At TIFF 2014 we will present the winner films of NUFF 2013, we will have a reception for the national and international guests of TIFF where young filmmakers can meet the professionals and we will arrange a film workshop with the reknown Kurdish-German professional filmmaker Hüseyin Tabak.
Four young filmmakers from Norway will meet four young filmmakers from Kurdistan making a film together in six days during TIFF. The workshop will be continued with the same group at NUFF 2014 (June) and the Duhok International Film Festival 2014 (September) in Kurdistan/Iraq.
Finally we had the opportunity to visit our friends in Gaza.
Since 2006 we have regularly screened films from Palestine and have had a lot of young filmmakers participating in NUFF workshops. To meet those “old” friends at home was amazing. Everything we thought we knew was different. It seemed so normal to be with our friends, to laugh and to eat together. Gaza is the world’s biggest prison with the world’s bravest people, who keep their dignity and pride in an unacceptable situation.
We cannot do enough to keep the world’s focus on Gaza. NUFF will continue to connect young filmmakers from Gaza to the world and to screen their films.
It’s about friendship! Free Gaza!
“Gaza City. The donkeys are back in sanitation service (the expensive gasoline makes cars litter dust). The town has electricity only 6 hours a day. The ancient patriarchs are the bosses of their own neighbourhoods and get their portraits painted in graffiti. Reminders of the war are visible on every corner. The beach is fantastic and the water full of shit because most of the sewage goes straight into the sea after Israeli bombs. (Also scrubbers go on power.) The salt content in the ground water rises dangerously (because the sea is rising and water pipes are full of holes). Unemployment is soaring. The border is closed. As someone I met said it: ‘People on the street smile and laugh, but on the inside they panic.’” (Kristen E. Bjørn, Gaza 2013 – travel companion)
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As a result of the 2nd Youth Cinema Conference September 9th-13th at Four River Film Festival in Karlovac, Croatia the Youth Cinema Network was founded.
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