Belfast Film Festival

1 – 9 April 2020

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Two weeks to go until the 17th Belfast Film Festival

With only two weeks to go until the Belfast Film Festival gets underway for the seventeenth time, we look at some of the highlights you might have missed in this year’s programme.   MINDHORN This year’s opening film is British comedy Mindhorn starring cult actor Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh, Nathan Barley, A Field In… Read Article →

Belfast Film Festival unveils eye-popping 11 day line-up

Belfast Film Festival has unveiled its eye-popping 11 day line-up of unforgettable movie moments from 30th March to 9th April. The Festival has already revealed its coup of bringing Hollywood star John Cusack to the city to receive the Réalta Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema. But it’s not all about Cusack! There are over… Read Article →

Respect Film Festival: Tuesday’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. Today there’s some fantastic screenings and workshops. Details below. Guerrilla… Read Article →

Respect Film Festival: Monday’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. Today there’s some fantastic screenings and workshops, both in Belfast… Read Article →

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 →