On behalf the team, we welcome you to the seventh edition of the St.George Bank Lebanese Film Festival. This year, we’re very excited to be taking the Film Festival to six Australian towns and cities, including Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Bowral – making it our biggest year yet.
This year’s content includes two of Lebanon’s highest achieving films, including Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult, which was Lebanon’s first Oscar Nominated film for the 2018 foreign film category, and Nadine Labaki’s Capharnaüm, which was awarded the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The Lebanese Film Festival is proud to be hosting advanced screenings of these films as part of this year’s program, which includes 19 must see short, documentary and features.
This year’s program will challenge all of our perceptions on what it means to live in contemporary Lebanon, whilst also giving us insight into the tensions and struggles that exist just beneath the surface of Lebanon’s complex social fabric. Once again film makers have provided us, a thought provoking and captivating insight into Lebanon and Lebanese across the globe. Our festival promises to promote awareness on international issues, to educate, entertain, inform and question what we see on screen. We aim to encourage creative, contemplative minds and to connect filmmakers and cinema goers in a community where they can discover, be immersed in and discuss these compelling stories.
We hope you enjoy your festival experience.
Director, Lebanese Film Festival
Co-Director, Lebanese Film Festival