Ethiopia will host an international short film festival from 14 to 19 June 2010 where 100 films will be shown, the organizer said here on Sunday.
The organizers, Images that Matter, said that the film festival will be held for five consecutive days in Addis Ababa where 100 films from various countries will be shown to the public. It will be the first international film festival to be staged in East Africa.
The festival, due to be opened on Monday 14 June 2010 under the chairmanship of Ethiopian President Girma Woldegiorgisse, aims at establishing the first international short film festival in East Africa.
“It also aims at encouraging the use of film as a personal, social and economic tool for development ; developing exchanges between African cinema professionals and encouraging new initiatives ; boosting production of short films internationally, in particular the African continent – in the context of unprecedented growth of the African broadcasting area,” said the organizers.
It is reported that panel discussions, exchanges, workshops with renowned professionals, and interactive forums on cinema issues, will also be held.
Among the movies to be shown will be ‘Desert Flower’ starred by Ethiopia’s Liya Kebede on June 17, 2010.