Cinema Day Celebrates Northern Ireland's 120 Year Film Heritage

Film Hub NI presents a diverse programme of film events across the region

It’s almost exactly 120 years since The Alhambra in Belfast’s North Street played host to the first ever moving image screened in Northern Ireland. In the intervening century and a fifth since that epochal screening, people from this corner of the island have watched, made and even found themselves in some iconic films along the way. What better way to celebrate Northern Ireland’s enduring love affair with the silver screen than a Cinema Day?

On Cinema Day, presented by Film Hub NI (part of the Film Audience Network), organisations across NI will host an array of fantastic film-related events, both acknowledging the rich film heritage we have and celebrating the strength and diversity of all those involved with making and showing films in the present day, from epically scaled commercial venues to small film clubs in living rooms and everything in between!

Cinema Day is a pick-a-mix of film-related goodies, from £1 classics at the QFT, to a faculty lecture given by Helen Sloan, principle stills photographer with Game of Thrones. There will be an alternative documentary mini-fest held by Second Chance Cinema. Portrush Film Theatre will be screening the seminal A Trip to the Moon directed by Geroge Méliés in 1902, followed by The Extraordinary Voyage documentary. Fermanagh Film Club will be screening homegrown dystopian thriller The Survivalist followed by a Q&A from writer and director Stephen Fingleton.

Elsewhere, in just 24 hours across Northern Ireland, there will be a packed programme of historical talks (incl The A-Z of Belfast Cinemas with Brian Henry Martin), documentaries, animations, screenings in weird and wonderful places, and much more.

Sara Gunn Smith of Film Hub NI said: 'We’re delighted to be presenting the first ever Cinema Day in Northern Ireland as it provides the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the incredible 120 year old cinema heritage we have in this part of the world, as well as showcasing the great work of Film Hub NI members. Screenings, talks and family events are taking place in Belfast, Glengormley, Omagh, Enniskillen, Coleraine and Portrush, so there is plenty of opportunity for audiences of all ages to experience the magic of the silver screen in all its glory.

It’s also an opportunity to visit new venues, find out about the film industry and learn about film heritage. We hope to see you there!'

Cinema Day by Film Hub NI takes place from Sunday 28 August – Monday 29 August, across Northern Ireland.

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