Jordan / The 6th Med Film Factory

The sixth Med Film Factory, a specialised training programme for Arab producers and directors, was completed on October 27th. The event is organized by Jordan’s Royal Film Commission, a public institution created in 2003, whose role is to help the country’s audiovisual industry develop, particularly by promoting it abroad. Five teams, each with five members …

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Slovenia / The Festival of Migrant Film

Preparations are under way for the next Festival of Migrant Film. The 11th ! Film-makers have until January 15th to send in their films, which must be subtitled in English or Slovenian. Different genres are eligible, from documentary to animation. Those selected will be screened in June 2020, on or close to International Refugee Day, …

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Italy / 14th Rome Film Fest

The Festa del Cinema di Roma, or the Rome Film Fest, ended on October 27th.  Now in its 14th year, the 10-day festival attracted 120,000 spectators, with most events taking place in the Auditorium Parco della Musica. The People’s Choice Award went to Alexandre Piva for Santa Subito, the Best Film Award to Sarah Suco …

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France/ Award Winners of the 41st Cinemed

Cinemed, the Montpellier Festival of Mediterranean Films, closed on October 26th. This year’s president was the Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, and the guest of honour director André Téchiné. The festival included many discussions, retrospectives and discoveries. The awards ceremony began with a preview of Dominik Moll’s film Seule les Bêtes. This year the Antigone …

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Romania/ 26th Astra Film Festival

The twenty-sixth Astra Film Festival was held in Sibiu, Transylvania, from October 14th to 20th. The award for Best Romanian Documentary went to Alex Brendea for Teach (80min). In his first film as a director, this young documentary maker implicitly criticises the Romanian education system: he follows a maths teacher, Dorin Ioniţӑ, who has rejected …

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Tunisia/ Second Mediterranean Festival of First Documentaries

The second Mediterranean Festival of First Documentaries will be held in Tunis between December 25 th and 28 th . Organized by the Association du Cinéma Documentaire Tunisien, the festival aims to show-case talented young film-makers from the Mediterranean region by screening twenty-four documentaries from thirteen countries, all available free during the three-day festival. With …

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Tunisia / Télévision Tunisienne and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs work together on two broadcast productions

On October 8th the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Télévision Tunisienne signed an agreement at the Cité de la Culture (Tunis) to strengthen their artistic and cultural partnership. The agreement is for making television programmes, in particular using creative younger Tunisians. This use of young talent will apply to every aspect of film-making, but the …

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