Our first version of Muslim Film Festival took place in both Perth and Melbourne on two consecutive weekends from 7 September 2011 until 15 September 2019. We screened 33 short films within our Official Selection program and couple of feature Read More ...
Muslim Film Festival 2020
Promoting diversity, inclusion, and tolerance
The Muslim Film Festival 2020 is back in September to showcase an array of films from Australia and abroad, celebrating the diversity of the Muslim filmmaking community and exploring a range of themes; among them, the growing issue of anti-Muslim sentiment in our community.
Festival Director, Joanne McKeown says, “We have selected 55 films this year from 74 entries with stories from 24 countries. We were surprised by the huge diversity of Muslim communities worldwide, from the African continent to Iranian villages to the streets of Chicago, to the freezing prairie of the Russian Federation, and last but not least the kebab man from the outback of NSW. We hope that watching our films will break down prejudice and misconceptions about Muslims and to illustrate their diversity in Australia and worldwide.”
The festival is organised by Muslim Heritage Australia Incorporated and Badayel House, based in Perth and supported by the Office of Multicultural Interests in Western Australia, Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC), Human Appeal Australia, Islamic Council of WA, and with the partnership of the City of Canning and Amust Newspaper.
Tarek Chamkhi, the Festival Executive Producer says, “the festival aims to promote inclusion, tolerance, and friendship and to introduce Muslim society’s culture and stories to a wider audience. Our festival will continue to reflect the diversity within Muslim communities in the West and all over the world, through fiction and documentary films. Our goal is to show films that the audience would otherwise have not seen, and that leaves a lasting impact”.
Tarek added that “due to Covid 19, we will stream our films mostly online this year as we are unable to organise our events in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney, but it is still on in Perth at the State Library Theatre (Saturday 5 September), Backlot Theatre (Sunday 6 September) and Canning Town Hall (Saturday 19 September), due thanks to the State Government for the measures which have made us all safe in this beautiful state”.
This year, Muslim Film Festival will have online streaming and anyone around Australia and globally can purchase a pass online and watch our official selection for MFF2020 all in one place at their own pace and chosen location and time.
The award winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony Event on 5 September at the State Library of WA Theatre, starting at 3.15 pm.
For more information see muslimfilmfestival.com.au or call 0415 155 366 for more details. END.
Perth on: 31 August 2020.
Proudly sponsored by:
Office of Multicultural Interests
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils
Human Appeal Australia
Islamic Council of Western Australia
City of Canning
State Library of Western Australia