The impressive Foyle Film Festival is wrapping up this week with a feast of must-see movies covering documentaries and is continuing its unique online film purchase ticket scheme.

The online offering means that a ticket is bought there is a fixed time of seven days to unlock it and  further 24 hours to watch the film, offering viewing flexibility.

One to look out for on December 2 is the documentary Resilience, which outlines how toxic stress in childhood can lead to a lifetime of illness and depravation.

On the same day A Perfect Normal Family is the dramatic story of how a family deals with the announcement by the father that he intends to transition to a woman and the emotional strain it places on the family.
Among the three films available on December 3 is the powerful and disturbing drama of The Girl from Mogadishu. It outlines how a Somalian teen is trafficked to Ireland, where it is discovered she has suffered from female genital mutilation.

Friday sees a unique chance to be In Conversation with award-winning cinematographer Kate McCullough, as well as three other films.

The dramatic story of the enigmatic singer of the Pogues, Shane MacGowan is told in Crock of Gold on Saturday December 5, as well as other features and parts one and two of the Light in Motion Short Film competition animated shorts.

The third and fourth packages of the competition will be shown on Sunday, together with the closing night film Rose Plays Julie.

Festival director/programmer Bernie McLaughlin explained how the ticketing is working: “The festival’s virtual reincarnation this year does have the huge advantage of making every film available for a longer period of time. As once a ticket has been purchased from the day it premieres at the festival, the audience will have seven days in order to unlock their ticket, and then a further 24 or 48 hours in which to watch the chosen film.

“This provides a great level of flexibility for anyone who might miss out on specific dates and times because of work and/or other commitments. We hope that our loyal local audience will continue to engage with the festival, but also that this year’s programme will attract a new virtual audience to this event.”