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Belfast Film Festival launches 2016 Programme
11 Mar 2016 : Seán Brosnan
The Belfast Film Festival will take place 14-23 April
The Belfast Film Festival has launched their 2016 programme, which features over 133 films from 30 countries which will be screened during 10 days from 14th to 23rd April.

The line-up includes new international cinema and documentaries; critically acclaimed television; features and shorts from local filmmakers; and post-screening discussions throughout the city.

Guests attending this year’s festival include widely renowned English screenwriter and director Terence Davies who will be honoured with the Belfast Film Festival Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award. He will give a public talk about his career spanning 40 years including such seminal films as ‘Distant Voices’, ‘Still Lives’ and ‘The Long Day Closes’ that will be screened during the festival.

‘Traders’, currently in cinemas nationwide, will also screen. ‘Traders’ is a thriller about recession-hit Ireland and the extreme, brutal lengths to which people will go to hang on to wealth and status. Killian Scott will attend the screening with directors Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy.

Festival Director Michele Devlin said:

“This year’s Belfast Film Festival promises some truly exceptional world cinema including Argentinian mafia family drama The Clan; Japanese Yakuza thriller Mr Six; the Don Cheadle biopic of Miles Davis, Miles Ahead; black comedy Swansong featuring a superb cast of British and Irish talent including Eva Birthistle and Antonia Campbell-Hughes; Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee from Turkey, Mustang; and the epic endurance test that is the six hour Arabian Nights Trilogy. We’re also delighted that our closing night gala screening is the eagerly anticipated Stephen Frears biopic, Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.”

Also in the programme this year is the return of the Documentary Panorama, Altered States, TV Eye and Local Filmmaking strands.

This year’s Special Events include screenings of ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Sunrise’, which will be performed with live soundtracks, while three films with exceptional sound design will be screened at Queen’s University Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) – ‘The Creeping Garden’, ‘The Conversation’ and ‘Das Boot’.

Black Moon has programmed autism friendly screenings, ‘Cultúrlann’ will feature children’s films in Gaelic, and ‘Labyrinth’ with Davie Bowie, and the Martin Scorsese classic ‘Taxi Driver’ merit 30th and 40th anniversary screenings.

Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen said:

“Northern Ireland Screen seeks to provide the people of Northern Ireland with the opportunity to see as wide a range of films as possible, including those made by the wealth of home-grown creative talent. Through our continued support from DCAL for Belfast Film Festival, we can help achieve this goal and make a significant contribution to film culture, education and training, and at the same time respond to the department’s imperative of promoting equality, targeting poverty and social exclusion.”

For the full programme and more information, go to www.belfastfilmfestival.org and tickets can be booked online, by phoning 028 9024 6609, or in person at Visit Belfast Welcome Centre in Donegall Square North.

Belfast Film Festival is funded by Northern Ireland Screen, Department for Culture, Arts & Leisure, BFI, Belfast City Council, Tourism Northern Ireland and supported by Peroni Italy and Europa Belfast. Media partner is Belfast Telegraph.

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