London – 13 th November 2017 – After a 2 year hiatus, we are excited to announce that call for entries for the 10th London Kurdish Film Festival is now open. Our dates for the upcoming year are 13-22 April, 2018 at the following venues; Hackney Picturehouse, Wood Green VUE Cinema and Rio Cinema in Dalston. We anticipate another great festival with incredible films, all we need now are your films!
The London Kurdish Film Festival at its inception was the first festival of its kind and has grown to become the biggest exhibition of Kurdish films outside of Kurdistan. The 10 th festival will mark over 15 years of showcasing films from across the Kurdish diaspora, films often made under the most extreme conditions, where at times the stakes were higher and the pursuit for freedom of expression more potent. The celebrations are made particularly poignant and significant for reasons that are twofold; with the current political context as well as the tragic loss of one of the festival’s former directors.
The recent developments in Kurdistan and the Middle East, and the humanitarian crisis that is ensuing makes the festival more necessary and immediate. The festival will therefore show special focus on the historic resistance against ISIS in Western Kurdistan - Rojava (North Syria) and South Kurdistan (Northern Iraq).
The 10 th festival will be dedicated to the memory of Mehmet Aksoy, British-Kurdish filmmaker, journalist and activist. Mehmet was killed on 26th September 2017 by ISIS militants whilst bravely volunteering in the region as a news correspondent; documenting stories and collecting footage of the YPG struggle to liberate the region. As ‘Memed’s friends’ we pledge to carry forward the camera he passed on to us and honor his dedication to the pursuit of truth in great film with an unforgettable film festival. His brave legacy will reverberate in all festivals to come and through all the young storytellers it will no doubt inspire.
Categories for submission include Feature, Documentary and Short Films. Along with 6th Yılmaz Güney Short Film Competition, this year the festival will give a special Mehmet Aksoy Award to the best Documentary film. The submissions for all categories are open until 15 th January 2018.
This year the festival encourages filmmakers to submitting their films through “Filmfreeway” (https://filmfreeway.com/). For more information on how to submit to the festival, please visit: www.lkff.co.uk
The festival will begin with the opening gala ceremony, an evening of Kurdish music, dance and food, and then the opening gala film, continuing for a further 2 days at Hackney Picturehouse, then following 5 nights the festival will be at VUE in Wood Green and Rio cinema. The festival will come back to Hackney Picture House for last 2 days and will end with closing gala film and awards ceremony.
London Kurdish Film Festival aims to establish a platform for young talented filmmakers and will be announcing more creative projects to support Kurdish Cinema in the near future.
For any questions on how to get involved as a sponsor, partner or volunteer for the festival, please write to email@example.com