LUMI announces the Playback Film Festival

24 May 2021

In collaboration with Reimagine Remake Replay and Zeppo Arts, LUMI are delighted to launch the Playback Film Festival, a three day virtual festival featuring films, workshops and talks.

Playback Film Festival

Programmed, produced and delivered by participants from an events management course, the Playback Film Festival will explore themes of nostalgic cinema through films available on QFT Player, as well as a movie poster making workshop and panel discussion. The full programme is as follows:

Friday 4 June

6pm - Festival Launch

Join on Instagram (@lumiatqft & @reimagineremakereplay) as the festival kicks off.

7pm - Sweetheart (Irish Premiere)

A socially awkward and environmentally conscious misfit meets a carefree lifeguard in director Marley Morrison's comedy-drama which has drawn comparisons with My So Called Life and Juno. Watch the Irish Premiere free on QFT Player from 7pm.

Saturday 5 June

2pm - Movie Poster Workshop with Laura Craig

Explore the archive collections from Ulster Museum and North Down Museum to create your very own movie poster with local artist Laura Craig. Open to 16 - 26 year olds based in Northern Ireland.

7pm - Cinema Paradiso

A celebration of youth, friendship and the everlasting magic of the movies, Cinema Paradiso won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and is considered a classic of world cinema. Watch free on QFT Player from 7pm.

Sunday 6 June

2pm - Panel Discussion: Into the Known

Join Michael McConway (Playback Participant and LUMI Programmer), Dr Sam Manning (Film Academic), Leanne Briggs (North Down Museum), Joseph O’Hagan (8 Bit Popcorn) and Sean Hughes (Playback Participant and LUMI Programmer) as they explore themes of nostalgic cinema, escapism in movies as a response to crises in the past and present, and question how cinema culture has changed during the pandemic. Is the future in streaming services?

7pm - Monsoon

Rising star Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) plays a man on a search for belonging as he returns to the country of his birth in a tender and visually stunning drama from Lilting director Hong Khaou. Watch free on QFT Player from 7pm.

Be kind, rewind, and save the date - 4-6 June 2021! - for the first ever Playback Film Festival.

Artwork, image credit: Event Management Participant Nicole Junkin