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May 10, 2017

NEW YORK—Authors Chimamanda Adichie, Jonathan Franzen, and Masha Gessen, film giants Wim Wenders and Agnieszka Holland, television hosts Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee, and other creative allies joined PEN America today in a letter calling on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to press for the immediate release of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian writer and filmmaker imprisoned in Siberia on terrorism charges widely considered to be a groundless attempt to silence his criticism of Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Sentsov, who is the writer and director of two short films as well as the 2011 feature film Gamer, which screened at the 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam, was active in protesting Russian incursions in Crimea and Ukraine more broadly. Sentsov’s “voice of opposition in Ukraine made him a ripe target for Russian stifling of dissent,” the letter reads. “Given President Putin’s brazen willingness to flout human rights norms and the rule of law, and his relentless targeting of dissenting writers, artists, activists, and politicians, it would be irresponsible to ignore Sentsov’s plight.”

PEN America’s letter comes on the third anniversary of Oleg Sentsov’s arrest and disappearance from Crimea on May 10, 2014. Sentsov surfaced in Moscow and later said he had been tortured in an unsuccessful effort to extract a confession. His trial was riddled with irregularities, and the lead prosecution witness later recanted his testimony, saying it had been made under duress. Sentsov is currently serving a 20-year sentence in a Siberian penal colony. The charges against him have been decried by human rights groups worldwide as fabrications intended to shut down and intimidate opponents of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. Sentsov is the father of two young children.

“Oleg Sentsov put his artistic career at risk to take a stand for his country and against Russian invasion,” said Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN America. “The baselessness of the charges against him and President Putin’s refusal to face up to the injustice are marks of the cruelty and indifference that characterizes this regime. Sentsov should be freed, reunited with his young children, and allowed to continue his creative work as a filmmaker.”

Sentsov was honored with the 2017 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award at the annual PEN America Literary Gala on April 25. The award was accepted by Sentsov’s cousin, Natalya Kaplan, who was joined in New York by Ukrainian Parliamentarian Mustafa Nayyem and human rights expert Halya Coynash. After learning of the award, Sentsov sent a letter from prison that was read at the event by actor Alan Cumming. Dozens of writers, artists, and activists—including actress Meryl Streep and composer Stephen Sondheim—have since joined the campaign for Senstov’s freedom, launching online today with the hashtag #FreeSentsov.

Videos (for editorial use only):

2017 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award: Oleg Sentsov (Credit PEN America/Yahoo! Studios): youtube.com/watch?v=AblwZ3WXzwk

Alan Cumming reads from Oleg Sentsov’s PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award acceptance letter at the PEN America Literary Gala on April 25 in New York City (Credit: PEN America): youtube.com/watch?v=X9BfgLl3q9g

Images (for editorial use only):

Artist’s rendering of Oleg Sentsov by Molly Crabapple (Credit: Molly Crabapple/PEN America): flickr.com/photos/penamericancenter/34412286541

Meryl Streep and Mustafa Nayyem pose in support of Oleg Sentsov at the PEN America Literary Gala on April 25 in New York City (Credit: Beowulf Sheehan/PEN America): flickr.com/photos/penamericancenter/34247364306

Writer George Packer, Macmillan CEO John Sargent, and author Philip Gourevitch pose in support of Oleg Sentsov at the PEN America Literary Gala on April 25 in New York City (Credit: Beowulf Sheehan/PEN America): flickr.com/photos/penamericancenter/33445386714

Trevor Noah of The Daily Show sends a message of support to Oleg Sentsov at the PEN World Voices Festival on May 3 in New York City (Credit: Beowulf Sheehan/PEN America):flickr.com/photos/penamericancenter/33696128794

Chimamanda Adichie sends a message of support to Oleg Sentsov at the PEN World Voices Festival on May 3 in New York City (Credit: Beowulf Sheehan/PEN America):flickr.com/photos/penamericancenter/33696131274 

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards poses in support of Oleg Sentsov at the PEN World Voices Festival on May 4 in New York City (Credit: Beowulf Sheehan/PEN America): flickr.com/photos/penamericancenter/33728066933

More photos available at bit.ly/pen-free-sentsov-photos

Prague – The 57th Zlín Film Festival will present 326 movies. Besides representatives of the traditional film superpowers, audiences will see films from non-traditional countries, such as Burkina Faso, Cyprus, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria– a total of 62 countries. The festival's main themes this year will be the 20th anniversary of the Clapperboard Salon, Switzerland, Sweden, and also the 110th anniversary of the birth of the famous author Astrid Lindgren. As a symbol of a happy childhood, her Pippi has become an inspiration for this year's festival visual design.

The oldest and largest film festival of its kind in the world will start in three weeks in Zlín and other satellite towns. The film screenings will kick off on Friday, June 26 with a documentary about Hermína Týrlová. The festival will run until June 3 and, in addition to the rich film program, it will offer a host of supporting activities.
Zlín Film Festival's program directors have watched 2331 pictures this year in order to select 326 films to present to festival audiences. "Year after year, interest among filmmakers is growing. We are getting more and more applications and we are carefully choosing, "says artistic director Markéta Pášmová and adds: "We decided to include a smaller number of films this year in the program offering, and we want to make the festival more transparent. We're offering more repeats of festival films and people will have a greater chance to watch them at the festival."

Audiences can again look forward to movies for children and youth, European directorial debuts, animated work, student films, and many more – in five competitive and nine non-competitive sections. "This year we have 26 feature films, 60 short animated films and 66 short student films," says Markéta Pášmová.

Festival themes

The main theme will be Sweden and the work of Astrid Lindgren. "The special Swedish section will contain only 37 feature films for children and teenagers," says Markéta Pášmová. This special section crosses over into non-film activities as well and will also include theatrical adaptations and literary works of the famous Swedish author. Her most famous character, Pippi, artistically inspired the artist Petr Nikl years ago and has now become the subject of the festival's visual theme. "We would also like to welcome interesting personalities from Swedish cinema to Zlín. We therefore approached the one who played the famous Pippi, actress Inger Nilsson. The son of the famous Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, Daniel, who is also a director, has confirmed his participation," says Markéta Pášmová, adding: "For example, director Catti Edfeldt is sitting in the main jury. This exceptional woman of many film professions will also introduce other Swedish films, especially in the Astrid Lindgren section. She worked as an assistant director on the movie Ronia, the Robber's Daughter and was an actress in the film The Children of Noisy Village."

The 57th Zlín Film Festival will also focus on Switzerland, its cinema and culture. In the section of the film program called "Welcome to Switzerland", named after the Swiss film of the same name, 16 feature films will be screened in addition to a number of animated and student films. The notional cherry on the cake for this section will be the introduction of a Swiss documentary by director Robert Kolinsky: To Make a Comedy Is No Fun: Jirí Menzel, which will be premiered in the Czech Republic with the participation of both the director and the protagonist Jiří Menzel.

In conjunction with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Clapperboard Salon, the organizers have included a special section in which they will present the films of famous graduates of Film School Zlin, which has received support from the auction of the clapperboards for many years. “The screening of these films will take place for the very first time in the authentic atmosphere of the big film studio in Kudlov, where film events are returning to after many years,"
says the artistic director.

Juries and other famous festival stars

This year, competitive films will again be judged by experts and child judges from different countries from around the world. "The Czech and Slovak Republics are represented, for example, by actresses Klára Issová, Vica Kerekes and Petra Nesvačilová, Karel Zeman's daughter Ludmila Zemanová, the Zlín native director Slávek Horák, and Slovak director Juraj Nvota." Markéta Pášmová adds: "Our children's juries are also international, and like each year they are made up of 13 representatives; this year they are from Norway, Canada, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Polandand the Czech Republic."
This year, some important personalities of Czech cinema are coming to Zlín, such as Eliška Balzerová, Jiří Menzel, Ivan Trojan, Miroslav Donutil, as well as the opera singer Magdalena Kožená. Costume designer Theodor Pištěk will take the award for lifetime contribution to filmmaking for children and youth at the end of the festival. The festival organizers and the Drop of Hope Foundation will unveil stars on the Walk of Fame in front of the Grand Cinema this year for actress Pavlína Mourková and the actor and director Karel Smyczka.

Film Industry

In addition to going to the cinema, festival guests can also enjoy many other film related activities. For example, they will have the opportunity to see some filmmakers under the spotlight. In the rectors' building of Tomáš Baťa University, the Film Lab will again be opened and will present the latest technology of television and on-line streaming studios. The world of Virtual Reality will be introduced here for the first time.

The Film Industry project is designed for both film professionals and the public; every day will bring interesting presentations, lectures, conferences, meetings and discussions. There will be a traditional international meeting of festivals, a new section called Work in Progress, which will entail the presentation of Czech films being made for children and youth, which is being organized by the festival together with the Czech Film Center. In cooperation with the Creative Europe Office, the Czech Film Commission and the State Cinematography Fund, a conference has been prepared on the topic of Regional Film Offices and Local Film Festivals. This year there will again be an offering of interesting social topics such as at the Czech Television conference, which will focus on "The importance of linking formal and informal education - The role of CT: D in this process." An essential spot in the Film Industry program is held by The Rainbow Marble – a film marketing conference organized together with the Faculty of Multimedia Communications of TBU. (The complete Film Industry program will be published at www.zlinfest.cz on May 10th.)

Supporting program

The film program is also traditionally complemented by a varied supporting program. It consists of a number of theater performances, concerts, workshops, professional lectures, exhibitions, interactive and benefit programs, as well as sports and social events. This year, we will also pay special attention to the project of creative workshops organized in cooperation with our partners ABB, Koma Modular and to projects related to the continuous support of the festival by TBU, the city of Zlín, and the Zlín Region.

In addition to traditional evening concerts at the Open Air Zone (XindlX, Aneta Langerová, Slza, ABBA and Roxette tribute bands), the festival will provide another interesting program. "In the Theater Zone we will hold the premiere of the screening of old slapstick films accompanied by a live piano entitled Film Piano. The Gastro Zone will be newly opened at the Zlín Chateau, as will the special discussion forum the Festival Café on the main square," says Čestmír Vančura, president of the festival, adding: "The last festival day, Saturday, June 3, will be the 2nd year of the festival half-marathon - the MONET + Zlín 2017."

Zlín Film Festival is not only in Zlín

There are hundreds of events and screenings in the festival program this year which will take place in more than two dozen places – not only in Zlín. "Since the beginning of February, the festival has been running throughout the Czech Republic through projects such as the Clapperboard Salon and the Cinema Train, which starts on May 15 in Zlín. This year will also be the first time the Train will go to Retz, Austria,"says Čestmír Vančura, adding:"We will bring the film screenings to Mikulov a week after the festival, where we will present 15 films as part of the Echoes of the Festival project."

More information can be found at www.zlinfest.cz

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The most recent crop of Romanian films will be screened in the 16th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (June 2-11) in Cluj. This year’s Romanian Days section (June 8-10) presents 27 titles — 13 features and 14 shorts — selected out of over 120 submissions. Five of this year’s features are world premieres. And, like every year, Transilvania IFF’s Romanian Days will bring together hundreds of industry figures from Romania and around the world.

Transilvania IFF will present the world premiere of Iulia Rugină’s Breaking News, featuring Andi Vasluianu as a television journalist who survives an explosion in a manufacturing plant. Asked to do an in memoriam story, the character realizes that he knows next to nothing about his deceased colleague. Dan Chișu’s seventh feature, The Anniversary/ Aniversarea, also a world premiere, features an impressive cast including Răzvan Vasilescu, Gheorghe Ifrim, Constantin Cojocaru, Mihai Constantin, Emilia Dobrin, Emanuel Pârvu, Coca Bloos, as well as the late Mircea Albulescu in his last role: a patriarch whose 94th birthday brings together not only family and friends, but also troubled memories and conflicts.

Following its world premiere in San Sebastian, the German Film and Television Academy Berlin production Prowl/ Vânătoare, directed by Alexandra Bălteanu, will have its Romanian premiere at Transilvania IFF. Corina Moise, Iulia Lumânare, and Iulia Ciochină play prostitutes in the course of a work day spent under a bridge just outside Bucharest.

Transilvania IFF will provide the first public screening for Alexandru Solomon’s Tarzan’s Testicles/ Ouăle lui Tarzan a documentary shot in Abkhazia, where one of Stalin’s legendary initiatives — creating the perfect worker by engineering a hybrid ape man — is unpacked in an interesting combination of science fiction and non-fiction. The Trial/ Procesul, Claudiu Mitcu and Ileana Bîrsan’s documentary, is another world premiere which deals with the controversial case of Mihai Moldoveanu, a man sentenced to 25 years in jail for a crime he claims he did not commit. Andrei Dăscălescu (recipient of the Debut Prize at Transilvania IFF 2009 for Constantin and Elena) returns with Planeta Petrila, his new documentary about a recently closed mine seeking salvation through culture.

Photographer Cosmin Bumbuț makes his directorial debut alongside Elena Stancu with The Last Cauldron Maker/ Ultimul căldărar, a documentary about a Roma family forced to emigrate because they can no longer survive off of traditional crafts. Gheorghe Preda’s Camera obscuradelves into films made in cine-clubs during Communism, some of which are still subversive masterpieces. Șerban Georgescu’s Cabbage, Potatoes and Other Demons/ Varză, cartofi și alți demoni exposes the paradoxes which govern the lives of Romanian farmers with humor and a keen eye for the absurd.

Radu Jude (Aferim!) will be present with two titles in this year’s Romanian Days. First, Dead Nation/ Țara moartă is a documentary which juxtaposes “fragments of parallel lives”: photographs from the vast Costică Acsinte collection against fragments of journals and archival sound chronicling the rise and fall of Fascism in Romania between 1937 and 1944. Cluj audiences will also have the opportunity to see Jude’s Scarred Hearts/ Inimi cicatrizate, a period feature film inspired by the work and life of Max Blecher.

Adrian Sitaru returns with Fixeur/ The Fixer, which features Tudor Aaron Istodor as a journalist facing moral dilemas, while Călin Peter Netzer’s psyhcological drama Ana, Mon Amour comes from the Berlinale, where editor Dana Bunescu was awarded a Silver Bear.

The shorts program includes 14 films by Anca Damian, Adrian Silișteanu, Andrei Huțuleac, Valeriu Andriuță, Marius Olteanu, Alex Mavrodineanu, Andrei Tănase, Stela Pelin, Tudor Botezatu, Ionuț Gaga, Conrad Mericoffer, Anton Groves, Damian Groves, Alex Mironescu, and Sandra Rad.

Nominated for the European Film Awards, Adrian Silişteanu’s Written/Unwritten will be publicly screened in Romania for the first time at TIFF.  Andrei Tănase’s First Night has already been recognized internationally, winning the grand prize in the national competition at Dresden and a  place in the Venice Orizzonti section. And then three shorts are directed by actors: Conrad Mericoffer made When It’s Snowing Outside, while Andrei Huțuleac made Offstageand Valeriu Andriuță made Chers Amis. Finally, the French production Square, directed by Anca Damian, has a special screening in Cluj following its Cannes premiere in 2016.

The Romanian Days jury consists of: Corina Șuteu, international cultural consultant, president of Film ETC. and former Minister of Culture, film critic Jonathan Romney (Film Comment, The Observer, Sight & Sound, Screen Daily) and Marcin Pieńkowski, Artistic Director of T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland.

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Proposed Regulation on country-of-origin licensing of certain online services by broadcasters
2/05: Over 400 audiovisual sector leaders covering all 28 Member States have signed a letter urging the EU Institutions to “reject and abandon” a proposal that “undermines the entire audiovisual eco-system in Europe” – International Video Federation & CW! 
The signatories, representing film and TV directors, screenwriters, performers and other creators, media workers, producers, distributors and publishers of film and television content, cinemas, commercial broadcasters, sports rights owners and collecting societies, are concerned that the proposed Regulation on country-of-origin licensing of certain online services by broadcasters threatens cultural diversity, growth and sustainable jobs for creative talent and skilled workers, as well as future investments in the audiovisual sector in Europe.

5/05: Hearing on copyright and the proposed Cab-Sat regulation – European Parliament website
On 4 May 2017, the Committee on Legal Affairs held a public hearing on the Commission's proposal for a Regulation laying down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and re-transmissions of television and radio programmes.

Copyright
27/04: The sale of a multimedia player which enables films that are available illegally on the internet to be viewed easily and for free on a television screen could constitute an infringement of copyright – Press release by the Court of Justice of European Union
The Court also finds that temporary acts of reproduction, on that multimedia player, of a copyright protected work obtained by streaming on a website belonging to a third party offering that work without the consent of the copyright holder, cannot be exempted from the right of reproduction.

Audiovisual Media Services Directive
25/04: EPP Group wants European content quota and cut-offs for advertising on Netflix and Co – EPP website
"The usage behaviour has fundamentally changed. Nearly one quarter of internet users stream music or films on the internet. Therefore it is of the utmost importance that we adapt the rules for traditional television to the internet to bring the media world into the 21st century", said Sabine Verheyen MEP, the EPP Group's Rapporteur of the revision of the Audiovisual Media Directive (AVMD)

25/04: Media services: European content quota of 30% for on-demand platforms – European Parliament website
To reflect Europe’s cultural diversity, MEPs called for a 30% quota of European works in on-demand platform catalogues, instead of the 20% proposed by the EU Commission. This quote should include works in the languages of the countries where they are distributed.

25/04: S&Ds prioritise consumer protection and fair competition in the distribution of audiovisual media content – S&D website
“We are proud that the legal text adopted preserves media diversity and freedom of expression, protects consumers and guarantees fair competition between media providers in the distribution of audiovisual media content, regardless of the way in which these contents are distributed. This has been our primary objective.” stated Petra Kammervert MEP, S&D chair of the committee on culture and education.

Geo-Blocking

25/04: E-commerce: ending "unjustified" geo-blocking across the EU – European Parliament website
The draft law defines specific situations in which geo-blocking will not be allowed. This means that online sellers will not be able to discriminate against consumers elsewhere in the EU with regard to general terms and conditions, including prices, on the basis of their nationality, place of residence or even their temporary location, MEPs added.

25/04: Parliament votes to put an end to geo-blocking of online goods or services – S&D website
The European Parliament’s internal market and consumer protection committee voted in favour of new rules that would prevent geo-blocking of online content in the EU. This means that companies will no longer be able to stop consumers accessing or purchasing from their website just because they are in a different EU member state.

 25/04: Digital Single Market: geo-blocking should not obstruct cross-border trade – EPP website
The EPP Group is in favour of limiting geo-blocking so that consumers can download music from applications, play their favourite video games or read e-books, regardless of in which country they purchased their subscriptions.

EVENTS:

  • 10/05: Commission's mid-term review of the Digital Single Market Strategy 15/05: Vote in plenary Audiovisual Media Services Directive 
  • 16/05: Vote in plenary Portability Regulation 20/05: European Audiovisual Observatory Conference, Cannes – more information here
  • 21/05: Europa Cinemas Conference, Cannes 22/05: European Film Forum, Cannes 
  • 15-16/06: Digital Assembly, Malta – more information here 

Vilnius International Film Festival is proud to present 4 film projects from the Baltic States, Slovakia and Ukraine that will be screened in the prestigious Goes to Cannes program at the 70th Cannes International Film Festival.

The selected film projects include Baltic New Wave by Audrius Stonys and Kristine Briede (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia), To be Continued by Ivars Seleckis (Latvia), A Long Day by Pavol Pekarcik (Slovakia) and Falling by Marina Stepanska (Ukraine).

The film projects were picked at the Vilnius IFF's industry event Meeting Point – Vilnius.

This year marks the first time when film projects from Vilnius will be screened at the Goes to Cannes program, which is the part of Le Marché du Film, one of the largest film markets in the world, held in conjunction with Cannes IFF.

The Goes to Cannes program invites the largest film festivals to present local films to the international film industry. The films must not yet have agents, distributors or set premiere dates. Other festivals, presenting films in the Goes to Cannes program are Dubai IFF, Thesaloniki IFF, New Horizons Polish Days, Hong Kong Film Market, Annecy Animation Film Festival.

Vilnius IFF Goes to Cannes screenings will take place on Monday, May 22.

The power of collaboration

"Collaboration with Le Marché du Film will foster films’ journey across the Europe and will help them to be noticed by an even larger audience. This is the main goal of the Meeting point – Vilnius event. We want future films from the region to travel more and to find their audience" says Rita Stanelytė, head of Meeting Point – Vilnius.

She adds that "this is a unique chance for our young talents, creating their first films, to be shown in the most influential market in the region. Likewise, this is an opportunity for international film industry professionals to meet up-and-coming filmmakers from New Europe and the Baltic region."

Stanelytė will be the member of the CICAE jury of the Cannes IFF in a program Quinzaine des Realisateurs (Directors' Fortnight). The program includes the world premiere of one of the most prominent Lithuanian film directors Sharunas Bartas' new drama Frost, starring a French actress Vanessa Paradis. It will be the only Lithuanian film in this year's Cannes festival. Frost is the fifth film by Bartas in the Cannes, following Peace to Us in Our Dreams presented in 2015.

Cannes will also welcome the winners of Vilnius IFF Student Film Competition. Anouk Chambaz and Julija Paškevičiūtė, the directors of Vegetation Walk. The filmmaker duo won the accreditation to the producers workshop in Le Marché du Film.

Discover the Films

Vilnius IFF and Meeting Point – Vilnius selection is a perfect representation of filmmaking of the Eastern and Central European region and the Baltic States. Three documentaries represent the very strong documentary film school of the region, including first time filmmakers (like Pavol Pekarcik from Slovakia) as well as established directors (Audrius Stonys from Lithuania and Kristine Briede from Latvia), also even a legendary filmmaker (Ivars Seleckis from Latvia). The upcoming fiction feature from Ukraine by first time filmmaker Marina Stepanska symbolises the new talents from the region with a lot of enthusiasm, potential and new stories to tell.


BALTIC NEW WAVE
directed by Audrius Stonys and Kristine Briede
written by Kristine Briede and Audrius Stonys with participating Ramunė Rakauskaitė, Arūnas Matelis and Riho Vastrik
Lithuania, Latvia Estonia

A story about a unique phenomenon in the history of cinema – the Baltic school of poetic documentary and its creators. Filmmakers from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia who broke the dogmatic tradition of propaganda documentaries in the Soviet Union during the 1960s. They created films that were completely different: humane, meaningful and poetic. The story is told as a poetic road movie with elements of mystery by two filmmakers – contemporary director Audrius Stonys (LT) at the peak of his career, and Herz Frank (LV/ISR), his late friend and mentor. Frank guides Stonys and the audience by following the Map of Ptolemy – a symbolic cinematographic code-book that suggests new discoveries both in poetic filmmaking and its meaning.


FALLING / STRIMOGOLOV
directed and written by Marina Stepanska
Ukraine

A story about the post-revolutionary generation of young Ukrainians looking for their place in modern Ukraine. It follows two bewildered people who meet at a crucial moment in their lives and experience seven days of happiness together. Marina Stepanska’s first feature delivers the message that you should learn to live in the moment, which is the only way to find yourself and your inner power.


A LONG DAY / DLHÝ DEŇ
directed and written by Pavol Pekarčík
Slovakia

An observational documentary about hearing impaired children living on the fringe of society. The film uses long shots to give viewers a closer look at the reality of the four main characters: Sandra, who loves Ronaldinho and soccer; Alena, who is scared to have children because she fears they would be deaf; Patrícia, who can’t hear because she doesn't have batteries in her hearing aid; and Bajaja, who dreams of becoming both a train driver and Van Damme.


TO BE CONTINUED / TURPINĀJUMS
directed by Ivars Seleckis
written by Dace Dzenovska
Latvia

The documentary captures Latvia’s future as seen by children, while observing how children's lives are shaped by the situation in their country. Shot over the course of two years, the film follows seven children from all around the country who started attending school in 2015. Each of them leads different lives. One resides in the Latvian countryside, with parents who hope their child will become a farmer, another is staying with their grandmother while their mother works in the UK, the third child, whose grandparents came to Latvia after World War II, dreams of becoming a businessman. They are seven children at the intersection of various historical, social and economic processes.

Launched in 2009, the Czech-In Film Festival, from the 9th to the 16th of June, will present Paris with the best of recent Czech and Slovak cinema. Amongst 75 feature-length films and documentaries from the Czech Republic, and 43 from Slovakia in 2016, the most remarkable have been selected for the Parisian public, thus making their French premiere. Bohdan Sloma’s Ice Mother will be projected at the opening of the festival, after winning Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature Film at Tribeca 2017. The closing film, The Teacher, will be screened at Cannes Junior and will be presented at Czech-In by the director himself, Jan Hřebejk. In memory of the Czech New Wave’s very own maverick Jan Němec, his last film, The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street, will be screened exclusively, as will the Slovakian success, The Red Captain, by Michal Kollár.

The cinema l’Entrepôt will welcome around fifteen short and full-length feature films, documentaries and animated films to the neighbourhood of Montparnasse, including, Ferda the Ant,  by the first lady of Czech animation, Hermína Týrlová. Furthermore, the two cult titles, Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Miloš Forman will be projected in a homage to the Master for his 85th birthday.

Continuing our traditional collaboration with FAMU, Czech-In Film Festival will unveil the infamous film school’s fresh young talent who, alongside representatives of La Fémis, are invited to a public debate and cocktail evening. Co-organised and hosted by the Czech Center Paris, the two schools will discuss their different approaches to cinematic creation on the evening of the 8th June.

The prize for Best Film at the festival will be decided by its spectators. “Czech-In Film Festival is growing with each edition and we hope this will be the case once again this year.  After the festival, we are hoping to transfer as many of our films past and present onto the VoD platform Universciné. In doing so, we will make many films that are not yet distributed in France, legally available to those who did not have the chance to see them at at the festival in Paris”, explains the Festival’s director, Markéta Hodoušková.

Czech-In Film Festival, whose objective is the promotion of Czech and Slovak cinema in France, benefits from the financial support of the National Fund of Czech Cinematography, of the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and for the fourth time, the patronage of his excellency, the Ambassador for the Czech Republic in France.

The fourth edition of the Czech-In Film Festival can be supported with financial contributions through our crowdfunding campaign at: https://www.kisskissbankbank.com/4eme-edition- de-czech- in-festival-du-cinema- tcheque-et- slovaque-en- france

The programme and details of the festival can be found at: www.czech-in-film-festival.fr  

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DIAGNOSIS, a documentary feature film debut of the director Ewa Podgórska and producer Małgorzata Wabińska (Entertain Pictures), will be presented in the work-in-progress section in Cannes. It will be the only documentary project from the selection of New Horizons’ Polish Days Goes to Cannes.

DIAGNOSIS is a journey into the subconscious of the city. The inhabitants’ couch confessions, life scenes in the form of reminiscences, shards of memory and emotions, combined with the cinematic images of the city create the analytical process. Everything creates one living organism, which has its light and dark sides. An organism, whose every element – a man, building, road, or tree – has an individual role to play, yet at the same time remains connected and one with the whole.

In 2016 DIAGNOSIS was presented as one of 12 most remarkable doc projects in production from Central and Eastern Europe as part of Docu Talents from the East in Karlovy Vary. At present the project is at the editing stage.

Film is co-financing by the Polish Film Institute, co-producing with EC1 Łódź - City of Culture and Fixa Film. Partners of the projects: Polish Institute in Paris, Atlas Sztuki Gallery, Municipal Centre of Culture in Bydgoszcz.

The closed screening at New Horizons’ Polish Days Goes to Cannes will be held on May 23 at 10 AM-12 noon at Palais K- level 4 in the Festival Palace during the 70th Cannes International Film Festival.

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The competition of the 16th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (June 2-11) features directors on their first or second film and this year maps a veritable conflict zone: stories on the edge of a knife inspired by real events or personal experiences, challenging situations and daring approaches, moral fables that are either extreme or nuanced beyond clarity, all taken on by emerging directors taking the kinds of risks that will surely bring them recognition. Of the 12 titles competing for the Transilvania Trophy, 8 are feature debuts.

“Like every year, I go for singular, young, and courageous voices who do not play it safe and bet the whole farm on one card. In this year’s selection, the shock comes from where you least expect it, emotion simmers menacingly and ultimately to devastating effect, moral dilemmas and formal risks take audiences out of their comfort zone, while family relationships are put under great strain before any kind of relief can be experienced. The truths of life and the challenges of fiction — this is the adventure of the 2017 TIFF competition,” says Mihai Chirilov, the Artistic Director of the festival.

No Romanian production is included in competition this year, but there are two local presences in the selected titles: actor Alec Secăreanu is the lead of God’s Own County. Recently rewarded both at Sundance and at the Berlinale, first-time feature director Francis Lee tells the emotional though by no means sentimental love story of a young British farmer and a Romanian migrant worker. From Sundance also comes Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross’s My Happy Familly, the story of a Georgian woman who decides to leave her husband on the evening of their 52nd anniversary, triggering a small family upheaval. It is shot by Romanian cinematographer Tudor Vladimir Panduru, also known for Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes-winning Graduation.

A provocative debut comes from Polish director Bartosz M. Kowalski, Playground, a film inspired by a horrific murder committed by two British teenagers. And another disturbing approach on the way children are affected by the omnipresence of violence belongs to first-time Israeli director Yaniv Berman: Land of the Little People focuses on the struggle for territory between two army deserters and a group of kids for whom war ceases to be mere child’s play.

Zeus looks at the special connection between humans and falcons, starting from the toxic relationship between the main character and his mother. This is the first feature-length film for Miguel Calderón, known as “the enfant terrible of Mexican contemporary art”, and is based on a true story that changed the course of the director’s own life. Also based on an equally personal experience, Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson’s Heartstone follows the sentimental trials and tribulations of a teenage friendship against the spectacular and glacial Icelandic landscape.

A weekend reunion for a father and a daughter who are both habitual liars generates an adorable fare in Las Toninas Van Al Este, directed by Gonzalo Delgado and Verónica Perrota. Delgado is one of the co-writers of Whisky, the Uruguayan comedy which received the Transilvania Trophy in 2005. At the opposite pole comes Dmytro Moiseiev’s Chrysantemums Time, which takes audiences through the devastating odyssey of a young widow managing funeral homes, rapacious relatives, and her own faith in the aftermath of her husband’s suicide.

Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s Glory is a social fable about justice and manipulation. Awarded a special mention in Locarno, this film by the Bulgarian duo has at its center a well-meaning worker who ends up as a victim of the system. In Hounds of Love, the terrifying debut of Australian director Ben Young, a teenager is kidnapped and held by a dysfunctional couple. Emma Booth’s harrowing role in this feature brought her a well-deserved award for Best Actress in Venice.

Simulation, the first film of Iranian director Abed Abest is the most visually compelling entry in competition. The abstract set design, entirely rendered in a black box, generates a serious dose of surprise and suspense. Filmed almost entirely within the confines of one apartment, Marc Crehuet’s El Rey Borni is a dark comedy played among four characters, and which focuses on the accidental encounter between a young man who lost an eye in a protest during the Spanish crisis and the the policeman who caused the accident.

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The Transilvania International Film Festival is organized by the Association for Romanian Film Promotion and the Association for the Transilvania International Film Festival.

Daniel Rafaelić has been named Director of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre for the next four years, after a unanimous vote held at the 8th Meeting of the Board of Directors.

On Thursday, May 4th, after conducting interviews with all candidates, the 8th Meeting of the Board of Directors was held. In attendance were President Bruno Kragić with members Gabrijela Krmpotić Kos, Ivan Kujundžić, Igor Starčević and Jadranka Hrga.

The Board unanimously selected Daniel Rafaelić as the new Director of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, with a four-year mandate.

‘My programme is based on the national programme signed last week by the Minister of Culture. It ensures the continuity of Croatian cinematography, production and complementary activities, as well as the promotion of Croatian film both within the country and abroad. Emphasis is on the fight against content ‘piracy, film education, and raising awareness of the importance of Croatian film. It is vital to continue with international co-productions and incentive measures in regards to audiovisual production. The Croatian Audiovisual Centre exists and remains as a result of the social consensus that this type of institution is vital to Croatian culture. All of the great things that have been done thus far will continue to be carried out in the future,’ said Director of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Daniel Rafaelić.

We would like to inform you that the call for the competition section at Szczecin European Film Festival '17 is still open. We would appreciate your help in distributing this information among your recipients. We are waiting for documentary films, short features, music videos, video arts, reportages, animated films which are going to be presented in four competition categories:

EUROPEAN COMPETITION FOR DOCMENTARY FILMS

Its main purpose is to present premiere productions which broaden the concept of documentary cinema and break its stereotypical image.
Submission deadline: 16/06/2017
Presentation date: 19-23/10/2017
Films may be submitted via:

FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/SzczecinEuropeanFilmFestival-304326
FilmFestivalLife: http://www.filmfestivallife.com/Szczecin-European-Film-Festival
www SEFF: http://europeanfilmfestival.szczecin.pl/en/form2017

TELEFON ART

An international competition for films shot with a mobile phone or another “hand-held” device registering vision and sound. The film's theme and execution technique are free - documentary, feature, reportage, animated and video art films are all allowed.

Submission deadline: 10/05/2017
Presentation date: 23-25/06/2017
Films may be submitted via:

FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/SzczecinEuropeanFilmFestivalTELEFONART
FilmFestivalLife: http://www.filmfestivallife.com/Szczecin-European-Film-Festival
www SEFF: http://europeanfilmfestival.szczecin.pl/en/429/telefon_art_17 

POP SEFF

A world competition for short musical film forms – so-called clips. We are looking for productions that break away from generic standards and whose visuals play an equally important role as the music accompanying it.
Submission deadline: 10/05/2017
Presentation date: 23-25/06/2017
Films may be submitted via:

FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/SzczecinEuropeanFilmFestivalPOPSEFF
FilmFestivalLife: http://www.filmfestivallife.com/Szczecin-European-Film-Festival
www SEFF: http://europeanfilmfestival.szczecin.pl/en/493/pop_seff_17 

ZACHODNIOPOMORSKIE SHORTY

The seventh edition of a competition presenting the newest and most interesting film productions by authors associated with the West Pomeranian Voivodeship.

Submission deadline: 10/05/2017
Presentation date: 23-25/06/2017

Films may be submitted via:
www SEFF: http://europeanfilmfestival.szczecin.pl/en/428/west_pomerania_shorts_17

The competition section of SEFF discovers and presents the most interesting and newest artists’ proposals from all over the world. Last year, a record number of 2570 productions from 88 countries were submitted to the European Competition for documentary films (including co-productions), and over 1130 productions from 83 countries to the TELEFON ART competition.

In addition to the competition sections, the festival offers a rich accompanying programme, including i.a. Crossing the Boundaries – a point of the programme by Tomasz Raczek, dedicated to the future of film genre boundaries; Let's Talk Film – meetings with cinema stars; "The Best Films In The World" – a presentation of the newest and most renowned documentary productions; SEFF Film Forum - a meeting of the international film circle.

SEFFis an annual film event, organised by the OFFicyna Association, which investigates the boundaries of cinema and whose main mission is creative exploration. The festival programme is carried out in partnership with an international network of organisers and presented in Szczecin as well as in towns on both sides of the Polish-German border.

We would appreciate you to share the information about the open call at SEFF'17. In case of any questions please contact the Competition coordinator, Anna Julia Janik – e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (film submissions), and for matters concerning promotion Tomasz Jóźwiak – e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..