The Île Courts Short Film Festival is held every year in Mauritius and has the objective of promoting international and locally directed films, while developing an audience for different cinema genres. It is a perfect occasion for producers coming from the whole Indian Ocean area to meet and exchange their ideas about contemporary cinema and its trends.
This year, from 10 to 15 October, the festival has celebrated its tenth anniversary with a selection of 96 films projected on four different locations of the island. In addition to training workshops, debates, roundtables and professional meetings, outdoor screenings with AIRSCREEN made the atmosphere of this event even more fascinating. The festival hosted important film-makers like the Mauritian David Constantin, author of Lonbraz Kann, and the French Chantal Richard, with Lili et le baobab and Ce dont mon cœur a besoin.
The Île Courts 2017 involved many different topics of contemporary society, like tolerance, multiculturalism, social exclusion and gender diversity. People visiting the festival had also the possibility to actually take part of it by creating their own short-film or documentary in several writing workshops. They could also learn about the different professions in the cinema industry thanks to training workshops, which were addressed not only to professionals, but also to young amateurs. Finally, the festival also offered a “ciné-concert” and a contest called Film Zekler, dedicated to films which were less than 10 minutes long. The festival and all its meetings were free and open to everyone.
AIRSCREEN is proud to be part of such significant events, which are not only important for the development of local cinema companies, but also an occasion to promote intercultural dialogue and community engagement.
In the state of Qatar the Doha Film Institute is organizing the ‘Cinema Under the Stars’ which offers pop-up cinema for everybody. As a special screening they showed the 80’s classic ‘Back to the Future’, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the popular film series.
In Doha’s beautiful Aspire Park all three films were shown on a 30ft tall inflatable movie screen. Fans also participated in a special competition to recreate their favorite moments from the blockbuster.
At the 11th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 118 films were screened in 8 days, including 55 world premieres in 34 languages. As every year many regional and international stars graced the red carpet: Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, British actress Emily Blunt, US-star Virginia Madsen or Egyptian actor Nour El-Sherif, just to name a few. Furthermore, well-known actress Eva Longoria was hosting a benefit gala and DIFF awarded the legendary Indian singer Asha Bhosle with the lifetime achievement award.
Of course the open air cinema was not to be omitted as it is already an irreplaceable component of the festival for years. With a stunning 24m (80ft) wide inflatable movie screen (AIRSCREEN) many international films were shown for free. DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: “It’s our absolute pleasure to be uniting keen audiences with a line-up of brilliant films through our free public screenings.”
The renaissance of the drive-in is well and truly under way…. The last few years have seen a stark increase in the number of drive-in cinema events happening across the UK. With more and more people becoming aware of the practicality of an inflatable AIRSCREEN for outdoor events, the drive-in is a great option for event organisers. This year was no exception and one of the highlights of this year’s drive-in programme took place in September, in a national park in the north of England. Clumber Park is a country park owned and operated by the National Trust in the UK and with 3,800 acres to play with, event organisers had enough space to setup an amazing drive-in cinema.
For two nights, cult classics such as Grease and Dirty Dancing were shown to an audience of over 1000 cars. The production equipment provided to the organisers, UK Events came from Urban Entertainment, the UK partner of the AIRSCREEN Company. Their 12m x 6m (40ft x 20ft) inflatable AIRSCREEN ensured that the huge crowd all had a spectacular view under a blanket of stars. Spectators were also able to adjust their own volumes due to FM transmitters beaming the sound direct into car radios. Despite a cold autumn evening, spectators could set their climate control to the perfect temperature which resulted in many happy cinemagoers.
The Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) is a big cultural event for the city of Guadalajara and Mexico as well, because it is the most important cinematographic event in Latin America. Over 900 movies from México, Latin America and the rest of the world are competing.
It is a festival made by all and for all. That is the reason why the festival is designed for the viewers to enjoy a variety of activities. Among other things an inflatable screen brings free outdoor screenings to the people during the festival. Beautiful places host outdoor movie nights and show classic movies on a 30 feet wide mobile cinema screen.