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Takeover Film Festival set to ‘take over’ QFT screens

The eighth annual Takeover Film Festival ‘takes over’ QFT from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 February, with an exciting weekend of film previews, masterclasses and live music. Aimed at an audience of 15+ years, the Takeover Film Festival festival is programmed and delivered by the enthusiastic young members of QFT’s Takeover Film Club

The festival commences on Friday 24th February with an exclusive N. Ireland premiere of the inspiring new feature film, The Olive Tree, a stunningly shot new Spanish film directed by Icíar Bollaín (Even the Rain; Take My Eyes), and penned by Paul Laverty (I, Daniel Blake; The Wind that Shakes the Barley). Also screening is the NI premiere of LoveTrue, a bittersweet documentary that follows three real life individuals and their stories of ‘true love’, set to a soundtrack by Flying Lotus.

Marion Campbell, Education and Outreach Officer at QFT said:

“The young programmers from QFT’s Takeover Film Club have really excelled themselves this year. They have a real passion for film and have created a programme full of great, enjoyable films, which also encourage you to think about issues that are relevant to young people today.

We are hugely excited that award-winning Belfast based filmmakers Joel Simon and Seán Murray will be sharing their knowledge in their filmaking masterclasses with up and coming filmmakers.”

The festival continues on Saturday and Sunday with a packed film programme, including a rare opportunity to see the visually captivating debut feature drama Spaceship directed by Alex Taylor, a unique portrayal of teenage ennui.

On Saturday 25th February, there will be a special Japanese Anime Day following on from the success of last year’s hugely popular event.

The Anime Day will include the prequel by South Korean director Sang Ho Yeon of Train to Busan, with an exclusive preview screening of the much anticipated zombie anime Seoul Station.

The closing film is Martin Scorsese’s classic satire The King of Comedy starring the inimitable Robert De Niro as a delusional comedian fixated on fame at any cost.

Find out more about QFT’s youth panel and the Takeover Film project for 15-21 yr olds here:




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