First In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in Er­bil

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The first-ever Er­bil Film Fes­ti­val kicked off on Fri­day evening in Saad Con­fer­ence Hall in Er­bil, which comes within the ac­tiv­i­ties of Er­bil as the Cap­i­tal of Arab Tourism. The fes­ti­val lasted for five days and show­cased movies from across the re­gion.

The Er­bil Film Fes­ti­val had ini­tially been sched­uled to run ear­lier this month, but was post­poned due to “elec­tions and tech­ni­cal rea­sons.” It was at­tended by Kur­dish, Arab and in­ter­na­tional film­mak­ers, all com­pet­ing for prizes in a num­ber of cat­e­gories.

Over 60 fea­ture films, long and short, com­peted for the fes­ti­val awards. The oc­ca­sion stressed the im­por­tance of es­tab­lish­ing Er­bil In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val to be a new cul­tural phe­nom­e­non in Kur­dis­tan. The event will hope­fully de­velop the lo­cal cin­ema in­dus­try and en­cour­age the young to en­gage in film mak­ing in the fu­ture.

The Iraqi artist, Mo­hammed Shukri Jameel said that the fes­ti­val is a good ini­ti­a­tion be­cause any cul­tural move­ment needs ac­cu­mu­la­tion of ex­pe­ri­ences. This ac­cu­mu­la­tion needs turn­ing points. He added that cul­ture in Iraq wit­nessed how it was re­mark­ably de­vel­oped in the fifties when the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors were work­ing to­gether.

He con­firmed that the Kurds will in­spire a lot of young people through these fes­ti­vals to take the nec­es­sary steps to en­gage in the art of cin­ema.

Af­ter ex­press­ing her happy feel­ings over at­tend­ing the event, the Syr­ian ac­tress, Mona Wassef said:“When­ever fes­ti­vals in­crease, artists would be hap­pier, point­ing out that this is a good start and a suc­cess­ful step that will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the de­vel­op­ment of cin­ema in Kur­dis­tan,”

The open­ing cer­e­mony was at­tended by the Gover­nor of Er­bil Nawzad Hadi, who said the fes­ti­val is a good op­por­tu­nity to meet the artists and the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Kurds, the Ira­ni­ans, Arabs and Turks to de­velop the Kur­dish cin­ema and art.

He pointed out that these events are or­ga­nized within the frame­work of Er­bil, the Cap­i­tal of Arab Tourism, in or­der to de­velop the Kur­dish cin­ema and sup­port the ac­tors in the Iraqi Kur­dis­tan.

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