Belfast Film Festival: A jam packed festival showcasing local talent

Belfast Film Festival: A jam packed festival showcasing local talent

Belfast Film Festival returns with a jam-packed festival showcasing a wealth of local talent, whilst also shining a spotlight on the best international films of the year, with particular focus on emerging filmmakers, the stars of the future.

The festival runs from 3rd-12th November. There are 116 films screening over the 10 days, from 32 countries around the world, making the festival both a celebration of Northern Ireland and a window out onto the world for their eternally curious and adventurous audience.

The festival is packed with premieres including local actor-turned-director, Tony Devlin’s first feature, The QuarryShe Said, the facts-based story of New York Times journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who wrote the article which ignited the #MeToo movement; No Bears the Venice prize winner from imprisoned Iranian director Jafar Panahi; and the UK/Ireland premieres of delightful bittersweet Ukrainian comedy Luxembourg Luxembourg, and Mark Cousins’ acutely timely documentary on the rise of Italian fascism, The March on Rome.

The line-up includes several special locally-focussed events such as:

  • ‘Vox Populi’, an installation of UTV archive film at the iconic former Bank of Ireland building. 

  • ‘The Secret Life of a Film Critic’: A celebration of Brian Henry Martin’s 30-year career.

  • ‘The Weird and the Eerie’: An audio-visual, hauntological experiment which delves into the Northern Irish televisual archive of the last century and brings back the stranger and more macabre elements of life in the six counties. Belfast’s own Vendetta Suite will provide musical accompaniment.

This year‘s festival also sees the launch of a new international competition of eight first or second features from around the world, judged by a jury comprising BAFTA and Academy-Award-winning director Andrea Arnold, renowned actor Stephen Rea and producer/consultant Catherine Bray.

The entire 22nd Belfast Film Festival Programme can be viewed here: 

Festival Passes and Tickets can be purchased at:

Belfast Film Festival

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