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Local Producer Chris Martin Speaks Out Against Proposed Cuts

With an impressive repertoire under his belt including Good Vibrations (2012) Cup Cake (2010) and the highly anticipated I Am Belfast (2015), Chris Martin warns of the effects of austerity on the future of film culture in Northern Ireland in a statement against DCAL’s cuts to major film organisations in Northern Ireland: “Here is the… Read Article →

Don’t Crush Our Little Guys to Feed the Giants! – Terry George

Belfast born director, Oscar winner (The Shore, 2011) and Oscar Nominee (Hotel Rwanda, 2004) Terry George speaks out in support of the #SaveNIFilm Campaign The news that the Belfast film Festival, the Foyle film Festival, Cinemagic and the Queens Film Theatre are to have their grants cut by 50% is extremely distressing news. They are… Read Article →

Award Winning Filmmaker’s Call to Action

Filmmaker Mairead McClean pictured with Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters fame, was recently awarded the prestigious Ulster Bank MAC International arts prize – Ireland’s largest open arts prize. Belfast Film Festival selected my first 16mm film ‘Movements Recollected’ to run as a short before Pasolini’s film Uccellacci e Uccellini (HAWKS AND SPARROWS) in 1999. It… Read Article →

Mark Cousins: My Statement of Support

Compared to other UK and Irish cities, Belfast lags behind in film culture. Yes it has its high profile production successes and a skilled audiovisual work force, but it has just one, not very adequate, arts cinema. Its citizens go to the movies in relatively large numbers, but the films they see are less diverse… Read Article →

’71 Q&A

Director Yann Demange was in town for a screening of his first film ‘71, a Troubles based thriller set in the war torn streets of Belfast in 1971. The film, which tells the story of Gary (Jack O’Connell) a young British solider accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying street riot, was presented last… Read Article →

A call for the reinstatement of the NITB Events Fund

The Belfast Film Festival was extremely dismayed by the recent announcement of the unexpected and brutal cuts to the arts sector when DETI (Dept of Enterprise Trade & Investment) announced they would be axing the NITB Tourism Events Fund. We will now have to reduce our ambitions and considerably amend our plans, which will likely… Read Article →

The Rats come out for Mad Max

As if Mad Max 2 in a post-apocalyptic warehouse is not exciting enough, we can now confirm that Survival Bike Group the NI Rats will be taking to the streets for an exclusive appearance at this Saturday’s special event screening at T13! What is Survival Biking you ask? As well as leaving behind a lasting… Read Article →

Sci-Fi Season

The BFI is set to reignite the nation’s love for sci-fi with a film season that can only be described as out of this world! Days of Fear and Wonder, The BFI’s most ambitious project to date will see more than 1,000 screenings of classic films and TV series at more than 200 locations across… Read Article →

The Warriors Underneath Belfast’s urban flyover

On Saturday 16th August the Festival presented a special event screening of The Warriors to mark the 35th anniversary of Walter Hill’s 70’s cult action classic Over 400 audience members and cosplayers attended the sold out screening which took place on Corporation Street Car Park directly below the M3 Flyover. The event offered the ultimate… Read Article →

Presentation to Director of winning short film 2014

We caught up with the Director of Rúbaí, Louise Ní Fhiannachta in Galway last week for the presentation of our Short Film award, which included £500 from Sponsors the Belfast Media Group. Louise’s wonderful Irish Language short film Rúbaí won the BFF14 Short Film Competition, the film was written by Antoin Beag Ó Colla and… Read Article →

This year’s audience award goes to Ritesh Batra’s Lunchbox

Lunchbox, which screened at this year’s festival (QFT, Monday 31st March) went down a treat with the Belfast audience taking home the Festival’s much coveted Audience award. The film has seen huge acclaim worldwide winning the Audience Choice Award at the Cannes Film Festival Critics week, the Audience Choice Award at the World Cinema Film… Read Article →

Short Strand Special Needs Group: THRIVE

Since April, the Outreach Team at Film Festival have been working on a documentary with a group of adults with learning disabilities who live in Short Strand. The working title of the film is called ‘Thrive’. We have followed the group on their regular group activities on Tuesday evenings, as they created a garden, hung… Read Article →

Films for the Giro

The Belfast Film Festival spun into action to present a series of cycling and Italian themed films guaranteed to get your heart pumping. As part of the festivities we were in Parliament Buildings with over 200 guests for a special event screening of the romantic and charming Roman Holiday (1953). Nominated for 10 Academy Awards… Read Article →

Maysles Brothers Award goes to Sepideh Reaching for the Stars

The 14th Belfast Film Festival has announced its 9th annual Maysles Brothers Award which goes to Danish director Berit Madsen for her inspiring documentary SEPIDEH: Reaching for the Stars. The film has proved a popular choice with worldwide audiences since premiering at the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam and Sundance Film Festival. The film competed… Read Article →