Foyle Film Festival 2017

Fri 17 Nov 10:00am to Sun 26 Nov 8:00pm

Northern Ireland’s only Oscar-affiliated film festival is showing no signs of slowing down as it launches a ten-day anniversary programme of premieres, exclusive screenings and special guest events, running from November 17 to 26. 

The festival launches with the Northern Ireland Premiere of Battle Of The Sexes – the true story of the famous tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex–men’s champion Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). The event became one of the most popular televised sports events of all time. The Closing Night film is The Man Who Invented Christmas and recounts how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) created Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol.

Other highlights include the Shorts To Features Conference with special guest Jim Sheridan In Conversation about his long and distinguished career. Jim Sheridan will also introduce a special screening of My Left Foot in Brunswick Moviebowl.

The cult movie Withnail And I shares Foyle Film Festival’s 30th birthday celebrations this year, and the festival programme includes a special screening with Richard E. Grant in attendance to talk about this hilarious classic and his career in the film industry.



The festival pays tribute to the late Sam Shepard with a screening of Days Of Heaven. In a special event, following the screening, Stephen Rea and Judith Roddy will read from the short stories of Sam Shepard.

As usual the festival champions local film – with a special screening in The Guildhall of In The Name Of Peace: John Hume In America. The film examines John Hume’s key role in the peace process, and includes interviews with former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as personal accounts from Bono, Bertie Ahern and Enda Kenny.

The festival’s family movie this year is The Star – a magical seasonal animation about a brave donkey named Bo and his friends who become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

The festival takes place across four venues – Nerve Centre, Brunswick Moviebowl, The Guildhall and Bennigans Bar with over 100 feature films, Light In Motion (LIM) Competition short films, and educational screenings, taking place over ten days

Foyle Film Festival is funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and by Derry City and Strabane District Council. Venue partner is Brunswick Moviebowl.

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