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The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Azerbaijan, in cooperation with the Embassies of the EU Member States accredited in Azerbaijan and Cineuropa will organize the first online European Film Festival. The European Film Festival will run in a virtual format from 14 to 29 June 2021.
The Festival will include screening of 10 films from 13 EU countries (Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourgh, Poland, Romania, Spain) and Serbia. Majority of the films is a joint collaboration of a few countries.
“This year, our Festival is organized for the first time in an online format making the European cinema even closer and more accessible for the Azerbaijani audience not only in Baku but throughout Azerbaijan. Films have a power to tell stories, express emotions, and trigger ideas. And with this Festival we hope to bring more insights into the European culture and spread the message of intercultural understanding between the peoples of Azerbaijan and European Union”, EU Ambassador to Azerbaijan Kestutis Jankauskas said.
Most of the Festival films are the winners of prestigious international film festivals, including the winners of Cannes Festival - “Oleg”, “Fire will come”, “Our Struggles”; Toronto Film Festival and San Sebastian Competition – “The Audition”; Sundance 2020 World Cinema Documentary Competition and Sarajevo 2020 Documentary Competition – “Acasa my Home”, Edinburgh International Film Festival – “Aurora” and many others.
The Festival programme includes also a meeting with the Hungarian film director Gabor Reisz at 15.00 on 17 June. In 2015, Mr. Reisz was invited to the Cannes Film Festival’s Residence program, where he developed his film “Bad Poems”, which is a part of the Festival programme. The film was selected for the European film awards in 2019, won the Best film and Best director prizes in the Hungarian Film Week.
On 24 June, the Azerbaijani audience will have a chance to attend a presentation and Q&A session with an internationally established Curator, Lecturer and Media Expert Nikolaj Nikitin. Mr. Nikitin is currently the Artistic Director of the International Film Festival Prague and Head of Studies at SOFA – School of Film Advancement. Before taking the Prague Leadership, Mr. Nikitin was for 17 years the Berlinale’s foreign delegate. Both meetings will be organized via Zoom with interpretation into the Azerbaijani language and livestreamed on EU Delegation facebook page. To join the events, you need to send a short information about yourself and the meeting you want to join to [email protected]. The places are limited.
The Festival films can be accessed from https://www.festivalscope.com/page/euff-azerbaijan/ platform. The films are available in the original language with the English, Russian and some films with the Azerbaijani subtitles. Each film can be watched by up to 400 people from Azerbaijan. The films are not available for other countries.
For more updates about the European Film Festival, please follow EU Delegation to Azerbaijan facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EUDelegationtoAzerbaijan/.
Since 2010, the European Union Delegation organizes the European Film Festivals on an annual basis with the aim to build and develop the cultural links existing between the European Union countries and Azerbaijan and to contribute to better understanding of the European values through the European movie industry. Within the framework of the European Film Festivals, 148 films have been shown and 23 European film directors, actors visited Azerbaijan.