Yellow Fever International Film Festival

Find out how to survive the zombie apocalypse, by watching films, with festival director George Clarke

The annual Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival and YellowCon takes place on the last weekend of every August in the Stormont Hotel in Belfast. The aim of the festival is to bring underground, independent cinema to Northern Ireland, with a distinctly freaky, horror show feel to most screenings, and a touch of martial arts thrown in for good measure.

The second YFIFF/YellowCon kicks off on August 27 with a selection of local and international screenings, including a host of world and UK premieres. Genres include action, comedy, horror, drama and sci-fi. 'This year's event has been extended through to the August Bank Holiday, with tons of extras including a massive zombie theme to the weekend,' said festival director George Clarke.

The festival kicks off with Zombie-Aid Belfast, a charity zombie walk taking place at Stormont and raising money for the Make A Wish Foundation and Billy Caldwell Foundation. 'The aim for this event,' says Clarke, 'aside from raising tons of cash for these awesome charities, is to hold the biggest zombie walk ever in Northern Ireland.

'The location is an important one, as it also sets the scene for the sequel to Yellow Fever Productions' first award-winning film Battle Of The Bone, provisionally entitled The Sash My Father Wore, which will give our government officials up at Stormont Castle a taste of what's to come when the production begins.'

Zombie-Aid will be followed by Dead Meat BBQ in the grounds of Stormont Hotel, with prizes and giveaways for the best dressed zombies. A special donation ticket is available from the YellowCon website, with goodies and more when purchased.

Premieres at the festival proper include US zombie flick George's Intervention, followed by another US undead feature, The Sky Has Fallen. While these are screening, Arkham Gaming Centre will be running free table top games based on Battle Of The Bone elsewhere in the hotel.

UK gay art house horror feature, Seeing Heaven will also be debuted and accompanied by the award-winning gay horror short Nightshadows

The show that has taken the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by storm two years running, How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse will finish off the weekend's events, with the cast doing a signing of the book version afterwards. Sign up for the CultureNorthernIreland e-newsletter and be in with the chance to win two tickets.

'And there's much more besides,' beams Clarke. 'On top of that we have Cosplay Shows and contests, console tournaments and the one minute movie contest, as well as traders and special guest workshops, including top gaming writer Alessio Cavatore.'

The Yellow Fever International Film Festival runs from August 27-30. For full listings on events and to book tickets visit http://theyfiff.webs.com/. Tickets may be purchased for separate events. An all inclusive festival pass is also available.


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