Belfast Film Festival

November 2020


Festival News

And the Doc Market participants are …

Docs Ireland is pleased to announce the projects for our inaugural Marketplace, taking place on Thursday June 13th at the Europa Hotel, Belfast. 35 Irish, UK and international projects will pitch to international decision makers including BBC Storyville, CAT&Docs, Dogwoof, Kew Media and PBS. The full list of projects in participation are: A Short History… Read Article →

Our first ever Docs Ireland programme has launched

Today, in the surrounds of Belfast City Hall we held the launch of the first ever Docs Ireland programme. DOCS IRELAND will showcase the best new documentary films, presenting Irish and international feature length and short documentaries from 12-16 June in Belfast. The 5 day programme is bursting with the hottest new documentaries, and the… Read Article →

Develop your skills in pitching and international co-production!

In advance of our first Docs Ireland Marketplace on Thursday June 13th, Docs Ireland is delighted to offer an opportunity for filmmakers to develop their core skills in pitching and international co-production. The DocMarket International Co-production Workshop will help producers and directors to advance their skills at pitching and financing a creative documentary aimed at… Read Article →

BFI Doc Society Local At Docs Ireland

BFI Doc Society are coming to Belfast! As part of the 1st Docs Ireland (12th-16th June), the Doc Society (BFI delegate partner for UK Documentary funding) will be coming to Belfast on Friday 14 June to host a day-long event for documentary filmmakers and those interested in non-fiction. The event will take place as part… Read Article →

The 19th Belfast Film Festival Winners

Congratulations to all our winners this year! The winner of the Short Film Competition was Hold the Line. Written by, produced by and starring Laura O’Shea, and directed by Karen Killeen and Laura O’Shea, the film follows Em who works in a call centre. She faces a day that’s more difficult that the usual “customer… Read Article →

Day 10: Beats Closes the 19th Belfast Film Festival

The 19th Belfast Film Festival ended with another packed day before Brian Welsh’s euphoric Beats blasted the roof off Movie House, Dublin Road. We started the day with Fantasy of the Deer Warrior in the Beanbag cinema, the cover of this year’s festival, an epic Taiwanese drama from 1961. In the Black Box we were… Read Article →

Win Funding For Your Feature Documentary Pilot!

Northern Ireland Screen and Docs Ireland are offering a chance for documentary makers, from established filmmakers to new and emerging talent, to win an award of up to £7,500 towards a pilot for a documentary feature. You can pitch through a production company, or as an individual. If as an individual, we will help to… Read Article →

Day Nine: Glitz and Glam at the Titanic Ballroom

Day nine, the quietest day of the festival with only 4 events, but maybe the liveliest! We started off the day with Pillow Talk, 1959 Oscar-winning romantic comedy film, the penultimate film in our Rewind Series in the Movie House, Dublin Road. We also had another sold out Frasier tribute in the Black Box, Tossed… Read Article →

Day Eight: The Great Satan and Scrambled Eggs

Day eight of the 19th Belfast Film Festival. Classics, director Q&A’s, a Frasier tribute and more. We kicked off the day with a packed out screening of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the Movie House, Dublin Road; the 1969 classic about the leaders of a band of outlaws who find themselves on the… Read Article →

Review | Closing Night Film: Beats by Jemma Strain

For our closing night tomorrow evening (Saturday 20th April) in the Movie House Cinema, Dublin Road at 7pm we will be screening Beats . Limited tickets are still available here. Thanks to Jemma Strain ( for her review of the film. Beats (2019) Directed by Brian Welch You are about to enter a world of… Read Article →

Day Seven: Heavy Trip, The Matrix & More

Day seven of the Belfast Film Festival brought filmmaker Q&A’s, lots of excellent New Cinema from around the world and screenings of classics in class locations! We kicked off the day with a screening of Eighth Grade in the Movie House Dublin Road, Bo Burnham’s feature debut about an introverted teenager trying to survive her… Read Article →

Review | Heavy Trip by Jemma Strain

Heavy Trip (2018) Written and Directed by Juuso Laatio and Jukka Vidgren Turo (Johannes Holopainen), a shy and taciturn fellow, resides in the same picturesque Finnish town that he grew up in. He rides his cost effective bike to work at the local asylum everyday. He has a crush on the girl-next-door florist. And he… Read Article →