Sunday, 4 May 2008

The five continent film festival starts tomorrow

We have a wonderful local association which was set up to fight against a 16 screen multiplex being built in one of the small local towns. It would have completely killed off independant cinemas in our area and they've succeeded twice in fighting off big-business initiatives of this kind. You can visit the Culture et cinéma website and also find out more information about the five continent film festival they run.
The great thing about this small festival is that there isn't a jury, just the obligation to have at least one film from each of five continents.
You can find this year's full programme here. What's good is that they are also doing a screening in Geneva this time and showcasing some shorter films by students from the Geneva film school.
The festival closes on May 18th with Manana by Cuban film maker Alejandro Moyo.
Lots of the screenings will be followed by discussions with the directors. The whole thing is run by amateurs trying to do something for their local community and the public get to vote on their favourite film.
So now our household is faced with the question will we actually make it out of the house to the cinema? Here's hoping we do.