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Respect Film Festival: Sunday’s lineup of films

We’ve been proud to support the Respect Film Festival who are showing a fantastic range of films, around the issues of human rights: covering topics including Immigration, Asylum, Women’s Rights, War & Conflict, Mental Health, LGBT Rights, Workers Rights,Environmental Concerns, Healthcare, Austerity & Disability Issues. So why not try out something different for your Sunday-… Read Article →

Actor, producer and writer John Cusack to attend Belfast Film Festival

Belfast Film Festival is delighted to announce that John Cusack, Hollywood star of many hit films including High Fidelity and The Grifters, will be a special guest at this year’s Festival. The actor, producer and writer’s ‘In Conversation’ event in the Movie House, Dublin Road goes on sale today, a week before the full programme… Read Article →

Landforms #3: Andes

Landforms is a series of world cinema screenings from Belfast Film Festival with different seasons showing four contemporary films from countries through which a particular geographical feature extends. Our third season of Landforms features four new Spanish language films from the Andes region of South America. In The Light On The Hill (23rd February, 8pm)… Read Article →

George Best biopic to premiere in Belfast and Dublin

In association with Movie House Cinemas. George Best remains one of the most naturally gifted footballers there has ever been. Famously called the ‘best player in the world’ by Pelé, Best galvanised Manchester United’s five-year recovery from the tragedy of the Munich air crash in 1958.  His skill and exuberance inspired them to win league… Read Article →

Landforms #2: Sahara

Landforms is a series of world cinema screenings from Belfast Film Festival with different seasons showing four contemporary films from countries through which a particular geographical feature extends. The January season showcases new films from the Sahara. All screenings take place in the Beanbag Cinema in Donegal Street. Clash (19th January, 8pm) is a tense … Read Article →

WANTED: Irish Non-fiction shorts for BFF17

This year we want to showcase the best of Irish non-fiction, and to separate them from the usual collection of fiction shorts. We are hoping to screen the weirdest, most innovative documentary short films made on this island over the previous year.  Often a short non-fiction film has far less opportunities to be seen in… Read Article →

Landforms #1 : Danube

December sees the launch of Landforms, a new series of world cinema screenings. Each season will premiere four contemporary films from countries through which a particular geographical feature extends. The first run of events is focused on the Danube river region, showcasing new productions from Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Serbia. AFERIM! (Romania, 2015). Saturday 3rd… Read Article →

Coming Soon to a cinema near you

As part of its year-round Outreach programme, Belfast Film Festival is working with a number of venues throughout Northern Ireland on the BFI Neighbourhood Touring Cinema Project. The pilot scheme aims to deliver a series of screenings in rural areas and hard to reach communities in urban areas. Funded by the BFI and delivered in… Read Article →

BFI Blackstar at Belfast Film Festival

BLACK STAR champions the achievements of black stars from the earliest years of cinema through to the present day, whilst exploring why opportunities to shine on screen have been historically limited for black actors. BLACK STAR celebrates films that feature black actors in central roles, bringing their work to a new generation of UK audiences… Read Article →

The Wickerman at the Giants Ring

Saturday night saw enthusiatic hordes of Wicker Man fans gather at one of the country’s finest ancient sites, the Giant’s Ring. The Ring, with a henge at its centre, dates from the Neolithic period and was built around 2700BC, predating the Egyptian pyramids.  Not only was the venue perfect, surprisingly … so was the weather!  … Read Article →

66 Days Opening Week Success

Belfast Film Festival and Feile an Phobail last week hosted a packed to capacity night in the Omniplex, Kennedy Centre, for the home-town premiere of Bobby Sands: 66 Days.  The premiere was followed by 2 sold out Feile preview screenings and a record-breaking first weekend of attendances in Irish cinemas. Directed by local filmmaker, Brendan… Read Article →

Summer movie magic in Belfast’s parks and buildings!!

From outdoor picnic screenings to a Georgian mansion and a splendid Victorian hall, Belfast Film Festival promises a summer of unique and unforgettable experiences in parks and buildings throughout the city. Lower Crescent Park, Belfast City Council’s open space near Botanic Avenue, is the site for a movie marathon with eight films over the weekend… Read Article →

Award Presentation to Winning Short Film

Nicholas Keogh the Director of the 2016 winning short film, Introducing Brian, joined us last week for a presentation ceremony. Nicholas who is originally from Rostrevor, represented Northern Ireland at the 2006 Venice Biennale.  Kevin Jackson the Festival Chair presented the award.  Nicholas’ producer Manal Laginaf, Michele Devlin Festival Director and Stephen Hackett (Programmer) attended… Read Article →

Michael Moore’s Visit to Belfast

Last week Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and political provocateur Michael Moore visited Belfast to present his latest film ‘Where to Invade Next’. On his short visit, Michael was shown the sights of Belfast during a whirlwind tour, by filmmaker Mark Cousins (I Am Belfast). First stop was The Crown Bar, and some of the film history… Read Article →

Oscar-Winning Filmmaker, Michael Moore to visit Belfast

Belfast Film Festival will welcome Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and political provocateur Michael Moore to Belfast next week. Michael will join us on 15th June for two sold-out events at the Movie House that include a screening of his latest film, ‘Where to Invade Next’. Tickets for both the ‘In Conversation’ event, and a second screening… Read Article →