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Local directors George Clarke and Phillip Henry both had their films screened during this years festival. Their films featured in the New Cinema section of our programme and were screened to audiences in Dublin Road’s Movie House Cinema. Noirland directed by Phillip Henry is Ireland’s first crime anthology and Onus, directed by George Clarke of… Read Article →

If music be the food of love, play on…

On the 31st of March Patrick Doyle lead the Ulster Orchestra, the Belfast Philharmonic and actors Fiona Shaw and Michael Maloney, in a celebration of the music created from his long standing collaboration with Sir Kenneth Branagh. The concert was bookended with a pre-concert talk with Doyle, hosted by Tim Burden, and a workshop with… Read Article →

And the Winner is …

Announcing the 14th Belfast Film Festival Short Film Competition Winner. The winner of the 2014 Short Film Competition is the Irish Language short film Rúbaí.  The film was directed by Louise Ní Fhiannachta, written by Antoin Beag Ó Colla and produced by Magmedia. The First Holy Communion, a bastion of Irish tradition and culture, is… Read Article →

A Tribute to Charles Bukowski

Bluebirds, necrophilia and ice cream, it was all in a night’s work for Colin Dardis at the Black Box Cafe. Following a screening of Crazy Love, Belgian director Dominique Deruddere’s critically acclaimed 1987 film based on three Bukowski short stories, Dardis hosted a poetry evening dedicated to the legend himself.  With a mixture of listed… Read Article →

A Story of Mark Cousins and Film

With two film essays and the fragments of a work in progress screened, the 14th Belfast film festival hosted a bumper crop of film from home-grown director Mark Cousins. A Story of Children and Film Mark introduces his film with a picture of his six year old self, telling us that this is the boy… Read Article →

Brian Henry Martin Quiz Mastermind

Of course the big question on everyone’s lips was … what will he be wearing? Our annual date with film critic Brian Henry Martin was back with vengeance this week. Team names ranged from Quizzed In My Pants to The Unusual Suspects. This event is a must for those movie fans who have yet to… Read Article →

Patrick Doyle and Fiona Shaw at the Waterfront

Culture Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín and Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir joined a star studded gathering of musical, stage and screen talent last night at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. The concert celebrated the music of Patrick Doyle in the films of Kenneth Branagh. Actors Fiona Shaw and Michael Maloney performed scenes from Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado about… Read Article →

School On Screen: Classics at Nettlefield & Strandtown PS

‘Mr Wilshere’s own idea…is that if the children of a district have no beauty in their daily surroundings, they need beauty all the more in their schools’.  Irish Builder  74, 26 Mar 1932 Building schools at a time when NI’s education was regarded as the worst in the UK, Architect Reginald Wilshere is best remembered… Read Article →

Groundhog Day at the City Hall

Piercings, sailor suits and groundhog onesies – Belfast fasionistas where out in force at the City Hall on Saturday for our tribute to Harold Ramis. The rain stayed away as film’s most cynical weatherman and not the god but a god, Phil Connors, took to City Hall’s Big Screen to relive the worst, and eventually… Read Article →

Fiona Shaw has Arrived

Multi-award winning, stage and screen actress Fiona Shaw – star of ‘My Left Foot’ and HBO’s True Blood – has arrived in Belfast this morning. Loved by younger audiences as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films, Fiona will be appearing tonight on stage in Belfast performing live narration of Shakepeare’s text to the music… Read Article →

Renee Glynne in conversation with Robert JE Simpson

Belfast fell in love with Renee Glynne today, as the woman with lifelong career amongst some of the world’s film, TV and music greats, relayed fascinating story after story to an enraptured audience. Clips and photos shown from a small selection of the projects Renee worked on included the Rolling Stones (with Renee in the… Read Article →

Game of Thrones: Two Swords Belfast Preview

An army of 1000 fans joined Belfast Film Festival on our opening night, for the action packed premiere of Game of Thrones Episode 1 Season 4 last night at the Moviehouse, Dublin Road. There was great craic amongst the crowds heading into the screening, inevitably a ‘see how many people you can cram into a… Read Article →

Opening Night World Premiere Road

There was an incredible buzz at the Movie House, Dublin Road last night. In a blur of brightly branded leathers, steely-nerved competitors and the turning of motorbike wheels and film reels the 14th Belfast Film Festival was off… Road, the opening night premiere, is a documentary feature that pays homage to motorcycle road racing, and… Read Article →

Belfast Slave free Zone Event

Last night the Belfast Slave free Zone panel discussion and screenings played to a packed audience in East Belfast’s Strand Arts Centre. Camilla Brown from Unchosen introduced the three short films being premiered: No Hope, Lets Talk About Sex and The Trip. Unchosen’s aim is to educate people and communities to recognise modern day slavery… Read Article →