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.
Fort the last three 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.
The 2018 edition opening ceremony shall take place on Tuesday 20 November at Metropolis Empire Sofil.
In addition to its arts and culture showings, the festival shall highlight during this 4th Edition some vital topics regarding Lebanon.
Intramuros days will take place in the two cinema theaters at Metropolis Empire Sofil in Beirut, from 20 to 25 November 2018, from 5.00 to 11.00 pm with 60 recent documentaries.
Starting Wednesday 24 October, BAFF Intramuros selection of documentaries and program details shall be available on this page.
Tickets for Intramuros screenings will be on sale at aforesaid date: Virgin Ticketing Box-Office – 01999666 – www.ticketingboxoffice.com
The closing ceremony will be held, at Salle Montaigne – Institut Français in partnership with TV5 Monde on Friday 30 November. A Première in the Arab world is scheduled for this special event.
Keep updated with 2018 program, and register your name and email address on BAFF newsletters.
BAFF @ Schools.
From 1 to 30 November, BAFF will seed art and culture at all schools across the country (private and public); reaching out to all active schools in the land; so many of them impacted by the crisis hitting the education sector; this means a lot to BAFF team; we are inhabited by a sense of a mission being fulfilled; and we hope through this contribution, to alleviate some of those schools’ burden.
BAFF is proud of its partners in this endeavor:
- Ministry of Education and Higher Education
- Embassy of the United States of America, Beirut
- The Embassy of Switzerland, Beirut
Thanks to the determination and drive of volunteering ladies, Samia Meguerdich, Marie Nassar, Najwa Pietton, Lara Doumet, Marielle Mouawad and Lina Chammaa, the documentary Lady Liberty will be screened to more than 300,000 pupils in Lebanon.
BAFF 4 Youth.
In parallel, from 1 to 19 November, a selection of 13 documentaries on art will be screened with “BAFF Educational Partners”: 13 universities, 18 campuses across Lebanon.
The list of participating universities and the screening program shall be announced on October 24th. Free entrance for all.
BAFF ♡ Lebanon.
On Saturdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 November, 16 cultural centers all around Lebanon will share into BAFF 2018 and will screen documentaries on art.
BAFF Family is growing up and is proud to welcome CLAC Bint Jbeil (Centre de Lecture et d’Animation Culturelle) lead by Mrs. Reema Chararah.
Free entrance for all.
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.