The inaugural Docs Ireland gets underway

Creative Europe Desk UK – Northern Ireland has been working with Docs Ireland, a new, industry-focused All-Ireland Documentary Film Festival, taking place in Belfast from 12 to 16 June. The last five years have seen a surge in feature-length documentaries from the island of Ireland, with many securing theatrical releases, and Docs Ireland provides a platform to showcase the great talent within the Irish documentary filmmaking industry, promoting a dynamic programme of events that are both entertaining and provocative.

In partnership with Creative Europe Desk Ireland and Queen’s University Belfast Centre for Documentary Research, we worked with Docs Ireland in the lead-up to the festival, delivering a roundtable in November last year for production companies, filmmakers, funders, distributors and decision makers from all across Ireland to help shape the vision of the festival. Collectively we reflected on the industry, discussed north/south cooperation, the implications of Brexit and of course MEDIA funding!

At the time of writing the festival is in full swing and we were delighted, in partnership with Creative Europe Desk Ireland to hold an Info Stand at the Marketplace, and participate in the BFI DocSociety Local at Docs Ireland session.