Belfast Film Festival

11th – 20th April 2019

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Day 4: Swansong

Sunday at the Belfast Film Festival featured a matinee screening of Swansong at Queen’s Film Theatre. The screening was followed by a Q&A with director Douglas Ray and starring actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes. This film explores the intricacy of human relationships and jealousy, zooming in on two relationships: one at its beginning and one at its… Read Article →

Day 4: Sympathy for the Devil

The Belfast Film Festival caught up with Sympathy for the Devil Director Neil Edwards and former member of The Process, J. Harvey “The Process Church of the Final Judgement” are associated with a long list of lurid conspiracy theories. The cult has been accused of being the inspiration for Charles Manson’s ‘crimes of the century’,… Read Article →

Day 4: Fractured City

Fractured City was projected at the Movie House on Dublin Road, and was introduced by the director, Sean Murray. Not only was the director present, but also starring members of the cast attended the screening of this short film about Belfast youth in the 1980s.  

Day 4: When David Met Carlo

Sunday evening featured When David Met Carlo, a unique event in which filmmaker David Barker and novelist Carlo Gebler discussed how they met in a cold kitchen in Fermanagh, how they each came to documentary filmmaking, and how they progressed together in their work. Their conversation was complimented with clips from films that influenced their… Read Article →

Day 4: Elephant

Richard T Kelly was talking about Clarke’s Films in Northern Ireland before the screening of ‘Elephant’. ‘Elephant’ is without question Alan Clarke’s bleakest film. Filmed on location in Belfast, it is essentially a compilation of eighteen murders on the streets of this ciyy, without explanatory narrative or charactersitaion and shot in a dispassionate documentary style.… Read Article →

Day 3: The Conversation

Tonight at SARC, Frances Ford Coppola’s The Conversation was introduced by Brian Henry Martin, local documentary filmmaker and film critic. SARC’s Sonic Laboratory features 48 loud speakers strategically placed around the room – and under the audience’s feet! This was the perfect environment in which to see and hear this film and its unique audio… Read Article →

Day 3: Mairead McClean

The award-winning filmmaker Mairead McClean was in the QFT to share a survey of her work. More than 25 years of films in which Mairead experiments with film form and creates a dialogue between fiction, non-fiction and documentary, leading the viewer to reflect on different modes of representation, subjectivity and the constructed nature of memory.… Read Article →

Day 3: PR!CK

A theatre play is an unusual event in a cinema festival. A lot of people didn’t want to loose this particular event in the evening of the third day of the Festival.     One of the most funny evenings of the Festival took place in the Black Box. Laughs are the main theme in… Read Article →

Blade Runner Night at the Black Box

The Black Box was transformed into an immersive club night set in the futuristic dystopian streets of downtown LA for Bladerunner night. Soup DuJor dropped some sci-fi exspired dance moves to sounds of alternative pop and visual from Die Hexen.  

Day 1: Opening Night

The 16th Belfast Film Festival kicked off last night with a selection of films suited to various tastes, including the powerful opening night Gala screening of Mustang at Movie House, Dublin Road, where film lovers from across the city and beyond were in thrall to Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s brilliant, affecting Academy Award-nominated film. Meanwhile at… Read Article →

Local Actors Show Their Support for BFF16

Festival Board Member Laurence McKeown caught up with Local Actors Martin McCann (The Survivalist, Killing Bono) and Lalor Roddy (Hunger, Grabbers) ahead of this year’s Festival. Martin and Lalor are both huge supporters of the Festival, attending as special guests on a variety of occasions, most recently with Martin McCann, who starred in last year’s… Read Article →

Belfast Film Festival rolls out red carpet for busy line-up of guest talent

A stellar line-up of talent from in front of and behind the camera will attend this year’s Belfast Film Festival, starting tonight, for a series of special talks and Q&As with festival audiences. Widely renowned English screenwriter and director Terence Davies will be honoured with the Belfast Film Festival Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award, supported… Read Article →

The Interview: Mairead McClean

The Belfast Film Festival’s Jim Meredith caught up with award-winning filmmaker Mairéad McClean ahead of her screening at this year’s festival. Mairéad will present a survey of her work which brings together themes of memory, migration, and identity. You can find out more here You were born and raised in Beragh, County Tyrone, and studied… Read Article →

The Interview: Marc Serena and Pablo Garcia Perez de Lara

A wonderful trip to an exotic African island that wil capture your imagination. There’s a time of the year when the whole country of Cape Verde turns into a little Brazil: Carnival time. Tchinda promise brings us the colourful and tropical rhythms of this traditional party told through the eyes of a trans woman, Tchinda… Read Article →

The Interview: Neil Edwards

Jim Meredith caught up with Neil …. Director of Sympathy for the Devil to talk human psyche, 1960’s counter-culture & creative freedom. Sympathy for the Devil follows The Process Church of the Final Judgment who have been associated with a long list of lurid conspiracy theories including the inspiration for Charles Manson’s ‘crimes of the… Read Article →