Belfast Film Festival launches international competition

The Belfast Film Festival launches into the international film market, but launches an inaugural feature film competition.

The competition will be for first and second feature films according to US publication Variety. The prize fund will be a total of £10,000. It will also feature an international jury of filmmakers and industry professionals to judge the films vying for the top prize.

This puts the Belfast festival, founded in 1995, in the same style as the Cannes and Venice film festivals. Both competitions feature star-studded selections in their respective juries, who review all of the films and collectively decide which feature will receive the awards.

The Belfast Film Festival will award a prize of £7,000 to Best Film Director, as well as Outstanding Craft Contribution and Outstanding Performance of £1,500 each.

Variety critic Jessica Kiang and Rose Baker have also been announced as the new festival programmers for this year’s screenings, which will run from November 3-12.

Speaking to Variety, Belfast Film Festival chairman Mark Cousins ​​said: “Jessica and Rose are savvy, bold and decisive in their tastes – just what a festival needs. We are delighted to have such big brains. And Jessica will be a dynamic emissary for the Belfast Film Festival around the world.

Michele Devlin, Director of the Belfast Film Festival, added: “The appointments of Kiang and Baker are one of the most exciting developments we have announced in many years. We look forward to new energy, new ideas and the start of an exciting new chapter in the life of the Belfast Film Festival.

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