Belfast Film Festival

1 – 9 April 2020


Festival News

Day Two: Elvis was in the building!

Day two kicked off with the opening of our VR Studio (open right through the festival). Audience reaction has been brilliant so far, ‘virtual reality is out of this world!!! Just got back from landing on the moon!!!’ Can’t recommend enough.’ Spaces still left so why not give it a try. Our residency the QFT… Read Article →

Day One: The 18th Belfast Film Festival has begun!

And we’re off! Belfast Film Festival is underway with a movie marathon of 118 premieres in a programme of 178 films ranging from features to short films to Virtual Reality (VR) – with titles drawn from 30 countries around the world! Opening the 18th Belfast Film Festival was Black 47, a gripping drama about Ireland… Read Article →

NI Independents – Class of 2018

Each year at the Belfast Film Festival we present a series of locally made feature and medium length films. Most of these projects were produced on micro-budgets, with the filmmaker’s own money and in their own time. Have a look at what’s on this year! Saturday 14th April The Pitts Family Circus, 9.15pm, Moviehouse Dublin… Read Article →

How To Festival!

Our chair of the Film Festival, Mark Cousins, recently took to Twitter to give some expert advice on how to festival – “Here’s how to do it: 2 films a night. Carb load during day – there’s no time for dinner in evening. See films you’ve never heard of. Get friendly with fellow moviegoers –… Read Article →

Music and Live Events at the 18th Belfast Film Festival

This year we are hosting a vast array of live music events, films that incorporate reimagined soundtracks, sing-a-longs and Q&A’s with musicians that have composed soundtracks! We have listed some of our favourites below: Friday 13th April DIE HEXEN: DIE HEXEN (Dianne Lucille Campbell) is an award winning composer, sound designer, vocalist, musician, visual and… Read Article →

The 18th Belfast Film Festival’s Virtual Reality Studio!

“That’s when the image got slightly blurry. The Oculus unit had shifted slightly on my face. I was smiling too big.” During the 18th Belfast Film Festival we will feature Virtual Reality (VR) for the first time in our pop up VR Studio! We’ve converted The Barracks theatre space into a VR studio with comfortable… Read Article →

Special Guests at the 18th Belfast Film Festival

At the 18th Belfast Film Festival we have a feast of actors, directors, writers, musicians, critics and producers from the UK, Mexico and Berlin to take part in various Q&A’s across Belfast. Here is a snapshot of the special guests joining us at this year’s festival. Click on the event to find out more about… Read Article →

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 →