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Kurdistan covers in big parts the region of former Mesopotamia. Being one of the oldest cultures in the world, Mesopotamia is widely considered as the cradle of civilisation, where writing was invented and the origins of philosophy can be traced back to. With its ancient, highly developed and socially complex states it had a profound impact on the development of the western civilisation and culture.

The Duhok International Film Festival wishes to return a cultural identity to this region, so that it is perceived again as a place of development instead of a place of political conflict. The fertile land that Mesopotamia once presented is now the land that can breathe quality, cinema and epic stories, growing to new strength.

The festival aims to showcase innovative films of high artistic value with a notable handwriting made throughout the world. It shall work as a pinnacle point for all wishing to learn more about the possibilities the Kurdish regions have to offer. Duhok IFF wishes to create an atmosphere of exchange between different cultures and human values. The city becomes an encounter of civilisations, where ancient culture connects with modern culture and the Kurdish film landscape with world cinema. Unique film experiences can be made and people can share their thirst for new discoveries and a passion for cinema in all its diversity.

A major task of the festival is to build a bridge between Kurdish film production and worldwide filmmaking. It wishes to create a launch platform for films from Kurdistan, taking the pulse of new tendencies and offering the opportunity to explore a terrain opening up in contemporary filmmaking. As a unique festival in this region, it understands itself as a forge for new talents and meeting place for up and coming filmmakers.

The programme does not only present a wide selection of international productions from all over the world, it also aims to spotlight Kurdish film in the world’s film landscape. It focusses both on new films from the four parts of Kurdistan (Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey), as well as on films from abroad including films made by Kurdish filmmakers who live in Diaspora.

It is time to open ourselves to the thoughts, images, myths and stories of Kurdistan, to its culture, to its films. Welcome to Duhok!

The Duhok International Film Festival is organised by the General Directorate of Culture, Arts, Sports and Youth of Duhok City and by the Cinema Directorate Duhok in cooperation with mîtosfilm Berlin.


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Kurdistan covers in big parts the region of former Mesopotamia. Being one of the oldest cultures in the world, Mesopotamia is widely considered as the cradle of civilisation, where writing was invented and the origins of philosophy can be traced back to. With its ancient, highly developed and socially complex states it had a profound impact on the development of the western civilisation and culture.

The Duhok International Film Festival wishes to return a cultural identity to this region, so that it is perceived again as a place of development instead of a place of political conflict. The fertile land that Mesopotamia once presented is now the land that can breathe quality, cinema and epic stories, growing to new strength.

The festival aims to showcase innovative films of high artistic value with a notable handwriting made throughout the world. It shall work as a pinnacle point for all wishing to learn more about the possibilities the Kurdish regions have to offer. Duhok IFF wishes to create an atmosphere of exchange between different cultures and human values. The city becomes an encounter of civilisations, where ancient culture connects with modern culture and the Kurdish film landscape with world cinema. Unique film experiences can be made and people can share their thirst for new discoveries and a passion for cinema in all its diversity.

A major task of the festival is to build a bridge between Kurdish film production and worldwide filmmaking. It wishes to create a launch platform for films from Kurdistan, taking the pulse of new tendencies and offering the opportunity to explore a terrain opening up in contemporary filmmaking. As a unique festival in this region, it understands itself as a forge for new talents and meeting place for up and coming filmmakers.

The programme does not only present a wide selection of international productions from all over the world, it also aims to spotlight Kurdish film in the world’s film landscape. It focusses both on new films from the four parts of Kurdistan (Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey), as well as on films from abroad including films made by Kurdish filmmakers who live in Diaspora.

It is time to open ourselves to the thoughts, images, myths and stories of Kurdistan, to its culture, to its films. Welcome to Duhok!

The Duhok International Film Festival is organised by the General Directorate of Culture, Arts, Sports and Youth of Duhok City and by the Cinema Directorate Duhok in cooperation with mîtosfilm Berlin.

Festival Nickname: 
Duhok IFF
Edition: 
3
Festival Logo: 
Duhok International Film Festival
Theme: 
not specified
Category/Format: 
Documentaries
Fiction Features
Short films
Work-In-Progress
Festival Info
Next Festival Dates: 
09/09/2014 - 09/16/2014
Is the Festival open to the public ?: 
Yes
Does the Festival have a market?: 
No
Does the Festival have a competition ?: 
Yes
Festival Submission
Film submission fee: 
Free
Film submission amount: 
600
Submission accepted on Fest21.com: 
Yes
Film call for entry start day: 
02/10/2014
Film call for entry deadline: 
09/10/2014
Festival Contact
Festival Director Name: 
Ayoub Ramdhan
Festival Director E-mail: 
Festival Programmer Name: 
Shamal Sabri
Festival Programmer Email: 

3. PROGRAMS
The Festival is composed of several sections, which accept films shot in any format.

  • The World Cinema Section presents a selection of fiction feature films and documentaries and shorts from all over the world. This panorama of contemporary auteur cinema includes films by young talents alongside work by established filmmakers.
  • The Kurdish Cinema Section presents a selection of Kurdish films; Feature, Documentaries and shorts, made in a Kurdish speaking region (Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria).
  • Country Focus, each year the Duhok International Film Festival brings certain talent from different countries into focus, aiming to create a network with the country in spotlight.


CATEGORIES
Submissions should fall into these categories:
 

WORLD CINEMA

  1. Feature films: narrative fiction features from around the world with a minimum length of 60 minutes.
  2. Documentaries: documentary films from around the world with a minimum length of 60 minutes.
  3. Short Films: the short film with a maximum length of 30 minutes can be narrative fiction or documentary.


KURDISH CINEMA

  1. Feature Films: narrative fiction features from Kurdistan (Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria) with a minimum length of 60 minutes.
  2. Documentaries: documentary films with a minimum length of 30 minutes.
  3. Short Films: the short film with a maximum length of 30 minutes.
Festival Organization
Name: 
General Directorate of Culture and Arts - Duhok, Directorate of Cinema - Duhok
Address: 
Zariland
City: 
Duhok
Zip code: 
42002
Country: 
Iraq
Telephone: 
+9647504808446

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