Cinema of the Mediterranean in Rome
MEDFILM FESTIVAL was created in 1995 in order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Cinema, it firmly believes that Difference is a Value and it supports cooperation among neighboring countries through audiovisual media and High Quality Cinema.
Intercultural dialogue, the social changes taking place in Europe and the ties between the two shores of the Mediterranean are the leading themes of the event, with the aim to explores cultures other than our own trough the magic of cinema.
After 14 editions, the MedFilm Festival remains the only event in Italy to disseminate Mediterranean and European cinema. As in the past, the Festival will offer a rich program comprising of a variety of great feature, short and documentary films, which, for the most part, have never been screened before. They will give us an open and lively view of the key issues regarding Europe and the countries of the Mediterranean.
Turkey and Germany will be the Guests of Honor of the 2008 edition, as an example of intercultural dialogue between a great country, which lies between East and West, and who is a candidate to become part of the Union and a great country in the heart of Europe.
There are many international guests who intervene to present their films and offer direct testimonies of their activities in a vital and stimulating interaction with the public. There are five international juries that include personalities belonging to the world of Art and Cinema and experts who assign awards for each category of the competition.
Furthermore, every year the MedFilm Festival calendar includes many events, encounters, and special screenings which are an opportunity to learn about other cultures through cinema. A new initiative of 2008 edition is the 1st Mediterranean Film Forum in Italy.
This is a venue where film professionals can meet to discuss about current productions and co-productions of Mediterranean films and about the possible outcome of these co-productions and related promotion campaigns.
For the 8th year in a row, the Methexis Award will be held: this is part of the Methexis Project, whose main objective is to create a human and professional bond between students of cinema. They are the future protagonists of the Euro-Mediterranean audiovisual scenario seen in a pluralistic and inter-cultural perspective.
MedFilm Festival has the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic and the patronage of the Italian Delegation to the European Commission; it is supported by the Ministry for Arts and Culture, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Regione Lazio and by the City of Rome.
The Ministry for Arts and Culture has designated it a Festival of National Interest, and it has become a Historical Manifestation of the City of Rome.