13TH EDITION OF THE LONDON KURDISH FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE SILVER SCREEN
The 13th London Kurdish Film Festival will be returning this September to the Rio & Vue Cinema. This is a highly important edition as LKFF returns-back to the silver screen in London and returning to the big screens after two successful online global editions.
The 13th edition of LKFF will present a pre-selected programme of films that have been released between 2021-2022. We will be showcasing the latest and best new Kurdish film releases that were not given the opportunity to shine during the pandemic.
The festival will be held from the 23rd-30th of September 2022.
The physical presence of LKFF will give the ticket holders the opportunity to meet the filmmakers, actresses and actors in person. LKFF will also host a Q&A, gala event, parties, and an award ceremony all in the name of celebrating Kurdish culture and cinema.
Festival Director, Ferhan Sterk:
“I am very pleased with this year selection of films and I hope viewers will also enjoy the films this year. We organised such a special edition to remind all viewers the taste of Kurdistan as a one, with unique special stories that will take us back to where we come from. We are going to bring the culture back to big screens and communicate with other communities in London.”
Programming Director, Sheriban Suyur:
“It will be fantastic to meet up with people again and sharing the experience of watching films together on big screen. Panels, workshops and LKFF parties will bring joy and sense of unity while celebrating Kurdish Cinema in Venue.
LKFF reception, opening and closing gala events and awards ceremony will create fantastic atmosphere for audience and film makers to gather and enjoy Kurdish Cinema”.
Launched in 2001, the London Kurdish Film Festival (LKFF) is the biggest film festival of its kind, bringing together films from Kurdistan and the rest of the world to film audiences in London. LKFF is managed and produced by a team of volunteers. The festival has come a long way since its inception, leaving behind 11 successful editions, each growing in magnitude and significance.
London Kurdish Film Festival believe cinema is a powerful and influential form of artistic expression and one which carries great importance for Kurds, who have, like all oppressed nations, transformed cinema into a tool for emancipation and self-expression. London Kurdish Film Festival provides a pivotal platform for Kurdish and non-Kurdish filmmakers to showcase films of any style, topic and genre that highlight the untold stories and experiences of the Kurdish people around the world.
The London Kurdish Film Festival will continue to serve as a showcase event for Kurdish cinema and strive to contribute to the growth and development of the Kurdish film industry by nurturing and rewarding exceptional Kurdish talent and cinema from the region and around the world.
LKFF plays a significant role in increasing access to the international films made by Kurdish filmmakers or on themes related to Kurds made by any director for the UK audiences. Not only does it bring together films on Kurds across the Middle East including Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, it also functions as a platform that brings together the Middle Eastern and Western audiences to broaden the cultural dialogue between different communities in the UK.
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