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European Film Festival returns for third edition

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European Film Festival returns for its third edition next month.

Driven by The European Union (EU), the festival will take place on May 6 and 7 with screening events in Lilongwe and Blantyre.

A press statement says the festival will display acclaimed feature films from Europe alongside local short films.

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The statement says that the screening in Lilongwe will take place at the EU Ambassador’s Residence, in an open air cinematic setting with premium visual and sound production offering a high quality viewing experience.

In Blantyre, the festival will take place at Jacaranda Cultural Centre.

The statement says, as part of the festival’s commitment to the development of the local film industry, European Film Festival will deliver a workshop for local filmmakers with some of the top filmmakers sharing experiences to help the build capacity of budding ones.

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The workshop, developed on partnership with Film Association of Malawi (Fama), will take place in Lilongwe on April 14 warming up for the festival.

EU Ambassador Rune Skinnebach said, through the festival, EU aims to strengthen meaningful engagement with Malawians by facilitating the organisation of EU Film Festival and filmmaking workshops to create spaces for intercultural dialogue.

“We fully embrace culture in our diplomacy in order to reach out more widely to the world, show value of Europe’s artistic expressions and organise collaborative events in order to enhance the values and priorities of EU,” Skinnebach said.

Fama President Gift Sukez Sukali said they were happy to be involved in the event.

“Past editions of the festival have already helped in terms of developing skills among many local filmmakers and I urge filmmakers to participate,” Sukali said.

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