The BEIRUT ART FILM FESTIVAL – BAFF was established five years ago at a critical moment when massive destruction of cultural heritage in the region had reached shocking levels. In the light of the mission that we undertook and in parallel to the monstrous and tragic loss of human lives, we felt that it was important to share our consciousness of the cultural, architectural, archaeological and patrimonial riches of which the Middle East abounds, and the sad reality of their eradication. This urgency proved to be responding to the real expectations of the Lebanese public. Everything happens for a reason!
Since its creation BAFF has also set itself the goal of joining in action other Lebanese initiators, researchers, filmmakers, NGOs, artists and archaeologists, as well as contributing to raise awareness among – and mobilize the young generation around the country in the field of cultural heritage: an essential vector for living together, this country’s destiny and its message to the world.
Unique in its design, original in its implementation, BAFF is not a competition offering prizes of any sort, but a great festival dedicated to the arts, with the very best of what television, cinema and the media have to offer.
For the last five years BAFF has been able to develop due to the double generosity of Lebanese and international patrons contributing to every edition, and to a dynamic and motivated team of volunteers led by Alice Mogabgab.
From 1 to 30 November, 60 documentaries on art will be screened in the Lebanon universities and cultural centers across the country (see list below). All projections will be free access, except 5 films to be granted to 5 Lebanese NGOs involved in deprived childhood. BAFF donors & team are pleased to take part into social life in the country, supporting the AFEL, Brave Heart, Myschoolpulse, the Youth of the Order of Malta and Cap-HO’s fundraisings.
In its 5th Edition, the Beirut Art Film Festival continues to develop the BAFF @ Schools program. In partnership with Ministry of Education, Istituto Italiano di Cultura and a team of volunteers ladies, Samia Meguerdich, Marie Nassar, Lina Shamma, Lara Doumet, Najwa Bassil, Marielle Moawad and Rima Husseini, all public and private schools in Lebanon are invited to screen between 1 November and 20 December two educational documentaries to all their pupils; one film is about art and science, celebrating the 500th Leonardo Da Vinci anniversary,
Leonardo – The Man who Saved Science (2016, 52′, Mark Daniels, English with Arabic subtitles),
second is about legendary and endangered Lebanon cedar trees and the fight for their protection,
La Bataille du cèdre (2018, 52′, Laurent Sorcelle, French & Arabic with Arabic subtitles).
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Patrons & Partners
The Beirut Art Film Festival would not have been possible without the generous contribution from our Patrons, Cultural Partners and Educational Partners.
Robert A. Matta, Arts & Culture Association,
Alexis and Anne-Marie Habib Foundation,
Embassy of the United States of America,
Embassy of the Italy
Embassy of Spain
Embassy of Switzerland
Embassy of Sweden
Embassy of Belgium
Goethe Institute Lebanon
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Beirut
Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
Saint-Jospeh University, all campuses
Lebanese American University, all campuses
American University of Beirut
Holly Spirit University Kaslik
University of Balamand / ALBA
Notre Dame University
Beirut Arab University, all campuses
Modern University for Business and Sciences, all campuses
Safadi Cultural Center – Tripoli
Le Sérail Municipal – Bikfaya
Jezzine Hub – Jezzine
Palmyra Hotel – Baalbeck
Baakleen National Library – Baakline
Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture – Zouk
Centre Culturel Municipal CLAC – Byblos
Cinéma Douma – Douma
Club des Etudiants – Zgharta
Cinema Ishbilia – Saida
Dar El Nimer – Beirut
Centre Culturel CLAC – Bint Jbeil
AZM Cultural Center – Tripoli
Maktaba Aama – Sebeel
Centre Culturel Tibnine
Municipality of Zahle