Hamburg Kurdish Film Festival to be held on Nov. 22
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The 14th annual Hamburg Kurdish Film Festival (HKFF) will be held over a five-day period from Nov. 22 to Nov. 26 in the German city of its namesake.
According to Rawand Jawad, a board member of the festival, “The festival will begin with live music prepared by Kurdistan of Turkey (Bakur) artists Jamila and Hawre, followed by the first screening of the film ‘When the Seedlings Grow,’ directed by Syrian-Kurdistan (Rojava) filmmaker Rizgar Azad Kaya.”
“Out of 125 short, feature, and documentary films from all parts of Kurdistan, which were received by the Hamburg Kurdish Film Festival, we selected 19 films to be screened [...], including six documentaries, four feature films, and nine short films," Jawad added.
In addition, he noted that the third phase of the festival will be an award ceremony bestowing three awards, namely the best documentary, the best short film, and the committee prize.
Moreover, Jawad said that the awards will be given with the official logo of the festival and an undisclosed sum of money to the directors and cast of the winning films. He added that they intend to screen more awards and films in order to increase participation by the Kurdish film industry.
Launched in 2005, the HKFF’s goal is to create a space in which people can tell their Kurdish stories about resistance, women’s rights, and ongoing crimes against the ethnic group.
In addition, the festival seeks to further enhance Kurdish cinema to meet modern standards and to introduce Kurdish culture to the international community.