The Middle East Now Film Festival is one of the most exciting annual cultural exhibitions of Middle Eastern film, art and music to take place outside of the Arab world, and it happens right here in Florence! Last year, a small jury made up of NYU Florence students conferred the prize for “Best Short Film” during the festival’s closing ceremonies at the Cinema Odeon, in a spirited competition that included amateur and professional work from Algeria to Afghanistan, from Iraq to Iran. With the present edition of the festival rapidly approaching, it’s time to gear up for another great season.
NYU Florence and the Middle East Now Film Festival are seeking new jury members from a wide variety of disciplines and interests to participate in the festival’s current edition, which will run from April 8-13, 2015. The NYU Student Jury will attend numerous public film screenings–often in the presence of cast, crew, press, and organizers–and will convene to deliberate over the relative strengths and weaknesses of each film. The goal of this discussion will be to determine the winner of the “Best Short Film” award, which the jury will present at the festival’s closing ceremony. This is a great opportunity for students who want to interact with a variety of cultural players, and jury members will be welcome at all other festival events, including talks with directors and producers, apperitivi, workshops and art exhibitions.
NYU Florence Alumni Jim Carter will return to lead the student jury for the second year in a row. Jim is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan, where he studies Italian literature, cinema and industrial design. He holds an M.A. degree from New York University, where he completed a thesis on cinema spectatorship during Italy’s silent period.
For more information on the festival visit the Middle East Now website at www.middleastnow.it. If you are an NYU Florence student interested in finding out more information about the project or applying to be part of the student jury write to email@example.com.
Here is Spring 2014 NYU Florence students Jim Carter and Alice Sholto-Douglas presenting the decision of the student jury at Florence’s The Odeon cinema at the festival’s closing ceremony last Spring: