Working hard to prepare SRFF 2016

Festival preparation is now in full power. We’ve hired a new administrator to help us with the preparations. Meet and greet Dana. She will be helping us with marketing, promotion and audience development, and everything else we need to build upon the success of the festival last year. 

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Dana – With only 70 days left until the start of the festival, I want to get everything right. To know me better and see how I’ll be supporting the festival, traces of my work can be found all over the internet. I’m a writing and cinema enthusiast, journalist and supporter of social justice and human rights. After finishing an MA in Audiovisual studies and Art journalism at VSMU Bratislava and an MA Professional Writing at Falmouth University, I embarked on a long journey to use my skills to help make the world a better place for everyone – either working as a freelance journalist or within the organisation of film festivals.

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I love working in communication and in administration for non-governmental or charity organisations. Just a few days ago I finished a one year project focused on helping immigrants in the South West and before that, I worked as a communication officer for NGO NECOFA in Kenya, enjoying the warm sun and a vibrant life in the city of Nakuru.

Right now, in the festival office, we are scheduling screenings, inviting directors, licensing films and developing our marketing strategies. Thank you everyone for being patient and we will be back soon with more updates and blog posts!


2015 Event @ University of Birmingham’s ‘Arts and Science Festival’

What: ‘Film and Human Rights: Local Stories and Bigger Pictures’ When: Wednesday 18th March 6.30pm Where: Muirhead G15, University of Birmingham 002 The evening will start with a showcase of short films on social issues and science fiction made by local pupils from Holte Academy in Lozells, in collaboration with Film Studies staff at the University. At 7.15, and after refreshments and a short break, we’re delighted to be able to screen the documentary Sons and Daughters of the Alarde (2013). The film looks at the difficulties faced by women who wish to participate in the Alarde (weapons parades) in the Bidasoa area of the Basque Country, and reflects the tensions in this region. The celebrations that run throughout the day of the Alarde serve as the backdrop to the conflict between those who favour the participation of women and those who oppose it. The director of the film, Jone Karres, will be present and will participate in an interview and Q&A with the audience, led by Rob Stone. Jone Karres works as a film critic for international press. The event is sponsored by the University of Birmingham and its research centre B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies.

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‘We Are the Giant’ screening and discussion

Monday June 30th, 2pm-6pm

Arts Building, Main Lecture Theatre

University of Birmingham

Join us for a special screening and panel discussion to inspire and develop debates on the relationship between human adversity, film and social action, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa:

– Screening of We are the Giant (2014) – the much-anticipated documentary about activism and the Arab uprisings

– Q&A with Maryam Al-Khawaja, Vice-President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights

– A panel discussion about the role of film, and social media, in documenting crises and affecting social and political change with:

  • Dr Alisa Lebow (University of Sussex)
    Amal Khalaf (Serpentine Gallery)
    Dr Dima Saber (Birmingham City University)
    Chair: Dr Michele Aaron (University of Birmingham)