Lebanese Independent Film Festival

12 September 2019
13 September 2019
14 September 2019
15 September 2019

As the Director of The Lebanese Independent Film Festival LIFF I, Gauthier-Charbel RAAD and Co- Director Dineta Williams-Trigg are excited to launch our partnership with the founders of "EMBRACE". An organization that raises awareness about mental health issues. The 2019 festival will be held September 12th through the 15th at the Metropolis Empire Theater Sofil, Ashrafieh, Beirut. The festival kicks off with an opening ceremony on September 11th and a closing ceremony on September the 15th, which will include local and international jury members presenting awards and other surprises to the film winners. This year The Lebanese Independent Film Festival received over 900 submissions from over 87 countries. The programming will include selected films from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) , the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, the Venice Film Festival (Mostra De Venice) Cannes Film Festival, VISIONS du REEL, Etas généraux du Film Documentaires…
We believe that film festivals have a responsibility, not only to their immediate communities but to society as a whole: ART SHOULD HAVE A MESSAGE. The Lebanese Independent Film Festival is committed, along with our NGO Partners "EMBRACE" to fighting against the stigma that is attached to mental health issues. Our goal is to build healthy communities where everyone, including artists can use their art to express themselves freely in whatever medium that they choose. LIFF has chosen the image of the iconic superstar MARILYN MONROE. She embodies both the spirit of sex appeal and cinema and was known to suffer with her own mental health issues. Our goal is to create safe spaces where artists can come together, network, collaborate and support one another.
The Directors of LIFF would like to say THANK YOU to our entire team and our esteemed partners: A Night of Misfit Films - ANOMFF (USA) , Al araby TV, The French Institute, Clockart Production, Beirut Online Taxi, The Lebanese Film Festival of France - LFFF and to all of our sponsors who contributed to the success of the festival.
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