CinemaPalestino celebrates the existence of Palestinian cinema and aims to:
- Bring Palestinian Cinema to Sheffield counteracting the mainstream narrative about Palestine and reach an audience not catered for by mainstream cinema.
- Use cinema to demonstrate the diversity of the Palestinian experience.
- Promote discussion about the nature of modern Palestinian cultural production and the circumstances under which this takes place.
- Establish this as a cultural fixture in Sheffield.
CinemaPalestino is a unique festival and celebration of Palestinian film in that it has operated independently outside of London (BPFF is another notable exception to the London rule). It is the only Palestinian Film festival in the North of England. It is part of a jigsaw of activity that keeps Palestine on the cultural map and offers an alternative to the mainstream images of Palestine.