film festival

The festival which is in it’s thirteenth year kicked off on Thursday 11th and runs on until the 21st April. The event packed programme began in The Movie House with a premiere of debut feature by writer/director Paul Kennedy entitled ”Made In Belfast”. Tickets for the screening of this home based drama sold out last Friday.

Along with this promising start to the festival, highlights for me are the innovative use of venues related to the film themes like the Christchurch library for Breakfast club on Friday 12th and Crumlin Gaol for classic prison drama Cool Hand Luke on Saturday 13th.

Other attractive offerings are in the New Cinema section which bring together a diverse array of compelling features from international talent, e.g. “Crave” the directorial debut from Charles De Lauzirika or “Faraway” by Stephen Donovan.

On Monday 15th at The Black Box the Devour short film festival took place which is an event to showcase Northern Irish based talent. Twenty short films all under 15 minutes were screened with the director’s choice award handed to Campbell Miller for “Poison Tree”.  See related blog for more details, https://serctvnewsroomsite.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/film-devour-film-festival-written-by-laura-stark/

poision tree
Poison Tree clip

The documentary section also contains interesting screenings of “Nina Simone” Tuesday 16th, Sunflower bar and “A Night With John Spillane” Friday 19th at Culturlann.

The closing night on Sunday 21st  again in the Movie House features the premiere of “Final Cut” directed by Gyorgy Palfi. This film comprises of clips from over 450 of the greatest films ever made that are innovatively edited to tell the director’s version of world history.

The festival programme seems to have been carefully considered to include a wide variety of events and films to cater for many tastes. The workshops on offer also give people a chance to learn more about film making from people in the industry.

For more details about tickets etc. check out the festival website http://www.belfastfilmfestival.org/

See link for more details of the Devour short film festival  http://www.filmdevour.co.uk/index.html

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