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Cannes Festival 2011: "special thought" for Tunisia

Published the:  15/04/2011

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April 15, 2011 TAP - A "special thought" will be dedicated to Tunisia, Egypt and Japan at the 64th edition of Cannes Festival, organizers of this edition announced officially at a news conference held on Thursday.
Tunisia will be present, as usual, in the Festival's International Village where national stands turn into small Embassies where each country showcases its cultural identity, its institutions and the diversity of its innovation and defend the colors of its cinema.
Twenty six days before this major film event, the Culture Ministry is striving to prepare a program commensurate with the event.
The Trade Union Chamber of film producers has also prepared its own program.
In this regard, Mr. Lotfi Layouni, Chairman of the chamber, which is seeking subsidies from the Culture Ministry as well as the Tourism and Trade Ministries, told TAP News Agency that in tribute to youth of the Revolution, 30 short films produced recently by young Tunisian directors will be screened on the sidelines of the festival.
A news conference will be held to publicize the important measures decided for the cinema sector including those encouraging foreign producers to shoot in Tunisia.
Major streets of the city of Cannes will host Tunisian folk and musical heritage shows as well as a fashion parade.
The festival will be held from May 11 to 22.