The success of Palestinian films at international festivals is undeniable: even though film production within the territory is not very abundant, the films have a high reputation. In 2017 “Ghost Hunting” won the Best Documentary Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, in 2013 Hany Abu Assad’s “Omar” won the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film Festival and in 2002 Elia Suleiman’s “Divine intervention” won the jury prize at the same festival.
Now, for the first time in the history of the Cannes Film Festival, Palestine has its own Pavilion in the Film Market – an initiative by the Palestine Film Institute (PFI), supported by the Ministry of Culture. Five drama projects and five documentary projects will be presented to the Producers Network, which takes place from May 8th to 19th.
The PFI’s role is to promote Palestinian cinema, believing that films are a tool for social change and indispensable for creating a good image of the country.
Sources: rtl, médiapart