For a second year running, Alexander Boyd Displays are pleased to be sponsoring the Belfast Photo Festival. But this year it’s going to be even more exciting, the festival has launched a brand new conference, ‘Capture Conference’, alongside the Belfast Photo Festival, Compact.


The new conference has been developed to enhance collaborative efforts and skill-sharing among Northern Ireland’s creative industries. Torbin Bullock, a California-based Film Editor at Pixar Animation Studios who has worked on films including Toy Story, Monsters, Inc and Finding Dory will be its keynote speaker. Andrew Reid, Head of Production at NI Screen will explore how photography is used in film and TV. David has photographed from the set of major motion pictures including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mission Impossible and Saving Private Ryan.

Star Wars The Force Awakens poster

Capture Conference will coincide with the 2018 Belfast Photo Festival, Compact, and will take place at the Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT) on Friday, June 8.


The day-long conference will include speakers from industries right across the creative spectrum exploring the use of photography in visual effects (VFX), virtual reality (VR), film, animation, gaming and more.


Conference founder and Festival Director of Belfast Photo Festival, Michael Weir said:

“The inaugural conference will act as a forum for creative professionals in all fields across Northern Ireland to collaborate and skill-share to further enhance our excellent creative output. The conference will bring with it leading creative minds from across various industries to share their story and insights, but we have a rich pool of creative minds in Northern Ireland too. So, alongside global names and brands will be keynote addresses by some of the best minds in creative professions across Northern Ireland.”

Capture Conference Belfast

Belfast Photo Festival, Compact returns from June 7 – 30 . In a new condensed festival format, it will include the inaugural Capture Conference as well as a programme of workshops, seminars and exhibitions staged throughout greater Belfast.


Highlight exhibitions include the work of Brian Griffin, best known for his album photography with artists such as Billy Idol and Depeche Mode. The grounds of Belfast City Hall will also be the home for an engaging, large format exhibition – entitled ‘The Disciples’ – by James Mollison which showcases musicians’ fans photographed outside gigs emulating the unique style of their idols.


The Capture Conference is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Quilter Cheviot and Alexander Boyd Displays.


The conference takes place on Friday, June 8 and tickets are available from the Belfast Photo Festival website.


For more information on this year’s festival or the inaugural Capture Conference, visit

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