Born in the land of diversity and culture, the Lebanese Independent Film Festival (LIFF) thrives to establish Lebanon as a hub for local and international filmmakers to share global and independent perspectives and thoughts through films.
This networking event, which acts as a platform of support and encouragement of the work of artists and filmmakers, brings together international and local professionals. By engaging artists from different continents and different backgrounds, LIFF succeeds in encouraging diversity and independence.
The 2019 festival will start with an opening ceremony on September 11th and will be held on September 12th through the 15th at the Metropolis Cinema Sofil in Ashrafieh, Beirut. The closing ceremony on September 15th will witness local and international jury members presenting awards and other surprises to the winners.
The event includes selected films from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, the Venice Film Festival (Mostra De Venice), the Cannes Film Festival, as well as VISIONS du REEL, États généraux du documentaire, and more.
This year, LIFF has received over 900 submissions from over 87 countries, including the USA, Japan, France, Spain, and Lebanon. 2019's festival ensures how LIFF is promoting diversity and hope for artists and filmmakers all over the world.
Believing that art should have a certain message, LIFF chose to fight against the stigma that is attached to mental health issues by collaborating with Embrace, the leading organization that raises awareness about mental issues.
For that particular reason, LIFF opted this year for the image of the iconic renowned superstar Marilyn Monroe as she is an ideal example of a successful woman that was fighting her own battle with mental health.
LIFF's goal is to create safe spaces where artists can come together, network, collaborate, and support one another. May they attain their impressive goal in the upcoming weeks!