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Film Festivals & Events

Ulster Hall ‘The Breakfast Club’ - Spend your Sunday mornings at this monthly event (1st Sunday of the month) enjoying a classic movie with breakfast in the unique surroundings of the Ulster Hall.

ulster hall

Out to Lunch Festival (January) - Belfast’s brightest, boldest boutique bespoke arts festival returns to invigorate the extremities with its welcoming, warming stew of music, comedy, theatre and literature. Taking place every January, the Black Box on Hill Street will extend new year celebrations in a gloriously unseemly fashion and illuminate the darkest month of the year with a programme to stimulate, delight and entertain audiences.

Belfast Film Festival (April) - Offers an exciting and eclectic mix of local and international productions across the city including screenings at unusual locations. As well as the main festival in spring, the festival holds smaller seasonal events including Haunted Screen at Halloween and Christmas seasonal movies. 

Belfast Film Festival

Open House Bangor Festival (August) - A festival bursting with music, film, comedy and spoken word events. 

Culture Night Belfast (September) - This island-wide celebration of arts and creativity sees a packed schedule of diverse (and often bizarre) cultural events in the Cathedral Quarter and around the city, usually including a range of film screenings. 

Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival (October/November) - Belfast's world-class, multi-disciplinary arts festival features a range of excellent film events, including premieres. 

Cinemagic Belfast (November) - Cinemagic is an award winning festival that embraces the magic of film, television and digital technologies to educate, motivate and inspire young people through film screenings, industry workshops, practical masterclasses, filmmaking projects and outreach activities.

Foyle Film Festival (November) - The festival offers filmmakers, animators and artists a unique platform to screen their films. Foyle Film Festival delivers a comprehensive programme of documentaries, short films and feature films from all over the world not to mention a full programme of educational events for schools, youth, and adults and an impressive array of industry networking events and panel discussions.

Cinema Experiences

The Still Room

The Still Room Cinema at The Bushmills Inn- For a unique experience, head along to the Bushmills Inn's private cinema for their Thursday Night Movie Screenings.  Start off with dinner and dessert then enjoy a classic movie with popcorn. 

QFTAs well as commercial theatres, Northern Ireland is home to two art house cinemas which showcase the best in local and international movies as well as hosting special events, The QFT in Belfast and The Nerve Centre in Derry~Londonderry.  Other unique cinema venues include: Portrush Film Theatre, Strand Arts Centre and Newcastle Community Arts Centre.

Top image courtesy of Cinemagic (Northern Ireland preview of ParaNorman with film director Chris Butler).

See Events in Northern Ireland for more ideas.

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