For the last three decades the Foyle Film Festival has become an ever growing event that has attracted high profile names such as Ray Winstone (The Departed, Hugo) Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter, The Guard, Calvary) Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, 127 Hours)  and Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, Captain Phillips).  Each year the festival offers a range of screenings, varying from feature films, shorts, classics, independent films, documentaries and foreign films. These screenings take place over a course of one week and are held mainly within the Nerve Centre and Brunswick Cinebowl. The Foyle Film Festival is a destination for film buffs everywhere!

If img_2126you’re an aspiring filmmaker then there’s something just for you. Each year the festival holds a number of educational and outreach programmes in the Nerve Centre and across schools in Derry. These programmes focus on educating film makers of all ages, of the creativity and struggles that are to be expected when working within the Film industry. The Festival also includes the ‘From Shorts to Features’ conference; which educates filmmakers on how to make the transition from creating Short Films to Feature Films. Successful directors like Andrea Arnold (American Honey, Fish Tank) and Jon S. Baird (Filth) have been invited in the past to discuss the excitement and hardships they went through when going through that same transition.

img_2115If you are already making films, why don’t you submit them to the Foyle Film Festival competition; The Light In Motion (LIM) Awards. The Awards enjoy the rare honour of being OSCAR affiliated since 1999, when ‘Dance Lexie Dance‘, a film produced in Derry by Raw Nerve Productions was nominated. Due to this, any recipients of the Light in Motion Awards at the Foyle Film Festival qualify for an OSCAR nomination without the need for a theatrical run. Additionally it also enjoys BAFTA recognition since 2009 and BIFA since 2010.  Previous winners of the award have been Terry George’s  ‘The Shore‘ and Martin Mc Donagh’s ‘Six Shooter‘.

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Through an exciting programme of panels, workshops, case studies and screenings led by industry luminaries from Northern Ireland and beyond, this is an unmissable experience for film buffs everywhere; whether you’re already working within the industry or someone who just wants to enjoy their day at the cinemas.




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