The 12th London Kurdish Film Festival (LKFF) will be presenting the first-ever Global Kurdish Film Festival – Online Edition, taking place from 16 – 27 April 2021. This year’s programme of films will be showcased online, with worldwide accessibility, completely free of charge.
Medya News was delighted to speak exclusively, and ahead of the official launch, to the festivals organisers, Avesta Kadir, Festival Coordinator and Programming Director and Ferhan Sterk, Festival Director about this year’s exciting new milestones and event.
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of London Kurdish Film Festival and to celebrate the longstanding festival, the organisers decided to partner with 10 other renowned Kurdish film festivals around the globe to showcase a united programme of films
Due to this unique partnership, the 12th edition of LKFF will be introducing the first-ever collaborative Global Kurdish Film Festival in partnership with Amed Kurdish Film Festival – Barcelona Kurdish Film Festival – Hamburg Kurdish Film Festival – Los Angeles Kurdish Film Festival Mesopotamia Film Festival – Moscow Kurdish Film Festival – New York Kurdish Film & Cultural Festival – Rêtaw Film Distribution – Rojava International Film Festival and Slemani International Film Festival
‘My Kurdistan’ is this year’s theme
To reflect the natural content of this edition, the theme of this year’s festival is My Kurdistan /Kurdistana min.
Kurdish cinema has grown exponentially in the last couple of decades. However, the films and talent remain under-exposed and under-represented, with films that many find difficult to access or have not been able to view since their initial release. LKFF has continuously aimed to celebrate and highlight Kurdish cinema for the last 11 editions, by hosting this exhibition.
Therefore, the organisers have embraced the circumstances of this year by grabbing this opportunity to create a library of Kurdish films and make it as accessible as possible, in-turn establishing and defining the Kurdish national cinema
Advertising for the Film Festival will officially begin on 21st March 2021 on the occasion of the Kurdish New Year of Newroz
For more information visit the London Kurdish Film Festival’s Website.