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June Events...

  • AFI Docs
  • Annecy Festival
  • Beirut Queer Film Festival
  • Cinépride Nantes
  • CINEVERSATIL
  • DIGO Festival
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • Encounters South African International Documentary Festival
  • Festival de Cine de Huesca
  • Fire!!
  • Frameline
  • Houston Qfest
  • Jeonju International Film Festival
  • LA Queer Film Festival
  • Louisiana LGBT Film Festival
  • MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture
  • Mix Mexico
  • MoDive-Se LGBT Film Festival
  • My True Colors Festival
  • Nantucket Film Festival
  • Out Here Now
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest
  • Provincetown International Film Festival
  • Qfest St. Louis
  • Queer Vision
  • Queer Women of Color Film Festival
  • Schwule Filmtage Bielefeld
  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • Shanghai Pride Film Festival
  • Sheffield International Documentary Festival
  • Splice Film Fest
  • Strangelove – a Queer FilmFest
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • TranScreen Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival
  • Transilvania International Film Festival
Belfast Film Festival

Belfast Film Festival

***PLEASE NOTE!!*** We ONLY accept FICTION shorts either MADE IN IRELAND, north or south - or made by an IRISH writer/director (See below: Rule 3 in T&C's) If you have made a short doc, please submit to the SHORT DOCS section.


The Belfast Film Festival celebrates it's 20th birthday in 2020. The event has grown and developed hand in hand with the evolving culture of film patronage and filmmaking in the city.

We believe that film should be an experience, and so, as well as presenting the best in new, short and classic cinema during our festival, we’ve set ourselves apart by having site-specific screenings.

For us, site-specific cinema means hosting the classics of the silver screen in surroundings that enhance and intensify your experience of our films. To prove we’re serious, we’ve screened Evil Dead in the Ormeau Park, Cool Hand Luke in the Crumlin Road Gaol, The Breakfast Club in Christchurch Library, Odd Man Out at The Albert Clock, 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Titanic Dry Dock and Jaws in the Bangor Aurora swimming pool.

In addition, we pride ourselves on experimenting with media in all its forms: we’ve presented cinematic collaborations, like our showing of La Traviata in the beautiful St Anne’s Cathedral, with an accompaniment by NI Opera’s Young Artists’ programme, or the horror masterpiece Suspiria at the Waterfront with live soundtrack by Italian rock band Goblin, to name but a few.

Then there’s our short film programme, this provides a platform for fledgling filmmakers from across the island of Ireland to showcase their work. The winning film receives a cash award and a Belfast Crystal trophy.

Short Film Competition

Audience Award

Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award

Réalta Award (for individuals who promote social justice activism through film) John Cusack and Ken Loach are two previous recipients.