About the Foyle Film Festival



A flagship project of the Nerve Centre, Foyle Film Festival's 27th annual edition launches on November 19 and runs until November 23. The festival's 2014 education programme spans November 18-27.

A host of Hollywood names joined the line-up for last year’s festival, including, Oscar® winning director Danny Boyle in conversation with BAFTA nominated screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce while Pulitzer Prize winning writer and actor Sam Shepard will attend a screening of his classic movie, Paris, Texas in Brunswick Moviebowl on Friday November 22. 

Highlights included; a special 40th anniversary, never-before-seen in UK cinemas, screening of The Wicker Man. Featuring brand new extras and the soundtrack, this is every movie fans perfect ending to a much mythicised search for the most complete version of the cult-classic film. 

Elsewhere programme standouts ranged from Irish premieres of two brand new Disney features, Oscar-nominated animated adventure Frozen and the Tom Hanks-starring Saving Mr Banks to Enniskillen filmmaker Stephen Fingleton being in for Oscar consideration after his gripping feature SLR was named Best Irish Short Film at Foyle's LIM Awards.

An exciting new element to the Foyle Film Festival was undoubtedly be the screening of Psycho with the original score played by the Ulster Orchestra. Film fans experienced a powerhouse of driving rhythms and eerie menace as the Ulster Orchestra performs Bernard Herrmann’s chilling score, while Hitchcock’s cinematic classic is shown above on the big screen. 

Creators and stars of independent film The Best Years, set in Northern Ireland following the Peace Process, presented a premiere of the production and held a Q+A at the Nerve Centre.

The role of music in film was also be examined in a series of free industry-led workshops. Portmanteau, the UK music agency, which has placed music in box office hits such as, The Fast and The Furious and The Iron Lady together with Ian Neil, music supervisor on Snatch, Kick Ass and 127 Hours, shared their experiences of music placement in films. 

2013's education programme marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech by exploring history-shaping events with special guests such as Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental and Human Rights activist Peter Tatchell as well as Jeremy Irons-narrated documentary Trashed.

For the second consecutive year, the festival welcomed the support of Brunswick Moviebowl, a state of the art seven-screen entertainment complex.

The Foyle Film Festival is supported by Northern Ireland Screen and Derry City Council.