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Future Shorts Festival trailblazing in revolutionary countries
Last week Future Shorts continued its trail of global screenings, but this time in revolutionary countries.
Located in the belly of Amuse’s 500-square-meter concept store, Future Shorts Festival redefined the relationship between fashion and film for local cultural enthusiasts in Cairo. In front of a diverse 200+ person audience, the evening kicked off with a performance by Egyptian singer/ songwriter Nadya Shanab, followed by the screening of the six short films. The evening wrapped up with a surprise screening of local filmmaker Mohamed Hammad’s award winning film “Pale Red”.
25 year old co-organiser, Kareem El-Shaffai, highlighted the demand for cultural happenings in his hometown: “When the revolution took place there was a natural yet unexpected surge of artistic expression that had been suppressed. This is the best time to bring the world's biggest pop-up film festival to Egypt - everyone is thirsty for art”.
Egyptian press has equally embraced the event with accounts that featured at The Daily Egypt and Ahram Online. For the full event gallery, click here.
On the same night, at the other side of the hemisphere, China saw the launching of Future Shorts in Beijing in the Ullens Centre of Contemporary Arts. The non-for profit innovative Art Center hosted a wonderful screening that pleased a young and creatively curious crowd.
Also, for the first-time Future Shorts Festival launched in Greece on Sunday the 15th of January 2012, with an Avant - Premiere for Press and Industry professionals. Art-House cinema Danaos in Athens hosted a vibrant screening that sparked a constructive debate amongst audiences. Greek screening partner and director of Filmtrade Vassilis Sourrapas incorporated live action to the happening to tease the movie-goers on what to expect during the official screenings on the 20th and 29th of January. Vassilis spoke about the vision of Future Shorts for Greece just before the curtain was raised.
Finally, Greek partners Vassilis & Harris created a unique Future Shorts trailer that we would like to share:
Future Shorts Festival will be running in 12 more countries and 15 unique cities this week, including Italy, Taiwan, UAE, Denmark, Poland, UK, Brazil, Peru, USA, Greece, Indonesia and Japan.
More information on each screening can be found here.