SOURA FILM FEST

Queer Middle East & North African Film Festival

October 11 - 13, 2019

Berlin

The Festival

Soura Film Fest is a queer film festival focused on the Middle East and North Africa region.

Soura—which means ‘image’ in Arabic, is about sharing a vision of life that is joyful, poignant, defiant and unique.

Our mission is to create a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQI+ filmmakers who are often shunned or persecuted in their home countries - their stories too often suppressed or censored. We believe it is essential that these voices be heard and these visions shared.

The first edition will be set in Berlin, which has been called, perhaps somewhat ironically, the new cultural centre of the Arab world. What is true is that this great melting pot is home to exiles and expats from across the MENA region, drawn here by the freedom to share, create and be.

Soura Film Fest aims to step across borders and set aside political conflicts, to weave together those threads that connect queer experience throughout the vibrant and complex MENA region.

Enter your film

SFF is currently accepting entries for its first edition in Berlin.

Films from other countries not included in the MENA region can also participate as long as their stories resonate with the region.

Rules & Terms

  1. The film must be of LGBTQI interest or depict LGBTQI characters.
  2. If the original language of the film is not English, the film must have English subtitles.
  3. Submitted films must be from 2017 - 2019.
  4. Each entered work must be accompanied by its own entry form and by a separate screening link.
  5. Filmmakers wishing to submit rough cuts for consideration must clearly note that the film is a rough cut, and must supply the completed film before acceptance can be finalized.
  6. We give preference to films that were not premiered commercially in Berlin.

MENA (Middle East and North Africa) countries:

Algeria

Bahrain

Egypt

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Jordan

Tunisia

Kuwait

Lebanon

Libya

Morocco

Oman

West Bank & Gaza

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

Syria

Tunisia

UAE

Yemen

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Program

Program 2019 TBA

Our Partners

Our partners are the backbone of the festival. We truly appreciate their support!

Get Involved

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Contact

Robert Moussa

Festival Director

robert@sourafilmfest.com

Wellington Almeida

Programming

wellington@sourafilmfest.com

Ina Schebler

PR & Press

ina@sourafilmfest.com

Other inquiries

info@sourafilmfest.com