On the last meeting of the artistic council of the SEE Festival, Michel Wilfert was appointed as the executive producer of SEE a Paris. He is professional with experience in the audiovisual domain, particularity in the South East European countries. From 2008 to 2012 he was regional audiovisual attache in Belgrade, in charge for all the cooperative media and cinema projects for all the countries from ex Yugoslavia.
The members of the internatioal jury of SEE a Paris 2016:
Yves Boisset - president
Emanuelle Galabrue and
desided to give the followwing awards:
The student jury of INALCO University awarded "Log-book Srbistan" by Želimir Žilnik as a best film from the documentary selection.
Selection of the program for the South-East European Film Festival in Berlin, Paris and Ningbo is finished.
All details are published on our web site.
Festival in Berlin (SEEFF à Berlin) will start on 26 May at Humboldt University. On the opening ceremony our exclusive guest as SEE Personality will be Mr. Siljan Micevski, CEO of "Pelister" Bitola and the prize "Europa Prima" will be awarded to Ms. Gudrun Steinacker, German Ambassador in Macedonia from 2011 and 2014 and current German Ambassador in Montenegro. On the opening we'll have honor to follow short performance of great pianist Pancho Vladigerov.
Festival in Paris (SEE a Paris) will start with Balkan Documentary Marathon on 31 May 2016 at INALCO, where our exclusive guest will be famous film director Zelimir Zilnik, who will also have workshops on 1 June 2016.
This year all official program of the SEE a Paris festival will take place in the prestigious Theatre Le Palace from 1 to 5 June 2016. The festival will start with the exhibition "Balkan Don Quixote in Europe", by famous painter Vladimir Gerogievski. The opening ceremony will include proclamation of honorary recognition:
On the closing ceremony on 5 June 2016, we'll have one more honorary recognition
Festival in Ningbo (CEE in Ningbo) will include 50 short films from 16 countries from Central and Eastern Europe and it will be organized in the same time with China-CEEC EXPO (China-Central and Eastern European Countries Investment and Trade EXPO 2016). Official guest of this presentation of the films from this region will be:
Mr. Jordan Plevnes, President of SEE Festival; Mr. Hazis Vardar, Director of Theatre Le Palace and SEE a Paris festival; Mr. Andro Martinovic, Film Director and General manager of Montenegrin Cinematheque; Ivona Juka, film director from Croatia and Marija Dzidzeva, film director from Macedonia.
In Ningbo we'll have symposium on the subject "From short film to film industry". Opening ceremony will be on 8 June 2016 in the Museum of City of Ningbo, during which will have proclamation for laureate:
International committee of South-East European Film Festival decided to award famous director Veljko Bulajic with prestigious recognition "SEE Film Legend 2016".
Veljko Bulajić has made motion pictures of exceptional value that have become integral components of the global cinematic heritage and testimony to the times in which they were made. The passage of time has shown that most of Bulajić’s films directly grappled with the most sensitive and turbulent social problems. Some of his individual films, besides depicting ground-breaking moments in European history with extraordinary artistic force, also have value as exceptional cinematic documents.
The best known personalities from the arts and culture have commented on the cinematic oeuvre of director Veljko Bulajić: writers, film historians, critics, other directors and journalists. Many of his films have won the highest awards and honours at both domestic and international venues. He is an original artist who has always been able to shoot epic scenes of the masses, while never losing sight of the individual and his or her fate under trying and pivotal historical circumstances. He incorporated emotion and a potent dramatic charge in all of these films, and he articulated female characters with particular sensitivity, which gives his films inescapable value and originality.
Bulajić’s films leave as strong an impression on viewers now as they did when they were first released. Stated succinctly, the line of films from Train Without a Timetable, which introduced the world to Croatian cinematography, to Libertas, round off a singular creative oeuvre, recognized not only locally but in the broader European and global contexts.
Just how long was the cinematic (but also human) journey of Veljko Bulajić from Train Without a Timetable to Libertas!? Ultimately, this was a journey in which every step was a move from one pertinent cinematic theme to another. The vestiges of Bulajić’s films run much deeper than his influence on Yugoslav motion picture trends.
His films will remain forever recorded in the cinematographic history of Yugoslavia. He loved his protagonists above all else and nurtured a gallant affinity for them. They were most often ordinary and simple people in search of their place under the sun.
Bulajić did not have any idols in Yugoslav cinematography, and there is some question as to whether others followed in his footsteps, either because they did not want to or simply could not. The latter instance is more likely, for they walked alongside one another and even occasionally came into conflict.
After Miki Manojlovic, Meto Jovanovski, Emir Hadzihafisbegovic and Rade Sherbedzija, this year award "SEE Actor 2016" will go to Mr. Branimir Popovic.
He was the minister of culture of Montenegro from 2000 to 2003. Before that, he was director of City theater Podgorica (capital of Montenegro), and now he is director of Montenegrin national theater (MNT).
He is one of the most recognizable film actors from SEE region, with very rich filmography (full list at IMDB).
Branimir Popovic has also made his great roles in theater, like Bishop Danilo in "Gorski vijenac" ("Mountain wrath")- Petar II Petrovic Njegos, directed 1997 by Bransilav Micunovic (artistic director of MNT), Dr. Soc in "Princeza Ksenija od Crne Gore" (Princess Ksenija of Montenegro) directed 1997 by Radmila Vojvodic, Rodion Romanovic Raskolnikov in "Zlocin i kazna" (Crime and punishment), directed 1998 by Egon Savin, Celestino in "Montenegrini", directed 1998 by Radmila Vojvodic, in trilogy "Requiem of the 20th century", made of "Electra", "Don Juan is coming back from war" and "Party time", Popovic made role of Don Juan, directed by Radmila Vojvodic, 2000, "Nora" directed 2000. by Branislav Micunovic, Nil in Maxim Gorki's "Petit bourgeoisie", directed by Paolo Magelli 2001.
The 6th edition of the South-East European Film Festival "SEE Film Festival", will be organized from 26 to 29 May 2016 in Berlin, Germany (SEEFF à Berlin), from 1 to 5 June 2016 in Paris, France (SEE a Paris) and from 8 to 15 June 2016 in Ningbo, China (CEE in Ningbo).
The festival has officially opened its call for entries and accepts submissions of short, medium, and long films for the Main Competition.
The Festivals in Berlin and Paris are open to all films (feature, documentary, fiction and animation) whose directors and/or producers originate from the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
The Festival in Ningbo is open to short fiction films whose directors and/or producers originate from the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
All shooting formats are accepted.
The duration of the short films must not exceed 15 minutes.
There's no time limit for feature, documentary and animation films.
The deadline for submission is 31 January 2016.
There is no submission fee.
We prefer online submission through the web platforms FilmFreeway.
You can, however, still apply directly to the Festival. In this case, it is mandatory that applicants send a download link or link to online screener of their film, along with a filled and signed ENTRY FORM on the mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For any other form of submission, please contact us by mail.
For more information about the application please read the REGULATIONS.
The selected applicants shall be informed about the selection of their film by the 15 March 2016.
The Festival line-up shall be announced after 15 April 2016 on the Festival website.