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Madeira Film Festival


The Madeira Film Festival intends to be Europe’s most exclusive and independent festival. Held at the prestigious Reid’s Palace Hotel The Madeira Film Festival serves as a platform to showcase independent feature, short and documentary films from directors around the world. Indicative of Madeira’s continued commitment to preserve the Natural History, flora and fauna of the island, the festival will present a special environmental category screening worldwide nature orientated films. The aim of the Madeira Film Festival is to encourage creativity in all aspects of film production, not dependent on financial and physical restrictions, gender, geographical location, age or ability. We acknowledge and encourage film making through diversity and ‘out of the box’ thinking and we pay special attention to films ( shorts, docs and features ) pertaining to the environment and it’s relevance and importance in the world we live in today.

The world’s largest Laurissilva forest is located on the island of Madeira. In 1999 the 15,000 hectare indigenous ‘living relic’ was awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Through the medium of film MFF intends to enhance education and global awareness of the Laurissilva and its importance to the ecological balance of Madeira thus sustaining the endemic flora and fauna.

The Madeira Film Festival recognizes the integrity of filmmakers around the world and consequently will present the ‘Laurissilva Award’ to the best documentary, short, feature and nature oriented film judged by an International Jury. MFF acts as a service to the local community and audience as a launchpad providing an attractive slate of films.

We are a festival with cultural aspirations. We are both a public and a pilgrimage festival. One of our roles is to discover talent and support, not necessarily financially. Although we aren’t in the business of film distribution we believe festivals play an ever increasing role in distribution due to the advent of new technology. MFF has a small yet critical role to play in this formula by helping the viewer at home decide what to watch i.e. Who is in it? What’s the film about? What have I heard about it? Basically festivals can help push the right button.


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The Madeira Film Festival is non – competitive. Rather than present awards MFF offers delegates the status of ‘AMBASSADOR OF THE LAURISSILVA’ thus helping to preserve and create awareness of Madeira’s endemic Laurissilva forest.

 

The Madeira Film Festival organisation fervently believes there is no better place in the world to stage a film festival than on the piquant Island of Madeira and there is no better place on Madeira to stage a film festival than in glorious Reid’s Palace Hotel and the Municipal Theatre in Funchal.

The crux of the Madeira Film Festival is to pay homage to the resilience of Madeira’s endemic Laurissilva Forest by screening a slate of films which may deliberate a connotation with the natural world in some fashion, films which are expansive, unsettling and profound,films which will hopefully impinge upon the viewers imagination.

One of the most effective measures that can be implemented in order to raise awareness of the Laurissilva forest and subsequently it’s preservation is through the undisputed persuasive strength of audio- visual communication. The aspiration of the Madeira Film Festival is to become one of Europe’s foremost film festivals, by sheer virtue of location there exists an inherent capacity to attain this.

 

Festival Nickname: 
The Laurissilva Film Festival, MFF
Edition: 
3
Festival Logo: 
Theme: 
American Films
Animation
Art, Dance, Music
British Films
Digital
Documentary
Education
Environnement/Nature
European Films
Family
Fantasy/Science Fiction
French Films
German Films
Health/Medical
Historical
Human Rights
Independent
International
Jewish Films
Latin American Films
Music
Religious films
Youth/Teen
Category/Format: 
Animated Films
Digital / DVD
Documentaries
Experiment
Fiction Features
Independant
Industrial
Mixed
Music video
Short films
Student film
Video / TV
Festival Info
Next Festival Dates: 
04/21/2013 - 04/27/2013
Archived festival (terminated): 
yes
Is the Festival open to the public ?: 
Yes
Does the Festival have a market?: 
No
Does the Festival have a competition ?: 
No
Festival Submission
Film submission fee: 
Payment
Film submission amount: 
30 Euros.
Submission accepted on Fest21.com: 
Yes
Film call for entry start day: 
05/01/2013
Film call for entry deadline: 
02/01/2014
Festival Contact
Festival Director Name: 
Aitken Pearson
Festival Director E-mail: 

Accommodation is provided for exhibiting filmmakers for a duration of up to 7 nights in a 3, 4 or 5 star hotel for a nominal fee of 120 Euros.

Festival Organization
Name: 
Madeira Film Festival
Address: 
30 A, Lombo da Rocha
City: 
Prazeres
State: 
Calheta, Madeira
Zip code: 
9370 -612
Country: 
Portugal
Telephone: 
00351 91 302 8330

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