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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 →


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 →

Ordinary Love – Belfast Premiere!

On Saturday 16th November 400 people watched the Belfast premiere of an extraordinary new feature film Ordinary Love. The screening was attended by the film’s creative team, Directors Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn, Writer, Owen McCafferty, Producers,  David Holmes and Brian Falconer, alongside many of the cast and crew, family and friends. Brian Henry Martin… Read Article →

Fair Winds and Following Seas for our Ship Ahoy Season!

Ship Ahoy Matey’s! Last week saw the end of our very successful Ship Ahoy! season. Over the last month we presented a series of aquatic themed musicals along Belfast’s Maritime Mile: The Belfast Barge, HMS Caroline, SS Nomadic, Harbour Commissioners Office, Sinclair Seaman’s Church and the Titanic Hotel. The Cathedral Quarter Choir were in fine… Read Article →

Summer Cinema Weekend at Belfast City Hall

What a weekend! Through the sunshine and rain people came in their droves to enjoy Belfast One Summer Cinema at Belfast City Hall in association with Belfast Film Festival and Cool FM. From balloons, face painting, to Matilda’s Miss Trunchball, Mrs Doubtfire, a Jurassic Jeep and a ‘pitch perfect’ choir, it was an action packed… Read Article →

Summer Cinema at City Hall Is Back For 2019!

Belfast One in association with Belfast Film Festival are bringing back Summer Cinema at Belfast City Hall for Take Two this August. With tickets free on a first come first served basis, you’ll need to be quick as you click so as not to disappoint your own Buzz Lightyear or Jessie for free tickets to… Read Article →

2019 Docs Ireland Official Awards Announcements

PULL FOCUS AWARD FOR BEST NEW IRISH DOCUMENTARY The judges of this years Pull Focus Award were documentarian Dónal Ó Céilleachair (The Camino Voyage), Kabosh Theatre’s CEO, Paula McFetridge and The Irish Film Institute’s Head of Irish Programming, Sunniva O’Flynn. After difficult hours of deliberating the judges finally came to a decision. They had fulsome… Read Article →

Day Four: Docs Ireland Honours Margo Harkin

Day four was a day for filmmakers- with two of Ireland’s greatest, in Margo Harkin and John T. Davis, attending Docs Ireland. Emerging voices in film were also showcased in the Short Documentary Competition and we heard about the importance of documentary in acting as a catalyst for debate and change in a panel on… Read Article →

Day Three: Docs Ireland Welcomes Bernadette McAliskey

More docs. More guests. More discussion. Day three of Docs Ireland delivered another extensive programme of films and talks for audiences across Belfast. Docs Ireland was delighted to host a very, very special guest in Bernadette McAliskey for a screening of ‘Firing Line with William F. Buckley: Bernadette Devlin’ at QFT, followed by a Q… Read Article →

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 →