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Belfast Film Festival announces new all-Ireland documentary film festival

Belfast Film Festival has announced Doc Fest Ireland, a brand new annual festival showcasing only documentary films, presenting new Irish and international feature length and short documentaries.

The festival will take place in Belfast from June 12 – 16 2019 and provide a platform to showcase the Irish documentary filmmaking industry with a dynamic programme of events that are both entertaining and provocative.

The festival will present awards for:

  • Best International Documentary
  • Best Irish Feature Documentary (The Pull Focus Award)
  • Best Irish Short Documentary
  • Best Observational Documentary (Maysles Brothers Award)
  • Outstanding Contribution to Documentary Film Award

The last five years have seen a surge in highly acclaimed feature-length documentaries from across the island of Ireland, with many securing theatrical releases.

Hard-hitting post-conflict legacy films such as Sinead O’Shea’s A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot, and Belfast-based Sean Murray’s Unquiet Graves are making waves in the industry.

Belfast based Fine Point Films filmography includes Emmy-nominated Elián, Alex Gibney’s No Stone Unturned and Bobby Sands: 66 Days, which is currently streaming on Netflix.

Chair of Doc Fest Ireland and internationally renowned documentary filmmaker Mark Cousins said: “Belfast is one of the most interesting cities in the world. It’s a city in transition and undergoing rapid social change.

"Add in the fact that the team behind Doc Fest Ireland is passionate and experienced, and that Ireland has a great tradition of documentary film, and it’s hard to think of a better place to launch a dynamic new documentary festival”.

Belfast Telegraph