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The Interview: Mairead McClean

The Belfast Film Festival’s Jim Meredith caught up with award-winning filmmaker Mairéad McClean ahead of her screening at this year’s festival. Mairéad will present a survey of her work which brings together themes of memory, migration, and identity. You can find out more here You were born and raised in Beragh, County Tyrone, and studied… Read Article →

The Interview: Marc Serena and Pablo Garcia Perez de Lara

A wonderful trip to an exotic African island that wil capture your imagination. There’s a time of the year when the whole country of Cape Verde turns into a little Brazil: Carnival time. Tchinda promise brings us the colourful and tropical rhythms of this traditional party told through the eyes of a trans woman, Tchinda… Read Article →

The Interview: Neil Edwards

Jim Meredith caught up with Neil …. Director of Sympathy for the Devil to talk human psyche, 1960’s counter-culture & creative freedom. Sympathy for the Devil follows The Process Church of the Final Judgment who have been associated with a long list of lurid conspiracy theories including the inspiration for Charles Manson’s ‘crimes of the… Read Article →

10 films you can’t miss at this year’s Festival!

Head of programming Stephen Hackett reveals his top titles at this year’s Festival Choosing can be tough and with over 133 unmissable titles at this year festival we haven’t made it easy! So we caught up with Stephen, to give you the run down of some of his favourites this year. And to make things… Read Article →

Gerry Anderson: Unseen Footage

On March 2011 the Belfast Film Festival had the honour of welcoming special guest Gerry Anderson to the stage for Desert Island Flicks where he reminds us of an important lesson, “True genius doesn’t date.” The extract was filmed at the Black Box and hosted By Brian Henry Martin as part of the 11th Belfast… Read Article →

Belfast Film Festival launches at The Mac

Belfast Film Festival today launched its 16th annual festival at the Mac in Belfast. In its biggest programme ever, over 133 films from 30 countries will be screened during 10 days from 14th to 23rd April. The tantalising line-up includes new international cinema and documentaries, critically acclaimed television, features and shorts from local filmmakers and… Read Article →

Short Films through to Competition

From the hundreds of short films submitted to BFF this year, 39 from across the country have made it to the final line-up of our annual short film competition. The submission standard was extremely high and competition for places was very tough, but at last the selection panel has agreed on the final films.  A… Read Article →

Open for submissions

Submissions for the 16th Belfast Film Festival Short Film Competition have just opened. Our short film competition aspires to support the talent of tomorrow, offer a voice for fledging filmmakers and create a platform where great untold stories can be shared. This April we will screen over 50 of the most creative, entertaing and visionary … Read Article →

Kim Longinotto Honored with Prestigious BBC Grierson Trustees Award

It was recently announced that the BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award for 2015 is to be presented to Kim Longinotto! In 2006 Kim Longinotto joined us in Belfast to collect the Belfast Film Festival’s Maysles Brothers Documentary Award for her groundbreaking documentary Sisters In Law. One of Kim’s very early pieces of work was Cross and… Read Article →

Alive From Divis Flats Screening and Discussion

Last night the Movie House, Dublin Road was alive with former residents of ‘the Flats’.  A packed to capacity audience was treated to an introduction by the Canadian director and the star of the show who both flew in to present the documentary Alive From Divis Flats as part of the annual Homecoming and Belfast… Read Article →

Romanian Roma Community Screening Of Gadjo Dilo

Above:  Vittoria Cafolla (BFF) Denis Long and Nicolae Nicola (NIRRCA) Last week saw the screening of Gadjo Dilo (Crazy Stranger) at Movie House, Dublin Road. This was the first in a series of events to promote Roma culture and support community relations through film. Denis Long and Nicolae Nicola from RRCANI (Romanian Roma Community Association… Read Article →

Free Screening of Gadjo Dilo (Crazy Stranger) with BFF, Moviehouse and the Romanian Roma Community Association

Belfast Film Festival, with Moviehouse and the Romanian Roma Community Association of Northern Ireland (RRCANI) invite you to a screening of: Gadjo Dilo (Crazy Stranger) on Monday 28th September, Moviehouse, Dublin Road, at 7pm. Free Admission- but please email to secure your place.  Roma culture and traditions are often misunderstood and misrepresented: it is… Read Article →

Belfast Film Festival at this year’s European Open Heritage Days

  This September we’re delighted to be working with EHOD again to screen some classic documentaries and films in building of interest in Belfast and Beyond. Information on the events below. You can pick up the full EHOD 2015 brochure around town or download it here.     Building Britain: Belfast, with Glenn Patterson (in… Read Article →

This Week: Northern Irish Docs – through a female lens

This week the film festival outreach team hits the road with two fantastic female-directed docs.  Cross & Passion – Made in 1981 and directed by Claire Pollak, Kim Longinotto, tells the story of everyday life of the community in Turf Lodge, West Belfast, particularly its women. A social documentary which considers life in the area… Read Article →