QFT Needs Your Donations

The independent cinema asks for donations as part of The Big Arts Give campaign

Queen's Film Theatre (QFT) has been chosen to take part in The Big Arts Give, an online donation campaign which takes place from December 6-10. Northern Ireland’s foremost independent cinema aims to raise £5,000 through the national campaign, which helps arts and cultural charities build and develop the income they receive from individuals.

Launching the campaign, Susan Picken, head of QFT said: 'For over 40 years QFT has given local audiences their only consistent opportunity to engage with film culture from around the world, so we are calling on Northern Ireland fans to take part in The Big Arts Give to pledge their support and commitment to its future.'

Offering Northern Irish film audiences an alternative to the multiplex, QFT is the only specialised cinema in Belfast dedicated to showcasing independent, classic and world cinema and reflecting cultural diversity. 

During its lifetime, QFT has brought the work of many great directors – such as Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach - to Belfast audiences for the first time and has been honoured to welcome some of them in person. QFT also offers a platform for locally made short films and features.

The Big Arts Give is open online from 10am on Monday 6 December to Friday 10. To take part, individuals must log on to www.thebiggive.org.uk on Monday 6 December and donate whatever they can. A range of campaign events will be taking place at QFT throughout the week of The Big Arts Give.

Every penny donated through The Big Arts Give will go directly to support QFT. 'Your gift will help us deliver to the highest standards - from the films we show, to the projects we undertake, from our support of local film culture to the quality of our projection experience,' adds Picken.

Last year was a record year for QFT, as 87,000 patrons including almost 6,000 children and young people engaged with film through the cinema. As the moving image becomes more embedded in the school curriculum, the QFT Education and Outreach programme is even more important as a unique resource for film-lovers of all ages, offering a range of introductory talks, workshops and other activities to complement film screenings.

The team at the cinema also works closely with creative partners such as CultureNorthernIreland, galleries and museums to present film to new audiences in an exciting and accessible way. QFT has strong links with local charitable organisations and creative collaborations with Autism NI, Unite Against Hate and the Outburst Queer Arts Festival, amongst others, which reinforce its commitment to the local community.

Further information on The Big Arts Give is available from www.queensfilmtheatre.com/thebigartsgive or by contacting Sarah Hughes, QFT press and marketing officer on 028 90971398.