As the world marks the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, the theme of the 24th Foyle Film Festival is On Film: Events That Shook The World. As well as exploring the impact of September 11, the festival broadens its focus to highlight other significant events that have had an impact on the local and global political stage. Events such as the Holocaust, the Civil Rights Movement (both domestic and international), Bloody Sunday, the Omagh bombing, the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the Rwandan crisis, all come under the festival spotlight this year.
In addition to the special themed events, the programme includes the usual eclectic mix of contemporary, foreign language film, documentaries, competition short films and animations, as well as workshops and industry events. This year’s programme also features a kids’ film club for all the family over the weekend of the festival.
The festival opens with the Northern Ireland Premiere of The Artist, a contemporary movie paying homage to the Golden Age of silent film, and to Tinseltown in the 1920s. Shot in black and white, The Artist does what the medium of film does best by giving the audience a magical step back in time to a romantic bygone era. Lead actor Jean Dujardin received the Best Actor Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his outstanding performance, and has also been tipped as a contender for the Oscars in 2012. While our Closing Night Film is the Irish Premiere of Shame, Steve McQueen’s latest film collaboration with actor Michael Fassbender, and one of the most hotly anticipated releases of the year. Fassbender delivers a powerful performance as a young man struggling with sexual addiction.
ATTENTION ALL MOVIE LOVERS: 24th FOYLE FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION: To launch the 24th Foyle Film Festival Programme we are giving cinema lovers the chance to win a multi-region Blu-ray player, and a selection of the ten best films for all the family on high definition Blu-ray – including Senna, George Harrison: Living In The Material World, Michael Jackson: The Life Of An Icon, Hotel Rwanda, In Bruges, West Side Story, The Lion King, Rio, Hop, and Cars 2.
For your chance to win this fabulous prize, all you have to do is buy a ticket for one of the events taking place as part of this year’s festival. Each time you purchase a ticket your name will be put into a draw, and the more tickets you buy the greater chance you have of winning this fabulous prize. The winner will be announced at the end of the festival.