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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 →

Aamir Khan, Superstar from Indian cinema is Belfast bound

Belfast Film Festival kicks off a new five-year ‘cultural diversity in film’ project this year, and as part of this is set to host one of cinema’s biggest names, Aamir Khan.  Newsweek has called him “the biggest movie star in the world“, and in 2013, Time magazine named him as one of the world’s hundred… Read Article →

Belfast Film Festival announces new all-Ireland documentary film festival

We are so excited to announce our brand new annual festival, ‘Doc Fest Ireland’ which will take place in Belfast from Wednesday 12thJune – Sunday 16thJune this year. Doc Fest Ireland will showcase only documentary films, presenting new Irish and international feature length and short documentaries. The festival will provide a platform to showcase the… Read Article →

We’re Hiring!

Belfast Film Festival is recruiting for a number of positions for both BFF19 (11th-20th April 2019) and our exciting new Documentary Festival DocFest Ireland! (running 12th-16th June 2019) We’re looking for: Box Office Manager -to ensure the smooth running of the Belfast Film Festival Box Office. Box Office Staff -being the public face of the… Read Article →

Happy Christmas From Belfast Film Festival!

We’ve just finished a rollercoaster five days of Christmas movie cheer! From the first ever Cinema on the Square in Bank Square in partnership with the lovely people at Belfast One, to screenings in Lanyon Street Train Station with Translink and a weekend of drive in movies at Bloomfield Shopping Centre. Phew! On top of… Read Article →

Uprising: Spirit of 68!

On Saturday night film lovers and music fans where enthralled by what unfolded in a derelict church at Carlisle Circus in north Belfast at our special event Uprising: Spirit of ’68. Many did not quite know what to expect in relation to the live soundtracks but were intrigued as to what the night might bring… Read Article →

BFF partner venue QFT to celebrate 50 years of movie magic

The internationally renowned Queen’s Film Theatre is set to host a month-long series of films and events to celebrate its golden year this October. To mark its fiftieth birthday, QFT, which is an independent cinema based at Queen’s University Belfast, will host a range of events including brand new films and old classics. It will… Read Article →

Belfast Says Yes! to Pull Focus

Whether it was rowing the Camino, cycling the Giro, reflecting on ‘the Troubles’ or getting better acquainted with Orson Welles, we are delighted to say Belfast Says Yes! to Pull Focus.  16 documentaries, 9 premieres, 16 guest filmmakers and 2000 citizens gathered, watched and where enthralled by the stories and their creators. Northern Ireland’s first… Read Article →