Ireland set for Yellow Fever

Festival announces line-up for August Bank Holiday weekend.

by James Gracey

The Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival has announced the line-up for its second edition - kicking off on August 27 at Belfast's Stormont Hotel - which features an eclectic array of indie films from around the world.

The festival was set up last year by company director and award-winning indie film maker, George Clarke (Battle Of The Bone, The Knackery), with the aim of bringing an underground, independent festival to Northern Ireland.

Genres will include action, comedy, horror, martial arts, drama and sci-fi and films have been submitted from the likes of America, Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, the UK and of course, Ireland. This year’s festival has been extended through to Bank Holiday Monday, with tons of extras including a zombie theme to the weekend, including films, games, talks and premieres.

Opening with a zombie walk for charity and Dead Meat BBQ, co-organised by Zombie-Aid Belfast, patrons are invited to bloody themselves up and take part in what is to become the biggest zombie walk ever to happen in Northern Ireland. With so many of the undead descending upon local government buildings, the evening should prove memorable. Following this will be the UK premiere of US zombie comedy flick, George's Intervention, followed by a late-night screening of US undead action feature, The Sky Has Fallen.

This year’s YFIFF will also host the UK premiere of gay art-house horror feature, Seeing Heaven, directed by Ian Powell. Rounding off the ‘Gay of the Dead’ evening will be JT Seaton’s award-winning gay horror short Nightshadows, in which a one night stand goes very wrong.

Saturday night is brought to a fitting close with a late screening of Chad Ferrin’s psychotropic horror, Someone’s Knocking At The Door.

Other films to play at the festival include low-budget war epic Rhineland, dark Italian thriller Maimed Howl, German post-apocalyptic western Snowblind, US thriller Absence and a plethora of local and international short films, including the experimental Utopia and Irish drama short Bittersweet.

As well as a host of other films, shorts, showcases, talks and workshops will be an exclusive presentation of How to Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, the sell-out live show that has taken the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by storm, two years running.

The festival will also play host to Cosplay Shows and contests, the Arkham Gaming Centre, console tournaments, a One Minute Movie contest and special guests’ workshops. %he indie company’s own latest production, director Alan Crawford’s quirky sci-fi drama The Truth About Tom, Dick and Harry is also set to premiere.

For further info and to book tickets - visit http://theyfiff.webs.com/ and see the official YellowCon site for more details.

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