The Third International Film Festival kicks off in Sulaimani today

  2018-10-10 09:18      204 View Count        Comment
Photo of last years opening ceremony

Today, on October 10, 2018 the 3rd edition of Sulaimani International Film Festival will be held in Sulaimani city, Iraqi Kurdistan under the title of “Heroines Screen the World”, which lasts till 16/10/2018. One hundred nineteen countries have submitted films for the festival. Twenty two countries are officially attending the event, and the number of films have been sent are 1034, in which 117 of them will be shown. The festival is presided by Fuad Jalal, organized by Masti Film Company and Mullah Bakhtiar is the official in charge of supporting the festival.

The films directors from different countries, particularly the production of 2017 and 2018, in two sections including the World Cinema Competition (International); comprising feature and short films; documentary, animated and experimental, and the Kurdish Cinema (national) comprising feature and short works; documentary, animation and experimental will participate in the festival.

During the festival’s announcement, Mala Bakhtyar appreciated Mr. Barzani for funding the third edition of the festival, adding that,” Mr. Barzani has funded the event, therefore, in the third edition of the festival we do not need the financial support of the art lover and art capitalists of Kurdistan region, I wholeheartedly thank you all.”

He added that holding a successful film festival would require a great deal of funding, and this only would be achieved with love, talent, compassion and sacrifice, and rendering services to a large number of cinema lovers is achieved only with love.

He also expressed hope that the event would become one of the most important cinematic centers in the Middle East.

He also pointed out, “Everyone would like to develop art in his/her land, and that is the wealth and assets that countries are proud of, and provide a suitable base for rare talents, and nothing but cinema has great power to recognize national identity, introduce democracy and foster proud identity to the world.”

The jury members of the festival will present 14 “Golden Pine” and a cash prize to the best feature best international film, best director, best screenplay, best movie, best movie that are participating in the international and Kurdish sections of the festival.

The international and Kurdish short film sections of the festival the special jury prize and the audience award will be given to the selected winners.

In the competition section of the short films "World Cinema" and "Kurdish Cinema", the best national film, best directing, best script, best documentary, audiences award, best national short film and special jury award to winners as well as four special awards by the Masti film Company will be awarded.

In this round of the festival, the late Iranian filmmaker Taha Karimi, who died on May 13, 2013 in a car accident in Sulaimani, will be bestowed on the best film director by the deceased's family.

Prepared and modified by: Dr. Yadasht Salih


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