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The 14th Kurdish Film Festival will be held in Hamburg between 22-26 November.        The 14th Kurdish Film Festival will be held in Hamburg between 22-26 November with the slogan "A new country". 19 Kurdish films from various parts of Kurdistan and the world will be screened.  

    Exodus is the theme of the 9th edition of the Duhok International Film Festival (FII) in Duhok. And for this purpose during the festival days, displaced people and refugees will have a chance to see selected films in a hall in the Domiz, south of the province.  

  “Neighbours,” the story of a Kurdish Syrian border village where Arabic and Jewish families find themselves pitted against each other but still manage to thwart authoritarian madness, is more than a personal story to writer-director Mano Khalil.   The feature, shot on authentic locations with accurate dialects from the region and its 1980s setting, is screening in the Camerimage Film Festival director debut section – after a decades-long development process. The cinematographer on the film was Stéphane Kuthy.

Sulaymani International Film Festival ended with distributing prizes for the winning films 7 days after the opening of the festival with the attendance of technicians and a large audience.  The festival was attended by 170 films from 62 countries.   Best Screenplay/Screenwriter goes to Atta Hama Saleh in “Masti Film Company” Best Short Film goes to Artist Tariq Tawfiq for "Unknown Steps"  Best long film goes “The Pink House” film

The festival opening, happening on September 9, 2017, will feature the MENA premiere of the film Zer by Kurdish director Kazim OZ.

  The ninth London Kurdish Film Festival kicks off on Friday, with a comprehensive programme of features, short films and documentaries. The festival will open with a screening of Iraq's Oscar submission for 2016, Shawkat Amin Korki’s “Memories On Stone”. Eight other films, including the award winning “Song of My Mother” by Erol Mintaş, will tackle subjects as diverse as religion in the region, incarceration, family and the recent struggles of Kurdish people.

  Sahim Omar Kalifa’s Bad Hunter is one of the 10 films shortlisted for the upcoming Oscars in the category of Best Live Action Short. On January 14, five nominees will be announced and on February 28 the award ceremony will be held. Bad Hunter, directed by the Belgian-Kurdish director was chosen by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences among 144 qualifying short films.

  Duhok International Film Festival (IFF) kicked off at Duhok University’s Congress Hall Wednesday in the presence of a large audience.   The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani opened the event that was followed by screening the Kurdish feature film Memories on Stone by Shawkat Ameen Kurdi.  

  Mano Khalil's The Beekeeper examines the conflict between the Turks and the Kurds through the eyes of a sole protagnonist: a Kurdish man working as a beekeeper in Switzerland. By creating an intimate portrait of this man's life and philosophy, Khalil expands the thematic relevance of the conflict to the rest of the world. The film will screen on June 17 at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.  

 In this year's edition Duhok IFF is showcasing a series of Special Screenings in addition to its main programme. One of them is dedicated to Taha Karimi with a selection of his films. Taha Karimi is among the most famous Kurdish filmmakers of our time who dealt with the political struggle of the Kurdish people in his works. Duhok IFF  is going to present Karimi's films “1001 Apples” and “White Mountain”.

  Recognising the vital importance of well constructed and developed screenplays for the enrichment of Kurdish cinema, the London Kurdish Film Festival is organising a competition to select the best entry for a screenplay for a feature film on a Kurdish theme.

 The Nashville Film Festival always draws crowds of movie buffs from around Middle Tennessee and the rest of the nation. But this year, organizers are welcoming a special contingent from halfway across the globe. Since 2008, the festival has used a grant to reach out to theNashvillecommunity. So the means were already in place when they got a special request from a very particular group:Nashville’s Kurds–the largest concentration of Kurdish immigrants and refugees anywhere in theUS—wanted to see the films of their people included in the schedule.

  Bahman Ghobadi Kurdish Iranian director of Rhino Season film is in competition with Greek filmmaker Costa-Gavras for winning the 60th award of San Sebastián Film Festival in Spain. Rhino Season is an upcoming film by Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi. It is described as "a love story in context of the political changes from before the Iranian revolution to the present".  

Duhok International Film Festival has first been held in cooperation with Berlin Kurdish Film festival in 2011. Meanwhile, the decision to have an annual International Film festival in Duhok was taken by the high committee of the festival. 

  LONDON, United Kingdom – More than 100 films about Kurds or by Kurdish filmmakers are being shown at the London Kurdish Film Festival this week. In a statement, the festival’s organizing committee said their objective was “to support the development of Kurdish cinema... films made by Kurdish directors on any subject, and films of a feature, short and documentary style nature, on Kurds, by non-Kurdish directors.”