The festival will take place in the context of the observance of the 'European Year of Cultural Heritage' and is to provide a platform to celebrate the diversity and creativity of Europe, aimed at encouraging more people to discover and engage with the European culture.
“The film festival is part of efforts by the delegation to create a better understanding of Europe and European culture among Jamaicans, with whom the EU shares a long and strong partnership,” said Ambassador Wasilewska.
The festival opens today at Spanish Court Hotel with a free screening of the Italian film Fortunata, which follows the story of a young mother who overcomes several ordeals to achieve her dream of owning her own business. The other films will cover adventure, drama, comedy and history.
Venues for the showings will include Mico College University, Campion College, and Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town.
Ten films will be shown to the public over the period representing several of the 28 European member states, and will be presented in their native languages with English subtitles. Participating countries include Italy, Belgium, Latvia, Sweden, Spain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, France and Austria.
“We made a great effort to reach out to different communities so there would be different locations to showcase the films this year. Being able to have a screening in the Ambassador's Theatre in Trench Town was very important to us, as we feel the community does not have many opportunities to see films for free and this is something we hope to replicate in the future,” the ambassador added.