For years the film festivals worldwide were dominated by the Hollywood festivals. They were the most awaited event of the year. Then suddenly a new child on the block entered the industry to change the game. This new child is called The Beirut Film Festival. Their entrance simply changed the game for Hollywood and the world in general. It is an exciting event which comes with a lot of amazing activities that keep one entertained throughout the festival. Most of the Hollywood film festivals last for 3 to 7 days. This is in contrast with the Beirut film festival which takes a period of three weeks. This means that people will enjoy for three weeks non- stop watching the current and future stars in the arts world!
The world has for years enjoyed the Hollywood material and culture but now the focus is on learning new things. The Beirut film festival provides this. Actors and exhibitors from the Arabic world show case their material in this big festival. Turkish, Iran and France actors have showcased their talents in this event and thereby offering an alternative to Hollywood industry. While some Hollywood events people pay to attend, the Beirut Film Festival has free admission days and literally open for everyone to attend. This makes it one of the most popular film arts festivals in the world today. What is needed is for one to be there. One of the exciting things about this festival is the selection of the movies. The movies selected for this festival are meant to cover a lot of topics. According to their website the films are about architecture, archaeology, dance, design, history of art, museums and visual arts among other show cased genres. This is different from many festivals where movies are screened based on their popularity or their ability to be popular. It also ensures that the taste of various people who attend the film festival is met.
The impact of the festivals is felt around the country. In many schools around the country the films are screened. This goes a long way in inspiring future actors and making students appreciate a variety of entertaining arts while they are still young. The festival is screened in about 60 schools and thereby inspiring over 9000 pupils in Lebanon. Questions are asked why people now prefer the Beirut Film Festival in Lebanon to the Hollywood film festivals. The answer lies in the fact that the Beirut Film Festival offers what Hollywood failed to offer all these years. They have made the Hollywood festival to look like a child’s play. Most people are getting involved in their festival considering that some of the days are free. The schools are involved which inspires children to be involved in film arts from a young age. Besides inspiring them, it makes them appreciate and love different genres of films offered in the world today. One can simply say with the menu that it offers and the growing crowd that attends the festival it has brought Hollywood to its knees. Hollywood should act now or otherwise it will always remain in a shock forever.
Beirut Film Foundation