The festival, originally scheduled for 28 January, was obviously postponed and changed its title to ‘Moscars Al Hurria’.
The festival presents short films by amateur filmmakers, as well as feature-long films from the Arab region. A competition is held for the short films, with the audience as the critics.
“We have accepted any film submitted to the festival,” said Selim in their opening speech.
Five short films were screened yesterday, 10 April. The first entitled Hold On takes place in a dark room, where a boy is looking at a photograph album and reminiscing about the past. It seems that he is on the brink of desperation, and one can sense that the reason behind it is a one-sided love story. At the end we realise he’s blind as he falls to the floor and dies.
During the discussion with filmmaker Ahmed Salah that followed, he said that ten minutes of the film were cut during editing, and those minutes would have explained a lot. This was rather confusing as why would anyone screen an unfinished film?