Foyle Film Festival Celebrates 25 Years

Foyle Film Festival Celebrates 25 Years

The Foyle Film Festival marks its MILESTONE 25th year with the launch of a high quality programme of feature films, workshops, competition screenings, outreach and special events. Tickets will be available at Nerve Centre Box Office, and from Monday November 5.

Over the last 25 years the Foyle Film Festival has become renowned for attracting top industry professionals to the city. Past guests have included high profile names such as Brendan Gleeson, Julie Christie, Terry George, Neil Jordan, Wim Wenders, Kenneth Branagh, Roddy Doyle, Stephen Frears, Jimmy McGovern - to name but a few.

This year is no exception as the festival launches with the Irish Premiere of Ashes - the latest film from Director Mat Whitecross (The Road To Guantanamo, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll). The movie stars Ray Winstone (Nil By Mouth, Quadrophenia, Sexy Beast) and Jim Sturgess (One Day, Fifty Dead Men Walking). Ashes was executive-produced by Coldplay.

Director Mat Whitecross and the stars of the film Ray Winstone and Jim Sturgess will attend the Irish Premiere of Ashes to launch the festival on Wednesday 21 November at the Brunswick Moviebowl.

While renowned Writer/Director Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank) will attend the festival to introduce her recent adaptation of the classic gothic tale Wuthering Heights.

New Irish Cinema is well represented with Jump, and some of the cast - including Martin McCann and Ciaran McMenamin - are scheduled to attend the screening. Filmed in and around Derry~Londonderry, the film has received rave reviews. Also screening is Good Vibrations, which charts the life of Terri Hooley, the DJ instrumental in bringing the punk movement to Belfast and for releasing The Undertones’ legendary single ‘Teenage Kicks’. The directors Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn will be in attendance. To coincide with this screening, The Undertones will also play a special gig in the Nerve Centre as part of this year’s Festival Club.

In 1999 the Foyle Film Festival celebrated a milestone phase as it became an Oscar® affiliated festival - one of only a handful of such events to enjoy this honour. While this year’s festival education programme also highlights milestone events in politics by taking a digital journey through the peace process, from its earliest days to the recent historic meeting and handshake between The Queen and Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

The Foyle Film Festival is the flagship project of the Nerve Centre - Northern Ireland’s leading creative media arts centre spearheading a diverse range of arts events, cutting edge projects, training opportunities, state-of-the-art production facilities, and Creative Learning Centres in Derry~Londonderry and Belfast. The festival acknowledges the talent, expertise, and dedication, of the management and staff of the Nerve Centre as a driving force behind the development and enduring success of the Foyle Film Festival.

This year the Foyle Film Festival is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Brunswick Moviebowl.

Caoimhin McClafferty commented: 'Firstly I would like to say that Brunswick Moviebowl is absolutely thrilled and delighted to be hosting the 25th Foyle Film Festival on this their ‘Milestone’ year. With this being our first year hosting this prestigious event it is indeed a ‘Milestone’ for Brunswick Moviebowl too and we will endeavour to maintain the very high standards set by the Foyle Film Festival over the last 24 years.

Secondly, I would like to congratulate Bernie Mc Laughlin, Festival Director & Programmer, and all her team, on the fantastic programme of feature films, short films and documentaries, from around the world, being screened at this year’s Foyle Film Festival.

Since the opening of our new, state-of-the art, 7 screen cinema back in August 2011, Brunswick Moviebowl has gone on to establish itself as one of the leading exhibitors in Northern Ireland. It seemed only fitting then, that Northern Ireland’s premier cinema be part of Northern Ireland’s premier film festival - and so the partnership was formed. It is a terrific honour and a privilege to be associated with the Foyle Film Festival and one we hope to build upon long into the future.

I would like to also take this opportunity to ask you all to come out and support this wonderful film festival, which has a skillfully crafted programme of events to suit absolutely everyone.

On behalf of myself and everyone here at Brunswick Moviebowl, I would like to wish the Foyle Film Festival every success on their ‘Milestone’ 25th year and look forward to welcoming you all to our complex.'

City Of Derry Crystal continue to support the festival through sponsorship of CCEA Moving Image Arts Student Awards and the Light In Motion (LIM) Competition Awards.

The city of Derry~Londonderry is renowned for extending a warm welcome to visitors old and new, and the Foyle Film Festival has been very lucky over recent years to be able to rely on a great hospitality partnership with the Tower Hotel. This year the festival is also delighted to announce a new partnership with the Ramada Da Vinci’s Hotel.

The 25th Foyle Film Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of its core funders Northern Ireland Screen and Derry City Council.

Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen says: 'The Foyle Film Festival has reached a significant MILESTONE this year, with its 25th anniversary. Northern Ireland Screen is delighted to see that their flair and enthusiasm remains as vivid and intense as it did back in 1987, with yet another superb and eclectic programme of screenings and educational events. Through our continued core funding, supported by DCAL, Northern Ireland Screen acknowledges the Foyle Film Festival and the Cinema Initiative at the Nerve Centre as key components in our efforts to achieve our goal of making a significant contribution to film culture, education and training. We send our sincerest good wishes to Pearse, Bernie and the whole team for another successful festival as they mark their quarter century.'

Representing Derry City Council, the Mayor, Councillor Kevin Campbell said 'It gives me great pleasure as Mayor of Derry to welcome the 25th Foyle Film Festival, an event that has secured its position as a major highlight in the City’s annual events calendar. Derry City Council has always been a proud supporter of the festival, in conjunction with funding partners. The event is an excellent showcase for up and coming talent from both home and abroad.

The city has welcomed some of the leading lights in the film industry over the years as well as some of the stars of stage and screen, who have been more than impressed by the homegrown talent here. I must congratulate everyone involved in making the festival a resounding success year on year, and an event which has gained recognition at both BAFTA and Oscar® level. May it continue to provide an invaluable platform for local filmmakers and artists for many more years to come.'

Festival Director and Programmer Bernie McLaughlin commented 'I am delighted and excited to be part of the 25th Foyle Film Festival celebrations. It is certainly a MILESTONE year for the festival and a tremendous achievement for everyone associated with this event over the last quarter of a century. The festival has developed into an internationally recognised event attracting industry professionals from around the world.

As our city prepares to play host to the 2013 UK City of Culture, and the recent release of a fantastic programme of events, it is an exciting time to be working in the arts and entertainment sector in Derry~Londonderry.'

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