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Metropolis Youth Film Festival 2016 - First Edition
MYFF 2016

Metropolis Youth Film Festival will open on Thursday 10 March with the sensational film “Mustang” directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Category in the Oscars 2016 race. The film first premiered at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2015 where it received the Label Europa Cinemas Award, and is currently nominated for 5 César Awards (Best Film, Best Directing, Best Script, Best Editing, Best “First Film”).

The closing of the festival will be held on Monday 14 March with the film “As I Open My Eyes”, the first feature film by Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid, who will be presenting her film in Beirut. The film won the Label Europa Cinemas Award at the Venice Film Festival 2015 and the Muhr Award for Best Fiction Feature at the Dubai International Film Festival 2015.

The festival will present a selection of regional and international productions that suit all age categories starting 5 years old, until 18 years old and above, including 3 programs of short films suitable for youngsters (most of the films are with no dialogue or dubbed to Arabic), films from Denmark (“Antboy 2” by Ask Hasselbalch which won the Best Children/Youth Film at the Robert Festival 2015 and “We Shall Overcome”), from the USA (“Dope” by Rick Famuyiwa - closing film of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2015; “Palo Alto” by Gia Coppola, based on short stories written by James Franco, who also stars in the film; “Boyhood” directed by Richard Linklater which took 12 years to make), from Japan (Naomi Kawase’s latest film “An” which opened the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival 2015 and “The Wind Rises” by legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki which was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year at the Oscars 2014), from Palestine (the documentary “Speed Sisters” about the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East), from France (“Dofus” the first long feature animation film by Ankama Studio). A special screening of “Boy and the World” will be presented in partnership with the Embassy of Brazil in Lebanon.
The regular ticket price for the festival is 8,000 LL, and the special student ticket price is 5,000 LL. Students from public schools and youngsters from local NGOs will be invited to attend the screenings suitable to their ages. Films will be screened accompanied with Arabic or French subtitles.

Running in parallel to the film screenings, three workshops will be organized:
1) MY Animation Workshop: An introduction to animation film, particularly stop-motion and cut-out film making (Open for ages 8-12)
2) MY Sound Workshop: An introductory workshop on sound and foley art (Open for ages 15-18)
3) MY Film Directing Workshop: An introductory workshop on film directing (Open for ages 12-15)

In addition to the workshops, and within the framework of the partnership between the Metropolis Association and the Giffoni Film Festival, two invitations will be offered to youngsters aged between 18 and 21 to participate in the Giffoni Experience, held in Italy in July 2016. For more info and to apply to Giffoni Experience, please visit

The MY Film Fest is the first event held within the framework of activities planned for the tenth anniversary year of Metropolis Cinema in Beirut; whereas Hania Mroué, the director of Metropolis Cinema, announced a call to participate with a short film (30 seconds to 3 minutes) revolving around the theme of an experience lived in a cinema. An international jury will award 2 winning films (a monetary prize and an invitation to the Cannes Film Festival 2017). Applications will be accepted until 15 June 2016. Further details about this call will be communicated in the coming days.

The calls to register to the workshops and/or to apply to Giffoni Experience are open until 1 March 2016.
Participation in the workshops and Giffoni Experience is free of charge.

The Metropolis Youth Film Festival is organized by the Metropolis Association
In partnership with the Embassy of Denmark in Lebanon
With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and BLC Bank
Sponsored by IESAV (USJ) and Club Mate
Media partners: LBCI, Al Akhbar,