Koura Cinema Days (KCD) - أيام الكورة السينمائية
is an annual event organized in Koura District in North Lebanon by Beirut Film Society under the theme "Koura , Film Friendly", gathering filmmakers and cinema lovers from Lebanon and all over the world.
Koura Cinema Days (KCD) seeks to promote Koura as a privileged filming destination and coordinates public and private entities in order to facilitate the development of national and international productions in Lebanon generally and in North Lebanon in particular.
From the heart of North Lebanon, Koura Cinema Days (KCD) is an initiative willing to put Koura District and Lebanon on the map of filmmaking industry.
Situated between the sea and the mountains, on a chain of beautiful hills that stretch from east to west, Amioun, the center and capital of Koura District has a distinctive location and a scenic view. Surrounding the hills on which Amioun is situated are olive fields in the north and vineyards, almond orchards, and olive trees in the south. Paved roads, including the Beirut-Cedars main highway, run through those hills. Long ago, when the houses that stretched on those hills were few, Amioun was called “the town of beautiful hills”.
Amioun is a very old settlement whose history can be traced back to the Paleolithic period. This is supported by the number of small caves built in the old city's rocks. In the past years, a number of French and German Orientalist – foremost of whom was the Frenchman Ernest Renan – visited it, studied its archaeological sites and wrote about them. The ancient Semitic peoples are thought to have arrived in the region around 4000 B.C.
In his book “The Monuments of Lebanon”, Father Lamens mentions a number of towns, one of which is “Amia” (p. 76). If this connection is correct, Amioun may be considered as the oldest town in the interior of Lebanon.
Koura Cinema Days (KCD) will take "Amia" as its prime Award.
AWARDS ARE FOR BOTH NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL FILMS:
- Amia Golden Award for Best Feature Fiction
- Amia Golden Award for Best Feature Documentary
- Amia Golden Award for Best Feature Animation & Experimental
- Amia Golden Award for Best Short Fiction
- Amia Golden Award for Best Short Documentary
- Amia Golden Award for Best Short Animation & Experimental
- Amia Golden Award for Best Web & News Media
- Amia Golden Award for Best Music Video
- Audience Choice Award in all Films Categories
- Screenplay awards are in a from of a grant for films who use Koura region as a filming location. It consists of cash and logistic support:
. Amia Award for Best Feature Screenplay
. Amia Award for Best Short Screenplay
Rules and Regulations:
Filmmakers are invited to submit their original work to Koura Cinema Days (KCD) for the above listed categories and as per the assigned duration of each category.
1- FILMS PRODUCED AFTER JANUARY 1, 2018 ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SUBMISSION.
2- FOR INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILMS SUBMISSIONS, LEBANESE PREMIERE IS A PREFERENCE – HOWEVER, IT DOES NOT DISQUALIFY THE SUBMITTED FILM.
3- KCD SUPPORTS TRAVEL COST OF DIRECTORS OF SELECTED INTERNATIONAL FILMS TO LEBANON TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FESTIVAL SCREENINGS AND ACTIVITIES. (Conditions apply)
4- Submission fees are non refundable and non reimbursable under any circumstances; KCD does not reimburse any submission fees for films who are not selected for the festival program, or who withdraw their submissions at any time.
5- KCD retains the right to accept or decline any film, for whatever reason, without any explanation.
6- Applicant admits that he/she is authorized to submit the film, being the rights-holder or authorized representative of the film.
7- KCD receives exhibition copy in QuickTime 1080p HD 8 bit uncompressed or Apple ProRes file or equivalent via a downloadable link.
8- All non-English speaking films must have adequate English subtitles.
9- Screening fees must be declared prior to or upon submission. If a screening fee is only indicated after the official selection has been announced, the Festival retains the right to revoke the film's acceptance.
10- Koura Cinema Days (KCD) holds the right to:
• Use the selected films for trailers and publicity usage
• Screen the winning films in other related events inside Lebanon, and recommend the winning films to other international film festivals that collaborate with KCD after the approval of the filmmakers.
11- Any film coming from Israel will be directly disqualified