Refugee Voices in Film

The IEFTA collaborated on the 2nd edition of El Gouna Film Festival (EGFF) whose goal lies in connecting filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa with their international counterparts. The mission of El Gouna Film Festival is to showcase a diverse selection of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience and to foster better communication between different cultures through the art of filmmaking. The spirit of the Festival is one of discovery; it strives to be a catalyst for the development of Cinema in the Arab World, particularly through its industry segment, CineGouna Platform. CineGouna SpringBoard CineGouna SpringBoard where invitees present projects in development or films in post-production to an audience of industry experts; producers, film festival directors, funding institutions, sales distributors, broadcasters etc. CineGouna Bridge The CineGouna Bridge focuses on masterclasses, workshops and panel sessions aimed at cultivating Arab cinema and encouraging dialogue and linking filmmakers from the Arab world and their international counterparts.The IEFTA had a presence within the Springboard audience, not only participating on this level but also meeting and forging crucial relationships with the filmmakers and their teams, discussing future plans of key projects in greater detail. The IEFTA’s participation at EGFF enabled us to connect with participants identified as contenders for our Global Film Expression initiative where successful candidates shall join us at industry workshops at the Festival de Cannes or CineMart, Rotterdam next year....

IEFTA Springboard at El Gouna Film Festival - CineGouna This September saw the 2nd edition of El Gouna Film Festival (EGFF) who's mission is to showcase a diverse selection of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience to foster better communication between different cultures through the art of filmmaking. The Festival is committed to the discovery of new voices and strives to be a catalyst for the development of Cinema in the Arab World, particularly through it's CineGouna Platform. This year’s ‘Cinema for Humanity’ theme echoed EGFF’s humanitarian focus of last year. Refugee messaging in film was a topic deliberated during a panel discussion.  Omar Samra, protagonist of ‘Beyond the Raging Sea’ a feature length documentary (produced and realised in collaboration with the IEFTA) which highlights the desperate plight of refugees forced to cross dangerous bodies of water, gave his voice alongside that of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The IEFTA had a presence within the Springboard audience, not only participating on this level but also meeting and forging crucial relationships with the filmmakers and their teams, discussing future plans of key projects in greater detail. The IEFTA’s participation at EGFF enabled us to connect with participants identified as contenders for our Global Film Expression initiative where successful candidates shall join us at industry workshops at the Festival de Cannes, or at CineMart in Rotterdam next year. To find out more visit the El Gouna Film Festival GineGouna Platform.  ...

The IEFTA held a private cocktail reception to honour The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) at Plage 45 following the Refugee Voices in Film screening on Sunday May 13, 2018. Over 300 people joined together to celebrate the UNHCR team and talented filmmakers who stand #WithRefugees. 11 representatives from various UNHCR offices attended the events in Cannes to support the 3rd edition of Refugee Voices in Film at the Doc Corner of the Maché du Film and spread awareness of the UNHCR #withRefugees campaign. Among the UNHCR team was UNHCR France Representative Ralf Gruenert. Continue supporting us and our partners by signing the UNHCR #withRefugees petition to stand with refugees and urge decision makers to:  • Ensure every refugee child gets an education. • Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live. • Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to support their families. The campaign will continue through 2018 until a global compact for refugees is reached. CLICK HERE to stand #withRefugees today.  ...

Film Screening & Panel Conference for Beyond the Raging Sea On Saturday 12 May 2018, the documentary film by Marco Orsini Beyond the Raging Sea, was screened to a large audience as a work-in-progress at the Cannes Film Festival. The documentary film is a collaboration between DHL, UNHCR, UNDP and IEFTA, and highlights the dangers refugees face when crossing open bodies of water for safety. With an overwhelming attendance the screening and was followed by lively debate and passionate opinions at the panel discussion. The panel consisted of the two leads of the film,Omar Samra and Omar Nour, plus Ralf Gruenert, the UNHCR Representative for France, Randa Aboul-Hosn, Country Director for the United Nations Development Program in Egypt and was moderated by journalist Sydney Levine. Special guest and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Nomzamo Mbatha who attended the screening commented -   “Resilience in a time of complete desperation. What an important, necessary and strong voice to shout to the world about refugees. This story is one for centuries to come.”   Currently in the ultimate stages of film production, Marco aims to use the screening to hone the final cut using audience feedback. ...

Witness the diverse use of film in addressing one of the most poignant global humanitarian crises of our time. IEFTA hosted the 3rd Edition of the Refugee Voices in Film series in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Marché du Film. The program explored the power of refugee testimonials with a focus on the Rohingya crisis, Yemen, the Horn of Africa, and Syria. 11 UNHCR team members, including the UNHCR Representative of France, Ralf H.W. Gruenert and UNHCR Head of Video Unit, Michelle Hoffman, attended the festival to represent the program and initiative while answering audience questions related to the series. Other filmmakers that attended the event to represent their films included in the Refugee Voices in Film series included Charlotte Carroll (Red Crayon), Patrick Bodenham (Amina, My Sister) and Marco Bollinger (Safe Zone). Every seat in the Doc Corner screening room was filled by filmmakers and industry professionals interested in watching the films, meeting the UNHCR team and finding out more about the UNHCR’s #withRefugees program.  The Sunday screening of the program was followed by a private reception at Plage 45 to honour the UNHCR. Find out more here. ...

The 2nd annual Refugee Voices in Film screenings with Doc Corner at this years Cannes Film Festival explored UNHCR's innovative approaches to refugee messaging, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean and mixed migration movements....

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UNHCR campaign spreads awareness about dangers of Yemen sea crossings UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today launched a major campaign to spread awareness about the dangers of crossing the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea from Africa to war-stricken Yemen and highlighting the horrendous conditions and rising risks in Yemen. More than 117,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Yemen in 2016. Many were lured by smugglers to take the perilous boat journey across the high seas in search of protection or better livelihood prospects. UNHCR is alarmed that so many people are heading to a country where the conflict is worsening, displacement is growing, and arrivals face a very uncertain future. Read more...

The "Voices for Refugees" Conference at 2016 Cannes Film Festival held on 18th May 2016 was a well attended event highlighting this humanitarian tragedy, a topic in the forefront of news and media....

Voices for Refugees Gala Evening & IEFTA's 10th Anniversary - An evening dedicated to engaging the power of film industry leaders to be a catalyst of transformation for Refugees....

The International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) in cooperation with The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and The Marché du Film is pleased to announce an all day event at 2016 Cannes Film Festival....

THE INTERNATIONAL EMERGING FILM TALENT ASSOCIATION (IEFTA) In Cooperation With THE UN REFUGEE AGENCY (UNHCR) And THE MARCHÉ DU FILM Is Pleased To Announce An All Day Event at 2016 Cannes Film Festival  REFUGEE VOICES IN FILM (Monte Carlo/New York, 18 April 2016) – Against the backdrop of the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War, a full-day conference, "Refugee Voices in Film," will be held on the 18th of May at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, presented by the International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA), in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Marché Du Film. The global humanitarian tragedy has sparked the interest of the entertainment world, specifically on refugee-related films, with filmmakers, some of whom are refugees themselves, telling their own stories and those of affected populations. Refugee Voices in Film, an all-day event, will explore the ways broadcasters, humanitarian agencies and filmmakers engage and portray refugees and their plight, creating a platform for engagement in the media and entertainment landscape. It will present voices of independent filmmakers and look at how the worldwide entertainment community is telling and sharing refugee stories. The event will consist of conversations, screenings and panel discussions. It will examine the ways narrative and documentary filmmakers and the media have responded to the devastating worldwide crisis and how they have engaged and depicted refugees and their circumstances. It will look at how refugee experiences influence cinematic expression and new storytelling techniques and furthermore, how they create compelling television stories, documentaries and narrative films. As part of this initiative, plans are also underway for the screening of films about or by refugees at the Doc Corner of the Marché du Film located in the Riviera.  While films are still being selected, the programming will consist of films made by the participants in the conference, films by refugees and films depicting the lives of refugees, as well as addressing the multitude of challenges millions of refugees face daily. “The real lives of refugees are by far more dramatic than anything a fictional film script can provide. So it does not come as a surprise that filmmakers all over the world are taking up the issue in documentaries and fictional films.  UNHCR seeks the cooperation of the cinematic world. We intimately know the issues and have experience in communicating with individual refugees without doing harm. The filmmakers bring their stories to an influential audience. It is a perfect match.” – Ragnhild Ek on behalf of UNHCR Egypt. “The Marché is honored to be the platform for such a significant encounter. The Festival de Cannes is a very symbolic place for the unheard voices to reach an international audience and to raise awareness on refugees across the industry. We are glad to include this topic at the Doc Corner which will showcase many films about displacement, human rights and social justice.” – Jérôme Paillard, Marché Du Film. “As storytellers and presenters, we have a responsibility to respond to the unimaginable suffering of these peoples. Refugee Voices in Film is a critical event relevant to one of the most pressing humanitarian crisis of our time.  It will make a vital difference in bringing refugee stories to an influential audience, and allow for valuable contributions to the landscape of refugees in film and documentaries.” – Marco Orsini, IEFTA. The mission of IEFTA is to discover and promote emerging cinema talent from around the world, to encourage dialogue between filmmakers, to promote cultural diversity and international understanding and to engage the art of cinema. Focusing on the world’s developing regions, IEFTA’s Global Film Expression provides opportunity and education to those who have no access to the resources for cinematic expression. 2016 will mark the 10th Anniversary of the activities of the IEFTA, including its Global Film Expression, Ethiopian Film Initiative, Addis to Cannes workshop, and numerous other programs and initiatives. IEFTA will be announcing exciting new initiatives and international programs and partnerships during the Festival.  And, the IEFTA will celebrate these remarkable achievements with the Refugee Voices in Film workshop, a Gala Party at Venue 61 on the Croisette during the Cannes Film Festival, and a special presentation in Monte-Carlo....

The IEFTA in association with the Better World Film Festival Invites you to a Dinner In aid of the IEFTA “Addis to Cannes” initiative supporting film-making education in Ethiopia. Join our Ethiopian filmmakers and distinguished guests of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for dinner, live music and entertainment. All funds support film education in Ethiopia and participation in Cannes. Invitations are limited to 75 guests. By invitation please. Dress code: Casual Chic. DATE:     Monday 19 May 2014 VENUE:  Villa Nocturne, 5 Boulevard de Tenao, Monte-Carlo, Monaco TIME:     7:00 pm – midnight Tickets:  € 250 Ticket Enquiries and RSVP info@iefta.org +33 (0) 678 63 62 32    ...