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Foyle Film Festival

CONTACT:   Bernie McLaughlin ADDRESS:  Nerve Centre, Magazine Street, Derry-Londonderry BT486HJ, N.Ireland
PHONE:  + 44 28 71260562 FAX: 
EMAIL:   b.mclaughlin@nervecentre.org WEB:  www.foylefilmfestival.org


The Foyle Film Festival delivers a year-round programme of feature films, workshops, short films, competition screenings, outreach, and special events.

The 2022 Foyle Film Festival will take place from Friday 18th to Sunday 27th November in Derry-Londonderry.

Over the last 35 years, the Foyle Film Festival has become renowned for attracting top industry professionals to Derry-Londonderry. Past guests have included Richard E Grant, Ray Winstone, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Christie, Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Wim Wenders, Stephen Frears to name but a few.

Foyle Film Festival is one of only a handful of international festivals with Oscar® affiliation, BAFTA and BIFA recognition. The festival offers filmmakers, animators, and artists a unique platform to screen their films, network with industry professionals and gain access to the international market.

The prestigious Light In Motion (LIM) competition, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, will reopen to filmmakers and animators across the world on Friday 8th April 2022.

Recipients of the LIM Awards qualify for consideration in the Live Action and Animated Short Film categories of the Academy Awards® without needing the standard theatrical run. Foyle Film Festival is also an IMDb Qualifying Festival, granting all eligible film submissions a fast-tracked title page on IMDb.com.

Previous Foyle Film Festival winners and competitors who have proceeded to win the Oscar® include: Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman for Skin (2019), Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton for The Silent Child (2018), Terry George for The Shore (2012), Martin McDonagh for Six Shooter (2006), Andrea Arnold for Wasp (2004), Adam Elliot for Harvie Krumpet (2003), and Eric Armstrong for Chubbchubbs (2002).

Previous Foyle Film Festival winners and competitors who have proceeded to win the BAFTA include:
Paloma Baeza, Ser En Low for Poles Apart (2018), Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy for Edmond (2016) and Grant Orchard, Sue Goffe for A Morning Stroll (2012).

Funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and by Derry City and Strabane District Council; Foyle Film Festival delivers a comprehensive programme of documentaries, short films and feature films from all over the world; a full programme of educational events for schools, youth, and adults and a variety of industry networking events and panel discussions.

The Festival is the flagship project of the Nerve Centre, Northern Ireland’s leading creative media arts centre which delivers a diverse range of cutting edge projects, training and production opportunities, state of the art production facilities and creative learning centres in Belfast and Derry-Londonderry.


  • Festival Director – Bernadette McLaughlin (b.mclaughlin@nervecentre.org)
  • Festival Programmer – Christopher Morrisson (c.morrison@nervecentre.org)
  • Competition Manager – Eavan King (foylecompetition@nervecentre.org)


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