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Considering current developments, that we hope will bring to Lebanon better times, BAFF 5th edition is being rescheduled. Please register to the festival newsletter for more information.

It is indeed a hard launching of this BAFF – Edition V;

no less hard than the difficult circumstances we are living through.

However, it is our conviction and will to declare this launching as an integral part and determined participation into the revolt of Lebanese women and men, aiming at a better future for them and for their children.

Despite the heartbreaking tragedies of fellow citizens taking their own lives, when unable to take any more the abject consequences of extreme poverty; these screenings are meant to highlight the thrive of Lebanese towards beauty and creativity; through their participation to the international celebration of a giant figure from the Renaissance.

To honor Leonardo da Vinci, is an act of faith in the renaissance of Lebanon, thanks to the heroic revolt of his people; thanks to the valiance and determination of Lebanese men and women in the public places of Beirut, Trablous, Jbeil, Saida, Nabatiyeh, Batroun, Sour, Jal el Dib, Ersal, Zouk Michael… and all other towns. Towns and villages that we, at BAFF, visited year after year; in their colleges, cultural centers and schools; where we offer our films, in an act of communion and hope.

5th Edition

نظرا للأوضاع السائدة، والتي نأمل أن تؤدي الى مستقبل أفضل للوطن
.نعلن افتتاح النسخة الخامسة لمهرجان بيروت للأفلام الفنية الوثائقية .ارجاء التسجيل على الموقع

The disruption of Bisri dam, the project of corruption and criminal environmental catastrophes is a major achievement of the October 17 revolt.

Inspired by this success of the protests, and faithful to our line of raising Lebanon’s environmental issues, edition after the other; we are honored to present this year “The Battle for the Cedars”. This documentary highlights the relentless fight of a small group of villagers, in the protection of Lebanon ancestral heritage.

This 5th Edition, that will take place against all odds, week after week, could not have been possible without the motivation and determination of many allies convinced that Art is what helps to draw from inertia (Henri Michaux).

Our sincere and profound recognition goes to:

  • Robert A. Matta Foundation for Arts & Culture
  • Alexis & Anne-Marie Habib Foundation
  • Ministry of Education and Higher Education
  • Embassy of USA
  • Embassy of Switzerland
  • Minsitero per i Beni e la Attivita Culturali
  • Embassy of Italy
  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura
  • Embassy of Austria
  • Embassy of Spain
  • Embassy of Sweden
  • Goethe Institut
  • Washington National Gallery of Art
  • Beirut International Platform of Dance – BIPOD

Patrons & Partners

Compte tenu de la situation actuelle,
et qui, nous l’espérons, aboutira à un meilleur avenir pour le Liban,
la 5è édition du BAFF est de nouveau programmée. Merci de vous inscrire a notre newsletter.

In its 5th Edition, the Beirut Art Film Festival continues to develop the BAFF @ Schools program. In partnership with Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Istituto Italiano di Cultura and a team of volunteers ladies, Samia Meguerdich, Marie Nassar, Lina Shamma, Lara Doumet, Najwa Bassil and Rima Husseini, all public and private schools in Lebanon are invited to screen between 1 November and 20 December two educational documentaries to all their pupils; one film is about art and science, celebrating the 500th Leonardo Da Vinci anniversary,
Leonardo – The Man who Saved Science (2016, 52′, Mark Daniels, English of French, both with Arabic subtitles), second is about legendary and endangered Lebanon cedars forest and the fight for its protection, La Bataille du cèdre  (2018, 52′, Laurent Sorcelle, French & Arabic with Arabic subtitles).
For information, email to schools@bafflebanon.org

From 5 to 13 December, 12 documentaries will be screened at American University of Beirut – Bathish Auditorium, with free access for all… All screenings are announced online on BAFF website and social media pages.

After December 13, more BAFF weeks to come at

  • Saint-Joseph University, all campuses
  • Lebanese American University
  • Holly Spirit University Kaslik
  • University of Balamand / ALBA
  • Beirut Arab University
  • Haigazian University
  • Université Antonine

along with 18 cultural centers & partners across Lebanon

  • Dar El-Nimer for Arts & Culture, Beirut
  • Municipality of Zahle Maalaka and Tanayel
  • ASSABIL Friends of Public Libraries Association, Beirut
  • Bikfaya-Mhaidsseh Municipality
  • Tibnine Cultural Center
  • Centre Culturel Municipal CLAC – Byblos
  • Cinema Douma
  • Palmyra Hotel, Baalbeck
  • AZM Cultural Center – Beit El Fan, Tripoli
  • Baakleen National Library
  • Safadi Cultural Center, Tripoli
  • Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture, Zouk Mikael
  • Jezzine Hub
  • Municipal Cultural Center CLAC – Bint Jbeil
  • Fondation Audi – Musée du Savon, Saida
  • Association Culturelle – El Hermel والثقافة التراث منتد