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!
A glorious day on the Southbank has seen sell-outs a-plenty for our Festival Sunday, with Rania Stephan’s beautifully layered Doha Tribeca Award-winner THE THREE DISAPPEARANCES OF SOAD HOSNI completely sold out at the BFI before we even woke up! This riveting portrait of the legendary and enigmatic Egyptian film star is also screening tomorrow night, Mon 8 April, 8.45pm at Hackney Picturehouse – with a few tickets still left for the last chance to catch it in London!.
Saturday kicked off our super-sized Festival weekend with 3 UK premieres, 2 London premieres and 5 Q&As at 2 venues including BEV’s first visit to the spectacular new Barbican cinemas; plus an exclusive reception at the Lebanese Embassy.
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Another day, another breakfast – this time BAFTA played host to our first event of day three, with BEV’s international delegates joining BAFTA members and supporters including director Kim Longinotto and WFTV Chief Exec Kate Kinninmont among others for a morning of conversation and croissants. Filmmaker and journalist Kaleem Afthab hosted roundtable discussions addressing the audiences for and processes of filmmaking in the MENA region, and what there is to be shared with UK film production. You can read the highlights on BAFTA’s twitter feed - and huge thanks to them for a terrific and thought-provoking event.
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