Baku Short Film Festival brings moviegoers together [PHOTO]

November 22, 2021 14:58 (UTC + 04: 00)

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By Laman Ismayilova

The 12th Baku International Short Film Festival (BISFF) once again brings moviegoers to Baku.

BISFF aims to rate and discuss films, select the best and reach a large audience.

Around 3,217 short films from 72 countries have applied to participate in the festival. Only 26 films out of 82 were submitted to the national competition program.

About thirty films from 18 countries were entered in the program of the international competition.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, First Deputy Minister of Culture Elnur Aliyev drew the state’s attention to the Azerbaijani film industry. He stressed the importance of the film industry in promoting moral, moral and patriotic values.

BISFF director Fahruz Shamiyev noted that the Baku International Short Film Festival has been taking place since 2004.

Previously, the festival featured films that were recognized at prestigious international festivals including Cannes, Venice, Berlin and the Oscar. The festival is the oldest and largest in Azerbaijan.

The main prize of the festival is a golden pomegranate statuette made by young sculptors. The Golden Grenade was awarded to screenwriter, cameraman and producer Huseyn Mehdiyev for “For services rendered to Azerbaijani cinema”.

At the same time, the winners of the national competition program will receive a cash prize in the categories “Best Feature Film”, “Best Documentary”, “Best Animated Film” and “Best Social Video”.

Thanks to the partnership with the British Council Azerbaijan, four films nominated and won by the British Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2020-2021 are presented to local audiences.

These BAFTA nominated films are a great selection for all fans of short films, covering a variety of genres and topics.

BISFF is organized by CINEMA Young Cinematographers Center with support from Ministry of Culture, Nizami Cinema Center, Azerbaijan Film Studio, State Film Fund, Azerbaijan Producers Guild, OZ Company Film and the British Council in Azerbaijan.

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