Tuesday, April 2, 2013

“Celluloid Man” in Sierra Leone Film Festival 2013

The Sierra Leone International Film Festival (SLFF ) will screen in the opening night the Indian film Celluloid Man , a festival favourite, directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur .The 2nd edition of this festival will be held from April 13 – 18, 2013 in West Africa. This documentary is on the life and works of P.K. Nair, film historian and Founder – Director of the National Film Archive of India. Celluloid Man is due to release in Indian theatres on May 3, 2013 under PVR Director’s Rare. The film has been invited in accordance with the theme of the festival this year, ‘History in Films’. Earlier the film has been screened at the International Film festival of India, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Göteborg International Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival, International Film Festival of Kerala , Telluride Film Festival etc. The Sierra Leone Film Festival held at Free Town, Sierra Leone, aims to promote Sierra Leone documentaries and film industry to audiences around the country and the world. SLFF is a week long festival showcasing the best in Sierra Leone and international documentaries, features and shorts. The festival concludes with a street carnival/arts and ideas fair. Culminating that night with the spectacular annual Lantern Parade and awards show for the festival. The festival tour will run from April 20-28th. The tour will be offered twice a year. Once in conjunction with the festival and once in the fall (dates to be announce, most likely in October). Sierra Leone is located on the west coast of Africa. SLIFF will be opening a filmmakers resource library and festival archives at this years festival. They will be housed by the American Embassy but will belong to the country of Sierra Leone.This year SLIFF offers great films and more. One is Girl Rising the 10×10 education for girls initiative. One of the girls in the film is from Sierra Leone.Another is a documentary called Kei about the Sierra Leonean footballer currently on loan to the Norwich team. He has just scored his first goal and the country is psyched.Beasts of the Southern Wild!  which has been tapped as a ‘fantastic showing’ by the organisers. The  film documentary Shadeism dealing with the perceptions of skin color within communities of color which will be done in conjunction with women’s day and the SLIFF  women’s film series which will feature a discussion afterwards. This film will also be taken to several girls schools around Freetown possibly with the filmmakers (from Canada/India/Somaliland) present for discussions.SLIFF continues to ask filmmakers to contribute to the library and to consider teaching a workshop if they can. SLIFF continues to work hard to ensure that films shot in Sierra Leone are returned to the country for viewing and a copy donated to the library.For the second year in a role Allafricancinema.com is a media partner with SLIFF.

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