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In the wintertime before the end of the year, DAFilms online documentary cinema traditionally presents a selection of the most watched films in the Best of DAFilms curated program. The collection features the most remarkable documentary films which received an online premiere in 2019 on DAFilms, including works by renowned filmmakers like Želimir Žilnik, Peter Mettler and the late Gustav Deutsch. The viewers also lovedsuccessful festival films about current events like Brexitannia, Meteors and Machines. In 2020, DAFilms will expand into North and South America, Poland and Slovakia with special versions of the website and tailored film programs.

The Best of DAFilms 2019 curated program is co-created by the viewers and the films they watched or searched the most. “Each year, we add 100+ films handpicked among the best of international arthouse cinema. These include established documentary filmmakers, festival hits as well as works by emerging young filmmakers. We are always happy to present the films deemed best by our viewers at the end of the year, and to see that they have a similar taste as we do,” says DAFilms executive director Diana Tabakov.

This year, the viewers loved successful festival films Meteors following the events in contemporary Turkey, the unique insight into Indian textile factories in the film Machines, and Michael Glawogger’s unfinished travelogue with the telling title Untitled. Another favourite was Becoming Animal by directing duo Peter Mettler and Emma Davie addressing the relation between man and nature together with philosopher David Abram. The viewers also had a chance to watch the last major work by found footage master Gustav Deutsch How We Live – Messages to the Family. Želimir Žilnik’s films are yet another popular part of the program, including his latest work The Most Beautiful Country in the World following the story of an Afghan boy trying to settle down in Vienna.

All films from the Best of DAFilms 2019 curated program are available for online streaming or legal download at DAFilms.com. Besides the selected films, the catalogue includes almost 2000 films presenting the best of Czech and international cinema. The monthly or yearly subscription can be gifted as a Christmas present via a gift voucher.

In 2020, DAFilms launches DAFilms Americas and other language versions of the website

Since 2006, DAFilms online documentary cinema has provided access to quality arthouse films online. Besides the Czech and international versions of the website, DAFilms.com launches a Slovak, Polish and American version in January 2020. For each territory, we will curate a unique program complementing the international titles by local fiction and documentary films.“The American continent is a territory where the VOD market may seem fully saturated; however, it is lacking a service with a focus on quality arthouse and documentary cinema. From our experience with American festivals, the demand for these films is huge,“ says the program director of the American version of the website Kristyna Balaban to explain why the VOD service decided to enter this territory.

Best of DAFilms 2019 List

The Dreamed Ones – d. Ruth Beckermann
Machines – d. Rahul Jain
Exit – d. Karen Winther
Untitled – d. Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi
On the Water – d. Goran Dević 
The Most Beautiful Country in the World – d. Želimir Žilnik
The Congo Tribunal – d. Milo Rau
Becoming Animal – d. Peter Mettler, Emma Davie
Brexitannia – d. Timothy George Kelly
How We Live – Messages to the Family – d. Gustav Deutsch 
Central Bus Station – d. Tomáš Elšík
Meteors – d. Gürcan Keltek
Calabria – d. Pierre-François Sauter
Picturesque Epochs – d. Péter Forgács
The Last Self-portrait – d. Marek Kuboš
Home Abroad – d. Boan Wang
Maison du Bonheur – d. Sofia Bohdanowicz
Tomorrow – d. Yuliya Shatun
I Am Gagarin – d. Olga Darfy
Going South – d. Dominic Gagnon

BERLIN: Four projects from CEE countries have received coproduction support at the 157th meeting of the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund, held in Berlin 9-12 December 2019.

Co-production support -  Strasbourg, 13.12.2019 - At its 157th meeting held from 9 to 12 December in Berlin, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 15 fiction films and one documentary project for a total amount of €3,399,600.

TALLINN: The streaming website Netikino.ee was launched in Estonia on 12 December 2019. Estonian films are available worldwide with English and Russian subtitles.

ZAGREB: Projects by Matej Merlić and Daria Keršić won the first edition of NEM Zagreb, a brand new three-day event in the CEE region, where TV and film professionals exchanged their rich experiences from 11 to 13 December 2019.

TV industry key players, TV Writing Contest winners and an impressive Christmas party marked the last day of the first NEM Zagreb

TRIESTE: When East Meets West opens accreditations for its 10th anniversary edition, that will take place within the 31st Trieste Film Festival from 19 to 21 January 2020.

Accreditation campaign for the upcoming 2020 edition of When East Meets West is open!

dok.incubator is delighted to announce another 3 films developed in dok.incubator workshop are now competing in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance Film Festival! In the last 8years of the workshop 12 films have already been selected for Sundance.

World Cinema Documentary Competition

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Once Upon a Time in Venezuela(VE/ UK/ BR), directed by Anabel Rodríguez, tells the story of once prosperous Venezuelan village which is now decaying and disintegrating and its inhabitants that have to deal with the gradual disappearance of their home as the lake - Latin America’s largest oil field - is slowly turning into a swamp.A small but prophetic reflection of Venezuela itself.

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„The Earth is Blue as an Orange“ (UA/LT) a first time feature length film by Iryna Tsilyk, tells a story of a family coping with the daily trauma of living in the front-line war-zone of Donbas and facing down hardship with remarkable resilience. Anna and her children are making a film together about their life in the most surreal surroundings.

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Radu Ciorniciuc’s debut Acasa, My Home (RO/ FI/ DE) follows the dramatic change in the life of Enache family which is chased out from the wilderness of the Bucharest’s Delta and forced to adapt to the big city. Fishing rods are replaced by smartphones, idle afternoons are now spent in classrooms, and family links are hard to maintain. With their roots in the wilderness, the nine children and their parents need to keep their family united in the concrete jungle.

Applications for the 2020 workshop are open now!

DEADLINE: 29th January
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