Thanks to all the fantastic audiences at BEV2013, and a little helping hand from the scrumptious and positively guilt-free Conscious Chocolates, we’ve been able to compile a pretty cool set of stats to give you an idea of this year’s demographics. Click the image and zoom in to get all the details – we’re feeling pleasantly surprised and rather proud of some of these figures! Now bring on 2014…
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#BEV2013 is drawing to a close, and on the penultimate night of festival fun we spanned Gulf Futurism to Tangiers gangs, another sign that stories from the Arab world are nothing if not diverse. Keep reading for the full lowdown & don’t miss your chance to join us for one last night of incredible cinema, tonight at BFI!
After a jam-packed festival weekend, Birds Eye View kicked off the final part of #BEV2013 with a documentary extravaganza at Hackney and BFI. A sell-out screening and panel discussion for the powerful GAZA CALLING and an evening of artistic exploration with I am Dora, we certainly know how to shake off the Monday back-to-work blues!
Day Two of the Festival started bright and early as our international delegates – directors, writers and producers from across the MENA region – began their two-day series of workshops and events. Round table discussions and lunch at Coutts Bank were followed by a seminar on international producing with the British Council’s Rachel Robey and a debate on women in film hosted by MoFilm – huge thanks to them all for their support with the delegates programme.
The 2013 Birds Eye View Film Festival kicked off in star-studded, sold-out style – and with a bright message of hope – at BFI Southbank last night with the UK Premiere of WHEN I SAW YOU by Annemarie Jacir, Palestine’s first female film director. With the Festival hype getting dangerously overheated with previews on the BBC, CNN, ITV and Radio 4, it was great to finally get cracking! Read the full story
To celebrate BEV’s screening of Susan Youssef‘s award-winning poetic love story Habibi (Darling, Something’s Wrong With You Head) at our closing night gala on 10 April, we decided to commission a particularly special blog piece for our lovely readers.
We asked the outstandingly talented and widely acclaimed poet Sabrina Mahfouz to compose us a poem in response to the film, and what a gem it is… We then spoke to Sarah Irving, a freelance writer and translator specialising in Palestine and the wider Middle East, to ask for her reflections on this cinematic treat. Read her guest review below! Read the full story