What We Do
Second Chance Cinema are a Belfast based film club specialising in documentary film. We screen and hold events around a wide range of documentaries - new releases, classics, shorts and archival films.
Initially started in 2013 as a project responding to the loss of independent cinemas and lack of alternative film exhibition in the city, we began putting on film events in our local community, the Ormeau Road in Belfast. Our first projects involved free weekends of community pop-up cinema in a local theatre space and starting our long-running and popular documentary film club in the local pub on monthly Sunday nights. Check out our project archive for more details.
Recently we have been working across the city, programming one-off events for festivals and often collaborating on larger documentary projects such as our work with the Black Box. We also offer programming and curatorial services for organisations wishing to develop documentary programmes such as the Ulster Museum.
We have collaborated with and programmed for a wide range of festivals and organisations in Northern Ireland including Amnesty International, the Belfast Film Festival, the Black Box, Brazille Cineclub, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, the Centre for Documentary Research, Household, Northern Ireland Science Festival, Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival, the Ulster Museum and the Queen’s Film Theatre.
Our work would not be be possible without financial and practical support from Film Hub NI.
Who We Are
Second Chance Cinema was founded and is run by Rosie Le Garsmeur and Stuart Sloan.
Stuart is a filmmaker and editor and has worked on films that have shown across the world, including at SXSW and on PBS in the United States. Stuart also works as a film programmer and has curated film programmes and for various festivals and organisations for example CQAF, BFF and one-off events such as a series of large outdoor film screenings for Dublin County Council. Stuart has been an invited panel member for various film festivals and is currently the documentary programmer for the Belfast Film Festival, and founding member of the QUB-based Centre for Documentary Research.
Rosie completed an MA in the Cultural and Creative Industries in 2007 and since, has been working in the arts delivering cultural projects for a range of organisations from galleries to festivals. She has strong experience in funding for the arts and project management and has worked on large-scale projects such as Culture Night Belfast and for The Belfast Festival at Queen’s. She is currently a project manager for the British Council NI.