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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 →

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 →