Muscat – Oman Film Society, in cooperation with Office of Governor of South Batinah, has announced the second edition of Batinah International Film Festival, scheduled for November 12-15.
This year, the festival theme – Human Relationship with the Land – reflects the intrinsic connection between the people of Oman and their natural surroundings.
The festival serves as a platform for burgeoning talents in the movie industry. It not only opens a window to global cinematic perspectives but also aids in the propagation of film culture and the elevation of Omani production standards.
Dr Humaid al Ameri, Chairman of Oman Film Society, described the festival’s role as being part of an ongoing series of events aimed at spreading the culture of cinema in the community. “The festival places Oman on the global cinema map and presents Omani governorates to the world, introducing them at film forums, while inspiring Omani filmmakers by recognising and featuring their work.”
Mohammed bin Abdullah al Ajmi, Director of Batinah International Film Festival, said the event is an unmatched platform for filmmakers to showcase their creativity and exchange insights and experiences.
“We recognise the pivotal role of cinema in narrating stories and fortifying cultural and human connections. This festival serves as a vehicle to unearth both Omani and international talents in the film industry,” he added.
The event features various competitions spanning several categories, including contests for Omani and international short films and short documentaries, and a special festival competition exploring the festival theme.
“The ultimate goal is to promote culture and human values,” Ajmi said.