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The Belfast Film Festival began in 1995 as part of Féile An Phobail and has developed hand in hand with the evolving culture of film patronage and filmmaking in the city.

The Belfast Film Festival is Northern Ireland's largest film festival with an annual audience in excess of 25,000. The festival runs Docs Ireland international documentary festival, and a series of Inclusion projects and year round events.
belfast film festival
  • 23 Donegall Street
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT12FF

Top Reasons To Visit

  • The best new, international cinema
  • Interactive, special events
  • Short film competition
  • Talks and interviews with filmmakers and actors
  • Opening and closing night galas

Ar Lorg na Fírinne/Game of Truth | Docs Ireland

1.73 KM
Wed, 29 Jun 2022, 12:00pm

This extraordinary film follows families of the victims of the conflict as they seek the truth about the death of their loved ones.

Ulster Museum
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​​Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time | Docs Ireland

1.31 KM
Wed, 29 Jun 2022, 3:00pm

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time is a dazzling, worthy tribute to Vonnegut and a compelling introduction for the uninitiated.

Queen’s Film Theatre – QFT
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Paul Carrack

0.66 KM
Wed, 26 Oct 2022, 6:30pm

Paul Carrack, one the UK’s great singer songwriters and a figurehead of soulful pop for decades, will return to the Grand Opera House.

Grand Opera House
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Martin Hayes & the Common Ground Ensemble

0.66 KM
Tue, 25 Oct 2022, 6:30pm

Martin Hayes is one of the world's most celebrated fiddlers and an influential figure in Irish traditional music. Rooted in classical, folk and contemporary.

Grand Opera House
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As I Want | Docs Ireland

Thu, 30 Jun 2022, 7:30pm

Cairo, January 25, 2013: An explosion of sexual assaults takes place in Tahrir Square. Samaher Alqadi picks up her camera and begins documenting.

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Audio Doc Showcase: Assume Nothing – The Heiress and the General | Docs Ireland

1.14 KM
Thu, 30 Jun 2022, 2:30pm

Gain an insight into the making of a true crime/factual documentary podcast. The documentary makers will be in attendance to introduce this audio-only event.

Crescent Arts Centre
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Brick Mule + Q&A | Docs Ireland

1.31 KM
Thu, 30 Jun 2022, 6:15pm

This Direct Cinema film is a moving portrait of Nepal’s working mules; their breeding and sale in India, their journey to Nepal and their work in…

Queen’s Film Theatre – QFT
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Bedrock Docs | Docs Ireland

Fri, 01 Jul 2022, 7:00pm

This short documentary explores the lives of first and second generation immigrants who now call Ireland their home.

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‘Fair Use’ for Documentary Film Archive

1.31 KM
Sat, 02 Jul 2022, 4:30pm

Delving into the practical issues facing filmmakers in their endeavours to implement fair use when licensing archive for non-fiction work.

Queen’s Film Theatre – QFT
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‘Stories that Shaped the Strand’ | Docs Ireland

5.5 KM
Sun, 03 Jul 2022, 12:00pm

This short film presents a unique exploration of the Strand Arts Centre (formerly the Strand Cinema). Free Event.

Strand Arts Centre
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An Buachaill Geal Gáireach / The Laughing Boy | Docs Ireland

1.31 KM
Sun, 03 Jul 2022, 3:30pm

An Buachaill Geal Gáireach is the remarkable and untold story of a song. An Irish song called The Laughing Boy written by a teenage rebel.

Queen’s Film Theatre – QFT
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Come away, O human Child! | Docs Ireland

1.31 KM
Sun, 03 Jul 2022, 2:30pm

A programme of short films selected by artist-filmmaker Myrid Carten. Followed by a Q&A.

Queen’s Film Theatre – QFT
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Discussion: The State of Journalism | Docs Ireland

1.14 KM
Thu, 30 Jun 2022, 7:00pm

Join an award winning panel of filmmakers and writers, all groundbreaking journalists in their own right, to discuss the influence of technology.

Crescent Arts Centre
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Documentary TV Series Case Study: Once Upon a Time in Belfast | Docs Ireland

0.66 KM
Fri, 01 Jul 2022, 11:45am

Highly anticipated follow-up series to the critically acclaimed Once Upon a Time in Iraq, which explored the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq.

Hastings Europa Hotel
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European Documentary Co-Production Forum: Building Successful Partnerships with Europe

0.66 KM
Fri, 01 Jul 2022, 4:30pm

Experienced European documentary producers, well versed in the art of co-production, to discuss the process of working with their respective countries.

Hastings Europa Hotel
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European Documentary Co-Production in Practice: Young Plato Case Study | Docs Ireland

0.66 KM
Fri, 01 Jul 2022, 3:15pm

An observational documentary set in a primary school in the often marginalised area of the Ardoyne in North Belfast, Young Plato.

Hastings Europa Hotel
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Fire of Love | Docs Ireland

1.31 KM
Fri, 01 Jul 2022, 6:15pm

Previously unseen hours of pristine 16-millimeter film and thousands of photographs reveal the birth of modern volcanology through an unlikely lens.

Queen’s Film Theatre – QFT
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How to Tell a Secret | Docs Ireland

1.31 KM
Fri, 01 Jul 2022, 8:30pm

What is the worst thing that you could ever hear from an ex? How To Tell A Secret explores the act of disclosure of being HIV…

Queen’s Film Theatre – QFT
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Interview with Kim Longinotto | Docs Ireland

Fri, 01 Jul 2022, 7:00pm

In conversation with Dr Jolene Mairs Dyer from Ulster University, Kim will discuss and share clips from a range of her fascinating films.

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​James Joyce’s Ulysses | Docs Ireland

1.31 KM
Fri, 01 Jul 2022, 6:00pm

Arena: James Joyce’s Ulysses reveals all the tawdry, shocking, poetic, uplifting and gloriously kaleidoscopic humanity of this literary masterpiece.

Queen’s Film Theatre – QFT
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Laurent Garnier: Off The Record | Docs Ireland

1.31 KM
Sat, 02 Jul 2022, 9:00pm

A look into the life of Laurent Garnier, one of the godfathers of house music, from his emergence on the music scene in the 80's to…

Queen’s Film Theatre – QFT
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Northern Ireland Screen Feature Documentary Pitch | Docs Ireland

1.73 KM
Sat, 02 Jul 2022, 2:30pm

Shortlisted projects will present their project at this public pitch where they will receive feedback from a panel of leading documentary industry.

Ulster Museum
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Listening to Kenny G | Docs Ireland

1.31 KM
Sun, 03 Jul 2022, 8:30pm

Listening to Kenny G takes a humorous but incisive look at the best-selling instrumentalist of all time

Queen’s Film Theatre – QFT
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Not only the earth we share | Docs Ireland

Sun, 03 Jul 2022, 5:15pm

Screening and Q&A with architect Mark Hackett, Green Party politician Mal O'Hara and architect/researcher Agustina Martire.

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Nothing Compares | Docs Ireland

1.31 KM
Sun, 03 Jul 2022, 1:15pm

Nothing Compares charts Sinéad OʼConnorʼs phenomenal rise to worldwide fame, and examines how she used her voice at the height of her stardom.

Queen’s Film Theatre – QFT
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Let Us Be Seen | Docs Ireland

1.73 KM
Fri, 01 Jul 2022, 12:30pm

Let Us Be Seen is a rally cry demanding that people in Belfast who campaign tirelessly for change are finally seen and heard.

Ulster Museum
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Nowhere to Hide: Clann Naofa Boxing Acadamy | Docs Ireland

4.33 KM
Sat, 02 Jul 2022, 4:30pm

Clann Naofa Boxing Academy, Dundalk, Co Louth was established in 2006 by Jim O’Neill, formerly of the Lower Falls, Belfast. Screening.

Áras Uí Chonghaile (James Connolly Visitor Centre)
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Pure Grit | Docs Ireland

1.73 KM
Sun, 03 Jul 2022, 2:30pm

Pure Grit is both a thrilling tale of extreme bareback horse racing, and an intimate love story.

Ulster Museum
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Open Arts Present: Living in a Box | Docs Ireland

Sat, 02 Jul 2022, 3:30pm

Living in Box is a documentary style film, which tells the story of Open Arts through the 2020 – 2021 lockdowns and restrictions.

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The Afterlight | Docs Ireland

1.31 KM
Sat, 02 Jul 2022, 6:15pm

The Afterlight itself exists as a single 35mm film print. Further eroding every time it screens, the film is a living document of its life in…

Queen’s Film Theatre – QFT
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The Last Shelter | Docs Ireland

1.31 KM
Sat, 02 Jul 2022, 8:45pm

At the southern edge of the Sahara desert stands The House of Migrants: a safe haven for those on their way to Europe, or those returning…

Queen’s Film Theatre – QFT
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The Looking Glass Anthology Showcase | Docs Ireland

0.82 KM
Sat, 02 Jul 2022, 8:00pm

Join the Belfast Film Festival for an evening of screenings, live performance and chat with Matt McGinn, Rachael Boyd, Elma Orkestra, Stephen Sexton & Malojian.

MAC
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The Peculiar Sensation of Being Pat Ingoldsby | Docs Ireland

1.73 KM
Fri, 01 Jul 2022, 2:30pm

Seamus Murphy’s documentary examines Irish writer Pat Ingoldsby’s unique world. Part of Docs Ireland's documentary festival.

Ulster Museum
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The Whole Picture | Docs Ireland

0.66 KM
Fri, 01 Jul 2022, 10:30am

An Open Discussion Examining the Film Industry’s Mental Health Crisis. Featuring speakers from both the Irish and UK doc industries.

Hastings Europa Hotel
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Tribute to Marilyn Hyndman | Docs Ireland

1.31 KM
Sat, 02 Jul 2022, 3:00pm

Marilyn Hyndman was a cornerstone of the arts and film-making sector in Northern Ireland for many years.

Queen’s Film Theatre – QFT
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Ulster University Screen Production Student Documentary Showcase | Docs Ireland

Fri, 01 Jul 2022, 3:00pm

Please join the Belfast Film Festival for screenings of Ulster University Screen Production students' final year documentaries.

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Sisters in Law | Docs Ireland

Sat, 02 Jul 2022, 7:30pm

Sisters in Law offers a compelling and uplifting exploration of courageous female lawyers directed by Kim Longinotto with Florence Ayisi.

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Songs For Drella | Docs Ireland

0.68 KM
Fri, 01 Jul 2022, 7:30pm

This unseen piece of music history was long thought lost - but was recently found and this 4k restoration comes from the original 16mm negative.

Oh Yeah Music Centre
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Spotlight on European Documentary Festivals | Docs Ireland

0.66 KM
Fri, 01 Jul 2022, 2:00pm

Docs Ireland has invited a number of European counterparts to this year’s festival, to create connections, strengthen partnerships and cultivate solidarity.

Hastings Europa Hotel
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Where is Anne Frank?

Thu, 30 Jun 2022, 10:30am

The film follows the journey of Kitty, the imaginary friend to whom Anne Frank dedicated her diary. Docs Ireland Festival 2022.

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Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience | Docs Ireland

Thu, 30 Jun 2022, 7:00pm

Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience is a one-of-a-kind celebration of life and the grand history of the cosmos.

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We Never Gave Up | Docs Ireland

4.33 KM
Sat, 02 Jul 2022, 2:00pm

We Never Gave Up is the third in a trilogy of documentary films following the lives of eleven survivors of the South African racist apartheid regime.

Áras Uí Chonghaile (James Connolly Visitor Centre)
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Docs Ireland, Belfast Film Festival

29 Jun - 03 Jul 2022

Docs Ireland is an international documentary festival taking place in Belfast from 29 June - 3 July, brought to you by Belfast Film Festival.

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