MIXED Martial Arts (MMA) is set to take centre stage at the Cannes Film Festival.
Short film, Invincible Warrior, sponsored by Belfast-based MAX Xtreme Fighting, and Love Pain Eternal, will be screened at the ten-day event off the French Riviera in the Short Film Corner.
The event is producer, Bobby Razak’s debut at the festival. A lifelong fan of MMA, he is delighted the sport is being recognised by the film industry.
Bobby said: “I am obviously absolutely thrilled my work is to be aired at Cannes, undoubtedly the world’s most glamorous film festival.
“But this is also a huge deal for MMA. For too long it has been on the sidelines and a sport people were frightened of being associated with. It was not recognised in the mainstream.
“It is fantastic to see that the perception of MMA has changed so dramatically. It is now being viewed as the highly-dedicated and highly-charged sport it is.
“I would think this is the first time that films based purely on MMA have made it onto the Cannes Film Festival bill.”
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