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Docs Ireland Short Documentary Competition Line-Up

After the postponement of Docs Ireland earlier in the year, we’re especially thrilled to present the second Docs Ireland Irish Short Documentary Competition. This year we have a fantastic range of films showing just how versatile and expressive the short film can be. The documentary short is an artform of its own, and excitingly, many… Read Article →

Ignite Documentary Project Participants Announced

Cork International Film Festival and Docs Ireland have announced their inaugural 2020 Ignite documentary development programme participants. This exciting venture is a cross-border partnership which seeks to foster a new generation of Irish documentary filmmakers from the north and south of Ireland. The programme is a pilot bilingual talent development initiative directed towards emerging Irish… Read Article →

We’re Back! Welcome to our LAUNCH DAY!

What better way to start the weekend than with some good news! It’s LAUNCH DAY!!! Welcome to the launch of our November 2020 festival. A month of film events brought to you by Belfast Film Festival and Docs Ireland. Here’s a special message from our Chair Mark Cousins and Festival Director Michele Devlin.

Belfast Film Festival & Docs Ireland are back with a month of movies

Belfast Film Festival and its sister documentary festival, Docs Ireland will both take place this November after being postponed earlier in the year. The two festivals will run across the month of November and will unveil a series of premieres including the world premiere of a new documentary, Martin McGuinness: I Fought, I made Peace,… Read Article →

Northern Ireland Screen Feature Development Pitch

APPLICATIONS FOR THE NI SCREEN FEATURE DEVELOPMENT PITCH HAVE NOW CLOSED. After the success of our inaugural pitching competition at the 2019 festival, Docs Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen are again offering a chance for documentary makers, from established filmmakers to new and emerging talent, to receive an award of up to £7,500 towards a… Read Article →

Ignite: Documentary Talent Development Programme

A joint initiative of Cork International Film Festival & Docs Ireland, Belfast, supported by TG4, the Arts Council of Ireland, Screen Skills Ireland and Arts & Business NI ‘IGNITE’ is a pilot bilingual talent development programme directed towards emerging Irish documentary filmmakers embarking on their first or second non-fiction feature film.  Created in collaboration between… Read Article →

The BFF Player

Live and direct to your favourite watching device, the shiny new BFF Player will be our online portal for a regular selection of short films and features, Q&A’s and discussions.  Some of these will be new, others are wee gems unearthed from the archives. Our May 2020 selection features Desert Island Flicks and some past… Read Article →

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 →