16th Belfast film festival: This weekend’s top picks 

With over 133 films from 30 countries due to be screened until the 23rd April, the 16th Belfast Film Festival is sure to have something for everyone!

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

Check out these top four picks of the opening weekend:


Land Of Mine

Directed by Martin Zandvliet

“Assuming you defuse six mines an hour and don’t get blown up, you’ll be home in three months.” In the aftermath of World War II, a group of surrendered German soldiers are ordered by Allied forces to remove their own landmines from the coast of Denmark.

Sat, 16 April, 8.30pm, £6



Directed by Douglas Ray

Starring Irish actresses Eva Birthistle and Antonia Campbell-Hughes. Washed-out musician Mark is seen shoving a woman into the boot of his car, driving her to the woods. She is his wife, and after finding out about her affair with another woman, Mark kidnaps them both…

Sun, 17 April, 1.15pm, £6


Sympathy for the Devil

Directed by Neil Edwards

A fascinating documentary about controversial 60s religious cult The Process Church of the Final Judgment dogged by lurid conspiracy theories. Neil Edwards and former cult member John Harvey will participate in a Q&A.

Sun, 17 April, 6.30pm, £6


When David Met Carlo

In 1990, filmmaker David Barker met novelist Carlo Gebler and they have been making films ever since. David and Carlo will discuss the documentaries they love and loathe as well as the secret of staying creative.

Sun, 17 April, 7.00pm, £5
You can download the full programme at 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 Belfast Telegraph.

Post Author: Belfast Times

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