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South East European Film Festival


Southeast European Film Festival, Los Angeles (SEEfest) is a competition festival which educates about the cultural diversity of Southeast Europe and fosters cultural exchange through its annual presentations of films from the countries of the Balkans and Caucasus. Categories: Feature films, narrative documentaries, short fiction and short docs as well as short animation. Submissions are typically opened from mid-September to mid-February. SEEfest is week-long event and takes place annually at the end of April-beginning of May, in Los Angeles, CA. Awards are given in all categories by juries of Hollywood professionals. For more info, please visit https://seefilmla.org/


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Festival Lineup Announced & Tickets on Sale for 14th South East European Film Festival

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14th South East European Film Festival: May 1-8, 2019 in West Hollywood & Beverly Hills   The 14th edition of SEEfest, running May 1-8, 2019, features 56 films from 18 countries, including 13 narrative features, 7 documentary features, 6 shorts programs, a Sci-Fi side-bar with 2 features and a shorts program, and a Business of Film Conference about data in the film industry. This year the festival will explore theme of cinematic audacity by drawing attention to South East European ...

Take advantage of early bird and submit your film

  Don’t miss the boat! We have extended our early bird deadline to Dec 15. Take advantage of the lowest rates and submit your film for 2016 Festival. And plan your trip to Los Angeles – we are adding more industry programs for visiting filmmakers, and young cineastes!   Films from and about South East Europe qualify. Deadlines:   Early bird, discounted rates for early submissions: December 15, 2015 Regular deadline: January 15, 2016 ...

Don't miss PINA, by Wim Wenders

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  If you love beautiful things and you want to be moved, you must see PINA, the documentary by Wim Wenders. It captures some of the legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch’s 40 dances, using 3-D technology that draws you into the dance in a way that’s never been filmed before. And it’s earthy! Where else have you seen dancers ooze into actual dirt, fling themselves into water and rock, burst through woods in spring, or dance a lonely arabesque on a concrete island surrounded...

Film Series, Soviet History Through Soviet Film, starts tonight, Jan. 17!

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Calling all cineastes! There's a film series starting tonight from a part of the world that's had an huge influence on South East Europe, so I wanted to alert you. It's being put on by the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies. The first film is tonight:   Date:   Tues., Jan. 17, 2011 Time:   6:30pm Place:   UCLA, 11630F Charles E. Young Research Library Park:    Structure 3 (off Sunset) Walk south past Melnitz Hall and the Broad Art...

SEE FEST announces collaboration with Metropolis Books for 2012!

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We looked for a partner who loves movies, cherishes those great old ones and has an ear for contemporary tastes as well. We hope you'll like them too: Metropolis Books. From now on every time you look for a book and make a purchase at this cool online store, you will be supporting SEE FEST too. So, don't forget to mention our name!! Metropolis has suggested a few titles by authors from South East Europe for your reading pleasure:   The Tiger's Wife is Tea Obreht's debut novel...

Calling all documentary filmmakers! Sundance funding proposals are due Feb. 9, 2012

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Here’s a great opportunity for documentary filmmakers. The Sundance Documentary Fund supports documentary films from around the world that focus on current human rights issues, freedom of expression, social justice, civil liberties, and critical issues of our time. The fund wants to encourage the diverse exchange of ideas crucial to developing an open society, raise public consciousness about human rights abuses and restrictions of civil liberties, and foster an ongoing dialogu...

Free Lecture: Baltic States 20 Years After Independence tomorrow at UCLA 12 noon

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Happy New Year! To start out the New Year right, how about a free public lecture at UCLA on the achievements of the modern Baltic States? It’s perfect for you South East Europe fans out there.   “The Baltic States 20 Years After Independence: Achievements and Disappointments,” a public lecture by Prof. Mark Kramer of Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, will be held:   Thursday Jan. 12, 2012 12noon – 2pm (sandwi...

Calling All SEE Documentarians! Toronto doc submissions close Jan 13, 2012!

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Hot Docs, the Toronto Documentary Film Festival, is focusing on SEE countries for the 2012 Festival, and the deadline is just a month away—Jan. 13, 2012. Filmmakers with documentaries from or about Albania, Austria, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cypress, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey should apply. Submit your docs (any topic, any length), postmarked by 1/13/12, to:   Hot Docs Canadian International Do...

Tonight! Free screening of Croatian film in Pasadena, 7pm, Dec. 16!

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Come see the 2010 Croatian feature, “Mother of Asphalt” directed by Dalibor Matanić and starring Marija Škaričić, winner of the 2011 Golden FIPA Award from France’s Biarritz International Festival for this performance. (Two of her other performances, “Fraulein” in 2006 and “A Wonderful Night in Split” in 2004, were also awarded Best Actress Awards from the Sarajevo Film Festival.)   The story: It's almost Christmas time when Mare, recently laid off, leaves...

Turkish-Bosnian-Herzegovinan film “Anatolia” is a big hit at AFI Film Festival

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  For those of you lucky enough to catch “Once Upon A Time in Anatolia” at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles this week, this was a beautiful film – beautifully shot, well acted – that left you pondering the film long after it was over. It unspooled gently, letting you seep into the high, windy, seer landscape and the lives thrown together by an investigation: the prosecutor, the doctor, the chief of police, and many others, being led about the countryside by a handcu...

Wim Wenders’ “Pina” and Luc Besson’s “The Lady” score big at AFI

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These two films got big audience responses last week at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles.   “Pina,” a 3-D documentary about the legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch, starts with her re-envisioning of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” as a thrilling discovery of female sexuality. The film jumps—you cannot gently segue away from “Rite”—into other dances she choreographed, along with brief interviews with her dancers. When Wenders voices that this is no...

Don’t Miss the South East European Films at AFI in Los Angeles

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Here's another great opportunity to see films from South East Europe in Los Angeles. And it's free! Today (and later this week too) you can see two SEE films at the AFI Film Festival: -- Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Turkey/Bosnia) is Turkey’s official submission for the Foreign Language Oscar, today at 1:30pm at the Egyptian, and Nov. 10 at 3:45pm at the Chinese. Details: http://ticketing.afi.com/eng/detail.aspx?ID=8196  -- The Forgiveness of Blood (USA/Albania/Denmark/Italy)...

AFI FilmFestival in full swing in Los Angeles

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Hello folks! I’m back from a couple trips out of town (family stuff, without my computer) so I could not blog for a while. But now that I’m back in town, I can catch the second half of the AFI Festival in Los Angeles, which runs through Nov. 10. Screenings are free! – though of course you still need a ticket, available at http://www.afi.com/AFIFEST/.   For more on AFI, check out today’s article in the LA Times, “Finding Passion for Film,” featuring an interview with...

Free Event! Co-Producer Germany: How to Get Your Film Funded, Oct. 29 in Los Angeles

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SEE FEST filmmakers: Did you know that Germany is one of the biggest financial partners of South East European filmmakers? Or that Germans are some of the main distributors of SEE films?   Find out how you too can get German film funds for your next project, and all the ways that these funds can impact international production, in:    Co-Producer Germany: How to Get Your Film Funded Sat. Oct 29th at 12:30pm Goethe-Institut Los Angeles 5750 Wilshi...

German Currents Film Festival Oct. 26-30 in Los Angeles

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Mark your calendars! One of SEE FEST’s most important partners is screening new films from Germany and we want you to come!   From October 26 - 30, 2011, the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles presents the 5th annual German Currents Film Festival, showcasing the best of new German cinema. Screenings will be held at the Egyptian Theatre, the Aero Theatre and the Goethe-Institut L.A.   Opening night, Wed. Oct 26 at 7:30pm, don’t miss “Almanya”, directed by Jas...

Submissions for SEE FEST 2012 are OPEN!

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Are you a filmmaker whose movie (feature, documentary, animated or short) is thematically tied to South East Europe? SEE Fest invites you to submit your film for the 2012 festival. Films from first-time directors qualify for the Best First Feature Film Award! Please mail the screener to our address at:  SEE FEST - Attn. Programming  7119 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 306  Los Angeles, CA 90046  U.S.A.  SEE Fest 2012 dates: May 3-7, 2012 Submission Dead...

Serbian film Cinema Komunisto wins GOLD HUGO at Chicago International Film Festival!

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More good news for the South East European film community! CINEMA KOMUNISTO, a documentary about the Yugoslav movie industry, has just won the 2011 Gold Hugo Award for Best Documentary at Chicago International Film Festival. The doc's tagline is " When reality has a different script from the one in your films, who wouldn't invent a country to fool themselves?"  Mila Turajlić, the film’s director, had the honor of having her first feature doc in the internationa...

Albanian/US film wins Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay at Chicago International Film Festival

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Another win for the South East European film community! THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD, a US/Albanian film was awarded the Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay at the Chicago International. Writers Joshua Marston and Andamion Murataj won the award for their lovingly crafted story that takes us on an intimate journey through the fate of families that are ruled by the laws of honor and vengeance. The writers lay out for the audience the complexity of human relations and make us reconsider our...

Open Call for Documentary Film Proposals from MacArthur Foundation

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Calling all documentarians! Funding proposals will be accepted from Nov. 1 to Dec. 2, 2011 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives program. It supports the production and distribution of social-issue documentary films made by experienced filmmakers based in the U.S. with a track record of completing feature-length films that have been broadcast nationally and internationally.   Projects must address significant social cha...

Don’t miss SEE FEST’s next Business Conference!

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One of the most useful elements of SEE FEST is its Business Conference, headed last year by Honorary Chair Ron Yerxa (producer of Little Miss Sunshine and Cold Mountain, among others). The event last May gave filmmakers great insights into:   -- How to access and structure financing for international productions -- How to develop Hollywood and European financing for co-productions -- Local governmental incentives for filmmakers -- The role Hollywood-based Eas...

In case you missed the South East European Film Festival in LA last May...

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For those who didn’t see the 2011 South East European Film Festival (SEE FEST) last May, I thought I’d recap a few of my favorite films. Me, My Gypsy Family, and Woody Allen was a humorous and moving 2009 documentary about the Halilović family’s move from caravans into a permanent apartment, and the daughter Laura’s intent on being a filmmaker rather than getting married at 18, as her mother and relatives expected. Halilović’s family had lived in caravans in Italy sin...

Fellowships available for research into South East European (SEE) countries

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Occasionally funding opportunities come by my desk which I like to post, in case anyone out there can take advantage of them. Here’s one.   The American Council of Learned Societies has launched a competition for fellowships for the academic year 2012. These are intended to fund research related to the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Ro...

Conclusion of the Slovenian Film Retrospective in Los Angeles

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The last week of the Slovenian Film Retrospective at the Hammer Museum in September was as memorable as the first, which I wrote about in two previous blog posts.   I was unfortunately not able to see the next two films in the series, Dance in the Rain, an enigmatic love story that (to quote the program) “masterfully weighs whether life’s plateaus are cause for disillusion or hope,” and Sand Castle, a “tour-de-force of absurdist, physical comedy [that] subtly ...

More about the Slovenian Retrospective at the Hammer Museum

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More about “Slovenia Begs to Differ,” a unique retrospective of Slovenian films, 1945-present, that played in September at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater. It was curated by Vera Mijojlic, artistic director of the South East European Film Festival (SEE FEST) and Shannon Kelley, head of public programs at UCLA’s Film and Television Archive, with special thanks to Nerina T. Kocjancic of the Slovenian Film Center.   My second Slovenian film experience feat...

Slovenian films a great success in LA

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Los Angeles was recently treated to “Slovenia Begs to Differ,” a unique retrospective of Slovenian films, 1945-present. The film series took place over three weekends in September 2011 at the Hammer Museum’s 295-seat Billy Wilder Theater, which was consistently full or 2/3 full every night. Many film aficionados showed up to see films shown from archival 35mm prints. The films were curated by Vera Mijojlic, artistic director of the South East European Film Festival, and Shannon Kel...

About South East European Film Festival

Mijojlic Vera
(SOUTH EAST EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL)

Southeast European Film Festival educates about the cultural diversity of Southeast Europe and fosters cultural exchange through its annual presentations of films from this region. For more info please visit: https://seefilmla.org/


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