THE FESTIVAL

 The Festival
About

The Silk Road Film Festival (SRFF) celebrates cinema, culture and art, presenting films from countries, which were once part of the historical network of the Silk Road ancient trade routes and focuses in particular on Asian, Arab, Persian, Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranean and European cinema.

Location

Ireland/Europe

Categories
  • Features
  • Animations
  • Documentaries
  • Shorts
Masterclasses

World renowned filmmakers attend each year to give masterclasses and seminars,
such as Mahmoud Kalari and Vittorio Storaro.

Film Festivals Cinergy

A union of Film Festivals around the world, to promote talents in filmmaking

Other Highlights

Exhibitions, chats with industry guests, masterclasses and seminars.

Goal

To promote cinema of the Silk Road internationally & facilitate international contacts between filmmakers. To narrow distances between people & cultures, to break boundaries & foster cross-cultural collaboration & social change.

Silk Road Film Festival

Silk Road Film Festival (SRFF) is held annually during the month of March.

The Silk Road Film Festival (SRFF)  celebrates cinema, culture and art, presenting films from countries, which were once part of the historical network of the Silk Road ancient trade routes and focuses in particular on Asian, Arab, Persian, Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranean and European cinema.

The Silk Road changed history, largely because the people who managed to travel along its routes planted their cultures like seeds of exotic species carried to distant lands.  Today, the Silk Road is doing the opposite – the Silk Road Film Festival bring together filmmakers and creators from countries along the road to introduce their countries’ cultures and traditions through their films and carry out the Silk Road legacy of sharing and exchange.

Cinema is a reflection of society. Every country has stories to tell – about their past, their culture now and views of what the future will look like through their eyes. Film, therefore, holds a truly unique place in the story of our civilisation. It is an art, a language, a medium for education and collaboration.

The Silk Road Film Festival brings an eclectic range of films to the audience – rich diversity of features, documentaries, animations, shorts and student films.  Apart from film screenings, the SRFF features exhibitions, chats with industry guests, and seminars. The Festival events, like the postal stops along the ancient routes, ensured the smooth and speedy passage through these countries and guarantee a multifaceted and comprehensive journey through the cinema, art and culture of the region.

Besides creating a platform for international filmmakers to network and promote their work, the Silk Road Film Festival also aspires to give student filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their work on an international scale.

The Festival is a caravanserai where people from different backgrounds, speaking different languages, and having varied interests can nonetheless stop for a moment on their life’s journey, gather with others, trade and share their art, knowledge, and perspectives.

Audiences are able to engage with new traditions and cultures by finding parallels with their own. This is why we believe that the Festival can provide a framework for how intercultural understanding and collaboration can be forged even outside the realm of cinema. The festival directors hope to narrow distances between people and cultures, to break boundaries and foster cross-cultural collaboration and social change.

The Festival is also a place to learn. Visitors, filmmakers, artists, and organizers alike share in the highly mutual act of learning about people, traditions, and ideas that, seemingly distant, become quite familiar.

We hope that followers of the Silk Road Film Festival will be inspired & learn from other countries cinema and culture.


Why was Silk Road Film Festival created?

Though the regions and countries of the Silk Road have had a historically consistent and evolved film culture, much of their cinema is relatively under-represented outside their region. Therefore, the primary reason behind the creation of the SRFF is the establishment of a dedicated intellectual platform to introduce and study the cinema of these countries and languages, its diverse concerns, its varied aesthetic approaches and its authors, as well as to facilitate international contacts between filmmakers, thus raising international dialogue, understanding and cultural integration.

Benefits of Silk Road Film Festival:

  • Audiences are able to engage with new cultures.
  • Promotes intercultural cinema which in turn promotes  dialog; bridges cultures, and bridges minds.
  • Enriches humanity, expands people’s horizons and brings together cultures and communities. through exploring our differences
  • Encourages cross-disciplinary encounters, professional collaborations and cultural entrepreneurship.
  • Facilitates international contact between filmmakers
  • Art and cinema effortlessly cross geographical borders and could have the power to solve economic and political challenges by creating opportunities for co-productions and cross-region and cross-country collaborations.
  • SRFF seeks the edge where the arts, cinema and business come together to spark new ways of looking at the world it
  • Facilitates tourism, enterprise, arts, cultural exchanges & social inclusion.

Goal:

To hold film screenings ‘offline & online’, premieres, exhibitions, panels, chats with industry guests,
free courses and workshops.

To bridge cultures and minds through the medium that is film surrounded by ‘postal stop’ events.

To facilitate international contacts between filmmakers, thus raising international dialogue, understanding and cultural integration.

To create a dialogue and multicultural awareness through the medium that is film for children.

Vision:

To provide a platform for professional & student filmmakers to showcase their work internationally.

To provide a platform for filmgoers to view and learn from the countries invited other cinematic influences.

To promote intercultural cinema and dialogue.

To encourage co-productions and new film treaties between Silk Road countries and European member countries.

To become a ‘traveling festival’, the Silk Road Film Festival can be held in any country internationally.

Today, more than two thousand years after it originated, we invite you to travel along the Silk Road with us. A journey along the roads that once connected the distant lands of East, South and Western Asia with the Mediterranean and European world.  A journey that once ensured not only trade but cultural exchange and international understanding.

The Silk Road Film Festival aspires to continue the Silk Road cultural heritage, which in its heyday sustained a multicultural collaboration that strung together diverse groups. Just like the silk moth weaves webs into luxurious fabrics, so do the silk routes entwine ideas and philosophies, fostering multicultural interaction.