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Founded in 2002 and incorporated in 2006, the South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles (SEEfest) pioneered the concept of regional, cross-border programming with issue-driven films that tell a larger story about South East Europe, where borders of all kinds are fluid and porous just as often as poisonous. By presenting multiple points of view from this troubled region, the festival unlocks delicate doors into human existence, highlighting concerns of our time that resonate with American audiences.

In its 12th year, the festival presents internationally acclaimed films, art installations, a filmmaker conference, accelerator for film and new media projects in development, film retrospectives, literary salons, and other events. SEEfest maintains an extensive network of cultural, artistic, civic and public diplomacy partners and also serves as a resource for film aficionados, educators, young scholars, youth volunteers and the media.

Mission
South East European Film Festival educates about and promotes cultural diversity of South East Europe through its annual presentations of films from this region and year-round screenings and programs. SEEfest organizes conferences and retrospectives, serves as the cultural hub and resource for scholars and filmmakers, and creates opportunities for cultural exchange between Southern California and South East Europe.

South East European Film Festival is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, public benefit corporation. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by the law.

 

People

Board of Directors
Vera Mijojlić, Founder of SEEfest
Jacob Segal, Investors Research Group
Selma Selmanagić, S2 Components
Robert Spich, UCLA Anderson (ret.)
Debra Fink, The Hollywood Reporter
Hipolito Munoz, Open Perspective Media
Raoul Marinescu, Pluto TV

Artistic Director
Vera Mijojlić

Director of Programming,
Feature Films
Chantal Chauzy

Chair, Romanian Film Program
Stefania Magidson

Programmers
Jonathan Marquis, Feature Documentaries
Bojana Sandic, Shorts program
Margarita Reyes, Animation Shorts
Anke Zwirner, Associate Programmer

Art Director
Elyas Beria

Honorary Mistress of Ceremony
Hettie Lynne Hurtes

Director of Digital Marketing
Denise Wakeman, denisewakeman.com

International Project Accelerator,
Co-Founder
Hans-Martin Liebing
Program Coordinator
Samantha Machado

Managing Director
Mary-Catherine McBride

Festival Coordinator
Gabrielle Adrien

Digital Content Manager
Tamara Gavrić

Photography
Aaron Perez
Tshombe Sampson
Jose Ramirez

Trailer Editor
John Garry III

Creative Support

Jessica Just, Anna Spyrou, Samantha Machado, Giannina Toaxen, Ken Aaron, Mavis & Will  Manus, John Concannon,  Sabra Chili, George Constantin, Jackie Marsh, Muna & Nadina Cosić, Francesca Sotelo, Branka Andjelkovic, Tea Lehikoinen, Jacob Michelson, Selma Nalbant, Luis Horacio Pineda, Brando Bojanic

Advisory Board 
Ken Aaron, Social Uplift Foundation, Los Angeles
Ilie Ardelean, Romanian American Professionals Network, Los Angeles
Elyas Beria, Exgrafika, Seattle
Thomas Blount, Miami
Andrea Capachietti, Humanitarian Aid Consultant and Lecturer, Los Angeles
Carol Contes, Attorney, Los Angeles
Jelena Erceg, Architect, Los Angeles
Liana Grancea, Executive Director, UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies
Peter Gross, Mission Critical Systems/Bloomenergy, Sunnyvale
Drita Kessler, DK Art Publishing, Los Angeles
Gail Kligman, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, UCLA
Stefania Magidson, Blue Heron Foundation, Los Angeles
Jacob Michelson, Visual Dynamics Artist, Mimoda Studio, Los Angeles
Nenad Dukic, Film Critic, Belgrade
Mustafa Kapidzic, Kult B Publishing, Sarajevo
Dunja Klemenc, Producer, Studio Maj, Ljubljana