Belfast Film Festival


Festival News

Internationally acclaimed film-maker Mark Cousins appointed Chairperson!

Filmmaker Mark Cousins has been named as the new Chairperson of the Belfast Film Festival. Cousins, who is from Belfast, is an internationally acclaimed film director, writer, critic, and presenter. A former director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and a Honorary Professor of Film at the University of Glasgow, his eclectic works range from… Read Article →

Beanbag Cinema Programme

The Beanbag Cinema is Belfast Film Festival’s very own venue snuggled in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter. Bring your own food and drink, pay £4 in, pick a beanbag and enjoy one of our specially chosen films in the comfiest cinema in Belfast! As our first programme of Beanbag films went so well, we’ve… Read Article →

The 34th: The Story of Marriage Equality in Ireland

Recently nominated for the 2018 Irish Film & Television Awards, in the prestigious George Morrison Feature Documentary award section, ‘The 34th – The Story of Marriage Equality’ was shown in Belfast, late December 2017.   At a private screening hosted by Love Equality, The Social Change Initiative and Belfast Film Festival, Linda Cullen’s documentary was presented … Read Article →

A Happy Thanksgiving with Planes Trains and Automobiles

Translink and Belfast Film Festival teamed up this Thanksgiving to present a unique 30th anniversary screening of ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’. We were joined by Joe Lindsay who hosted the screening on the main concourse of Belfast Central Station. The audience enjoyed one of the funniest films ever made, Planes, Trains & Automobiles which tells… Read Article →

Don’t Miss the Early Bird Deadline! 18th Belfast Film Festival Submissions

Belfast Film Festival runs from 12th to 21st April 2018 and is open for submissions to it’s three competition strands (Short Film/Short Documentary Film/Maysles Brothers Award) and the Northern Ireland Independents showcase. The NI Independents showcase presents a series of locally made feature and medium length films produced on micro-budgets and developed by their makers… Read Article →

Irish Premiere of No Stone Unturned in Loughinisland

Belfast Film Festival presented the Irish premiere of Oscar winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s new film, No Stone Unturned, in a packed to capacity Loughinisland GAA hall on Friday night, past. In an emotional gathering, family and friends of the six victims of the Loughinisland massacre, watched together as the opening sequence, a re-enactment of the… Read Article →

Halloween Horror Fest at South13

Belfast Film Festival in partnership with South13 celebrated Halloween this week by offering horror fans (and some canine friends) the unique experience of watching some of their favourite scary movies. On Sunday 29th we held our first dog friendly screening of 101 Dalmatians. Over 60 dogs were in attendance and fur-tunately there was enough pup-corn… Read Article →

Maze Premiere

On Thursday 14th September we hosted the premiere of Maze at the Moviehouse on Dublin Road, Belfast. In attendance were Stephen Burke (director), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (actor) and Barry Ward (actor). Based on the true story of the 1983 mass break-out of 38 prisoners from the HMP Maze high security prison, Maze is a gripping prison… Read Article →

Belfast Film Festival screenings as part of Belfast Pride 2017

Belfast Film Festival is delighted to partner once again with Pride for a short season of screenings as part of the city’s 10 day LGBT festival. Based on Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart, Donna Deitch’s narrative feature debut Desert Hearts (29th July) centres on a burgeoning lesbian romance in Reno, Nevada in the… Read Article →

Belfast Film Festival turns heads this summer

It’s not just the rotten weather that is turning our heads this summer. Belfast Film Festival’s latest season of screenings includes The Exorcist (19th August) and The Omen (20th August) in the stone cold surroundings of the abandoned Holy Rosary Church on the Ormeau Road. Where better to experience these devilishly good 1970s movie classics?… Read Article →

Congratulations to all Belfast Film Festival award winners

Congratulations to our very worthy award winners from this year’s festival who will shortly be receiving their engraved Belfast Crystal trophy or award certificate plus cash prize. The Belfast Film Festival Audience Award was won by A Man Called Ove, the bittersweet Scandinavian comedy that was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award earlier… Read Article →

Belfast Film Festival goes Back to the Moviedrome

Belfast Film Festival has secured the blessing of cult movie aficionados Alex Cox and Mark Cousins for its Back to the Moviedrome series of screenings. For many people of a certain age, the classic BBC2 series Moviedrome was their first introduction to the outer limits of cult cinema. Moviedrome first aired in 1988 with director… Read Article →

Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney attend ‘The Journey’ premiere

Distinguished guests from the worlds of film and politics came together last night for the UK & Ireland Premiere of The Journey about the relationship between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness. The Belfast Film Festival premiere, in partnership with Movie House Cinemas and Into Film, was attended by lead actors Timothy Spall (Paisley) and Colm… Read Article →