Fermanagh Film Club

Fermanagh Film Club

Fermanagh Film Club was established in January 2008 by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, who wanted to see and share a programme of international films that otherwise would not have been available in their area.

10 years on and the film club celebrates this milestone anniversary as it continues to bring the best cultural cinema to Enniskillen.

The Lives of Others

The aim of Fermanagh Film Club was very clear from the start - with the nearest cultural cinemas located 70 and 100 miles from Enniskillen, in Belfast and Dublin respectively, it wanted to create the opportunity locally for audiences in the west of Northern Ireland to access films of quality and culture.

Having observed the activity of the long established Sligo Film Society, Fermanagh Film Club started to work with access>CINEMA and became the network's first member located north of the border.

In January 2008, Fermanagh Film Club presented its first screening - the Oscar-winning German drama The Lives of Others.


Fermanagh Film Club currently screens films every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, with the annual film programme normally split into two seasons - spring and autumn.

Its current Spring 2018 season includes films from across the globe including the French romantic drama Rosalie Blum, the Oscar-nominated Russian film Loveless and the recent Irish crowd-pleaser The Drummer and the Keeper.

Screenings are always welcoming to all, whether that be to those who want to "sign up" for the latest season of films, or those who just want to pop along on a particular night if there's a film showing that they would like to see.

Given its geographical location Fermanagh Film Club has in recent years also become an active member of Film Hub Northern Ireland, which is part of the British Film Institute's Film Audience Network (FAN).

This national initiative aims to grow audiences for film across the UK, and the work of Film Hub Northern Ireland aims to put film at the centre of cultural life in Northern Ireland.

Fermanagh Film Club has been successful in securing some funds from the BFI Film Forever project administered through Film Hub NI, as well as support from Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, which has helped the club to continue to grow its activities and audiences.

Cinema Day Northern Ireland 2017

As well as the regular film screenings it hosts, Fermanagh Film Club has been particularly active in bringing special film events to the local community.

These activities have included screenings for Culture Night, film presentations to coincide with local festivals such as the Fermanagh Live Arts Festival and one-off BFI Neighbourhood Touring Project screenings such as that of the locally produced thriller Bad Day for the Cut.

Recently the club hosted screenings of Oh Mr. Porter! and The Railway Children as part of a Railway Film Weekend, and also hosted a special screening of the Irish film His & Hers to celebrate Cinema Day Northern Ireland, which included a post-screening Q&A with the film's director Ken Wardrop.

So the future of Fermanagh Film Club is looking good.

The club is hosting a special 10th anniversary celebration on January 24th, and as ever all are welcome.

Special congratulations should go to the dedicated team of Ann McDermott, Julian Caithness, Jackie Pennock and Fionnula Curran, who voluntarily organise the club's programme and attend film programming meetings, networking events and screening weekends so that Fermanagh Film Club can continue to bring the best of international cinema to Enniskillen audiences.

Well done to all and here's to the next 10 years.