Belfast Film Festival

1 – 9 April 2020

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Day 1: Mindhorn stars add red carpet glamour to Festival opener

And we’re off! Belfast Film Festival is underway with a movie marathon of 125 films from 35 countries in 11 days, including new cinema, a documentary panorama, quirky events, a local filmmakers’ showcase and plenty of special guests. Opening the 17th Belfast Film Festival was Mindhorn, already a contender for funniest film of the year.… Read Article →

Look Out For The F-Rating

This year at Belfast Film Festival look out for films that come with an F Rating. You will see the ‘F Rating’ category below the director’s name on the festival website. The rating is for any film which: Is directed by a woman. Is written by a woman. Features significant women on screen in their… Read Article →

Q&A with John Butler who will attend our Mid-Week Gala of Handsome Devil

A music-mad 16-year-old outcast forms an unlikely friendship with his dashing new roommate in ‘Handsome Devil’, a funny and observant coming-of-age tale from Irish novelist and filmmaker John Butler (The Stag) who will attend our Mid-Week Gala at the Queen’s Film Theatre on Wednesday 5th April.   Q: What inspired this story? Did you have… Read Article →

Friday the 13th director Sean S. Cunningham to attend Q&A screening

The Belfast Film Festival, in association with the Strand Arts Centre and the Northern Ireland Hospice, presents a very special screening of horror classic Friday the 13th with director Sean S. Cunningham in attendance for Q&A! A truly spine-tingling surprise addition to the 17th Belfast Film Festival, the original Friday the 13th will be screened… Read Article →

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 →