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Welcome Note

 Welcome to the 8th edition of Palestine Cinema Days 

Palestine Cinema Days’ current edition (3 – 8 November, 2021) is the continuation of 7 years of hard unceasing work to create an annual artistic cinematic event. After an exceptional edition last year that took place despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Palestine Cinema Days returns this year with a complete edition. The festival’s program includes a carefully selected collection of some of the most important and most recent productions in the world. The festival will bring these films to its audiences in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Gaza, Haifa and Nazareth

Since its inception, Palestine Cinema Days has been seeking to revive, strengthen and disseminate film culture in Palestine and reach a wider audience that is yearning for rich cultural experiences. Palestine Cinema Days is keen on keeping Palestinian viewers informed and up-to-date with the latest international, regional and local productions. It also seeks to open bridges for cultural dialogue and film cooperation between Palestine and the world

This year’s selection was chosen to tell stories about people from all over the world. Stories that strengthen the sense of belonging to the spirit of humanity and emphasize the centrality of culture. This year’s program includes films from Palestine, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Malta, Bosnia, Serbia, France, UK, USA, Denmark and Sweden. This year’s program was designed to present unique film experiences to the Palestinian audience that may be difficult to access outside the framework of a specialized film festival dedicated to showcasing artistic and independent productions

This year’s program includes 14 feature fiction films, 7 feature-length documentaries, in addition to 6 short films screened in cooperation with Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival. Some of these films are premiering for the first time in the Arab world. Palestine Cinema Days also offers screenings for children and family within the ‘Next Generation’ section 

This year, the Sunbird Awards return with the three competitions: Documentary films, short films and short projects in development. These competitions were launched in 2016 to highlight and celebrate Palestinian productions and productions that center around Palestine thematically. The members of the designated juries will select three winners and announce them in the closing ceremony of Palestine Cinema Days. This year, 7 films are competing for the documentary film award, 15 films for the short film award and 6 films for the production award 

We look forward to seeing you all in the various cities and venues. And we ask all  filmmakers to join the Palestine Film Meetings’ various panels. We will wait for you in the theatres where the light beam .will shine to cast shadows on the big screen and tell stories about people, stories about us.