"The Tunisian Film Festival is an important event dedicated to the national cinematography. It represents a perfect platform to promote the experiences of young Tunisian filmmakers by offering them more visibility "said Mokhtar Laajimi, Director of this second session of the festival during the press conference held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 in the Sophie El Goulli hall at the City of Culture, two days before the official opening of this event under the supervision of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the National Establishment for the Promotion of Festivals and Cultural and artistic Events.

M. Mohamed Hedi Jouini, Director General of the National Establishment for the Promotion of Festivals and Cultural and Artistic Events, praised the efforts made by the director of this festival to take it to the highest level, while highlighting the important increase in the funds allocated to it this year by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, reaching 500 000 dinars this year.

When taking the floor at this press conference, M. Samir Zgaia, Director General of the Scenic and Audiovisual Arts, said that the Tunisian Film Festival is based on a very rich cinematographic tradition, while stating that the Tunisian Cinema has reached a high degree of maturation in recent years with 650 production companies, 169 of which are in a permanent activity.

The vitality of this scene, he added, is reflected in the growing number of filming authorizations that have reached 196 of which 65 are on the behalf of foreign production companies. Samir Zgaia also said that cinema is a sector of high employability and that the number of professional cards delivered by the Department of Culture reached 475.

Mokhtar Laajimi, Director of the Festival, said that this festival is also an opportunity to pay tribute to the pioneers of Tunisian cinema, stating that during the inaugural session of this event, Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Theater of Regions of the City of Culture, several filmmakers will be honored, namely: Ahmed Bennis (Photo Director), Faouzi Thabet (sound engineer), Kahena Attia (editor), Hassen Daldoul (director - producer), Mongia Taboubi ( actress), Moncef Sdouri and Ahmed Khechine director of the feature film "Sous la pluie de l'automne" which will be projected at the opening ceremony of the Festival.

For this second session of the Festival, which will run from Monday, June 10 till Saturday, June 15 about 35 feature and short films will be projected. During this press conference the visual identity of the Tunisian Film Festival was revealed through the projection of an animated logo inspired by the work of the artist, late Hedi Selmi.

The choice of the sparrow for both Awards and for the Festival Logo, is first of all a reference to freedom but also to the greatest Tunisian and Arab filmmakers including Ferid Boughdir and Youssef Chahine.

This year, all the projections will take place at the Cine 350 hall and the Tahar Chériâa hall at the City of Culture. The program also includes a study day on the funding sources for Tunisian cinema with the participation of several experts from Tunisia, Belgium, France and Morocco

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