Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival 2018
About the Festival
The mission of the Carnegie Mellon International “Faces” Film Festival (CMU IFF) is to engage the Pittsburgh community with all-encompassing programming that promotes cultural exchange and expression, and through film, illuminates the local and global ethnic communities which seldom have opportunities to celebrate their artwork and culture on a large public scale. By collaborating with guest filmmakers, arts organizations, and local businesses, the festival creates a platform for these ethnic groups to expose the Pittsburgh community to their cultures, allows attendees to identify and relate to their own origins, and for cinematic artists to engage audiences with their films and dialogues.
The “Faces” Film Festival takes place every year in the spring and presents a wide spectrum of contemporary world cinema, focusing on a different annual theme that addresses a current social issue. The festival presents 14-18 international narrative features, documentaries, and shorts. As a community-building event, screenings are accompanied by supplementary components such as Q & A sessions with the films’ directors and local academics, artistic performances, and receptions with local ethnic cuisine. In this way, the events are more than just film premieres; they are cultural celebrations that allow audiences to observe, discuss, and experience international cultures.
The Theme for 2018: "Faces of (In)Equality"
The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal.” - Kurt Vonnegut
Vonnegut's words may invoke images of a perfect world, but they are the first sentence in his dystopian short story,
Harrison Bergeron. Though everyone in his world is equal, they are stripped of their individual traits in the process. A dystopian future may not be what most of us think of when we think
equality. Rather, many of us think instead of utopia or at least a better tomorrow. A socially, racially, and economically loaded word, equality, conjures up thoughts of peace and harmony, while also reminding us of conflicts begun and lives lost in its name. However, just as good cannot exist without evil, can equality exist without inequality?
We believe that film is a platform with sufficient depth and global roots to help us better understand what it means to be equal, as well as how and why those around the world fight for or against it. This is why the 12th year of the CMU IFF is titled
Faces of (In)Equality
Today, it seems we live in a world in which the call for equality is stronger than ever. But what does an equal world look like? Is it like Vonnegut's world, in which there are no differences among people? Or is it a world where people treat each other with mutual respect despite their differences? Our hope is that the relationship between you, the viewer, and our films will open the way for conversations about what it means to be equal or unequal in any of these words' multiple senses and connotations. While film may not offer all the answers, the CMU IFF wishes to celebrate our similarities and differences in a way that will lead to a better understanding of these issues.
In order to make the two-week long festival a reality and truly successful, we will be using the $2,500 to help cover the costs of bringing in special guests, screening and event fees, 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. Thank you!
The 2018 Film Festival will take place March 22 - April 8
For more information and tickets, please visit our website: https://www.cmu.edu/faces/