Belfast Film Festival

1 – 9 April 2020


Festival News

Day Six: Aamir Khan Brings the House Down

Yesterday, one of the most anticipated events in this year’s programme, Aamir Khan: In Conversation, brought the house down in the Waterfront Hall. We were honoured that Aamir Khan, one of the BIGGEST stars of Indian Cinema, travelled from Mumbai to Belfast to take part in a rare public event. The hours before the event… Read Article →

Day Five: Half way there and plenty more to see!

Day Five, the halfway point of this year’s festival, kicked off with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Irish features, some excellent New Cinema and the much anticipated Film Devour. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the 1953 classic, screened in the Movie House Dublin Road as part of our new Rewind Section to a crowd of Over 65’s who all… Read Article →

Review | Satan’s Slaves by Jemma Strain

This evening (Tuesday 16th April) in the Beanbag Cinema at 9pm we will be screening the Indonesian horror, Satan’s Slaves. Limited tickets are still available here. Thanks to Jemma Strain ( for her review of the film. Satan’s Slaves (2017) With such a strongly characterising title as Satan’s Slaves you would be forgiven for assuming… Read Article →

Review: Float Like A Butterfly By Jemma Strain

Thanks to Jemma Strain ( for her review of the film. Float Like a Butterfly (2018) Frances is a girl with aspirations larger than her family, and a temper hotter than the fires that they warm themselves around in the evenings, entertaining each other by singing haunting renditions of traditional Irish songs. Her universe is… Read Article →

BFF19 Short Film Winner | Hold the Line

Laura O’Shea’s and Karen Killeen Hold the Line wins the top prize at the Belfast Film Festival’s 19th Short Film Competition. The highly anticipated Short Film Competition kicked off on Saturday 13th April as film lovers and makers were treated to 4 programmes of short films – 28 films in total! Judges Chris Martin (Indie… Read Article →

Day Three: Lenny Abrahamson is in the building!

Wow! What a day! Day 3 included award winning Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, more Robert Carlyle, the Short Film Competition, NI Independents, Pop Up Puppet Theatre, Empire Record, the Filmmakers Ball and more! Day 3 kicked off with a movie marathon of short films in the Queen’s Film Theatre, one of the most anticipated events… Read Article →

Day One: No Bumps at the Opening Night Gala!

And we’re off! A programme filled with 90 features, 80 shorts and a fabulous range of guest speakers, special events and VR work throughout the city of Belfast. Our Opening Night Gala for the 19th Belfast Film Festival was Derry based feature A Bump Along The Way at the Movie House, Dublin Road. Written by… Read Article →

The Border and Beyond

On ‘what could have been’ Brexit day, 29th March, along with our colleagues from Dublin and Clones, we hosted a unique cross border event on the Border between the North and South of Ireland. Screenings of a curated selection of border archive – from way back when it was implemented, and irreverent clips of Spike… Read Article →

Virtual Reality at the 19th Belfast Film Festival

Last year’s Virtual Reality Studio went down so well we decided we had to bring it back! Virtual Reality headsets create a 360 degree viewing experience that completely immerses the user in different VR universes. We’ve converted The Barracks theatre space into a VR studio with comfortable seating to experience the films. And what a… Read Article →

Special Guests at the 19th Belfast Film Festival

This year’s programme is packed to the brim with special guests from actors, directors, cinematographers to puppets… By attending In Conversation events or panel discussions, you can hear about the lives of some of cinema’s most exciting filmmakers and get involved in some panel discussions debating current, hot topics. Get involved in something a little… Read Article →

19th Belfast Film Festival Launch by Jemma Strain

Writer and blogger Jemma Strain attended our festival launch. Read all about her festival highlights below! 19thBelfast Film Festival Schedule Launch There was a palpable excitement in the Black Box on Wednesday the 13th March, and not solely because it was a rare sunny Belfast afternoon, but it was also the launch of the 19thBelfast… Read Article →

Docs Ireland – March Update

Docs Ireland, our new, industry-focussed All-Ireland Documentary Film Festival will take place in Belfast from Wednesday 12th June – Sunday 16th June this year. Docs Ireland will showcase only non-fiction film, presenting new Irish and international feature length and short documentaries. The last five years have seen a surge in feature-length documentaries from the island… Read Article →

The 19th Belfast Film Festival is here!

We are so excited to finally announce our full programme for the 19th Belfast Film Festival!! We have been working hard for the past four months to bring you our strongest programme to date and we can assure you it was worth the wait… With 90 features, 80 short films and an exciting range of… Read Article →