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The European Minority Film Festival 2008

 

The North Frisian organisation FRIISK FORIINING
is in charge of the organisation of the 2nd European Minority Film Festival 2008.

The date of the festival will be from 13th - 15th of November 2008. The festival will take place in the CINEMA CENTRE HUSUM in the region of North Friesland and further places. The experiences of the Cinema Centre Husum with the "Husumer Filmtage" (Husum Film Festival) for more than 10 years and the reputation of the North Frisian county capital as a place of cineastic and cultural interest were decisive for this choice.

The EMFF is a film festival on a European level for feature films in minority languages, which means those authochtonous small nations and minorities in particular without a so-called kin-state in the background. These are e.g. the Frisians in the Netherlands and Germany, the Sorbs in Germany, the Sami in Scandinavia, the Welsh, Scottish and Cornish in Great Britain, Sinti and Roma, Rhaetians in Switzerland, Basques and Catalans in Spain or Bretons in France.

Within the framework of the festival five chosen feature films, all with English or German subtitles and all from different regions, will be shown on three evenings. Among these films an independant Jury will vote the winner of the European Minority Film Award 2008.

The European Minority Film Festival 2008 is under the patronage of the well-known Swedish director and producer Bo Landin.

The festival will be opened on Thursday, 13th of November with a small reception in the lodge of the cinema.

The festival ends with a gala celebration where the European Minority Film Award will be the focus. Scenes from all five feature films will be shown again accompanied by speeches of directors, actors and organisers. A couple of international musicians will round off the evening.

The festival is aimed at the cineastic minded people from North Friesland and other regions in Europe where small nations are situated. The organisers are expecting numerous representatives of the minorities and small nations which are organized in the Federal Union of European Nationalities. As guests actors and directors of certain feature films will also be invited.