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More than ‘just’ a cinema

Since its inception in 1968, QFT has occupied a unique place in the cultural and entertainment life of Northern Ireland. This uniqueness comes from QFT's special atmosphere, its screenings of carefully curated new and classic films, its loyal members and audiences and from the many people who have worked front of house and behind the scenes. Today QFT is a vibrant and modern cinema that welcomes 100,000 people through its door every year.

“Few places can match the vibrant atmosphere of Northern Ireland’s best loved cinema” Mark Kermode, Film Critic for BBC Radio Five Live and The Guardian


QFT is very fortunate in that it has a knowledgeable and committed programme team and a loyal, enthusiastic audience. We are committed to delivering a wide-ranging and unique range of film programming, events and supporting activities on a daily basis throughout the year. On average 70% of all films screened over the year are exclusive to QFT, films that could not be seen by audiences in Northern Ireland on the big screen otherwise.

Around 30% of films screened by QFT are in a foreign language and we show films from over 30 different countries worldwide, reflecting cultural diversity and Belfast's multi-cultural population.

"QFT .. Intimate, comfortable, plucky, offering the most interesting and diverse film programme in the city...by far the most civilised place to see to see films in Belfast" Ian McElhinney, Irish actor


From the beginning, QFT has valued and nurtured the practice of having special guests from the world of cinema.  Film makers and performers come to a place like QFT not for contractual and commercial reasons but because want to engage with people who are stimulated by film. The QFT aims to provide context for, and enhance, our film programme by regularly scheduling guest speakers, film-makers and creative talent to visit us and talk about their work to our audience.

“…a film palace. It offers everyone who is interested in film or in other cultures something quite unique in Belfast " Ciarán Hinds, Irish film, television and stage actor


"One of my favourite cinemas in Ireland" Lenny Abrahamson, Irish film and television director