Winners at the Millenium Film Festival
The film “A World Not Ours”, from Lebanese Director Mahdi Fleifel, was awarded the “Objectif d’Or”, the Grand Award of the 5th edition of the Millenium Film Festival, which successfully concluded in Brussels on 9 June 2013.
In this filmed personal diary, Mahdi Fleifel presents the life of three generations living in Ain al-Hilweh, the Palestine refugee camp in southern Lebanon where he grew up. The images shot by his father in the 80’s and the 90’s also reflect the lives of some 70,000 people who have lived in this small square kilometer for over 60 years. With tact and humor, the film director talks about his family and friends’ everyday life and especially about his long-time friend Abu Eyad.
Another film relating to the on-going Palestine refugee situation, “The Road to Silverstone”, received the “Objectif d’Argent”, the prize for the best development message awarded by UNDP. This film, from the Finnish director Johan Eriksson, tells the story of a group of young Palestine engineers, who succeeded in building a Formula 1 race car, the first ever built in Gaza, without being able to get the key components from European suppliers.
After overcoming many obstacles, they were finally able to present it at the international Formula Student competition at Britain’s famous Silverstone race track. Capturing the dreams of these young people, the film reveals a side of Gaza's life rarely shown before.
The closing ceremony of the Millenium Festival was held on 9 June 2013 at Studio 4, Flagey, in Brussels and concluded the 10-day festival in style. During the ceremony, a total of 10 prizes were awarded, and the winner film of the Festival was screened.
The Jury of the Festival, composed of 7 members, was presided by the Turkish filmmaker Ahmet Atilla Boyacioglu.