Belfast Film Festival

1 – 9 April 2020


Festival News

Day 7: Mark Cousins, Calamity Jane, Film Devour and Handsome Devil

It was a busy day with screenings across the city catering to all tastes. Director Mark Cousins 
(‘I Am Belfast’) was on hand for a Q&A about his collaboration with Neneh Cherry and cinematographer Christopher Doyle on his inventive docu-style fiction and love song to the Swedish city. Audiences definitely got into the spirit for… Read Article →

Day 6: A Film Music Journey and Waiting for You

The Black Box was transformed into an intimate performance space for The Ulster String Quartet’s ‘Film Music Journey’. Tim Burden hosted this live music event that saw a chronological journey through the history of film with excerpts from Hollywood’s Golden Age classics to modern greats like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Highlights… Read Article →

Rising Irish star Fionn O’Shea to attend Handsome Devil screening

Belfast Film Festival is delighted to announce that rising Irish star Fionn O’Shea will join director John Butler at our screening of Handsome Devil this Wednesday at 6.30pm at the Queen’s Film Theatre. A music-mad 16-year-old outcast forms an unlikely friendship with his dashing new roommate in this funny and observant coming-of-age tale from Irish… Read Article →

Day 5: Found Footage hosts in Belfast for celebration of all things found

The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind live event featuring VHS tapes discovered at thrift shops and garage sales throughout North America. Hosts Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Late Show with David Letterman) came to Belfast last night and provided their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. From the curiously-produced… Read Article →

Q&A with Colin Morgan who stars in Waiting for You

A lyrical mystery drama, Charles Garrad’s spellbinding feature debut stars Northern Irish actor Colin Morgan (Merlin, Testament of Youth) and one of French cinema’s most celebrated performers, Fanny Ardant (The Woman Next Door). Director Charles Garrad will take part in a Q&A following the screening of Waiting for You in the Queen’s Film Theatre this… Read Article →

Day 4: Short Documentary Competition and annual BFF Quiz

There was palpable tension in the air at two different Festival events yesterday. Belfast Film Festival has announced two films, Martin and Raymond, as joint winners of its first ever Short Documentary Competition, supported by DoubleBand Films. Dermot Lavery and Michael Hewitt, DoubleBand Films, said: “Selecting the winners of the Belfast Film Festival Short documentary… Read Article →

Day 3: BFF Shorts Film Competition winner announced

The winner of the Belfast Film Festival Short Film Competition was announced yesterday evening at the Filmmakers’ Ball in the Black Box. Filmmaker Eoin Cleland beamed with pride as he was presented with the award by Festival director Michele Devlin for his film Incoming Call. The competition was judged by Susan Picken (Head of QFT)… Read Article →

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 →