Respect Belfast Human Rights Film Festival will take place between the 4th and 7th of October, 2019. The festival will screen a range of films/documentaries that promote a wider understanding of Human Rights subjects, such as, Immigration, Asylum, Women’s Rights, War & Conflict, Mental Health, LGBT Rights, Workers Rights, Environmental Concerns, Healthcare, Austerity & Disability Issues.

As part of our programme, we also aim to deliver a series of films, events and panel discussions exploring the wider cultural, human and socio-political implications of conflict and the countless ways these have been presented through film, both historically and in contemporary cinema.

This will combine a range of short fiction and documentary films as part of our ‘short film’ competition with a wider range of classic and contemporary feature-length films that offer a more discursive look at many of the human rights issues at hand.

Best Short film (Short drama's or documentary's no longer than 18 minutes)

Best Short Documentary

Best Documentary Feature

Best Drama Feature

Film's must be dedicated to human rights issues or offer advocacy for those affected by social or political injustice.

Overall Rating
  • Joseff Morgan

    Great festival with an important message

    October 2019
  • I wasn't able to attend in person, because I live in the US, but the communication was very good, and the festival included a solid selection of human rights films from various parts of the world. The printed program for the festival was very well done, and it appeared as if the screenings were well organized and planned. I highly recommend this festival if your film is focused on human rights. It's also a very good value for the relatively modest submission fee.

    October 2019
  • Jesse van Venrooij

    Definitely a Human Right Film Festival with a lot of potential. Had a great time and was impressed by Belfast and the story Sean, the festival Director, told me about the history, and even the present situation in Belfast and his own point of view. The festival felt a bit like 'starting' but it was humble and I felt welcome. I think it has the potential to grow to a big, important professional Human Right Film Festival.

    October 2019
  • Carbonated Comet

    Fantastic festival with really good personal communication. Very supportive environment. Very welcoming and really well organised. Highly recommend!

    October 2019
  • Terence McSweeney

    This was a wonderful festival and a real pleasure to participate in as a first time film-maker. The festival's organiser, Sean, is an award winning film-maker himself and made the whole event welcoming and extremely professional. The venue was atmospheric and the films were from all over the globe. I highly recommend participating in the future.

    October 2019