Belfast Film Festival

November 2020


Festival News

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 →

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 →