The annual Monaco Charity Film Festival celebrates the world of film, whilst also remembering those less fortunate than ourselves.
This year is the 8th edition of the Monaco Charity Fillm Festival, a festival that gathers celebrities and personalities from the world of business, entertainment, and of course, royalty! The beneficiary of the charitable arm of the organisation this year is the Virlanie Foundation in the Philippines.
This is a film festival with a difference. There are up to 12 screenings of movies on a daily basis throughout the festival, in the Salon Trianon in the luxurious surroundings of the Hôtel Hermitage. They are all open to the public, and better still, admission is free.
The categories this year include Feature Drama/Narrative, Feature Documentaries, Shorts, Student Short, and the Out of Competition section (which this year is a tribute to Russian film schools). A full schedule of movies and screening schedule is available on the festival website.
Many of the movies featured in the various categories are getting their European, and in some cases World, premières at the festival. Check out the likes of Adultolescence, Crossroad, The Humdrummer, Momo: The Sam Giancana Story, and Sweet 16 to see the latest of what the world of international cinema has to offer.
Of course, the most significant part of the Festival is the awards for the films in competition, chosen by international juries for Features and Shorts. For many of the filmmakers who participate in the festival, they are happy to benefit from the contacts they can make at such a gathering, which may translate into financing or distribution deals. But to win an award is certainly one way to catapult yourself into the limelight. The award ceremony takes place on Tuesday, 14th May, as part of a spectacular Gala Dinner and show that will raise money for charity.
The 2013 Monaco Charity Film Festival runs from Friday 10th to Tuesday 14th May in the Hôtel Hermitage in Monte-Carlo.
Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo
MC 98000 Monaco
Tel: +377 98 06 40 00
Lead image courtesy Monaco Charity Film Festival; Photographer – Christian PINSON