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PRAGUE: The Swedish film The Deminer, directed by Hogir Hirori and Shinwar Kamal, was awarded best film in the International Competition of the 20th One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival held in Prague from 5 to 14 March 2018.
This year’s 20th annual One World film festival, held from 5 to 14 March in Prague, has its winners. The juries handed out a total of nine prizes in the categories of International Competition, Right to Know, and Czech Competition. The fourth jury was the Student Jury, which chose the best film from the festival’s collection of films for secondary schools. After each screening, viewers could also cast their votes for the documentary to be honoured with the Avast Foundation Audience Award.
One World showed 128 documentary films in Prague, including nine virtual reality projects. The films were screened in 15 categories – the traditional and familiar categories from past years were joined by several new additions this year. For instance, Americana presented documentaries about the USA. Viewers could thus watch films the followed the rise of Donald Trump to the head of the country, or the stories of young African Americans as they deal with difficult situations in life. The Eurodrome category focused on today’s burning issues in Europe such as populism, migration, and nationalism. Another new addition was One Zero, which explored the subject of human rights online and thus reflected the motto of this year’s festival: Updating the System.
Over the course of the festival’s first week, the afternoon and evening screenings were attended by 27,913 viewers. The school screenings were attended by more than 10,000 students and teachers. One World screenings will continue at schools until Thursday 15 March. The Prague stage of the festival concludes with screenings of the winning films on Wednesday 14 March, after which it will move to 36 other cities in the Czech Republic. The festival’s Get Your Audience! programme functions year-round, allowing anyone to legally screen the festival’s films for a wider audience.
The international jury chose a Best Film and a Best Director from a total of 12 films representing new ways of exploring the question of human rights in documentary film.
The Award for Best Film went to The Deminer by directors Hogir Hirori and Shinwar Kamal (Sweden / 2017 / 82 min.). The film’s main protagonist, Fakhir Berwari, is a legend in the Iraqi town of Dohuk who dedicated his life to getting rid of all kinds of explosives, even at great personal risk.
“Compelling, innovative and passionate, our choice for best film is an exceptional force combining precious personal archives with contemporary scenes. This is not only a powerful story about war, but about family, memory and loss,” explains the jury in its official statement.
The Best Director Award went to Talal Derki, author of Of Fathers and Sons (Germany, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria / 2017 / 98 min.). Derki, who came to Prague to introduce the film in person, uses the camera to explore the actions of a man fighting for an Islamic caliphate and for his family. He has succeeded in creating a unique study of the Islamic radicalization of children.
The International Jury’s special mention goes to Laura Bari, director of Primas (Canada, Argentina / 2017/ 100 min.). The jury called Primas “a creative and vibrant voice in a remarkable and urgent film that compels us to look beyond victimhood to the beautiful and inspired ways in which girls and women can survive and thrive after experiencing sexual violence.”
The international competition jury consisted of film critic, media educator, and founder/programming director of Cinema Politica Ezra Winton, film director and CEO/Director of Sheffield Doc Fest Elizabeth McIntyre, and Iranian filmmaker and two-time winner at the Sundance Festival Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, whose films focus primarily on women who try to express their voice through art even though they lack formal education and their circumstances in life are hardly favourable to an artistic career.
VÁCLAV HAVEL JURY
The Václav Havel Jury chose from among the documentaries screened in the Right to Know section, and presents its award to films that make an exceptional contribution to the defence of human rights.
This year, the jury unanimously decided to present the main prize in the category of human rights to the film Watani – My Homeland by German director Marcel Mettelsiefen (Great Britain / 2017 / 76 min.). The film is a shocking eyewitness report on the life of the family of a commander in the Free Syrian Army in war-ravaged Aleppo.
In explaining its decision, the jury states, “This film demonstrates that in our world, every single person – and most of all, every child – deserves love and peace. We completely understand the feelings of the protagonists as we are compelled to ask ourselves: Would we be able to save our own family or our own country under similar circumstances?”
Special mention goes to The Venerable W. by director Barbet Schroeder (France, Switzerland / 2017 / 100 min.). The film was chosen primarily because it explores the current tragic situation of the Rohingya in Myanmar.
“Nationalism and racism appeal to people's basest instincts. In an era of rising populism, this film is a warning to all of us. We cannot fight for our human rights by violating the human rights of others. We shouldn't blame a religion but those who abuse religion and power,” says the jury in its statement.
This year, the members of the Václav Havel Jury were: Vietnamese activist, singer and composer Mai Khoi, Tunisian journalist and blogger Lina Ben Mhenni, who was the first to report on the Arab Spring and was nominated for the Nobel Prize, Polish commentator and founder of the Świecka Szkoła (Secular School) campaign Leszek Jażdżewski, human rights activist and coordinator for the Coalition for Equality in Kyrgyzstan Aizath Shakieva, and lawyer and professor at the Centre for Human Rights at CURLA/UNAH university in Honduras Vanessa Siliezar.
This is the second year that the festival presented awards to the best Czech-produced documentaries. The jury chose from ten films, five of which had their premiere at the festival. This year’s jurors – representatives from international festivals – were: Romanian director and producer Ileana Stanculescu, German actor, filmmaker, and main advisor for the Berlin International Film Festival Wieland Speck, and Japanese producer and coordinator of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Haruka Hama.
The Czech Competition jury gave its award to Non-Parent by director Jana Počtová (CZ / 2017 / 83 min.). The stories of the film’s protagonists show the broad spectrum of possibilities for (non)parenthood – from a single woman who adopted twins to a couple that doesn’t want any children at all.
“In a refreshingly direct, fast paced, young and equally adult way the film depicts the modern varieties of propagation and parenthood. Full of humour and with a passionate editing, the film unveils the daily life and intimate perspectives of a diverse range of protagonists,” states the jury in its decision.
Special mention went to the directing duo of Klára Tasovská and Lukáš Kokeš and their documentary Nothing Like Before (CZ, Slovakia / 2017 / 92 min.) about the life of four teenagers who are forced to grow up before they would like to, and must find their place in society.
The student jury chose the best film in the festival’s section of films for students. It is composed primarily of secondary school students who are organizers of One World in Schools student film clubs.
The Student Jury’s award went to the documentary Peace to You All by Slovak director Juraj Mravec (Slovakia / 2016 / 67 min.), which shows the lives of ordinary people in the midst of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
According to its official statement, the jury “chose a film we can relate to and which intrigues its audience with its authenticity and relevance to current events. We believe this documentary offers multiple perspectives and shows its subject matter in a complex yet easy-to-follow way.”
AVAST FOUNDATION AUDIENCE AWARD
The most sucessful film of One World Film Festival is the documentary City of Ghosts (USA / 2017 / 90 min.) by Matthew Heineman. City of Ghosts won the Audience Award, obtaining a 1,13 mark. This win confirms that war in Syria is still an ongoing topic of interest to the audiences. The film is a testimony of journalists Hamud and Hassan who are members of the activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. Despite the brutal repressions, the journalists publish the most up to date information about the war torn city.
Their work has been awarded internationally numerous times. Film has been shown at Sundance 2017 and won the Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/fest, among others.
Slovak film When the War Comes by director Jan Gebert (Czech republic, Croatia / 2018 / 76 min.) has secured the second place with 1,14 mark. Audiences also favoured the film The Cleaners by Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block (Germany, Brazil, Netherlands, Italy, USA / 2018 / 88 min.) which placed third.
Avast Foundation Audience Award will be announced alongside other Jury Awards at the closing ceremony of One World festival in the Lucerna cinema.
EAST DOC PLATFORM AWARDED THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES FROM CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
This year, the Institute for Documentary Film organised the seventh EAST DOC PLATFORM – the largest meeting of documentary filmmakers in Central and Eastern Europe. From 3 to 9 March, Prague hosted 350 film professionals from all over the world.
As part of East Doc Platform, nearly fifty works in progress were shown to several different juries, all vying for one of the awards with a total value of more than 35,000 euros. East Doc Platform’s Main Prize of 7,500 euros went to Polish-Estonian co-production The Last Relic by director Marianna Kaat, which looks at life in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.
The Polish-German project Angels of Sinjar, Yazidis – 21st Century Genocide by director Hanna Polak (prod. Simone Baumann) caught the interest of two television stations. The film follows the life of three sisters trying to rescue their other sisters from ISIS captivity, and shows their strength and determination to be more than mere victims. The Czech Television co-production award valued at 150,000 Czech crowns and the HBO Europe Award valued at 2,000 euros will help the project’s further development. A jury of representatives from Current Time TV decided to support Russian filmmaker Ksenia Gapchenko and her film Holy Culture!, and also Belarusian director Liuba Ziamtsova and her work in progress The Place of Love. The Golden Funnel award went to Czech director Hana Nováková for her playful Amoosed! (prod. Kateřina Traburová).
The best short film project was Černobílá (Blackandwhite, dir. Zoe Eluned Aiano, Anna Benner, produced by Linda Dědková and Martin Hůlovec). Through an urban legend about a female sharpshooter during World War II and set against the backdrop of Czech-German relations, the film explores the perception of women’s roles during war and also looks at the concepts of heroism and revenge. The project received 20,000 dollars for its completion and also support from the Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then distribution platform.
Photographs related to the winning films may be downloaded from the Press section at www.my.oneworld.com.
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Information on the juries and the winning films is available at www.oneworld.cz
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VILNIUS: The 9th edition of Meeting Point – Vilnius will focus on how to find alternative ways to distribute films and to create marketing strategies for independent cinema. The industry conference of the Vilnius Film Festival Kino Pavasaris (15-29 March 2018) will take place from 27 to 29 March 2018.
The film festival Azyl for video clips, one minute and five minute movies is back after a prolonged break. Last time the viewers could enjoy the creations of mainly young authors via our website in 2012. The organizers have decided to resume the event which offers a great chance to present the works of starting filmmakers and professionals alike.
The most notable addition is our collaboration with the Art Film Fest Košice where viewers will be able to see a selection of the best movies and observe the prize awarding ceremony.
Submission has started 22nd February for both competitive and non-competitive segment and will be closed on May 15th 2018.
Winners of specific sections will be awarded with valuable prizes.
Film education offers exciting opportunities for new and innovative ways of teaching. At the 2nd International Conference on Film Education, we will present examples of good practices in film education taking place in schools and cinemas, involving close co-operation between teachers and filmmakers. We will learn about the various ways of leading workshops and conducting discussions around film. Part of the conference will also be devoted to reflecting on the possible impact of film education programmes and their evaluation. The conference is aimed at professionals working in pre-school, and primary and secondary education, as well as at other experts interested in the subject from Slovenia and beyond.
Lectures will occasionally be delivered in Slovenian and English. At Kinodvor, they will be interpreted into Slovenian and English. At the Slovenian Cinematheque, however, lectures will not be translated.
Partners: Kinodvor, Slovenian Cinematheque (the Understanding Film project) and Slovenian Art Cinema Association (the Primary School of Film project).
The programme is available online: http://www.kinodvor.org/en/2nd-international-conference-on-film-education/
The 14th EDN Award is presented to Adam Ślesicki and Katarzyna Ślesicka from DOC LAB POLAND. They receive the award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture through their work in connection with the DOC LAB POLAND initiative.
Adam Ślesicki and Katarzyna Ślesicka receive the 2018 EDN Award for their work in establishing and running DOC LAB POLAND, which is the largest and most multi-faceted program for documentary filmmakers organized in Poland for Polish projects. The initiative supports auteur-driven creative documentary filmmaking and features a comprehensive program for the development of film projects. In addition to development support, DOC LAB POLAND also connects the European documentary industry to the Polish documentary scene, thereby making the strong creative tradition of Polish documentary more widely known and accessible.
With regards to the selection of DOC LAB POLAND for the 2018 EDN Award, EDN Director Paul Pauwels states: “In times where national authorities and state structures seem to care less about freedom of expression, democratic values and creative artists, it is essential that we have initiatives fighting for the rightful existence of the documentary genre as an artistic expression and cornerstone of our democratic society. It is important to have organisations that create European collaborations and bridges to other national industries, especially in times where political structures tend to focus more on national preferences. I therefore believe it is a logical step to recognize DOC LAB POLAND through the EDN Award 2018 for their outstanding contribution to the European documentary culture".
The award was presented to Adam Ślesicki at The EDN Award ceremony on March 6, 2018 during the Docs in Thessaloniki pitching forum organized by EDN in the framework of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century.
About The EDN Award
The EDN Award is presented annually during Docs in Thessaloniki to an institution, group or private person for outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture.
Previously The EDN Award has been presented to:
2017 - Nilotpal Majumdar In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the international documentary culture
2016 - Marianne Lévy-Leblond For her development of interactive documentary at ARTE
2015 – Caspar Sonnen For his pioneering commitment to interactive documentary work
2014 – Tue Steen Müller For a lifelong commitment to the documentary genre
2013 – Stefano Tealdi and Joan Gonzales For initiating and running Documentary in Europe and DocsBarcelona, respectively
2012 – Diana El Jeiroudi, Orwa Nyrabia and The DOX BOX Team For initiating the DOX BOX festival in Syria
2011 – Dimitri Eipides Director of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
2010 – IRDFA - Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association Director's guild in Iran focusing on documentary filmmakers
2009 – Nenad Puhovski and Zagreb Dox For initiating Zagreb Dox in Croatia
2008 – IDF – Institute of Documentary Film Prague based institute promoting documentary films from East- and Central Europe
2007 – Svetlana and Zoran Popovic For initiating and running Magnificent 7 in Belgrade, Serbia
2006 – The Jan Vrijman Fund Dutch film fund supporting filmmakers and festivals in developing countries
2005 – YLE Documentary The documentary department of YLE, the national public service broadcaster in Finland
EDN - European Documentary Network is a member-based organisation for professionals working with documentary film and television. The organization has around 1000 members from more than 60 countries. More about EDN - http://edn.network
Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) invites filmmakers to submit their projects in development for the second edition of the Transilvania Pitch Stop co-production platform, which will be held on 1-2 June 2018 in Cluj-Napoca.
The program is open to feature-length fiction film projects of 1st and 2nd time filmmakers coming from Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Greece, Turkey and Georgia. The projects can be in different stages of development with preferably 15% of the budget secured.
A jury of international professionals will hand the Eurimages Co-production Development Award valued at 20.000 euro and another 5.000 euro award in cash will be offered by Transilvania International Film Festival.
Deadline: 31st of March, 2018.The regulations can be checked here.
Selected projects will be announced no later then May 1st, 2018 and the director and producer will be invited to join the industry event in Cluj on the 1st and 2nd of June 2018.
TUESDAY, 2Oth of March 2018
WORKS IN PROGRESS10:00 Lumière Cinema, K2
For the third time, Industry Days at Febiofest 2018 will present a selection of upcoming Slovak film projects in different stages of development to local and international film professionals, sales agents, producers, festival representatives, journalists and interested film fans. The presentation will introduce twelve film projects: nine feature length films (out of which five fiction features and four documentary projects), accompanied by three short films - two independent productions and one student project.
The WiP presentations will be held in two parts. During the introduction to the second part, Massimo Nardulli will introduce LIM - Less Is More: the European platform for project development of limited budget feature films.
*Works in Progress is hosted by Rastislav Steranka, head of National Cinematographic Centre of Slovak Film Institute.
PANEL DISCUSSION14:00, Lumière Cinema, K2THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SHORT : WHY DO WE NEED SHORT FILMS?
What is the current status of short-length cinema here and abroad? What does its support system and professional background look like in Slovakia, and why are the majority of short films created by students in universities? Representatives of short film festivals, sales agents and short film makers will discuss the challenges short film is facing in the national and international context. The panel discussion will be followed by a master class of successful short filmmaker, all just to emphasize the idea that short films are just as important as feature-length ones.
Panelists: Massimo Nardulli (Wintherthur Interna-tional Short Film Festival, Torino Short Film Market), Enrico Vanucci (Venice Film Festival - Orizzonti Corti, TorinoShort Film Market), Vratislav Šlajer (short film producer, Bionaut), Diana Mereoiu (Vienna Shorts), Philip Ilson (London Short Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival), Michal Blaško (successful Slovak short filmmaker, currently developing his first feature film).
*The panel discussion is hosted by Alexandra Gabrižová, Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Faculty of Film and Television
MASTER CLASS16:00, Lumière Cinema, K2JACQUELINE LENTZOU
Young scriptwriter and director Jacqueline Lentzou is a London Film School graduate. Her graduation coming-of-age piece Thirteen Blue (2013) was awarded at numerous international film festivals (Golden Egg Award in Reykjavik IFF, 1st award in Athens Film & Video FF – Oscar Qualifying, CINEMED IFF, Sapporo SFF a. o.). After winning the screenwriting competition at Patmos IFF in 2014, she shot Luz (Kinofest-Manchester FF, Festival International De Signes de Nuit). She is a 2014 Sarajevo Talents and 2015 Berlinale Talents Alumni, and she also participated in the Berlinale Short Film Station 2015 with her project Fox (69th Locarno IFF, 22nd Sarajevo IFF). Currently she is working on her debut feature film Selini66 and participating at The Pop Up Film Residence in Bratislava.
*The master class is hosted by Soňa Balážová, National Cinematographic Centre of Slovak Film Institute
INDUSTRY PARTY: DIRTY ANIMATION
22:00, Luna Bar, Hotel Kyjev
DJ Karma je zdarma and VJ TooMuchDada are throwing a multimedia and animation-themed party.
The visitors will be able to dance to a pop/film set along with the heroes of Slovak animation.
All industry and festival guests are welcome!
WEDNESDAY, 21st of March 2018
PANEL DISCUSSION11:00, Lumière Cinema, K2SLOVAK FILM LANDSCAPE – RESOURCES AND CHALLANGES
Panel discussion on the current state and challenges of the Slovak film industry from the perspective of financing, infrastructure, services, and promotion. In recent years, film production in Slovakia has grown stronger, which is partly due to systematic funding from public sources (Audio-visual Fund, Radio and Television of Slovakia). AVF’s support program helped Slovak film industry to become more and more accessible abroad. Are there any other options of financing film production? Which areas of the industry need to be reinforced if Slovakia is to become an internationally relevant and competitive film country?
*This panel is organized in collaboration with the Association of Independent Producers.
MASTER CLASS14:30, Lumière Cinema, K2CLAUDIA SCHNUGG:INNOVATION, INSPIRATION, AND FUTURETECHNOLOGIES: THE USE OF ARTISTIC FILMPROJECTS
The raising opportunities generated rapidly in computer science, technologies, and scientific research go along with a need for innovation and creativity in business and in society. Art as a playful approach to new technologies and cutting-edge science provides an opportunity to creatively explore, communicate, and contex-tualize these latest developments. Moreover, it provides a platform for interdisciplinary exchange and public engagement processes tackling stakeholders and social innovation. Therefore, corporations as well as governmental funding bodies like the European Commission push towards projects that include the collaboration between artists and scientists.
Using the example of film and artistic film production, this master class approaches the topic asking questions like: How does such a project work? What are the important processes triggered by the interaction? How do storytelling, narration, and (science) fiction as important aspects of film support communication and creativity? And how can ideas, innovative processes and changes emerge?
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