12th Belfast Film Festival Launched

(Michele Devlin and Terri Hooley at launch of the Belfast Film Festival)

This year’s annual Belfast Film Festival promises to be the best ever with a programme of 104 film screenings and events including premieres of three much anticipated locally based films.

Now in its 12th year, the film festival will run from 31st May to 10th June with events being held in 12 venues across the city.

This year’s festival curtain raiser will be the World Premiere of Good Vibrations, the locally filmed biopic of record shop owner and godfather of Northern Ireland’s 70s punk music scene Terri Hooley.  Starring local actor Richard Dormer as Terri Hooley, the premiere will take place on Thursday 31st  May in the Ulster Hall.

The UK and Ireland Premiere of Shadow Dancer written by ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby and starring Gillian Anderson, Andrea Riseborough and Clive Owen will take place on Wednesday 6th June in the Movie House Cinema, Dublin Road.  Set in Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles, this fast paced thriller charts the story of an IRA volunteer forced to become an informant by MI5.

The festival will culminate in the European Premiere of Oscar-winning Director Terry George’s latest film, Whole Lotta Sole, a comedy filmed locally, starring Brendan Fraser and Colm Meany with original screen score by Foy Vance.  The Gala Premiere in the Waterfront Hall on Sunday 10th June will include a civic reception to mark Terry’s Oscar success earlier this year with The Shore’which had its World Premiere at last year’s Belfast Film Festival

Launching the Festival Programme, Michele Devlin, Director of the Belfast Film Festival said –

‘This is without doubt the most exciting year yet for the Belfast Film Festival and the quality and significance of the screenings and events that we are able to stage reflects the growing prominence of the economic and cultural contribution of the local film industry.  We are delighted to be hosting the World Premiere of ‘Good Vibrations’ and the European Premiere of ‘Whole Lotta Sole’.  David Holmes and Terry George are both Film Festival patrons and we are thrilled that two new fantastic pieces of their work will be book-ending the 12th Festival programme.

“104 screenings and events in 12 different venues and featuring film excellence from countries across the globe, this year’s Belfast Film Festival promises to be a veritable feast for local film lovers”

Other highlights of the 12th Belfast Film Festival Programme  include –

  • Jump starring Marty McCann, Ciaran McMenamin and Lalor Roddy (Friday 8th June Movie House)
  • Toothbrush, starring Eileen Branagh and written and directed by Michael McNulty (Thursday 7th June, Queen’s Film Theatre)
  • The Film and the Law Programme, a series of legal dramas sponsored by Goldblatt McGuigan which will be screened in the Royal Courts of Justice including Witness for the Prosecution and To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Stephen Rea in conversation with BBC Arts Extra’s Marie-Louise Muir (Friday 1st June, Queen’s Film Theatre)
  • An Evening with James Ellis (Saturday 9th June, Europa Hotel)


The Belfast Film Festival is funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by DCAL and by Belfast City Council.

To view the full Festival Programme and to book tickets for the screenings and events visit www.belfastfilmfestival.org


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