Arab Film Days is a film festival in Norway exclusively screening films from and about the Arab world. The festival launched in 2011. The 9th edition of the festival was held March 20–24, 2019 and was visited by 6592 audiences in total. The festival in 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19, but part of the programme was screened during the digital edition of Film s from the South in November–December 2020. The 11th edition of the festival will take place in March, 2021 at Vika kino.
- Contribute to diversity in the cinema by presenting the best and most interesting of Arab features and documentaries from the past year, in addition to samples from the classic film heritage in the region.
- To use films to put the spotlight on current social and political issues in the region, combining screenings with talks and debates.
- To support the independent Arab filmmakers by presenting their films, inviting them to Norway and by initiating meetings with Norwegian film industry and producers. By screening films that do not appear in conventional cinema, putting them into a larger context and present them in a frame that audience demonstrably appreciate, we argue that Arab Film Days fills an important gap in the programing in the Norwegian cinemas and the larger cultural scene.
Key Figures Arab Film Days 2019
- 6592 audiences
- 24 films
- 7 international guests
Program Council, Arab Film Days 2020
- Amr Tawfeek, filmmaker
- Selma Benmalek, programmer at Deichman
- Johanne Svendsen Rognlien, head of programming for Oslo Pix
- Gjermund Granlund, head of programming for Arab Film Days