25th Foyle Film Festival

Browse the full programme of screenings and events taking place in Derry~Londonderry from November 21 - 25, and find out which stars will be in attendance

Film stars Ray Winstone and Jim Sturgess are heading to Derry~Londonderry to help the Foyle Film Festival mark an amazing milestone of 25 years in the film festival business.

The festival, which is organised by the Nerve Centre, begins on Wednesday, November 21 with the Irish premiere of Mat Whitecross's Ashes, a contemporary film noir that follows a difficult reconciliation between father and son.

Renowned writer/director Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank) will also be attending the festival to introduce her recent adaptation of the classic gothic tale, Wuthering Heights. And a complementary education programme will also run from November 19 - 30. See both programmes below.

Bernie McLaughlin, festival director, said: 'As well as the famous faces, we have a packed programme of feature films, workshops, competition screenings, outreach and special events.

'I am delighted and excited to be part of the 25th Foyle Film Festival celebrations. It is certainly a tremendous achievement for everyone associated with this event over the last quarter of a century.'


Other festival highlights include a Pixar Retrospective in honour of the late Steve Jobs, with screenings of favourite Pixar films including Toy Story 3, Wall-E and The Incredibles.

New Irish cinema is well represented. The movie Jump, which has received rave reviews, was filmed in and around Derry-Londonderry, and the stars Martin McCann and Ciaran McMenamin will be in attendance.

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’. Directors Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn will attend, and The Undertones will play a special gig in the Nerve Centre as part of this year’s Festival Club.

Foyle Film Festival has also announced a new partnership with the state of the art, 7-screen Brunswick Moviebowl. Caoimhin McClafferty, operations manager there, said: 'The Brunswick Moviebowl is thrilled to be hosting the 25th Foyle Film Festival. It's a fantastic programme of feature films, short films and documentaries, and I would encourage everybody to come out and support this wonderful festival.'

The Foyle Film Festival is one of only a handful of Oscar affiliated festivals, with the winners of the festival’s Light In Motion (LIM) Awards, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, to be announced on the closing night.

'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,' added McLaughlin. 'This year the festival is also delighted to announce a new partnership with The Ramada Da Vinci’s Hotel.

'As our city prepares to play host to the UK City of Culture 2013, 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.'

The festival will close on Sunday, November 25 with another Irish premiere of Thomas Vinterberg’s critically acclaimed foreign language film The Hunt, starring Mads Middelsen, who received Best Actor Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

For programme and booking information visit the Foyle Film Festival website.