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The 24th European Film Festival will be held from 24 January to 4 February 2018 at Cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil in Beirut. The European Film Festival is organised by the Delegation of the European Union in cooperation with the European Union Member States, under the patronage of H.E. the Minister of Culture.
The European Film Festival will open on Wednesday 24 January with the Bulgarian film Monkey by Dimitar Kotzev, which won the Audience Award at Sofia International Film Festival 2016 (on invitation). Bulgaria currently holds the Presidency of the European Union.
The programme of this 24th edition of the European Film Festival includes a wide variety of screenings:
Among the long feature films, the European Film Festival proposes 3 films for young audience. The Festival also invites children from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and refugees to these screenings.
Georges Méliès' "Solitudes" Ciné-concert will be this year's special event organised by the Festival, in collaboration with Metropolis Cinema. Five musicians will interpret some of the classics of Méliès, who created the techniques of modern narrative filmmaking at the end of the 19th century, as well as a few of his lesser known gems, produced between 1899 and 1907. The original music pieces will be performed live by Khyam Allami (Iraq), Magda Mayas (Germany), Tony Elieh (Lebanon), Abed Kobeissy (Lebanon) and Sharif Sehnaoui (Lebanon).
In order to encourage young talents, the Festival will, for the 17th consecutive year, award two prizes for the short films made by students from Lebanese audio-visual schools. The Festival will offer the winners the opportunity to attend a leading international film festival in Europe thanks to the Goethe-Institut and l'Institut français du Liban. The jury includes cultural attachés of EU Member States in Lebanon, as well as Lebanese cinema critics.
In a continuous effort to promote and showcase European culture to the widest possible audience throughout the country, the European Film Festival is scheduled to take place in Saida (1-10 February), Nabatieh (3-9 February), Jounieh (5-8 February), Tyre (8 February), Deir el Qamar (13-16 February), Baalbeck (20 February), Zahle (21-22 February), and Tripoli (22-24 February). A number of films will be screened in the eight cities, in collaboration with the local office of the Institut français du Liban.
The European Film Festival is organised with the contribution of LBCI.
Tickets will be on sale for 5000 LL (2000 for the students’ short films and 15,000 LL for the cine-concert) from Saturday 20 January 2018 at Cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil (Ashrafieh).
The full programme is available on the website and the Facebook page of the Delegation of the European Union: