Belfast Film Festival

11th – 20th April 2019


Festival News

Short Competition Programme 1

The first programme of the competition in short films took place at Queen’s Film Theatre on Friday evening. Attendance was high and included many individuals involved in the makings of these films. The atmosphere in the QFT was distinctly full of a creative buzz!

Day 10: Easter 2016

The Black Box opened its doors to Easter 2016, with the participation of Graham Reid and Q&A after the screening conduced by William Crawley. Graham Reid’s Science Fiction TV film made in 1982. On the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, students at a Northern Irish college mark the event by stanging an uprising against… Read Article →

Day 9: Outcasts by choice

Great Premiere of the documentary ‘Outcasts by choice’ about the Belfast punk legends ‘The Outcasts’. A documentary by Paul and Kate McCarroll. ‘Outcasts by choice’ is a documentary by Paul and Kate McCarroll about the Belfast punk legends ‘The Outcasts’, which Premiere took place at the Strands Art Centre. Leather jackets, black t-shirts and big… Read Article →

Day 9

The sounds of jazz, 80s cheese junk and 70s punk were heard across the city last night with three very different festival experiences, each of which played to a capacity crowd. The plush surroundings of Belfast Harbour Commissioners was the scene for Robert Altman’s 70s take on film noir, The Long Goodbye. Guests were welcomed… Read Article →

Day 8: Traders

Killian Scott and the directors of ‘Traders’, Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy, took part in a Q&A following the screening in the QFT. What if it made sense for ordinary people to kill each other for money? Jobs are gone. Homes are being repossesed. Suicide rates are soaring. This is ‘Traders’: a dark, exciting thriller… Read Article →

Donnie Darko with Live Soundtrack from Radiomentale

The Black Box opened its doors to French musician Radiomentale on day 8 of the festival. Radiomental flew in from Paris to provide a live soundtrack to this special screening of the cult classic Donnie Darko. Although the room was packed at this sold-out event, the electronic rendition of the classic soundtrack had a firm… Read Article →

Day 8: Amnesty International Screenings

A panel discussion about the abortion regime in Northern Ireland followed the screenings of ‘A Quiet Inquisiton’ and ‘Vessel’. Amnesty International and the Belfast Film Festival worked together in this event. Supported by Amnesty International, this film strand explores the agency of women who challenge and respond creatively to anti-abortion laws in two very different… Read Article →


On the evening of day 8 of the festival, director Marc Serena introduced Tchindas, the film that he co-directed with Pablo García Pérez de Lara. Tchindas is a documentary film about Carnival, gender identity, and community on a Cape Verdean Island. In his introduction, Serena spoke of his friendship with Tchinda and his shock upon… Read Article →

Terence Davies: Distant Voices, Still Lives

Tonight Terence Davies introduced a screening of his semi-autobiographical diptych Distant Voices, Still Lives. This beautifully constructed, yet often unsettling, depiction of life in Liverpool in the mid-20th century centres on Davies’ own family. A unique twist on autobiography, he removes himself from the story so that the audience comes to understand him by way… Read Article →

Day 7: BFF Quiz

More than three hours of questions about the cinema industry… would you accept the challenge? Hosted by Brian Henry Martin, ‘The Big Wednesday’ Belfast Film Festival Quiz was a real challenge with eight rounds of scenes, sounds and surprises. There were prizes for finishing first, last, and, of course, the best Hawaiian shirt on the… Read Article →

Terence Davies honoured with Outstanding Contribution to Cinema award

Film aficionados gathered at the Queen’s Film Theatre last night to honour British director and screenwriter Terence Davies and see him receive the Belfast Film Festival’s inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Cinema award, supported by the BFI. The Liverpool born Davies, director of films such as Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), The Long Day Closes (1992), … Read Article →

Terence Davies in Conversation

Terence Davies is the recipient of the Belfast Film Festival Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award. He was in conversation with Belfast Film Festival about his life, work and influences in a special event in the Queen Film Theatre. Arguably the greatest living British filmmaker, Terence Davies (b. 1945) is a member of the distinctive generation… Read Article →

Sympathy for the Devil: Interview with Neil Edwards and John Harvey

The Belfast Film Festival caught up with ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ director Neil Edwards and John Harvey, one of the Process’ members. Formed in 1960s in England, many of its members were drawn from wealthy families and aristocracy. Newspapers branded them the “Mindbenders in Mayfair” and “The Devil’s Disciples”. Ever since, members of The Process… Read Article →

Q&A Swangsong: Douglas Ray and Antonia Campbell-Hughes

  Director Douglas Ray and the actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes took part in a Q&A following the screening of ‘Swansong’ at the QFT. The public participant could talk with them about this brilliant film, which shows the effect of an affair and how people can self-destruct in the face of deceit.