Silk Road International Film Festival

Event or Heritage: 
Event
The Silk Road International Film Festival (SRFF) celebrates cinema, culture and art, presenting films from countries, which were once part of the historical network of the Silk Road ancient trade routes and focuses in particular on Asian, Arab, Persian, Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranean and European cinema. The Silk Road International Film Festival is held annually during the month of March in Dublin, Ireland. The Silk Road Film Festival (SRFF) celebrates cinema, culture and art, presenting films from countries, which were once part of the historical network of the Silk Road ancient trade routes and focuses in particular on Asian, Arab, Persian, Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranean and European cinema. The Silk Road changed history, largely because the people who managed to travel along its routes planted their cultures like seeds of exotic species carried to distant lands. Today, the Silk Road is doing the opposite – the Silk Road Film Festival bring together filmmakers and creators from countries along the road to introduce their countries’ cultures and traditions through their films and carry out the Silk Road legacy of sharing and exchange. Cinema is a reflection of society. Every country has stories to tell – about their past, their culture now and views of what the future will look like through their eyes. Film, therefore, holds a truly unique place in the story of our civilisation. It is an art, a language, a medium for education and collaboration. The Silk Road Film Festival brings an eclectic range of films to the audience – rich diversity of features, documentaries, animations, shorts and student films. Apart from film screenings, the SRFF features exhibitions, chats with industry guests, and seminars. The Festival events, like the postal stops along the ancient routes, ensured the smooth and speedy passage through these countries and guarantee a multifaceted and comprehensive journey through the cinema, art and culture of the region. Besides creating a platform for international filmmakers to network and promote their work, the Silk Road Film Festival also aspires to give student filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their work on an international scale. The Festival is a caravanserai where people from different backgrounds, speaking different languages, and having varied interests can nonetheless stop for a moment on their life’s journey, gather with others, trade and share their art, knowledge, and perspectives. Audiences are able to engage with new traditions and cultures by finding parallels with their own. This is why we believe that the Festival can provide a framework for how intercultural understanding and collaboration can be forged even outside the realm of cinema. The festival directors hope to narrow distances between people and cultures, to break boundaries and foster cross-cultural collaboration and social change. The Festival is also a place to learn. Visitors, filmmakers, artists, and organizers alike share in the highly mutual act of learning about people, traditions, and ideas that, seemingly distant, become quite familiar. We hope that followers of the Silk Road Film Festival will be inspired & learn from other countries cinema and culture.
Start date: 
Wed, 03/07/2018
End date: 
Sun, 03/11/2018
Silk Road key areas of work: 
Marketing and Promotion
Type of activity: 
Festival
Name of the Organization: 
Silk Road Film Festival Ltd.
Type of the Organizer: 
Private sector
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Location

53° 20' 39.2964" N, 6° 15' 34.056" W