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About the Foyle Film Festival

Foyle Film Festival, a flagship project of the Nerve Centre, is the annual celebration of independent films, acclaimed feature length movies, documentaries and short films. This year the Festival will run from Wednesday, November 19 - Sunday, November 23. 

Over the last 27 years the Festival has become renowned for attracting high profile names such as Brendan Gleeson, Ray Winstone, Wim Wenders, Cillian Murphy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kenneth Branagh, Roddy Doyle, Jimmy McGovern, Sam Shepherd, Danny Boyle, Paul Greengrass, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Stephen Rea, Julien Temple - to name but a few. This year’s Festival will be no different.

In addition, the Festival offers a stand alone education program targeting schools and colleges with a series of curriculum based feature films, documentaries, workshops, presentations, and outreach screenings. The education programme offers additional outreach events at colleges and other arts centres, including the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh, Omagh College, and the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. The Education programme will run from Monday, November 17 - Friday, November 28.

2014 marks the 15th year of becoming an Oscar® affiliated Festival. It is among only a handful of festivals to enjoy Oscar® affiliation, and the only festival in Northern Ireland to be awarded this honour. Filmmakers whose short films win the Light In Motion (LIM) Competition can automatically submit their film for Oscar® consideration without the normal theatrical run.

As part of this year milestone year, Foyle Film Festival in association with Honeycomb Creative Works will host an industry conference - ‘From Shorts to Features’ - for filmmakers who want to learn more about the film development process, fundraising, marketing, the festival circuit, and more. We’ll have top industry figures on hand to advise on how to deal with the inevitable knock backs and get your vision made. Make contacts and network. Attend keynotes, panels, breakouts, script doctoring and pitching sessions and, of course, films (lots of).

The Foyle Film Festival is supported by Northern Ireland Screen and Derry City Council. Venue partner is the state-of-the-art Brunswick Moviebowl.