The Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival invites you to join it for a very special event this year in celebrating its 10th birthday as part of the Open House Festival.

Having moved the festival from Belfast to Bangor in 2018, the festival hopes to introduce itself to that new audience who will enjoy what it has to offer, from a wide range of independent films from around the world, Q&A sessions with the film makers, informative workshops, special guests from the film industry, and of course, the wonderful Gala Dinner Award Ceremony.

Brought to you by Bangor based award winning indie feature director, George Clarke and his team at Yellow Fever Productions, the YFIFF is known worldwide for its welcoming hospitality, independent charm and selection of alternative cinema promoting the very best of the indie film world.

This year, they have two amazing special guests: industry professionals Jesse V. Johnson and Mike Leeder

Our first guest, and his first time at the YFIFF is director Jesse V. Johnson. Undoubtedly one of the hottest names in action cinema, Jesse has made a name in the film world as a stuntman, actor and most notably, as a director. Born in England, Jesse made the move to the US to follow in the footsteps of his famed uncle – stunt legend Vic Armstrong – and found work on blockbusters such as “Total Recall”, “Starship Troopers”, “Avatar”, “The Amazing Spiderman” films, “Thor”, “Terminator 3” and many more.

In the late 90’s before Jesse began directing, and in the last 20 years he has delivered some amazing action movies with martial arts superstars such as Scott Adkins and Tony Jaa, many of which are available on UK Netflix such as “The Debt Collector”, “Accident Man”, and “Savage Dog”.

With his latest offerings, the fantastic “Avengement” and “Triple Threat“, Jesse has taken things to the next level gaining critical praise for his work and showing that independent action cinema can give even the biggest Hollywood blockbusters a run for their money.

Mike Leeder was the very first guest when the YFIFF launched in 2009. He returned once again for the 4th festival with prolific director Albert Pyun (“Cyborg”, “Sword and the Sorcerer”, “Nemesis”) and we welcome his return for the 10th, along with the addition of our newly named award in his honour – the Mike Leeder Award for Best Performance.

As an actor, Mike has appeared in films such as “Big Brother“, “Ultimate Justice”, “Chasing the Dragon“, “Fearless”, “Pound of Flesh” and “Bodyguard: A New Beginning”.

Both guests are available over the course of the weekend delivering a workshop on their life in film, as well as giving an exclusive screening and Q&A on the fantastic “Triple Threat” on Saturday night.

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Ever since I watched Takeshi Kitano's "Hana-Bi" for the first time (and many times after that) I have been a cinephile. While much can be said about the technical aspects of film, coming from a small town in Germany, I cherish the notion of art showing its audience something which one does normally avoid, neglect or is unable to see for many different reasons. Often the stories told in films have helped me understand, discover and connect to something new which is a concept I would like to convey in the way I talk and write about films. Thus, I try to include some info on the background of each film as well as a short analysis (without spoilers, of course), an approach which should reflect the context of a work of art no matter what genre, director or cast. In the end, I hope to pass on my joy of watching film and talking about it.