Of the 586 films submitted to this year’s festival, Festival selector Marijana Canak selected 79 films.
The expert judge panel made the final call about the film selection.
This year, the judges were Seize the Film Novi Sad representatives – film director Zoran Cvetković and psychologist Tatjana Stojšić Petković, Seize the Film Croatia Director Denis Pilepić representing the festival in Rijeka, and Milica Galić, HO Partner activist and representative of Seize the Film Banjaluka.
Denis Pilepić (Rijeka) spoke of this year’s film selection on behalf of the expert judge panel: „I can say without exaggerating that the majority of films submitted deserved to be screened this year, and I extend my compliments to all the films that almost made the cut, and invite them to return next year. It was equally challenging, if not more so, to discuss award recipients. It was the details and subjective perceptions that made the call, because in all honesty, at least 20 films were deserving of an award. Still,we somehow managed to make a decision that was balanced and that the entire judge panel agreed with. I stress again that it was in the details, that we are proud and honored to have received such quality material and that we are a part of this powerful festival.“
39 films from 18 countries has been screened at the Novi Sad Cultural Center from the 26th until the 29th of September and the AWARDED FILMS ARE:
BEST FILM: INDIMENTICABILE Italy By Gianluca Santoni
This film met all the film criteria. And it certainly touches on most of the issues that this year’s festival seeks to address. At the same time provoking, questioning
BEST DIRECTORY: LAS OTRAS CAMAS Spain By Jonay García
An intriguing film that can be viewed and understood in many ways. After that, there remains that “moment to think” factor and an “open mouth”. This film provokes and questions.
BEST SCENARIO: WIKI Poland By Veronica Andersson
This film really has all the elements and overall is great. Here we see the denial of a woman by a distorted society, a family … the right to love, sexuality, in a word, to life. Well done.
FILM THAT CHANGES THE PERSPECTIVE: SIMONE’S REAL-LIFE FAIRYTALE France By L. Dervieux, M. Charden
Wit, conviction and simplicity embellish this short film, and as it is obviously part of the series, praise goes to another film we received.
MOST EMOTIONAL FILMS:
GAMBA TRISTA Italy by Francesco Filippi And
IAN, UNA HISTORIA QUE NOS MOVILIZARÁ Arg By Abel Goldfarb
Both are somehow beautiful, upbeat and evocative. We wanted to highlight both. Life is just one for all in all dimensions…