michael Moore to visit Belfast

Belfast Film Festival will welcome Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and political provocateur Michael Moore to Belfast next week. Michael will join us on 15th June for two sold-out events at the Movie House that include a screening of his latest film, ‘Where to Invade Next’. Tickets for both the ‘In Conversation’ event, and a second screening… Read Article →

And the Winner is ….

For weeks we’ve been biting our nails in anticipation … and at last it’s official… the 16th Belfast Film Festival award winners are announced: 10th Maysles Brothers Documentary Award Winner Tchindas Directed by Marc Serena & Pablo García Pérez de Lara SPAIN 2015 95 MINS Judges Statement, 23 April 2016 The 10th Maysles Brothers Documentary… Read Article →

Closing Night Gala: ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

The film ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ closed the Belfast Film Festival 2016 The evening of the closing night gala started at the Movie House with the screening of the film ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’, a comedy drama directed by Stephen Frears tells the inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream… Read Article →

Short Competition Programme 1

The first programme of the competition in short films took place at Queen’s Film Theatre on Friday evening. Attendance was high and included many individuals involved in the makings of these films. The atmosphere in the QFT was distinctly full of a creative buzz!

Day 10: Easter 2016

The Black Box opened its doors to Easter 2016, with the participation of Graham Reid and Q&A after the screening conduced by William Crawley. Graham Reid’s Science Fiction TV film made in 1982. On the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, students at a Northern Irish college mark the event by stanging an uprising against… Read Article →

Day 9: Outcasts by choice

Great Premiere of the documentary ‘Outcasts by choice’ about the Belfast punk legends ‘The Outcasts’. A documentary by Paul and Kate McCarroll. ‘Outcasts by choice’ is a documentary by Paul and Kate McCarroll about the Belfast punk legends ‘The Outcasts’, which Premiere took place at the Strands Art Centre. Leather jackets, black t-shirts and big… Read Article →

Day 9

The sounds of jazz, 80s cheese junk and 70s punk were heard across the city last night with three very different festival experiences, each of which played to a capacity crowd. The plush surroundings of Belfast Harbour Commissioners was the scene for Robert Altman’s 70s take on film noir, The Long Goodbye. Guests were welcomed… Read Article →

Day 8: Traders

Killian Scott and the directors of ‘Traders’, Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy, took part in a Q&A following the screening in the QFT. What if it made sense for ordinary people to kill each other for money? Jobs are gone. Homes are being repossesed. Suicide rates are soaring. This is ‘Traders’: a dark, exciting thriller… Read Article →

Donnie Darko with Live Soundtrack from Radiomentale

The Black Box opened its doors to French musician Radiomentale on day 8 of the festival. Radiomental flew in from Paris to provide a live soundtrack to this special screening of the cult classic Donnie Darko. Although the room was packed at this sold-out event, the electronic rendition of the classic soundtrack had a firm… Read Article →

Day 8: Amnesty International Screenings

A panel discussion about the abortion regime in Northern Ireland followed the screenings of ‘A Quiet Inquisiton’ and ‘Vessel’. Amnesty International and the Belfast Film Festival worked together in this event. Supported by Amnesty International, this film strand explores the agency of women who challenge and respond creatively to anti-abortion laws in two very different… Read Article →


On the evening of day 8 of the festival, director Marc Serena introduced Tchindas, the film that he co-directed with Pablo García Pérez de Lara. Tchindas is a documentary film about Carnival, gender identity, and community on a Cape Verdean Island. In his introduction, Serena spoke of his friendship with Tchinda and his shock upon… Read Article →

Terence Davies: Distant Voices, Still Lives

Tonight Terence Davies introduced a screening of his semi-autobiographical diptych Distant Voices, Still Lives. This beautifully constructed, yet often unsettling, depiction of life in Liverpool in the mid-20th century centres on Davies’ own family. A unique twist on autobiography, he removes himself from the story so that the audience comes to understand him by way… Read Article →

Day 7: BFF Quiz

More than three hours of questions about the cinema industry… would you accept the challenge? Hosted by Brian Henry Martin, ‘The Big Wednesday’ Belfast Film Festival Quiz was a real challenge with eight rounds of scenes, sounds and surprises. There were prizes for finishing first, last, and, of course, the best Hawaiian shirt on the… Read Article →