Belfast Film Festival

1 – 9 April 2020

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50th Anniversary of Black Panthers and Q&A with Bernadette McAliskey

***MORE TICKETS RELEASED TODAY DUE TO DEMAND*** One of the greatest female documentarian’s in the world, Agnès Varda, turns her camera on an Oakland demonstration against the imprisonment of activist and Black Panthers co-founder Huey P. Newton. At this special 50th anniversary of Black Panthers we are honoured to welcome Irish Civil rights leader, feminist,… Read Article →

Hear My Voice on the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

On the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, Belfast Film Festival presents Hear My Voice, a short film by Brendan Byrne (Bobby Sands: 66 Days, Maze), which combines Colin Davidson’s stunning portrait collection, Silent Testimony, with the spoken words of the victims and survivors of the Northern Irish Troubles, featured in the paintings. Silent… Read Article →

18th Belfast Film Festival has launched!

The 2018 Belfast Film Festival launched today in front of a packed room of 200 people in The Black Box Belfast. We have 118 premieres in a programme of 178 films ranging from features to short films to Virtual Reality (VR) titles drawn from 30 countries around the world. Amongst our many special guests we… Read Article →

LAST CHANCE TO BUY! Limited edition 18th Belfast Film Festival

We are very excited to announce the 18th Belfast Film Festival’s limited edition festival pass! There are only 40 of these exclusive passes available to purchase so get them while you can! For only £70 you can enjoy: Guaranteed tickets for the opening and closing galas Guaranteed ticket for Special Presentation Award Ceremonies Guaranteed tickets… Read Article →

Internationally acclaimed film-maker Mark Cousins appointed Chairperson!

Filmmaker Mark Cousins has been named as the new Chairperson of the Belfast Film Festival. Cousins, who is from Belfast, is an internationally acclaimed film director, writer, critic, and presenter. A former director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and a Honorary Professor of Film at the University of Glasgow, his eclectic works range from… Read Article →

Beanbag Cinema Programme

The Beanbag Cinema is Belfast Film Festival’s very own venue snuggled in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter. Bring your own food and drink, pay £4 in, pick a beanbag and enjoy one of our specially chosen films in the comfiest cinema in Belfast! As our first programme of Beanbag films went so well, we’ve… Read Article →

The 34th: The Story of Marriage Equality in Ireland

Recently nominated for the 2018 Irish Film & Television Awards, in the prestigious George Morrison Feature Documentary award section, ‘The 34th – The Story of Marriage Equality’ was shown in Belfast, late December 2017.   At a private screening hosted by Love Equality, The Social Change Initiative and Belfast Film Festival, Linda Cullen’s documentary was presented … Read Article →

A Happy Thanksgiving with Planes Trains and Automobiles

Translink and Belfast Film Festival teamed up this Thanksgiving to present a unique 30th anniversary screening of ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’. We were joined by Joe Lindsay who hosted the screening on the main concourse of Belfast Central Station. The audience enjoyed one of the funniest films ever made, Planes, Trains & Automobiles which tells… Read Article →

Don’t Miss the Early Bird Deadline! 18th Belfast Film Festival Submissions

Belfast Film Festival runs from 12th to 21st April 2018 and is open for submissions to it’s three competition strands (Short Film/Short Documentary Film/Maysles Brothers Award) and the Northern Ireland Independents showcase. The NI Independents showcase presents a series of locally made feature and medium length films produced on micro-budgets and developed by their makers… Read Article →

Irish Premiere of No Stone Unturned in Loughinisland

Belfast Film Festival presented the Irish premiere of Oscar winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s new film, No Stone Unturned, in a packed to capacity Loughinisland GAA hall on Friday night, past. In an emotional gathering, family and friends of the six victims of the Loughinisland massacre, watched together as the opening sequence, a re-enactment of the… Read Article →

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 →