Credit : MC - Didier Plowy
5th international War On Screen film festival in Châlons-en-Champagne, organised by La Comète – National Stage
4 - 8 October 2017
Culture heals wounds. Not all, but by making it possible to speak, to show, to condemn, it can help to pacify and heal.
At the beginning of the 21st century, with many conflicts raging, culture has a vital role to play.
The War On Screen festival provides us with a privileged platform, unique in Europe.
I would like to pay tribute to this festival for its commitment and its openness.
Commitment to raising the collective awareness of the issues broached by the filmmakers – this year, all contemporary conflicts are tackled: from Asia to Europe, from the Cold War to the wars now raging, at the beginning of the 21st century. Commitment to raising the awareness of the spectator to the power of cinema.
Commitment to young people in particular, and I pay special tribute to this because for me young people are a priority. The festival’s initiatives are exemplary in the field of education, focusing on the teaching of critical faculties, with access to filmmaking workshops run by professionals.
This open festival has conquered the heart of its audience. A festival that welcomes artists and professionals from all horizons. I pay tribute this year to the presence of the great Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Szabo, acclaimed by the Cannes festival and the Oscars, who presides over the jury in this 5th year of the festival. I also pay tribute to all the films screened.
The Ministry of Culture has supported this event from its inception – via the National Centre of Cinematography and the moving image (CNC) and the Regional Cultural Affairs Directorate. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our local public partners, to whose work and involvement I also pay tribute.
I wish you all a wonderful festival 2017.
Minister for Culture