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Twelve movies from 12 European Union (EU) Member States will be shown over seven days in four parishes, June 3 - 9, 2019, free of charge.
The films will cover a variety of issues including immigration, discrimination, love, women in sports, persons with disabilities and diversity among other themes.
The festival will open on Monday, June 3 at the Spanish Court Hotel in St Andrew with a screening of the 2019 Polish film Zimna Wojna (Cold War), which follows the story of a couple from contrasting backgrounds in Cold War Poland, Germany and France, seeking an impossible romance.
EU Ambassador to Jamaica Malgorzata Wasilewska says the festival is a celebration of the richness and diversity of European culture. "It offers an opportunity for us to share a taste of Europe through a variety of films and their explorations. We hope that in this way, we can foster improved understanding of Europe among Jamaicans."
"Organising this important event," Ambassador Wasilewska said, "takes a lot of hands and I am grateful for the support we have had to make this happen. The Missions of EU Member States are joint partners. In addition, we have had a lot of assistance from the EU Honorary Consuls in Jamaica, Jamaican film authorities, Phase Three Productions, Round Hill Hotels and Villas, Jack Sprat Restaurant and some of the leading educational institutions that are all on board for what will be an amazing culturally immersive experience. I am really excited that we have added Treasure Beach and Montego Bay to our schedule this year. We want to reach beyond Kingston to bring EU films to a wider cross section of Jamaicans and it is my pleasure to issue a warm invitation to movie lovers to come share in the experience."
There will be a surprise announcement targeting the local film industry especially aspiring young film makers on opening night.
The festival is hosted jointly by the EU Delegation to Jamaica and EU Member States
Venues for the showings include:
Corporate Area: The Mico University College, Campion College, University of Technology, The Medical Sciences Faculty University of the West Indies, Mona
St Elizabeth: Jack Sprat Restaurant, Treasure Beach
St James: Montego Bay Cultural Centre
Films in this year's festival come from Belgium, Germany, Ireland,France, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Poland, Romania, Latvia and Italy.