Enjoy SEEfest at Your Home – Part 5
The pre-festival events that launched the 2020 SEEfest
The 2020 edition of SEEfest officially began last week with the Cultural and Literary Salon, our now traditional pre-festival event. A wide-ranging discussion covered many aspects of this year’s festival theme, Boundaries of Belonging. We paid tribute to Fellini’s centennial and his magical cinematic universe, announced the upcoming BRIDGES book about the cultural bridges of South East Europe, touched on the French 1920’s famous court case that still challenges our conceptions of identity, and discussed minority cultures and language as homeland.
The presentation also gave SEEfest viewers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the 3D design work on Black Panther, a film that featured an altogether imagined universe. Note: the video replay of the Salon will be posted online soon.
We are grateful for the support of the City of West Hollywood, the Instituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles, the Austrian Consulate General Los Angeles, and UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies.
Concurrently SEEfest launched the 2020 series of workshops for this year’s participants of the festival’s industry platform, Accelerator for new projects in development. The second round of workshops took place towards the end of April, with 15 participants from Eastern Europe, Canada, and the U.S.
Thank you to European Languages and Movies in America (EMLA), Hollywood Foreign Press Association, International Documentary Association, Film & Ink, Synergetic, California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Arts & Culture, and the City of West Hollywood for their ongoing support of SEEfest programs.
Films from SEEfest Archives
Back in 2012, the festival traveled to Austin, Texas for a special presentation of the cinema of South East Europe – thanks to the legendary director of programming and one of the founding board members of the Austin Film Society, Chale Nafus. It was an honor to be included in his long-running signature series, Essential Cinema. Some of the films SEEfest presented can be viewed on Prime Video. Here are links to the previous SEEfest At Your Home posts: Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3, and Part 4.
Friends of SEEfest
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SEEfest program and activities are supported, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency; Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Art and Culture; and presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood. For more info on WeHo Arts programming please visit www.weho.org/arts or follow via social media @WeHoArts. Special thanks to ELMA, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their continued support of our programs.