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Fond Farewell to Movie House, Dublin Road

Movie House on Dublin Road was due to close it’s doors to the public on 26th April however due to the current global pandemic the cinema announced its early closure last Thursday. We have been working with the Movie House since they opened their doors in 2007 – a huge chapter of this partnership has… Read Article →

Huge Success on the Sofa, Shorts!

This year BFF20’s revamped short film showcase was moved from the comfort of a cinema onto a cosy couch. Motivated by a desire to keep our staff and audience safe from covid-19, on Saturday 4th April we presented #bffsofashorts, our first ever online short film day. From over 100 submissions, 21 films where short-listed, 14… Read Article →

BFF20 Short Film Competition Winners

Statement from Sara Gunn Smith on behalf of all the judges: We had a really hard job judging the competition shorts. Every single film deserved to be on this shortlist, and we discussed all of them in detail over Zoom, with cups of tea and copious notes. It was so hard in fact, that we… Read Article →

BFF20 Online – Whats on Offer!

Today would have been the official opening of the 20th Belfast Film Festival. But Covid-19 cut us off in our stride.  After initial disappointment we have bounced back in style.  Our website is now our online cinema.  So turn down the lights and feast your peepers on our line-up. To help us weather the storm… Read Article →

BFF Sofa Shorts Day – Saturday 4th April

Saturday 4th April is now officially known as BFF Sofa Shorts Day! You hit the sofa we’ll bring the shorts…..films that is. What you wear is up to you! Join us to celebrate the best new Northern Irish/Irish fictional short films from the comfort of your own home. One of our many loved events each… Read Article →

Docs Ireland 2020 Postponed

In view of the ongoing global health crisis, we have decided to reschedule Docs Ireland 2020.  We’re gutted, because we had great things to announce, but the projections suggest that Covid-19 infections might peak in June, when our events were due to take place. Like other organisations, we’ll explore the possibility of offering online treats… Read Article →

20th Belfast Film Festival Postponed

It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the rescheduling of the 20th Belfast Film Festival. To slow down the spread of COVID-19 and protect our guests, audiences, staff and volunteers, the festival, which was due to start on April 1st, will now be postponed until the autumn. We considered the ‘social distancing’ and… Read Article →

The 20th Belfast Film Festival Launch

The 20th Belfast Film Festival launched yesterday to a packed audience full of programmers, sponsors and filmmakers in the Black Box, Belfast. Our festival director, Michele Devlin, said a few words on the impact Belfast Film Festival has had on Belfast; “So what have we been doing for the past 20 years? We’ve brought people… Read Article →

Belfast Film Festival celebrates 20 years with film’s finest

Twenty of the country’s top filmmakers gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Belfast Film Festival which has just launched its 2020 programme. The festival will run from 1st- 9th April across Belfast. Belfast Film Festival celebrates its 20th year as it launches a programme packed with award winning guests and special events. The programme… Read Article →

The 20th Belfast Film Festival; On Sale 5th March

Happy birthday to us! We are so excited to be celebrating our 20th birthday this year. We would love for you to join the festivities between the the 1st – 9th April… ​To give you a taste of what’s to come we’ve decided to reveal NINE events ahead of the full release on Thursday 5th… Read Article →

Young Filmmakers Documentary Competition

Docs Ireland is passionate about documentary in all its forms. We are really interested in supporting new filmmakers and discovering new talent. So, we are very excited to be launching a new documentary-making competition for young people across the island of Ireland. The selected films will be screened during the second edition of Docs Ireland… Read Article →

Volunteer Applications Now Open for BFF20 and Docs Ireland

Fancy Volunteering at Belfast Film Festival 2020 (1st – 9th April) or Docs Ireland 2020 (10th – 14th June)? Well now’s your chance. Applications are now open! Just fill in the volunteer form and email it to by Friday 7th February 2020. Volunteer-Application-2020… Read Article →

Docs Ireland 2020: 10th – 14th June

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Wednesday 10th June  – Sunday 14th June 2020 Docs Ireland is back for 2020! Here’s some important dates for your diary regarding film submissions and the Doc Market. Docs Ireland is an annual dynamic programme of events showcasing the Irish documentary industry, run by the team behind Belfast Film Festival, and… Read Article →

We’re Hiring!

Belfast Film Festival is recruiting for two key positions We’re looking for: Head of Events (full-time Feb – June) Inclusion / Audience Development Co-Ordinator (full-time) Full job descriptions and contract details are outlined within each application form. If you are passionate about film, highly motivated, have relevant experience and want to be part of our… Read Article →


Part 1 Archive exhibition Utopian and dystopian urban visions of Northern Ireland. This archive-based project is a playful, in-depth look at how modernist architecture and urban design was presented in media through the 1950s to the 1980s in Northern Ireland. For this gallery exhibition we will present archive documentaries and footage that covers 40 years… Read Article →