Project information

Support the Queen’s Film Theatre

Film is much more than entertainment; it enlightens and enriches people’s lives. The QFT is Northern Ireland’s only arthouse cinema and is dedicated to giving local audiences the opportunity to experience the best of cinema through our unique programme of films, events and education activities.


Charity information: Queens University Foundation (Queens Film Theatre)

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  • Need


    The QFT offers local audiences their only consistent opportunity to actively engage with film culture and to see a wide variety of films from around the world. The QFT’s 40 year history of doing just this is now under threat due to proposed funding cuts, shrinking resources and increasing difficulty in securing corporate sponsorship.


    Film is an art form which many people are keenly interested in and care passionately about. QFT hopes to engage this passion in a material way to ensure we can continue our work for the next 40 years. By initiating and developing a culture of giving to QFT this will not only aid our overall sustainability but will also help expand and improve the scope and quality of what we do by enabling investment in our programme, creative projects, equipment and other much needed resources.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To deliver a unique and inspirational cultural experience in a quality physical environment.


    » Ensure that everything about QFT is of the highest standard from the films shown through to projection quality and customer service.
    » Work closely with other creative partners (eg art galleries, museums) to stimulate, excite and present film in a new and collaborative way.

    Success will be...achieving increased audience figures of over 70,000 people each year and maintaining a high level of service for all customers.

    Aim 2

    To deliver a year round, high quality, distinctive programme of films and related activities.


    » Deliver over 1400 individual film screenings each year of more than 350 films, chosen from all around the world.
    » Develop and deliver a programme of talks, seminars and other activities which complement and add context to film screenings.
    » Regularly programme special presentations of seasons and festivals that audiences would be unable to experience anywhere else in Northern Ireland.

    Success will be...maintaining and expanding on the quality and range of the cultural programme, including more talks from film makers and other special events.

    Aim 3

    To promote cultural diversity and provide much needed choice for local audiences.


    » To deliver a film programme which features classic and new films from around the world, documentaries, short films and locally made work.
    » Regularly feature films, talks and events which deal with issues of concern to the local community and encourage participation.

    Success will be...enabling a comprehensive, fully resourced marketing strategy which will ensure we can reach the widest possible reach in the local community.

    Aim 4

    To provide opportunities for all ages to actively engage with moving image and film culture.


    » To develop and deliver an inspiring and innovative range of learning activities which encompass both formal and informal learning.
    » To work with other organizations including charities and community groups to stimulate and encourage an interest in and enjoyment of film.
    » To encourage and nurture creativity by developing young audiences and supporting the work of emerging local film makers and talent.

    Success will be...fully exploring all possibilities for collaboration with partner organizations and exploring all creative opportunities.

  • Impact


    This project will ensure that Belfast and Northern Ireland continues to benefit from the presence of a year round dedicated cinema venue which enables access to a diverse and stimulating film programme, educates audiences and promotes creativity and excellence. Success will be demonstrated by monitoring audience numbers for screenings, education events and other activities, by monitoring and benchmarking the quality and diversity of the programme and by encouraging regular audience feedback.


    There is a risk that QFT could be affected by the economic downturn and that cinema attendances could fall as a result. QFT minimizes this risk by delivering the best possible cultural programme which is exclusive to QFT and by maintaining strong links with the local community, partner organizations, the film industry and other stakeholders.


    Donors to the project will receive a regular email report outlining details of the ongoing QFT programme, headline activities and other news updates. They will also be given free QFT membership and will be invited to join the QFT mailing list, Facebook and Twitter pages if they wish.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,300

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,300 Equipment A new digital projection system
  • Background


    QFT is located in South Belfast on the campus of Queen’s University and has been an integral part of Belfast cultural life since it was founded in 1968. The QFT has two cinema screens, a licensed bar and is uniquely situated in a listed Georgian terrace which also houses the University’s Drama and Film Centre. QFT has over 70,000 paying customers each year drawn from all walks of life and is a key local landmark, gathering place and community resource.


    There is the potential for everyone in the Belfast Metropolitan area and farther afield to benefit from QFT’s work. Our audience includes students, schools groups, young people, senior citizens and disability groups as well as visitors to Belfast. As well as engaging with different sectors of the community, including those from diverse religious and ethnic groups, we also work closely with a variety of charities, institutions and initiatives to promote awareness and enjoyment of film culture.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For over 40 years the QFT has entertained, engaged and educated local people about film. We have introduced the work of many great film directors to Belfast audiences. We work closely with, and are a key venue for, all of Belfast’s major festivals including Cinemagic and the Belfast Festival and have strong links with many film industry organizations and bodies. QFT is supported by Northern Ireland Screen and Belfast City Council.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Susan Picken, Head Of QFT

    Susan has over 15 years experience in film programming and exhibition. Her passion for and knowledge of cinema is fundamental to QFT’s aims.

    Sarah Hughes, Press And Marketing Officer

    Sarah has worked in arts and entertainment publicity and event marketing since 1997 and has a wide range of experience and knowledge.

    Marion Campbell, QFT Learning Officer

    Marion has worked at QFT for over ten years and looks after delivery of our award-winning Education and Outreach programme.

    Michael Staley, Programme Officer

    Michael has many years experience in the arts. He researches and co-ordinates all the technical and logistical aspects of the film programme.