THE INSIDE PICTURES 2017 Programme will open for Applications on February 9th

Developing the Next Generation of Leaders in the European Film Industry

London, 3rd of February 2017: Inside Pictures, the leading film industry business and leadership skills development programme, announces that applications will open for its 2017 programme on 9 February 2017. Now in its fourteenth year, the 2017 programme is open to applicants from around the world who demonstrate a firm commitment to the European film industry.

There are 20 places available for executives and producers with at least five years’ experience in film or an associated creative industry. Successful applicants will be executives from across the value chain who display determination to succeed and who want to lead the EU film industry into the digital future. Apply at by the 12th of March 2017.

Comprised of three intensive one-week modules and a tailored project, Inside Pictures takes place in London and Los Angeles between June 2017 and January 2018. The scheme develops cutting edge industry business knowledge, management skills, profile and a cross-industry contact network needed for leaders from across the industry to thrive in the global business of film. Seminars, workshops, studio visits and networking events cover all aspects of the international film business - from development through production, financing, worldwide distribution, marketing and exhibition and the latest digital developments. Last years' speakers included Tim Bevan (Working Title), Steve Golin (Anonymous Content), Steve Knibbs (VUE cinemas), Christos Michaels (Lee & Thompson), Hannah Minghella (Columbia Pictures), Bryan Noon (Netflix), Eddie Cunningham (Universal) and many other senior studio and industry executives. A full list of confirmed speakers can be found at

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This year the programme particularly is looking to increase the number of participants from Eastern and Southern European countries considered low capacity in terms of their domestic production output. Since the scheme opened to European participants in 2011, it has attracted film professionals from Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Croatia, Czech Republic and Latvia.

Siniša Juričić,, Producer at Nukleus Films (Croatia/Slovenia) and Inside Pictures alumni of 2015, said: “Inside Pictures made me re-think my entire film production knowledge I had accumulated up to the point I embarked on the scheme. For me it was a real success, as the project I brought in as a test case back then is now in full swing and ready to go into production this autumn in China. If I had not stepped into the Inside Pictures world, I would have never been able to make this huge step in my career. This programme arms you with the tools and knowledge no other scheme can provide you with.”

Linda Krukle, Producer at Krukfilms (Latvia) and Inside Pictures Alumni of 2016, said: “I feel incredibly honoured to be a part of this community. During the first module, I regained my confidence and redefined what are my targets are in the film industry, and realised that thanks to the ability to provide content, we’ll have a future no matter where we are from. The Module in Los Angeles gave me a brand-new understanding of business structures, a 360-degree spectrum and an inner belief that whatever model of creating we choose, as long as we do it with passion, it will be awarded sooner or later. The 3rd Module shook me to the core and pushed me to re-evaluate my professional life. It opened up a much bigger perspective of what’s actually possible.”

This year marks the 14th edition of the Inside Pictures programme, and the seventh year it is delivered by the NFTS, one of the world's leading film, games and television schools. The programme is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund.

Agnieszka Moody, Director of Creative Europe Desk UK, said: “Inside Pictures is one of the flagship programmes that Creative Europe is proud to support, helping to strengthen the European audio-visual sector by providing professionals with skills and networks they need to compete on the global stage. We look forward to another year where successful international partnerships develop and exciting projects take off.”

Dan Simmons, Head of Partnerships, Creative Skillset, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Inside Pictures for another year.  It works with the next generation of industry leaders, opening doors and creating opportunities for them to make their mark on the global industry”

Nik Powell, NFTS Director, said: “We’re delighted to deliver this fourteenth edition of Inside Pictures, which has a fantastic track record in developing leaders in the European Film Industry. The programme has a deserved reputation for the exceptional quality of its content and the high level of participants. We’re grateful for the continued support of Creative Europe and Creative Skillset in making this happen. I’m looking forward to meeting this year’s cohort and seeing the impact they have on the industry.”


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The 67th Berlin Film Festival will take place between 9 and 19 February. At this year's festival the Slovenian colours in the official programme will be represented by two minority co-productions.

The short film Into the Blue (19 minutes), a Croatian-Slovenian co-production, will be screened in the competition programme for children and youth (Generation). This is the first short film to have received the financial support of the Slovenian Film Centre as a minority co-production. It was directed by the Croatian directress Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, while the director of photography Marko Brdar, sound designer Julij Zornik and producer Zoran Dževerdanović, known for his work on the film Idyll by the director Tomaž Gorkič, have made an important Slovenian contribution to the film.

On the other hand, the Macedonian-Slovenian-Belgian co-production When the Day Had No Name, the fourth live-action feature by the Macedonian directress Teona Strugar Mitevska, has been selected for the Panorama programme. This is Mitevska's third qualification for the Berlinale. The Slovenian contributors to the film include the costumes designer Monika Lorber, makeup designer Mojca Gorogranc Petrushevska, and producer Danijel Hočevar.

The documentary feature Family – the second full-length film by the director Rok Biček – will premiere at the Market screenings. Biček's highly successful debut, the live-action feature Class Enemy (2013) that premiered at the Venice Film Festival, was one of the three nominees for the Lux Award given by the European Parliament, while in Slovenia it has been seen by more than 50.000 viewers. Family is an observational documentary film, in which the director follows the protagonist for ten years. Its screening at the Berlin Market will represent the foundation for its successful festival premiere.

The Slovenian actress Maruša Majer is one of the ten young actors to have qualified for the European Shooting Stars, the accompanying programme of the Berlin Festival, organised by the only European organisation for film promotion – European Film Promotion, which the Slovenian Film Centre is also a member of. An intensive programme, which is to take place between 9 and 13 February, has been prepared for the chosen actors. The event will culminate on Monday, 13 February at 19:00, when the award ceremony for the rising stars of 2017 will take place in the Berlinale Palast, the central festival hall.

Numerous other events will accompany the Berlin Festival and Market. Already for the fourteenth year the Berlinale Talent Campus will keep discovering new filmmakers from all over the world. This year the director of photography Lev Predan Kowarski has qualified for the Talent Campus. He worked on the short film Good Luck Orlo! (2016) by the directress Sara Kern, which qualified for the last film festival in Venice, as well as on the feature films Sailing to Paradise (2014) and Juliette and Alfa Romeo (2015) by the director Blaž Završnik. The film critic and journalist Petra Meterc has qualified among the talented critics.

The 2018 Film Guide (covering the Slovenian live‑action features and documentary films) will be presented, while for the fourth year in a row short films will be included in the separate Short film guide, which will be presented at the Short Film Market in Clermont Ferrand on Saturday, 4 February.

The Slovenian Film Centre (SFC) will once again present itself in the Martin Gropius Bau building, home of the Berlin Film Market, where it is going to provide the information about Slovenian films to the festival selectors, buyers and journalists.

In 2017 the Slovenian Film Centre will celebrate already the twelfth year of its joint presentation with the Czechs and Slovaks under the CEC – Central European Cinema trademark. On Saturday, 11 February, all three countries will organise a joint opening reception at the Academie Lounge

Stand number: 137, Central European Cinema
Martin Gropius Bau

Market Screening:

The Family by Rok Bićek (SI, AT, 2017), doc, 100min
Market Premiere!
Tuesday, Feb 14, 16:10 CinemaxX 11

Rok Bićek has won awards at various festivals for his distinctive auteur approach to his feature debut Class Enemy, which premiered at the 28th Venice International Film Critics' Week and qualified as a finalist for the 2014 Lux Prize.

The Family follows Matej (14-24 years old) over the course of ten years. As teenager he already has to take care of his mentally challenged parents and older brother. As he became fater himself at the age of twenty, it seemed as if he was able to create a family on his own. However, his behavioural and personality patterns connected to living in a dysfunctial family disurn the young family's peace ...

Festival Screenings:

When the Day Had No Name by Teona Stugar Mitevska (MK, SI, BE, 2017)
FEB 11 / 22:30 / Coloseum 1
FEB 14 / 19:00 / Zoo Palast 1 / PREMIERE
FEB 15 / 10:00 / CinemaxX 7
FEB 16 / 14:30 / Cubix 9
FEB 18 / 20:00 / International

Into the Blue by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović (HR, SI, 2017)
FEB 14 / 11:30 / CinemaxX 3 / PREMIERE
FEB 16 / 17:00 / CinemaxX 1
FEB 18 / 11:00 / CinemaxX 1

European Shooting Strs at the Berlin IFF: Marusa Majer

"She gives a fearless, gritty and throughly soul-bearing quality to her work, that goes under both her and our skins - and refuses to let go. Marusa conveys a female animalism of a rarely seen strength". - Jury's comment.

Marusa brought international attention to herself with her lead role in Janez Burger's features Driving School (2014) and Ivan (expected delivery: March 2017). The last Slovenian awardee before Marusa Majer was Jure Henigman in 2013, while others who promoted the extraordinary talent of Slovenian actors are Marko Mandić, Aleksandra Balmazović and Iva Krajnc.


The opening of the 24th edition of the International Film Festival Prague – Febiofest will take place at the Art Nouveau Municipal House on Thursday, March 23rd. The festival will open with the Czech premiere of the new film by Polish director Agnieszka Holland, Spoor, in which one of the key roles is played by Czech actor Miroslav Krobot. Another special guest at Febiofest will be American cult director Abel Ferrara, who will receive the festival’s Kristián Award for Contribution to World Cinema. The Chairman of the Jury will be the legendary Czech director Juraj Herz, whose works were part of the Czech New Wave and who was made famous by The Cremator and Oil Lamps.

Spoor, a dark detective story set in rural Poland, will be presented at the gala opening in person by the director Agnieszka Holland, screenwriter Štěpán Hulík and others. The picture’s world premiere is taking place at the Berlinale, which selected Holland’s previous film in its main competition. Febiofest is working with the Berlinale for the third year on the Culinary Cinema section, which combines cinema and culinary experiences and will this year take place from March 24th to 26th. Alongside the documentary Noma: My Perfect Storm, which is about the famous Danish restaurant, the programme will feature two other films. Advance ticket sales for this unique section have already begun via the Ticketportal network. 


Among the special guests at Febiofest will be cult American director and Bronx native Abel Ferrara, who has been based in Italy in recent years. At the gala opening he will receive the Kristián Award for Contribution to World Cinema. He is famous for provocative pictures, neo-noir genre films set in New York and working with major studios and star actors such as Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi and Gérard Depardieu, whom he cast in the central role in the controversial picture Welcome to New York centred on a sex scandal involving a French politician. Febiofest is presenting a special selection of his films, including the documentary Searching for Padre Pio, the essential Abel Ferrara work Bad Lieutenant, with Harvey Keitel in the main role, and Pasolini, his tribute to an Italian great with a dark past starring Willem Defoe as the director.

This year’s the festival’s programme includes seven films by the previously announced international guest Peter Suschitzky, one of the most famous contemporary cinematographers who will this year also accept the Kristián Award for Contribution to World Cinema. The selection includes the horror film Tale of Tales, starring Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel, and Naked Lunch and Eastern Promises from director David Cronenberg, with whom Suschitzky has been making films since the late 1980s.

Overseen by programme directors Anna Kopecká and Michal Hogenauer, this year’s Febiofest includes a number of new sections. The Central Park section focuses on mainstream films and distribution premieres, including the British film Sing Street about a generational revolt in mid-1980s Ireland by director John Carney, known for the Oscar-winning Once, and Polina, which explores adolescence, ballet and dance and was made by the famous French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, a guest at last year’s Febiofest. The same section features the Slovak-Czech-Hungarian drama Little Harbour by Iveta Grofová, which is being shown in the Generation Kplus section at this year’s Berlinale. For fans of genre cinema the new Night Circus section of midnight movies offers a mix of bizarre comedies, action and gory films, among them Prevenge directed by the well-known UK comedian Alice Lowe. Music lovers can look forward to Hi-Fi Docs, a section devoted to documentaries from across various genres and styles that includes Oasis: Supersonic, which explores the private lives of the band, the film The Man from Mo'Wax, centred on the British music label, and a portrait of the life of rock icon Janis Joplin in Janis. This year the Panorama section will be focused on current trends in festival films. Viewers can look forward to Angela Schanelec’s latest film The Dreamed Path, which was screened at several festivals including Toronto, and Locarno winner The Human Surge, the engrossing feature debut of Argentinean director Eduard Williams, who will personally introduce the film at Febiofest.

Also new in the programme is the Masters section, which presents the latest works by world-renowned directors. Great filmmakers who have shaped and continue to influence contemporary cinema will be represented by two-time Oscar winner Ang Lee's Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, exploring the reality of a dramatic battle in Iraq, and Werner Herzog’s environmental thriller Salt and Fire. The programming of this year’s Febiofest also aims to delight viewers with a fondness for a certain region, be it Asia, the Balkans or Scandinavia, while the New Europe main competition, showcasing 10 promising European debuts, also remains. Roughly 150 films will be screened within the programme.

Applications to join the jury, chaired by Juraj Herz, can be made via the festival’s website until February 28th. Anybody over the age of 15, regardless of educational background, profession or interests, is eligible to become a juror. People can sign up to take part in the “You’re the Filmmaker” competition until February 15th, run in cooperation with Nestlé Czech Republic. The maker of the winning short film on the subject My Day with Kofila will take home CZK 50,000. The main centre of the International Film Festival Prague – Febiofest will be the CineStar Praha – Anděl multiplex cinema. The IFF Prague Febiofest runs from March 23rd to 31st. Festival films will later be shown in 13 cities and towns throughout the Czech Republic, concluding in Zlín on 23 April.

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Films from Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Baltic region will be screened in the New Europe – New Names, Baltic Gaze and Short Films competition programmes of the 22nd edition of Vilnius Film Festival Kino Pavasaris.

The selected films touch on important issues such as child abuse and the refugee crisis, the latter being addressed in a variety of genres, from horror thriller to documentary.


First held in 2008, this is the oldest competition programme at VIFF. Its goal is to present new filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe.

One of the most awaited entries in this programme is The Saint, directed by Lithuanian Andrius Blaževičius. The film satirizes and realistically depicts life in post-soviet Lithuania while subtly ridiculing its senselessness. The dark comedy has already been screened at various international festivals, including Warsaw and Busan.

Glory (Bulgaria) is Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s second feature film. Their first – The Lesson (2014) – also competed at Kino Pavasaris, earning the Best Actress award for Margita Gosheva. The actress will return to Vilnius as the lead in Glory.

Hungarian director Attila Till also previously visited Kino Pavasaris, having been awarded for his short film Beast. This year, the director will present Kills on Wheels, an action filled drama about wheelchair-bound hitmen.

Bogdan Mirica’s Dogs is an exceptional crime drama that premiered and was awarded at Cannes. The film comes from Romania, this year’s festival partner country.

Also competing are two films from Poland – Jan P. Matuszynski’s debut The Last Family and Kuba Czekaj’s The Erlprince.

New Europe – New Names will also include entries from Estonia (Pretenders by Vallo Toomla), Croatia (Quit Staring at My Plate by Hana Jušić), Serbia (The Black Pin by Ivan Marinović) and Slovakia (Filthy by Tereza Nvotová).


Filmmakers from countries in the Baltic region will compete in Baltic Gaze competition. One of them is Estonian Kadri Kousaar with Mother, a dark comedy that has already been awarded at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

Another entry in the programme is Woman and the Glacier, a new documentary from Audrius Stonys. The beautifully shot film follows a Lithuanian scientist who studies climate change in complete solitude.

In the documentary Close Relations, Vitaly Mansky visits family members in Ukraine, revealing what rifts the country’s conflict with Russia has caused between his relatives.

Sergei Loznitsa’s Austerlitz is an inventive examination of Holocaust tourism. The Ukrainian director observes people visiting former concentration camps, their behaviour shocking and disconcerting at times. The film was edited by Danielius Kokanauskis, who also worked on Estonian and Lithuanian co-production Pretenders, directed by Vallo Toomla and competing in the same programme.

German director Chris Kraus also touches on the Holocaust and explores various complicated experiences in his romantic comedy The Bloom of Yesterday.

Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov's The Student, which premiered at Cannes, follows a teenager’s religious awakening.


The short films competing in this programme will explore a variety of genres and cinematic forms. For example, Hungarian director Tamás Kőszegi’s The Copyist was shot using only a photocopier, challenging the actors to express themselves in innovative ways.

Another Hungarian entry, Kristóf Deák’s Sing, has also been nominated for an Oscar. This short film focuses on the dark secrets behind an award-winning choir’s fame and was inspired by true events.

Four Lithuanian short films have earned a spot in this programme: Watchkeeping by Karolis Kaupinis, The Mother’s Day by Kamilė Milašiūtė, After Death, Before Hell by Tomas Ramanauskas and Running Lights by Gediminas Šiaulys.

This year, the winning short films will be decided by a jury of directors competing in the New Europe – New Names programme. Audiences will have the opportunity to see all short films during a special night screening.

The 22nd Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris will continue from March 23 to April 6. Having attracted 113,000 filmgoers last year, it is the largest cinema event in Lithuania and a vital meeting place for filmmakers from Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the Baltics. Please contact us if you or your colleagues wish to attend the festival.
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Directors and authors representatives, as well as industry stakeholders from a dozen of European countries gathered in Ljubljana to discuss audiovisual authors’ rights and remuneration challenges. 

The opportunities to bring more fairness to industry practices presented by the September 2016 EU Commission second copyright package were examined, from fairer remuneration in contracts, to pragmatic solutions for authors’ to share in the economic success of their works, like the introduction of an unwaivable authors’ right to remuneration for the online uses of audiovisual works, or the necessary improvements of the retransmission remuneration right and its implementation. 

A stimulating and fruitful exchange brought forward a strong will to act together to rebalance the EU copyright regime towards fairer terms for authors like directors and screenwriters, who are at the very heart of the audiovisual industry. 

FERA Chair Dan Clifton commented:  "As audiovisual Authors, we welcome the proposals by the European Commission to develop greater transparency and fairer remuneration for authors.  We now look forward to working with the European Parliament and Council of Ministers to strengthen these proposals and ensure they have real teeth."

The FERA (Federation of European Film Directors) workshop « Copyright in the Digital Single Market : Audiovisual authors’ need for fair and proportionate remuneration »  took place in Ljubljana on February 2-3 2017. It was hosted by Slovene members DSR (Directors Guild of Slovenia) and Zavod AIPA, and organized in association with SAA (Society of Audiovisual Authors) and FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe).

Press release, 7 February 2017

Audiences with various types of disabilities will this year for the first time have the opportunity to attend selected screenings, debates and ceremonies at the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, which will take place in Prague from 6 – 15 March. The festival team in cooperation with expert organisations will open up part of the programme to the blind and partially sighted, the deaf and hard of hearing, audiences with mental disabilities and reduced mobility. One World will thus become the first festival in the Czech Republic to systematically remove barriers faced by various groups of people.  

"We work with a broad concept of human rights, as stated in the Universal Declaration," said festival director Hana Kulhánková. "According to the Declaration everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of their community.” The initiative to open up the festival and make it accessible is called One World for All and in the first year it will apply only to a selected part of the programme. 

"Last year at an international meeting of documentary film festival organisers, which regularly takes place during One World in Prague, we talked about what large festivals are missing and what needs to be improved," said Kulhánková. "We discovered that the main thing is accessibility for people with various disabilities, so we decided to address that this year."

"Making the festival more accessible is also in keeping with the theme of the festival, which is the Art of Collaboration," Kulhánková continued. "We are trying to accommodate all groups of audiences and to give them the widest possible access to our festival. No other cultural event in the Czech Republic has taken such a comprehensive approach."

The deaf watch Hollywood and cannot access Czech films

There are more than a million people with disabilities in the Czech Republic, representing a huge potential audience. But large cultural events are open only to some of them. Many film and music festivals are today accessible only to people with reduced mobility, for example. But there are also around a half million people living among us with hearing impairments, of whom some 15,000 were born with impaired hearing, and almost 8,000 are completely deaf, whose mother tongue is sign language. They are dependent on interpretation or special subtitles, neither of which is necessarily available at most cultural events in the Czech Republic. 

"Most large festivals in the Czech Republic unfortunately do not offer interpretation, so it's hard for the deaf to participate in cultural life to the same degree as everyone else,"said Zuzana Hájková, a Czech sign language translator. "The deaf don't go to Czech films in the cinema simply because there are no subtitles. This pushes us away from Czech culture and that's a real shame. That's why most of us love American or foreign films."

Openness is not common at Czech cultural events even for people with mental disabilities, which is about 3% of the population. "For these people it is difficult just to get their bearings in the various festivals, to buy a ticket and arrange for someone to accompany them,” said Camille Latimier, director of the Association to Support People with Mental Disabilities. “They often therefore go to events that someone else has chosen for them, usually where the person accompanying them wants to go. For this group of people it is very helpful when things like the festival programme, the ticket reservation system and getting around at the venue itself are simple and easy to navigate. On top of that, in our experience these are things that everyone ends up appreciating."

One World opening ceremony this year also in sign language

Selected texts on the website and in the One World 2017 film catalogue will be adapted into a special easy-to-read format and the festival team including volunteers will be trained in communicating with people with special needs. Special attention will also be devoted to making the cinemas easier to navigate. In addition, One World is attempting to remove, or at least reduce, barriers in the cinemas where the festival films are screened. The festival opening ceremony in the Lucerna cinema and the ceremonial presentation of the Homo Homini Award for human rights at the Prague Crossroads will be interpreted into sign language, including the musical parts of the programme. Audiences will also be able to watch one of the panel debates in sign language as well as Q&As following documentary films featuring special subtitles. These were created in cooperation with representatives of groups for the deaf and hard of hearing for the films Children Online, Normal Autistic Film, Good Postman, Dil Leyla a Seeing Voices. The first two of these will also feature audio description for the blind and visually impaired. This will also accompany an exhibition of photographs taken by blind photographers from the film Shot in the Dark at the Audience Centre in the Lucerna Gallery. 

Some of the cinemas in which One World will screen films are equipped with an induction loop. But not all cinemas use the system, even though it is an important tool allowing the hard of hearing to better understand the films. "An induction loop is an electronic device installed in the cinema or at the box office that makes it easier for hearing impaired audiences to receive sound from the film and understand what they are watching," explains Mariana Chytilová, coordinator of One World for All.

One World will also include deaf, visually impaired people and people in wheelchairs among its volunteers who are helping to run the festival.

Audience members with a disability ID card will receive a 50% discount on all screenings. The person accompanying them will receive the same discount.

This year's festival programme also features a whole range of films about people who must overcome certain types of barriers and come to terms with the restrictions that society sees as a handicap. These films will help regular audience members understand their situations.   

"The handicap does not originate with the disabled person, but from society that creates barriers," said Mariana Chytilová. "The attempt to create an open environment is ultimately not only advantageous for people with disabilities, but for everyone – for parents with prams, for seniors or for people who don't speak Czech." One World traditionally offers afternoon screenings for seniors with reduced ticket prices and this year for the first time also a baby-friendly screening in which the lights are not completely dimmed, the volume is not as loud and children not expected to be quiet.

All information about the screenings and the accompanying programme open to specific groups is available in an easy-to-read format at in Czech language and Czech sign language). After Prague, One World for All will for the first time also be applied in other festival cities in the Czech Republic.

Contacts for the media: 

Festival PR coordinator Zuzana Gruberová, 770 101 158

Director of the Association to Support People with Mental Disabilities Camille Latimier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.+420 605 043 315

Solidarity Instead of Flowers: European Film Academy Turns 30
As part of the section Berlinale Special, the Berlinale and the European Film Academy present THE TRIAL: THE STATE OF RUSSIA VS OLEG SENTSOV
Premiere at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele in the presence of Imprisoned Director’s Cousin, Lawyer, Producers and Friends

In May 2014, the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was involved in supporting the Euro Maidan protests in Kiev and who has opposed the annexation of Crimea by Russia, was arrested by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) in his house in Simferopol (Crimea). More than one year later, and at the end of what Amnesty International described as “an unfair trial in a military court” Oleg Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in jail for having committed “crimes of a terrorist nature”.

In his documentary Askold Kurov investigates the truth behind this political show trial. Were the witnesses for the prosecution placed under duress? What effect did detention and the trial itself have on the accused and his family? The film also documents the solidarity shown to Sentsov by filmmaking colleagues such as Agnieszka Holland, Ken Loach and Pedro Almodóvar, and by the European Film Academy, which is beginning its 30th anniversary year with this screening in order to campaign once more for Oleg Sentsov’s release.

The screening will be followed by a short conversation including EFA Chairwoman Agnieszka Holland, Oleg Sentsov’s cousin Natalya Kaplan, his lawyer Dmitrii Dinze, the film’s director Askold Kurov and producers Max Tuula, Maria Gavrilova and Dariusz Jabłoński. Moderation: Mike Downey, Deputy Chairman of the EFA Board.

Berlinale Special
Premiere: SAT 11 FEB 15.00 Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Tickets to buy will be available three days in advance.
Further details and ticket information

Berlin, 7 February 2017

Dear Colleagues & Friends,
just a few days before the grand opening let us answer you the question
What´s Slovak in Berlin 2017?

LITTLE HARBOUR by Iveta Grófová SK, CZ 2017

SPOOR by Agnieszka Holland PL, DE, CZ, SE, SK 2017

A PROMINENT PATIENT by Julius Ševčík CZ, SK 2016


The GWFF collective society scholarship grant for RADKA BABINCOVÁ

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We very much look forward to seeing you at EFM, MGB stand no.137!

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Disover more about Czech films at Central European Cinema, Stand No. 137, Martin-Gropius-Bau.