CMU International Film Festival 2020
About the Festival
The Carnegie Mellon International “Faces” Film Festival (CMU IFF) is a student film festival that will run from March 19th to April 5th, 2020. CMU IFF plans to present fourteen to eighteen narrative feature films, documentaries, and several short films intended to discuss and analyze the theme of “Home”. The overall purpose of the films is to engage the Pittsburgh community, promote cultural exchange and raise awareness of critical global issues. The selected films illuminate and amplify voices from a diverse range of local and global social identities. In addition to the narratives presented, the festival strives to feature filmmakers who represent identities that historically have not had opportunities to celebrate their artwork and culture on a large public scale.
The programming intends to be a thorough exploration of culture by hosting panel discussions with educators and artists as well as holding enrichment activities such as workshops, Q&As, and performances. Over the years, CMU IFF has garnered widespread recognition that has attracted both internationally renowned guests, including Oscar-winning directors, Jonathan Demme and Spike Lee, alongside nominated directors, such as Hannah Polak and Emad Burnat, from Poland and Palestine respectively. CMU IFF events expand on traditional film premieres; they are cultural celebrations that allow audiences to observe, discuss, and experience a culture more holistically.
The Theme for 2020: "Faces of Home"
This year our festival’s theme is Faces of Home. With this theme and through film, we hope to explore the ways we react to changes that happen to our homes, what home means to someone personally, and how home is expressed around the world. The images you see on screen may make you wonder what you would do if your home was in a state of instability. They may make you reflect on how your home has changed throughout your lifetime. We hope the films we have selected encourage you to inspect this emotionally complex space. Above all, our theme aims to alter and expand your perception of what home can be. We welcome you into our home of cinema, and encourage you to watch, and explore.
In order to make the three-week long festival a reality and truly successful, we will be using the $5,000 to help cover the costs of the most important part of the event: the films! Additional funds will help with the costs of bringing in special guests as well as marketing on campuses and across the Pittsburgh community.
All donations, in any amount, are greatly appreciated. It is because of donors like you that we are able to continue to host the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival every year.
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