Belfast Film Festival
Strand Cinema, a festival venue © Stanmar
The annual Belfast Film Festival is a must for cinephiles and offers a range of exciting films, a short film competition for up and coming filmmakers, and plenty of sneak previews. The festival showcases the best in local cinema but also choice international films. The organisers aim to be provocative as well as entertaining, determined to make the festival a platform for debate tackling the religious, cultural, and social issues in Northern Ireland and the world.
They are delightfully innovative and creative with their choice of venues, with past screenings taking place on boats, in historic buildings, and even on the Thompson dry dock from which the Titanic departed. A festival pass is available which offers a massive discount and access to all the films on offer. Tickets can be booked online via the official website, where the full programme can also be found. The organisers also screen the odd film during the rest of the year, pairing classics with atmospheric venues. Movie-lovers should check what's showing during their visit.