Screenings across six counties as Northern Ireland rolls film on Cinema Day 2018

The August Bank Holiday is set to be golden moments galore with almost 30 events for families and fans of all genres across the movie-going spectrum

'Lights, Camera, Action!' for Cinema Day organisers Sara Gunn Smith, Hugh Odling-Smee and Jenny Carlsten

Northern Ireland’s very own Cinema Day is set to return on Bank Holiday Monday, August 27 for the extreme close ups, the slow dissolves and thrilling panning shots of another day-long film-related epic.

This year sees 29 events with the theme of 'Home' taking place across the cinematic six counties. From Portrush to Fermanagh and Belfast to Ballymena, Northern Ireland will be calling “action” as it celebrates the silver screen with a series of weird, wonderful, homely and heroic screenings, happenings and events.

There are golden moments galore, including a Full Moon Fest at the Black Box, wherein you are invited to dress up and sing-along to The Wizard of Oz. Movie House Cinemas across NI (Belfast Cityside and Dublin Road, Maghera, Coleraine and Glengormley) are screening the stone cold Disney classic Lady and the Tramp complete with doggy-themed activities.

Local coming of age flick Mickeybo and Me will be jointly shown at Carnegie Oldpark and Fermanagh Film Club. Another local film, Bad Day for The Cut will be screened in all it’s ‘farmer noir’ glory at Seamus Heaney HomePlace. The Spectrum Centre on Shankill Road will be screening animated sci-fi fave Home. The NI Science Festival are showing The Land that Time Forgot, and welcoming the long awaited arrival of Dippy the Dinosaur to the Ulster Museum.

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Family-friendly film fun at the Cinema Day launch with film makers Stuart Sloan, Rosie Le Garsmeur and baby Agnes!

Elsewhere the Nerve Centre in Derry~Londonderry is serving up the delicious Spielberg double-bill of E.T. (with snacks and prizes) and Close Encounters of Third Kind (with a Q&A afterwards). Cafe 31 in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter embraces the nouvelle vague in its new film club, Feature, with Truffaut’s debut The 400 Blows.

This year’s 'Home' theme is also beautifully realised with a very special Belfast Film Festival screening of the acclaimed new short documentary, The Curzon Project, at the original site of the old Curzon Cinema on the Ormeau Road. Portrush Film Theatre will be offering Cupcakes (the comedy musical plus the sugary loveliness of the real thing) at the Playhouse film theatre. Amnesty Cinema Club at Ormeau Baths Gallery bring you Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time – the hard hitting documentary filmed inside the Manus Island Detention Centre in Papua New Guinea.

Cinemagic are showing Coco at the Crescent Arts Centre, with a SFX workshop. Eddie Murphy’s comedy Coming to America is presented at the Ecos Centre by the Braid Film Theatre to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Thrill-seekers Banterflix are showing the domestic chiller Amityville Horror at Odyssey Cinemas, with a Q&A session with paranormal investigator Mark Young.

Vault Artist Studio at the old Tower Street Belfast Met Building in East Belfast are screening Kissing Candice/Alleys of the East with filmmakers Aoife McArdle and Jonathan Brennan. Subterranean Film Club in Omagh will be screening the gorgeous recent Irish comedy drama Sing Street. Then, perhaps best of all, Paddington 2 will be in Crumlin Road Gaol. But not literally of course!

Sara Gunn-Smith of organisers Film Hub NI, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, said: 'Cinema Day is back for the third edition and we are very excited to present this brilliant programme from many of our members right across Northern Ireland. The programme explores the idea of home through film in different ways and offers plenty of opportunity for audiences of all ages to experience film in wonderful, welcoming cinematic spaces across the country. Most events are free or low cost so grab your friends and family and start planning your Cinema Day adventures now!'

For the full Cinema Day 2018 programme and to find out how to get involved, go to