Brought together by a perennial and voluntary group of film buffs, passionate about Palestinian cinema, the 4th annual film festival of the Festival Ciné-Palestine (FCP) was once again a crowning success.
This year’s film festival took place from 25 May to 3 June. Twenty-seven films were screened, including two French premieres. Audience numbers reached nearly 2000 to watch 22 screenings on the programme in our five partner cinemas: Luminor Hôtel de Ville and 3 Luxembourg in Paris, Melies in Montreuil, Ecran in Saint Denis, and Studio in Aubervilliers.
FCP is driven by its ambition to showcase Palestinian film directors, discover and launch emerging talent so they can give the present another side of History and tell their own stories, and deconstruct stereotypes about Palestine. FCP has the will to raise the awareness of the increasingly wider public concerning the quality and singularity of Palestinian cinema and fill the gap in distribution that persists in France.
By listening to our public and responding to the expectations from the artists, the film festival has evolved this year to become bigger and has broadened considerably its mission both in numbers and in the diversity of events offered to the public.
The success of FCP 2018 relies on a broad network of partners and sponsors that we know we can depend upon, who have helped to make the 4th film festival run smoothly. We count on no less than 30 partners and sponsors, who join us in the development of our initiative.
We must point out that FCP is first and foremost a great independent and collective human adventure. This festival is the fruit of the hard work of volunteers, active throughout the year and those who join us during the festival, whose concerted efforts have made this 4th film festival an unforgettable forum for making new contacts and acquaintances and renewing old ties.
All of these people, associations, partners, supporters, volunteers, donators, reporters and artists merit out heartfelt thanks. They have worked together to offer our public 10 days of festivities worthy of the creativity and the power of the Palestinian film industry.