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5th London Kurdish
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Call from Manchester Kurdish Film Festival (MKFF’08)

KurdishCinema.com - 19 March 2008

Third Manchester Kurdish Film Festival 20th - 27th September 2008.

The Manchester Kurdish Film Festival,
previously known as Zamawhand,
returns in September for seven
intensive days of screenings,
seminars, and special events.
Created in 2005 to provide a space
wherein members of the region’s
Kurdish community could come
together to celebrate their native
culture and introduce it to a wider
audience, the festival has since
expanded to include a mixture of
international work, from throughout
the Kurdish Diaspora, and locally-
produced work by Kurdish refugees
based in the North West Region,
many of them making their debut as
filmmakers.

This year’s festival will take place at
Odeon Printworks and the Contact
theatre in Manchester, and will include
60 short films, 7 features, 15
documentaries, and Q&A sessions
and filmmaking workshops with
feature film directors. At the opening
and closing ceremonies there will be
traditional Kurdish food and music,
and the Minister of Culture of the
Kurdistan Regional Government will
be invited to attend.

MKFF would also like to invite professional film Directors such as Bahman Ghobadi, Shawkat
Amin, Mano Khalil, Hisham zaman and Jano Rojbayany etc to run filmmaking workshop and
script devolepment.

This will be a competitive festival, with prizes for best short film, director, director of photography,
male actor and female actor. The films selected will then form the basis of a programme of
Kurdish film and music which will be touring the North West region during November and
December.

New to all other Kurdish Film Festivals there is a series of script development workshops with
feature film directors. We are currently seeking pitches and proposals from new writers and
filmmakers, five of which will be selected to be developed into finished screenplays, and from
there into films to be screened at the festival in 2009. It is our intention to set up a mentoring
system, whereby up-and-coming filmmakers can look to those already established in the
industry for advice and support.

We believe filmmaking should be accessible to all, and are operating an entirely open
submission policy for films and script proposals, extending our call to professionals and
amateurs alike.  

For further information, contact Festival Director Alan Amin, The Kurdish Creative Film Centre,
Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE, www.kurdishcreativefilm.
com  kcfcfilm@yahoo.co.uk 0044(0)7916288095.

Manchester Kurdish Film Festival (MKFF’08) Submission Form

Hosted by
Kurdish Creative Film Centre
(KCFC)
20 September 2008 to 27
September 2008

KCFC are delighted to announce
the opening for film submissions
for the MKFF’08. MKFF’08 will be
hosted by KCFC, based in
Manchester and will run from
20-27 September 2008. Films will
be screened at The Odeon
Manchester and The Contact
theatre. MKFF’08 will screen 60
short-films, 7 feature films and 15
documentaries along with Q&A
sessions with feature filmmakers
and 5 workshops on a variety of
filmmaking topics.

We are calling all Kurdish
filmmakers and/or films with a
Kurdish connection for
submission to panel selection for
the festival. Entry is free and the
only criteria are that films have
some Kurdish connection. Each film entry must include a separate submission form.

Criteria

1.        All films must have a Kurdish connection.
2.        All films must be in English or have English subtitles; NO film without one of these will be
screened.  
3.        More than one film maybe submitted but each individual film must have its own
completed submission form.
4.        Each film submitted must supply one full quality still picture from the film on CD, JPG
format.
5.        No film is guaranteed to be shown, as all films will pass through a selection panel
process.
6.        All viewing copies must be on DVD screening.
7.        Films selected for final screening must be on DVD, mini DV, DV cam, beta cam, beta SP,
digi beta, 16mm or 35 mm.
8.        Director, producer, Production Company or distributor must sign all submission forms.
9.        The person submitting this film must have the legal right to do so and ensure all relevant
permissions have been sought e.g. music, talent etc.


SUBMISSION FORM

About the Film

1.        Name

2.        Synopsis (50 words)

3.        Long synopsis (200 words)

4.        Audio format

5.        Screening format

6.        Length

7.        Language

8.        Has this film been screened anywhere previously, including other film festivals?

9.        Has this film won any awards?


About the Director


1.        Name

2.        Date of birth

3.        Address

4.        Telephone

5.        Email

6.        Is this the director’s first film? (If not please list previous film titles)

7.        Short filmography (200 words)


About the Writer


1.        Name

2.        Date of birth

3.        Address

4.        Telephone

5.        Email

6.        Is this the writer’s first film? (If not please list previous film titles)

7.        Short biography of the writer (200 words)


About the Producer


1.        Name

2.        Date of birth

3.        Address

4.        Telephone

5.        Email

6.        Is this the producer’s first film? (If not please list previous film titles)

7.        Short filmography (200 words)


About the Production Company


1.        Name

2.        Address

3.        Telephone

4.        Email

8.        Is this the production company’s first film? (If not please list previous film titles)

5.        Short history of the production company (200 words)


Please ensure you have read and completed all the enclosed information, signed your
submission form and enclosed all requested information.

Submissions should be sent to:

Kurdish Creative Film Centre
46-50 Oldham Street
Manchester
M4 1LE
United Kingdom

Please note:

1.        MKFF’08 is not responsible for the loss or damage of any film, before we receive it.
2.        MKFF’08 will not be able to return any viewing copy, unless upon a specific request and a
prepaid reply envelope is supplied. However MKFF’08 will not accept responsibility for any loss
or damage for this return.
3.        The 1st deadline for submissions is 1 June 2008, with a final deadline of 15th June
2008, after this date we will not accept any further films, our advice is to send films promptly by
these deadlines.
4.        Successful submissions will be notified by the first week in July 2008 of the screening of
their film.
5.        For more information please contact festival Director Alan Amin on: 00447916288095


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this film at MKFF’08, further if selected I also give permission for the screening of this film at
MKFF’08 Touring and to any other opportunity for my film to be screened anywhere else.

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