Community is the bedrock of our society so last year our Audience Development and Inclusion Programme paired five local filmmakers with five community groups from the Belfast area, to make a 5-15 minute documentary. The films were screened at the QFT during last year’s Belfast Film Festival and are now available to watch online!

The participants worked across every aspect of their project, from scouting locations to post-production, and in the process further honed their filmmaking skills and brought the valuable community work carried out by their partner groups to life.

Watch the five Bedrock Docs series online.

Séan Murray – Is Éireannach Mé / I Am Irish
This short documentary explores the lives of first and second generation immigrants who now call Ireland their home. What does it mean to be Irish? Do we consider ourselves a tolerant and welcoming society?

Emily MacFarland – Home / Baile / مسكن
How do you build a sustainable neighbourhood? What is needed to feel part of a community? Over six months, Belfast based Anaka Women’s Collective and activists from PPR (Participation & Practice of Rights) collaborated with artist filmmaker Emily McFarland to trace memories of displacement, the meaning of home, present challenges around social housing and future aspirations for a new kind of neighbourhood on public land in West Belfast – forged through resilience and mutual aid.Emily is continuing to work with both groups and one woman has applied for a course in filmmaking.

Michael McNulty – Eyes Talk
A look at Belfast through visiting eyes.
Belfast. A port city. Welcoming visitors for hundreds of years through the mouth of the river Farset. Is today any different? Travelled individuals share their thoughts on a historic city.

Lisa Keogh – Safe
My bedroom. In Nature. On a skateboard. Ayah, Martha, and Georgia reflect on their journeys through care and share the safe places they’ve found or created for themselves.
The three young women worked with director, Lisa Keogh, to define their own care narratives and open a window into their worlds.
One of the participants in Lisa’s doc is applying for courses in editing at NI Screen.

Gillian Callan – Bilingual/Dátheangach
A short observational film about what it is like being bilingual living in Belfast.