Belfast Film Festival

11th – 20th April 2019

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Halloween Horror Fest at South13

Belfast Film Festival in partnership with South13 celebrated Halloween this week by offering horror fans (and some canine friends) the unique experience of watching some of their favourite scary movies. On Sunday 29th we held our first dog friendly screening of 101 Dalmatians. Over 60 dogs were in attendance and fur-tunately there was enough pup-corn… Read Article →

Maze Premiere

On Thursday 14th September we hosted the premiere of Maze at the Moviehouse on Dublin Road, Belfast. In attendance were Stephen Burke (director), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (actor) and Barry Ward (actor). Based on the true story of the 1983 mass break-out of 38 prisoners from the HMP Maze high security prison, Maze is a gripping prison… Read Article →

Belfast Film Festival screenings as part of Belfast Pride 2017

Belfast Film Festival is delighted to partner once again with Pride for a short season of screenings as part of the city’s 10 day LGBT festival. Based on Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart, Donna Deitch’s narrative feature debut Desert Hearts (29th July) centres on a burgeoning lesbian romance in Reno, Nevada in the… Read Article →

Belfast Film Festival turns heads this summer

It’s not just the rotten weather that is turning our heads this summer. Belfast Film Festival’s latest season of screenings includes The Exorcist (19th August) and The Omen (20th August) in the stone cold surroundings of the abandoned Holy Rosary Church on the Ormeau Road. Where better to experience these devilishly good 1970s movie classics?… Read Article →

Congratulations to all Belfast Film Festival award winners

Congratulations to our very worthy award winners from this year’s festival who will shortly be receiving their engraved Belfast Crystal trophy or award certificate plus cash prize. The Belfast Film Festival Audience Award was won by A Man Called Ove, the bittersweet Scandinavian comedy that was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award earlier… Read Article →

Belfast Film Festival goes Back to the Moviedrome

Belfast Film Festival has secured the blessing of cult movie aficionados Alex Cox and Mark Cousins for its Back to the Moviedrome series of screenings. For many people of a certain age, the classic BBC2 series Moviedrome was their first introduction to the outer limits of cult cinema. Moviedrome first aired in 1988 with director… Read Article →

Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney attend ‘The Journey’ premiere

Distinguished guests from the worlds of film and politics came together last night for the UK & Ireland Premiere of The Journey about the relationship between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness. The Belfast Film Festival premiere, in partnership with Movie House Cinemas and Into Film, was attended by lead actors Timothy Spall (Paisley) and Colm… Read Article →

Festival closes with European premiere of Bad Day for the Cut

The 17th Belfast Film Festival came to a thrilling end with the European premiere of Northern Ireland production Bad Day for the Cut which played to two packed out screenings in Movie House, Dublin Road. Before the screening, Festival Director Michele Devlin thanked everyone who has made this year’s festival such a success, including audiences… Read Article →

Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney to attend premiere of The Journey

Belfast Film Festival and Movie House Cinemas will host the UK and Ireland premiere of The Journey on 4th May. Tickets are on sale now for this special event and the two leading actors, Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney, will join director Nick Hamm for a Q and A session with the audience following the… Read Article →

Day 7: Mark Cousins, Calamity Jane, Film Devour and Handsome Devil

It was a busy day with screenings across the city catering to all tastes. Director Mark Cousins 
(‘I Am Belfast’) was on hand for a Q&A about his collaboration with Neneh Cherry and cinematographer Christopher Doyle on his inventive docu-style fiction and love song to the Swedish city. Audiences definitely got into the spirit for… Read Article →

Day 6: A Film Music Journey and Waiting for You

The Black Box was transformed into an intimate performance space for The Ulster String Quartet’s ‘Film Music Journey’. Tim Burden hosted this live music event that saw a chronological journey through the history of film with excerpts from Hollywood’s Golden Age classics to modern greats like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Highlights… Read Article →

Rising Irish star Fionn O’Shea to attend Handsome Devil screening

Belfast Film Festival is delighted to announce that rising Irish star Fionn O’Shea will join director John Butler at our screening of Handsome Devil this Wednesday at 6.30pm at the Queen’s Film Theatre. A music-mad 16-year-old outcast forms an unlikely friendship with his dashing new roommate in this funny and observant coming-of-age tale from Irish… Read Article →