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South East Europe is a stretch of land between the West and the East, mixing elements of both in an explosive multi-ethnic melting pot. Meandering through the countries of this turbulent region is the only direct land route between Western Europe and the Middle East. Almost everything is subject of dispute: borders, country names, languages, history; the place is rife with historical claims which have a tendency to confuse outside visitors. Today the fragile landscape of South East Europe is host to many initiatives aimed at creating lasting stability, eventually leading to integration and acceptance into the European Union. We shall limit ourselves to the pursuit of one tradition that South East Europe gave birth to, that of cessation of all hostilities during the Olympic Games. With that in mind welcome to our film festival, and enjoy the show.

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, President
Jacob Segal, Treasurer
Selma Selmanagić
Robert Spich
Debra Fink
Hipolito Munoz
Raoul Marinescu

Festival Artistic Director
Vera Mijojlić

Director of Programming
Chantal Chauzy

Chair, Romanian Film Program
Stefania Magidson

Documentary Programmer
Jonathan Marquis

Shorts Programmer
Bojana Sandic

Festival Coordinator
Gabrielle Adrien

Volunteer Coordinator
Eva Diventi

Art Director
Elyas Beria
Exgrafika

Honorary Mistress of Ceremony
Hettie Lynne Hurtes

Industry Marketing
Debra Fink

Media Development
Polo Munoz

Digital Content Manager
Tamara Gavric

Social Media Manager
Erica Sabol

Front End Web Developer
Dino Mehmedovic

Photography
Aaron Perez
Mirza Hasanefendić
T. Sampson
Jose Ramirez

Trailer Editor
John Garry III

Creative Support

Jessica Just, Halli Lorenzato, Mae Ruling, Giannina Toaxen, Adam Soch, Ken Aaron, Mavis & Will Manus, John Concannon, Vicki Matlin, Milena Gardašević, Sabra Chili, Lizz Henderson, George Constantin, Jackie Marsh, Muna & Nadina Cosić, Dino Mehmedović, Celia Eydeland, Ester Elliott, Francesca Sotelo, Branka Andjelkovic, Julia Macnelly, Salahuddin Alyamani, Tea Lehikoinen, Jacob Michelson, Julian Andrei, Selma Nalbant, Luis Horacio Pineda.

Special Thanks

Stefania Magidson, Thomas Blount, Jean-François Lichtenstern, Daphna Ziman, Raoul Marinescu, Vladek Juszkiewicz, Zoe Caratas, Adam Soch, Virgil Adumitroaie, Tema Staig, Bella Anikst, Michael Thomas, Felicia Rosenfeld, Margit Kleinman, Andrew Campbell, Mike Che, , Gail Kligman, Fareed C. Majari, Peter and Mary Gross, Stefan Kloo, Robert Marich, Salam Darwaza, Jennifer St Clair, Gregory Laemmle, Liana Grancea, Joan and Russell Witte, Hettie Lynne Hurtes, Charles Bernstein, Jacob Michelson, Nusret & Zemira Arnautović, Tudor Petrut, Arati Misro, Andrea Capachietti, Daniel Chaffey, F.X. Feeney.

Advisory Board 
Ken Aaron, Social Uplift Foundation, Los Angeles
Ilie Ardelean, Romanian American Professionals Network, Los Angeles
Elyas Beria, Exgrafika Design Studio, Seattle
Thomas Blount, Miami
Andrea Capachietti, Humanitarian Aid Consultant and Lecturer, Los Angeles
Carol Contes, Entertainment Attorney, Los Angeles
Jelena Erceg, architect, Los Angeles
Peter Gross, Mission Critical Systems, Bloomenergy, Sunnyvale
Drita Kessler, DK Art Publishing, Los Angeles
Prof. Gail Kligman, Center for European and Eurasian Studies, 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