Syria / “Still Recording” shows everyday life in the Syrian war

Saaed Al Batal and Ghiath Ayoub’s documentary, Still Recording was released in French cinemas on March 27th. Filmed over four years, the film shows us daily life during Syria’s war, seen through the eyes of young Syrians, . Saeed, an engineering student in Damascus, lives in Douma, eastern Ghouta, 20 kilometers from the Syrian capital. …

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Lebanon / Look back at the 2nd Beirut International Women Film Festival

Organized by the Beirut Film Society, the festival of women film-makers took place in the Lebanese capital from March 10th to 15th. During the opening night at the Casino du Liban, a tribute was paid to Lebanese actress Waffa Tarabay, a talented artist with a distinguished career in Lebanese films, television and theatre. During the …

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Morocco / Assessment of film production in 2018

Shortly before the Tangier National Film Festival closed, the Centre Cinématographique Marocain (CCM) unveiled last year’s figures for film production in Morocco. The amount spent by international productions is clearly evolving. Investment by foreign feature films increased by 13.47% while there was also very strong growth for short films, with an increase of 313.24%. Combining …

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Palestine – Israel – France / Only a few days left to help finance the documentary “Hakawati, les derniers conteurs”

Hakawati

Directors Karim Dridi and Julien Gaertner have launched a call for participatory funding for their next documentary Hakawati, les derniers conteurs, on the platform Kiskissbankbank. If the amount reaches €10,000, that sum will be handed over to the production company Mirak Film to complete post-production and translate the dialogue from Arabic into French. The film …

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Turkey / The Istanbul Film Festival organises the 14th “Meetings on the Bridge”

“Meetings on the Bridge”, a platform for film industry professionals, will be held from April 7th to 12th, on the sidelines of the 38th Istanbul Film Festival. Its goal is to create fresh opportunities for people in the industry to collaborate with others from the region and Europe. It also allows film-makers, producers and scriptwriters …

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France / Call for applications to coordinate two programmes: “Ecole et cinéma” and “Collège au cinéma” (06 et 83)

The Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles (DRAC) in the Marseille region (PACA) has launched a call for applications to coordinate two programmes in schools for the next academic year, 2019-2020: “Primary School and Cinema” and “Secondary School at the Cinema”. They will take place in the VAR and the ALPES-MARITIMES. PRIMARY SCHOOL AND CINEMA This …

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Italy / The Middle East Now festival celebrates its 10th anniversary !

Middle East Now

From April 2nd to 7th Florence is hosting the 10th Middle East Now festival. Dedicated to films and contemporary culture in the Middle East and North Africa, this Italian festival also offers photographic exhibitions, concerts and installations. Love and Revenge, a live performance by the Lebanese duo Rayess Bek and Randa Mirza, opens the festival …

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