When it comes to independent and arthouse film in Northern Ireland, the Queens Film Theatre is unrivalled. Affectionately known as the QFT, this cinema based at Queen’s University, Belfast revels in showing the latest in art house, indie and world cinema. It is part of the Europa Cinemas network.
The QFT was founded in 1968, 17 years after the foundation of the Queen’s University Belfast Film Society which regularly screened its films in the university’s Whitla Hall. Apart from a brief closure in 1972, the QFT has remained continuously open since, serving audiences both on campus and across Belfast.
The QFT is a crucial venue in Northern Ireland’s cultural life as it is the only cinema in Northern Ireland that specializes in non-mainstream films and world cinema. 70% of the films it shows are exclusive to the venue, meaning they can’t be watched anywhere else in Northern Ireland, and 30% of the films it screens are in a foreign language. The two-screen cinema also runs an extensive set of educational and community outreach programmes.
If you’re looking to catch a hot new arthouse flick, the Queens Film Theatre is unquestionably the most likely place in Belfast you will find it.