Our Audience Development and Inclusion Programme aims to entertain, inform, engage and empower local communities through the medium of film and film related art-forms.

It delivers events and provides resources and practical support for communities who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of specialised film and the creative processes involved in the development and production of a range of film and digital media. The team works with a variety of local communities across Northern Ireland, in particular with those in the AOD catchment areas, and those in areas of social deprivation. We provide a range of specific projects that include workshops, events, activities and training opportunities.


Cine Roma

We have paired 5 filmmakers with 5 community groups from the Belfast area, to make a 5-15 minute documentary to be screened at our festival later on this year. The participants are working across every aspect on the project, from locations, sound, archive, filming and post-production, gaining skills and confidence from their filmmakers.The films will be screened at our festival later in the year. We plan to develop this project over the next few years.

  • Séan Murray with Ardoyne Youth
  • Michael McNulty with Belfast Friendship Group
  • Lisa Keogh with VOYPIC (Voices of Young People in Care)
  • Emily MacFarland with PPR/ANAKA women’s collective
  • Gillian Callan with Short Strand Community Group, the Covid Response Group

Frames Per Second – VFX Apprenticeship

We are currently recruiting for a unique and exciting opportunity for an early school leaver to participate in an apprenticeship; trained by those at the very top of their game over a period of six months for one to two days a week at leading visual effects and animation studio, Enter Yes™, based in Belfast, learning all aspects of film, Virtual Reality, Interactive Image and Animation. The Belfast Film Festival will support the apprentice during this period by covering their costs paying the National Living Wage.

If you are aged 16/17 and interested in this unique opportunity please apply by sending us a short video (less than three minutes in .mp4 or .mov format) telling us about yourself, why you are interested in this apprenticeship, your main hobbies and interests and what qualities you will bring to this apprenticeship. Your application and any questions can be emailed to sara@belfastfilmfestival.org

Deadline: Friday 14th May at midday.

How might we get involved?

The Inclusion team will respond to enquiries, with information and where possible, follow-up meetings. It helps us to know what groups are interested and what type of people you are working with – we want to work with a diverse range of groups and we are particularly keen to work with groups who have not had access to digital film-making, creative writing or screenings, but who want to know more. We want to help overcome the barriers that make it difficult for people to participate and have a go.

Get in touch!

If you are a community in an area of disadvantage or social need and are interested in getting involved with our Outreach Programme please contact sara@belfastfilmfestival.org