11 July 2012
Beirut Hellenic Bank becomes the Lebanese Film Festival inaugural naming rights partner.
22 June 2012
The Lebanese Film Festival crew attended an audience with the President of the Lebanese Republic, Michel Suleiman. The LFF crew discussed with the President the objectives of the Lebanese Film Festival in promoting Lebanese arts and culture in Australia.
10 June 2012
The Lebanese Film Festival crew attend our partner festival, the Outbox International Short Film Festival 2012, held at the Roman Baths, Beirut. The LFF supports the free and public showcase of cinema in Lebanon achieved through Outbox.
7 April 2012
The Lebanese Film Festival crew met with President of the Republic of Lebanon, His Excellency Michel Suleiman, on his visit to Australia.
12 April, 2012
International film equipment company, Panavision, have signed up as a Gold Sponsor of the Lebanese Film Festival.
14 February 2012
The Lebanese Film Festival crew supported the Lebanese Embassy exhibition at the Multicultural Festival in Canberra.
Director’s welcome message
The Beirut Hellenic Bank Lebanese Film Festival 2012 aims to showcase Lebanese arts and culture through film. We aim to showcase Lebanese film in a dedicated festival for the first time in Sydney. Eventually, we hope to take the Festival to new audiences across Australia
Lebanon is often perceived as a place of war and violence, but in reality, this tiny Mediterranean country is a cross-roads of religions, cultures and languages, with a volatile history and a resilient population. Lebanese Film has in recent years experienced resurgence, portraying the issues and celebrating Lebanon and its people and culture.
Sydney’s inaugural event will take place from Wednesday 22 August to 2 September 2012.
The Festival is to include an extravagant Opening Night Gala, with the finest Lebanese hospitality and cuisine for the audience to indulge in before watching the premier films. Screenings will be held at Bankstown and close to Sydney CBD. Special events will also be held at a boutique and intimate Lebanese restaurant in Bankstown for those looking for a light Lebanese culinary experience before watching a film.
The Lebanese Film Festival Association would also like to acknowledge our first naming rights partner, the Beirut Hellenic Bank. The Beirut Hellenic Bank is a natural partner for the Lebanese Film Festival, with both organisations committed to further engaging in the Lebanese diaspora.
We also acknowledge the support of Bankstown City Council, a key sponsor of the event, who has provided significant assistance towards this event. We invite the audience to explore Bankstown’s many attractions, particularly its lively multi-cultural dining scene!
The Lebanese Film Festival is open to all those with an appreciation of film and culture and those wishing to explore contemporary Lebanese issues, or classic Lebanese cinema. Film submissions have come in from across the world, including Lebanon, France, Italy, Canada and Australia.