First annual Bridal Veil Film Festival debuts under Utah waterfall

Open Air Cinema, the largest provider of outdoor cinema events, today announced it is hosting the first annual Bridal Veil Film Festival. The festival is a celebration of international cinema, taking place over three weeks from September 12-28, 2008 near the base of the picturesque Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon, Utah. All proceeds will benefit the Rwanda Cinema Center.

The projectionist running the Bridal Veil Film Festival is from a U.N. refugee camp on the border of Rwanda. His organization will be the main benefactor for the fundraising efforts. Also short films from the Rwanda Cinema Center will be screened at the event.

Over three weekends in September, the festival will screen 11 films from almost as many countries. Each night of the festival, the films will show at 8 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

  • Sept 12 – Life is Beautiful (Italy)
  • Sept 13 – Amelie (France)
  • Sept 14 – Dreams (Japan)
  • Sept 18 – Children of Heaven (Iran)
  • Sept 19 – Cinema Paradiso (Italy)
  • Sept 20 – Chariots of Fire (England)
  • Sept 21 – Grizzly Man (USA)
  • Sept 25 – Wings of Desire (Germany)
  • Sept 26 – War Dance (Uganda)
  • Sept 27 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (USA)
  • Sept 28 – City of God (Brazil)

All proceeds from the film festival will be used to provide outdoor cinema equipment for the Rwanda Cinema Center. Open Air Cinema has also worked with Non-Governmental Organizations in Africa such as Film Aid to screen movies as well as AIDS education and women’s rights films in remote villages on its inflatable screens that range in size from 10 feet to 40 feet.

For more information about the Bridal Veil Film Festival, visit www.bvfilmfest.com.

For more information about the Rwanda Cinema Center, visit www.rwandacinemacenter.org.

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