Belfast Film Festival

1 – 9 April 2020

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Look at the State of the Place

Irish civil rights leader Bernadette McAliskey, former PUP press officer Sophie Long, columnist and editor of ‘Repeal the 8th’ Una Mulally and writer, broadcaster Paul Gosling join moderator, journalist and writer Susan McKay, to consider the state of the place, in our State of the Nation panel. Is Brexit the catalyst for a fundamental shift… Read Article →

Day Two: For Sama Director Waad al-Kateab at Docs Ireland

Day two of Docs Ireland was even bigger and better with even more special guests and screenings across Belfast! It was our great privelige to host a Q & A with one of the directors of For Sama, Waad el-Kateab, at QFT following a screening of the film. For Sama tells Waad’s story over five… Read Article →

Day One: Docs Ireland Taking Over Belfast!

Docs Ireland is under way! Our first day had a packed programme of screenings, workshops, Q & As, VR sessions and masterclasses across the city of Belfast- and with a total of 55 features and 34 short documentaries there is still a lot more to come over the next four days! Our Opening Night Gala… Read Article →

Special Guests at Docs Ireland

This week Belfast will become the centre of the documentary filmmaking world when the inaugural Docs Ireland begins on Wednesday 12th June. The last decade for the Irish film and television industry has been tremendously successful: Belfast has been the home of the world’s number one television series in ‘Game of Thrones’; while shorts ‘The… Read Article →

Freedom of the Press – No Stone Unturned / Unquiet Graves

24th of April 2019 outside St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast, a large group of journalists formed a guard of honour which flanked the coffin of 29 year old activist and journalist, Lyra McKee. Lyra was shot dead by the anti-peace process ‘New IRA’ while observing riots.  The shooting dead of this young woman just two months… Read Article →

NI Screen Feature Development Pitch Line Up

Docs Ireland is pleased to announce the line up of projects, which will take part in the Northern Ireland Screen Feature Development Pitch at the festival. The initiative offers a chance for documentary filmmakers, from established filmmakers to new and emerging talent, to win an award of up to £7,500 towards a pilot for a… Read Article →

Music Documentaries at Docs Ireland

With Docs Ireland just over a week away, we are throwing a spotlight on some of the different films to see- today we are casting an eye over the music documentaries on offer, with a selection of new international and Irish films, as well as a retrospective offering of a number of classic music docs… Read Article →

And the Doc Market participants are …

Docs Ireland is pleased to announce the projects for our inaugural Marketplace, taking place on Thursday June 13th at the Europa Hotel, Belfast. 35 Irish, UK and international projects will pitch to international decision makers including BBC Storyville, CAT&Docs, Dogwoof, Kew Media and PBS. The full list of projects in participation are: A Short History… Read Article →

Our first ever Docs Ireland programme has launched

Today, in the surrounds of Belfast City Hall we held the launch of the first ever Docs Ireland programme. DOCS IRELAND will showcase the best new documentary films, presenting Irish and international feature length and short documentaries from 12-16 June in Belfast. The 5 day programme is bursting with the hottest new documentaries, and the… Read Article →

Develop your skills in pitching and international co-production!

In advance of our first Docs Ireland Marketplace on Thursday June 13th, Docs Ireland is delighted to offer an opportunity for filmmakers to develop their core skills in pitching and international co-production. The DocMarket International Co-production Workshop will help producers and directors to advance their skills at pitching and financing a creative documentary aimed at… Read Article →

BFI Doc Society Local At Docs Ireland

BFI Doc Society are coming to Belfast! As part of the 1st Docs Ireland (12th-16th June), the Doc Society (BFI delegate partner for UK Documentary funding) will be coming to Belfast on Friday 14 June to host a day-long event for documentary filmmakers and those interested in non-fiction. The event will take place as part… Read Article →

The 19th Belfast Film Festival Winners

Congratulations to all our winners this year! The winner of the Short Film Competition was Hold the Line. Written by, produced by and starring Laura O’Shea, and directed by Karen Killeen and Laura O’Shea, the film follows Em who works in a call centre. She faces a day that’s more difficult that the usual “customer… Read Article →