Evolution International Film Festival (EIFF) joined cultures from Egypt, Spain, Germany and the US. The Evolution International Film Festival opened on March 17, 2012 in Hollywood. Among the program are films from Egypt ( “Feature presentation ASMAA”), Mexico (“Gustavo”), Lebanon (“Beirut… Hide & Seek” ) Switzerland (“Good Buy Mandima”), and the 2012 Oscar nominated German short film RAJU.
Stefan Gieren , the producer of RAJU described the film. Inspired by a newspaper article about child trafficking after the earthquake in Haiti, the team spent half a year of research and 2.5 months of prep in Calcutta before their 10 day shoot. They shot a documentary about child trafficking in Calcuuta, with the input of some local NGOS. Funded by their film school and FFHSH – a North German Filmfund, The film has played numerous international festivals and collected twenty eight awards to date.
The winning films screened in Hollywood will then travel to four more cities; Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Cairo (Egypt) and Dubai (UAE), where the festival will take place throughout 2012.
‘Make Peace Through Art`- EIFFs mission is, to bring cultures together, to share visions, believes, fears and help each other understand our conflicts.
The diverse Hollywood festival slate represents filmmakers from all over the world such as Germany, Lebanon, Switzerland, US, Mexico, and Canada.
The creators of EIFF are filmmakers Sandra Seeling, Mahmoud Awad and Seif Abdalla. Seif and Mahmoud were born in Egypt and Sandra is originally from Germany. Together they seek to give independent filmmakers a platform to showcase their work that can potentially influence tolerance, peace and awareness towards each other.
Block 1 11am – 12:33pm 93 min
Photographs Animation Short 6 min USA
Gustavo Student Short 12 min Mexico
Shunka Doc. Feature 75 min USA
Block 2 1pm – 2:32pm 73 min
Bottle Animation Short 5:24 min USA
Switchboard Short 17 min USA
Regret Student Short 14 min USA
Crabnet Antarctica Doc. Short 13 min USA
NOOR Short 13 min Lebanon
Good Buy Mandima Short 10 min Switzerland
Block 3 3pm 4:33pm 93 min
Wake Music Video 4 min USA
Seedlings for Change Doc. Short 6 min USA
Some things are worse than being Gay Short 7 min USA
My Mother Short 14 min USA
Project Happiness Doc.Feature 62 min USA
Block 4 5pm – 6:40pm 100 mi
Raju Short 25 min Germany
Grief, A Comedy Short 15 min USA
Fragments Short 20 min USA
Beirut..Hide &Seek Short 35 min USA
Bridge of Egypt Short 9:59 min USA
“Good Bye Mandima” (Kwa heri Mandima, 2010), Documentary short by Robert-Jan Lacombe, Switzerland, 10min Synopsis: “Through home-movies discovered at my grandparents’ home in Bordeaux, I recount my childhood in Mandima, a little village in northeast Zaire, where I was born. Starting with a panoramic still of the great departure, I observe and recall those first ten years of that young boy who would, one fine day, have to leave for the city, for high school. He leaves behind his friends and a whole way of life. That life, his thinking and his codes, are to be learned anew.“
Block 5 7pm -8:36pm 115 min
Casualties Short 19min USA
Asmaa Feature 96min Egypt