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EU Film Festival to screen Namibian and European Films

The Delegation of the European Union in Namibia and its Members States in collaboration with the Local Film Industry launched the 2021 European Union Film Festival today, at the
EU Residence, Windhoek. It is the fourth time that EU-Namibia is hosting the prestigious film festival, and this time around responding to the new Covid reality and organising the screenings both live and online.

Hosted under the theme, “Life is about laughter, sadness, joy, wonders and timeless
stories,” the Festival will take place over an extended period of two (2) months, every
Wednesday from 6 October 2021 until 1 December 2021 at the Opera House at The Village,
Liliencron Street, Eros. Entrance is Free.

Organised jointly with Goethe Institute, the Embassy of Finland, Franco-Namibian Cultural
Centre, the Italian Club, and the Embassy of Spain, the Festival will line-up a number of
award winning European and Namibian movies. Six (6) European and three (3) Namibian
movies, will be screened, covering different genres and topics with a unique story-telling
approach. The Namibia movies are: The White Line, Kukuri and Kapana, and they have
been generously provided by Gravel Road Distributions and Ombetje Yehinga Organisation.

The Festival will kick off with the EU selected movie “The Constitution,” next week
Wednesday, 6 October 2021 at the Opera House.

H.E. Sinikka Antila, EU Ambassador to Namibia said; “Objectives of the film festival include,
raising interest, awareness and educating the local audiences about European and
Namibian films, as well as strengthening cooperation and communication between the EU
and Namibian public & local partners.” She added, “This festival is a result of good
cooperation with local stakeholders and strengthening their capacity through workshops
targeting upcoming and existing filmmakers.”

The beginners training workshop on how to make videos with cell phones took place mid-
September in Oshakati, in partnership with UNAM. On the second and third training course, the EU has worked closely with the Namibia Film Commission and Filmmakers Association of Namibia to identify the training needs and gaps within the film industry and have tailored an advanced course to suit the prevailing needs. The main identified need is scriptwriting, of which a 4-day master class takes place from 11 – 14 October, targeting scriptwriters, directors and producers.”

Ambassador Antila concluded by saying, “The Euro film festival is aligned to the cultural
strategy pursued by Namibia and the EU, with the aim to promote and develop arts and
culture, fostering cross-cultural dialogue and inclusivity, contributing to regional and
international integration.”


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