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Duhok IFF announce the Official Poster of 3rd Duhok International Film Festival 2015

The object around which encloses the core concept of this year is the Nazar, a symbol that encloses many meanings; the eye of god, luck, tradition and cultural identity. The evil eye symbolises the human eye, the window that opens the world and as such, it is the starting point of good and bad thoughts. Inserted inside the poster, it melts with the logo, creating a silhouette of the grape leaf, - a very special symbol of Kurdistan. The poster evokes dynamism of all the elements and the movement commemorates birth, life, growth, hope and courage.
Encasing this frame of symbols, we have included some elements that reflect film, such as a film roll and the number 3.

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And what movies are going to be presented?
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At Duhok IFF’s first press conference of 2015, the festival management was pleased to announce that the 3rd Duhok International Film Festival will be funded by the governorate of Duhok.

The management was particularly pleased to announce that Duhok IFF is now a proud member organization of the prestigious Asia Pacific Screen Awards, making Duhok IFF the only organization permitted to submit films from Iraq to APSA.

It was also revealed that this year’s Country Focus section will be dedicated to France. The organizing of the section will be in co-operation with the French Institute in Erbil.

‪#‎DUHOKIFF‬ ‪#‎DUHOKIFF2015‬ ‪#‎FrenchCinema‬ ‪#‎APSA2015‬
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30 Years passed, and what remains ...

What remains are vivid and haunting memories of a man from a working-class town who becomes an award-wining director, writer, producer and actor.
What remains is the icon of the Kurdish Cinema, Yılmaz Güney. 
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Duhok IFF postponed to December 2014. 
Due to the political and humanitarian situation in Iraq, the Duhok International Film Festival is postponed. If this situation went better, it will be...
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Submissions for the 2014 edition of Duhok International Film Festival are now closed. Thank you for your interest in being a part of our festival – we’ll notify accepted filmmakers by August 15th, and we thank everyone who submited their films to us.

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Last week for film submissions! Submit your film now to participate in the 4th edition of Duhok International film festival.
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Submissions for Duhok IFF 2016 are Now Open!

We are happy to announce that we are now accepting submissions for narrative, documentary features and short films for the 4th annual Duhok International Film Festival. Our team of programmers is enthusiastically awaiting your entries.

Click here to head over to our submission page: where you will find the required form and information regarding your project’s eligibility for Duhok 4th International Film Festival 2016.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email to

Here’s a list of a few key Duhok IFF 2016 dates to keep in mind (for all Kurdish and International films)

May 20, 2016 : Submissions open
July 20, 2016: Official deadline for submissions of completed features, shorts and documentaries.

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Last call for all entries for the 3rd Duhok International Film Festival, the deadline is only 2 weeks away!

Submission Deadline: July 5th, 2015

Submit your film to the 3rd Duhok International film festival. Duhok IFF accepts fictional features, documentary and short films.

For submissions and related information – Follow the link Below!

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Duhok IFF postponed to September 9th - 16th, 2015 
Due to the political situation in Iraq and the resulting humanitarian situation in the secure autonomous region of Kurdistan. The Duhok 3rd Internatio...
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3rd Duhok International Film Festival
December 1st - 8th, 2014
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Filme Fêstîvala Duhok ya Navnetewî cejna we pîroz dike.
Duhok International Film Festival wishes you a blessed Eid.
مهرجان دهوك السينمائي الدولي يتمنى لكم عيدآ مباركآ
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Barzan St, Azadi Panorama
Duhok 42001, Kurdistan Region of Iraq
The 4th Edition of Duhok International Film Festival. September 9th - 16th, 2016.

Kurdistan covers in big parts the region of former Mesopotamia. Being one of the oldest cultures in the world, Mesopotamia is widely considered as the cradle of civilization  where writing was invented and the origins of philosophy can be traced back to. With its ancient, highly developed and socially complex states it had a profound impact on the development of the western civilization and culture. 

The Duhok International Film Festival wishes to return a cultural identity to this region, so that it is perceived again as a place of development instead of a place of political conflict. The fertile land that Mesopotamia once presented is now the land that can breathe quality, cinema and epic stories, growing to new strength.

The festival aims to showcase innovative films of high artistic value with a notable handwriting made throughout the world. It shall work as a pinnacle point for all wishing to learn more about the possibilities the Kurdish regions have to offer. Duhok IFF wishes to create an atmosphere of exchange between different cultures and human values. The city becomes a encounter of civilisations, where ancient culture connects with modern culture and the Kurdish film landscape with world cinema. Unique film experiences can be made and people can share their thirst for new discoveries and a passion for cinema in all its diversity.

A major task of the festival is to build a bridge between Kurdish film production and worldwide film making. It wishes to create a launch platform for films from Kurdistan, taking the pulse of new tendencies and offering the opportunity to explore a terrain opening up in contemporary film making. As a unique festival in this region, it understands itself as a forge for new talents and meeting place for up and coming film makers.

The programme does not only present a wide selection of international productions from all over the world, it also aims to spotlight Kurdish film in the world’s film landscape.

It focusses both on new films from the four parts of Kurdistan (Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey), as well as on films from abroad including films made by Kurdish filmmakers who live in Diaspora. 

It is time to open ourselves to the thoughts, images, myths and stories of Kurdistan, to its culture, to its films. Welcome to Duhok!

The Duhok International Film Festival is organised by the General Directorate of Culture, Arts, Sports and Youth of Duhok City and by the Cinema Directorate Duhok in cooperation with mîtosfilm Berlin.