31st Edition of the CineMed Festival
babelmed - 18/10/2009
The Mediterranean Film Festival was founded in 1979 by the enthusiasts running Ciné-club Jean-Vigo, a Montpellier film club that has been active since the mid-1950s. Initially called 'Rencontres avec le cinéma méditerranéen', the event became the 'Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Montpellier' (Montpellier International Festival of Mediterranean Film) in 1989. Since 1991, the Festival has awarded a grant to directors who submit a project for a feature film.
This year's edition will take place from the 23rd of October to the 1st of November in various venues in the City of Montpellier in the South of France. 239 films (films, short films, documentaries, animation and experimental films) coming from various countries around the Mediterranean will be presented.
The Festival will open on Friday the 23rd October at the Opera Berlioz with Alejandro Amenabar's film Agora, in presence of the filmmaker.
In the programme:
"Tributes and Retrospectives"
Italy: Italian cinema and politics, an Elio Petri retrospective
Spain: Horror and fantasy films, the new generation
Turkey: The renaissance of Turkish cinema
Mediterranean cinema and cultural diversity
A night in hell with Alex de la Iglesia
Experimental - Video art
Conference on 'Press and Internet, film criticism and blogs'
Conference on 'Filmmaking in the Region: what is the impact on Territories?'
Script Day. 'Film Writing and Development'
19th Development Grant