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Belfast Film Festival Turns 20

This April, Belfast Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with nine days packed full of new international film, special guests and film inspired events in venues across the Northern Irish capital.

Kicking off on Wednesday, April 1 until Thursday, April 9, Belfast Film Festival will play host to an array of films including the Irish premiere of the hotly anticipated Our Ladies. This is an infectious 1990s-set comedy drama that finds six teenage choirgirls cutting loose in Edinburgh, in a loving adaptation of Alan Warner’s novel The Sopranos.

The programme will showcase new feature films from around the world. Examples of these are Mark Cousins’ epic 14-hour Women Make Film, an exploration of cinema history through the lens of some of the world’s greatest directors – all women; Arracht (pictured), a tense Irish drama/thriller set in 1845 on the eve of The Great Hunger from director Tom Sullivan; and Adam, Moroccan director Maryam Touzani’s impressive first feature which made its international debut at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Movie fans can expect the usual range of the weird and wonderful in the popular Altered States strand and live and interactive film inspired events including Footloose in the Titanic Ballroom and Flash Gordon at 40.

The programme is brimming with special guests. One of these is John Lloyd, the BAFTA winning producer behind Blackadder and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Many more names are to be announced in the coming days.

With Northern Ireland’s film industry booming at the moment, Belfast Film Festival is the top event in the diary for movie enthusiasts and industry experts to join and celebrate film in all its genres.

The full programme is available at www.belfastfilmfestival.org from Thursday, March 5.

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