By Laman Ismayilova
The 10th International Short Film Festival has solemnly opened in Baku.
The festival aims to support local film makers, familiarize them with world practice and new trends, create a professional environment for creative discussions.
The festival's director, Fehruz Shamiyev informed the guests about the event. He stressed that festival has become a platform for the development and support of young filmmakers, Trend Life reported.
The film forum creates an opportunity to establish relations between domestic directors and foreign colleagues, familiarize themselves with international practice, and new trends in short films.
The festival, established by the Cinema Center for Young Filmmakers, is being held with the organizational support of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Youth and Sports with the participation of the Azerbaijan Guild of Producers and the Nizami Cinema Center.
Azerbaijanfilm studio director, Honored Art Worker Jamil Guliyev emphasized that this festival is being held for the tenth time in Baku, and invariably attracts a large audience.
"Many different festivals are held in Azerbaijan, and the Baku International Short Film Festival takes a worthy place among them. It is significant that the short film festival brings together young creative people, here they can discuss films, share creative ideas with each other," Guliyev said.
The winners of the festival's international competitive program will be determined by jury which include film director Ilgar Safat,Bahram Bagirzade, Gulzar Gurbanova, director Imam Hasanov (Azerbaijan), Rezan Yesilbash (Turkey), Karim Azimi (Iran), Archil Khetaguri (Georgia).
In their remarks, the jury members underlined that the festival is an excellent platform for young directors who can demonstrate their work and make themselves known here.
Next, the guests of International Short Film Festival enjoyed wonderful music as well as films-"Last Choice" (Azerbaijan, director Amil Mamiyev), "Today - No" (Belgium, Marine Jacob) and "Heavy Crow Shadow" ( Iran, Behram Asadolahi), included in the festival's competitive program.
In previous years, the event was held under the name of the International START Short Film Festival. Since 2019, the festival has been re-named Baku International Short Film Festival.
This year 3484 short films from 79 countries are presented at the festival. Some 84 works were sent to participate in national competitive program and "Cinemobil" contest.
By the decision of the selection committee, 48 films from 21 countries have been included in the festival's main program.
Some 29 foreign and 19 films will compete for Golden Pomegranate Award.
as part of the film forum, master classes, meetings with jury members and discussion of works will be held.
In the international program, the winners will be determined in the categories: "Best Feature Film", "Best Documentary", "Best Animated Film", "Best Director of a Feature Film", "Best Director of a Documentary Film" and "Best Director of an Animated Film".
In the national program, film makers will compete for the prize in "Best Feature Film", "Best Documentary", "Best Animated Film", "Best Social Video", "Best Director" and "Best Screenplay" categories.
Films presented at the festival will be shown on November 6-9 at Nizami cinema center for free. The festival's closing ceremony will take place at the International Mugham Center on November 9.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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