BEIRUT ART FILM FESTIVAL
The BEIRUT ART FILM FESTIVAL – BAFF – was initially 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, ONGs, 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.
BAFF is not an isolated festival in its ivory tower, far from it – for art cannot touch our hearts unless it partakes in the societal and human life in the cities in which it evolves. The festival therefore joins forces with social actors, offering four soirées to four charitable organisations for whom solidarity is the credo: AFEL, Brave Heart, Myschoolpulse, les Jeunes de l’Ordre de Malte and CAP-HO.
Patrons, sponsors and partners
This event would not have been possible without the generous contribution from our patrons, from our sponsor and from all BAFF cultural partners.
Robert A. Matta, Arts & Culture Association,
Alexis and Anne-Marie Habib Foundation,
Embassy of the United States of America,
Embassy of Great Britain
Embassy of the United States of America
Embassy of Spain
Embassy of Switzerland
Embassy of Japan
Embassy of Sweden
Goethe Institute Lebanon
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
Opéra de Paris – 3è Scène
Institut Français du Liban
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Beirut
Ministry of Tourism
Ministry of Education and Higher Education.