Kuwait First Film Festival kicked off Friday amid distinguished atmospheres including shows of art and cinema. The shows outline the leading cinema march of the State of Kuwait that was launched in the beginning of the last century.
Addressing the festival, Secretary General of National Center for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) Ali Al-Yoha said in a speech on behalf of Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah that culture and arts are pillars of the modern state.
Al-Yoha added that art industry has evolved in the State of Kuwait, and become a mirror of progress and development, referring to keenness of many countries on organizing festivals to brief their nations on latest development in cinema industry.
Kuwait has made great strides in cultural fields, and been existing on area of cinema for 40 years, he said. Meanwhile, Shaker Abul, head of festival, said the event would not be based only in showcasing cinema works of directors but it will help participants share expertise and ideas.
The festival will hold several lectures, seminars and workshops which feature some experts in this industry, he noted. It invited some guests from Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Lebanon, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Canada, Germany, Malta and Czech Republic, he revealed.
The event is held under the auspices of Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah, who is also Acting Information Minister and Chairman of NCCAL. The pioneers of filmmaking, who have played outstanding roles on artistic arenas in Kuwait and all over the world, were honored during inaugurating the event on Dasma Theater.
Directors Khaled Al-Nasrallah, Hashem Mohammad, Abdullah Al-Mekhyal and others were honored during the event which runs until March 28 at the National Library of Kuwait.