Koerdisch Film Festival 2023

12, 13 & 14 Mei
Het Ketelhuis

A multitude of looks at the Kurds and a chronically urgent cinema.

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AKFF Academy

AKFF proudly presents the selection of eight Kurdish filmmakers who will be taking part in the AKFF Academy this year. They will be guided in the development of their film plans. On May 14th, the AKFF CEGERXWIN Talent Award 2023 for the best film plan will be awarded during the festival.

The famous Kurdish poet Cegerxwîn (1925-1984) was born in the village of Hesar in the province of Mardin, in Northern Kurdistan, at that time in possesion of the Ottoman empire. He lost his parents at a young age. In 1925 he fled to Syria, in 1958 to Iraq and in the 1970s to Lebanon. In 1979 he again fled the oppression in Kurdistan and went to Sweden. Cegerxwîn has been called the father of Kurdish literature. He wrote poems, books and taught at various Kurdish universities. His books are about Kurdish history and the history of Kurdish literature. Many of his poems have been incorporated into Kurdish music.

The AKFF CEGERXWIN Talent AWARD 2023 will come with a prize the amount of 3000 euros, which must be spent on the further development of the film. This amount has been made available by the Adar Foundation.

The selected filmmakers:

Amsha Temo – I will not end up in the gutter

Adnan Zandi – Habibullah

Dilpak Mageed – My Mother & I

Elif Yigit – Young Filmmakers

Fatma Celik – Gundem

Lana Askari – The way of life and death

Mahmood Omar – Halva

Ozjen Boskani – The Descendants of the Kurdish Refugees