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An Invitation to Join SEEfest’s New Membership Program

Movies are a great way to travel,’ was a sentiment expressed by one of our earliest champions who has circumnavigated the globe many times over, and became interested in the Balkans and Caucasus thanks to SEEfest.

This journey we take with you every year over the first weekend in May has changed the perception of many American moviegoers about the region and the richness of its cinema. In over a dozen years South East European Film Festival has presented more than 500 internationally acclaimed films, including Oscar-winners and nominees. If fact, Kristof Deak’s Hungarian live action short Sing, which had its American premiere at SEEfest last year, won the Oscar this year!  

We take pride in the cultural heritage of the 18-country region, its rich cinema and artistic diversity. In addition to the annual festival serving as the main platform of promotion, SEEfest organizes special screenings throughout the year, retrospectives of classic films, educational workshops, conferences and collaborative cultural programs including literary salons and book fairs, and serves as the cultural hub and resource for scholars and filmmakers. 

Our activities are designed to create opportunities for cultural exchange between Southern California and South East Europe, and together with you, we have come a long way over the course of a dozen years.

This is why I am excited to announce our new Cine-Fan membership program and invite you to join SEEfest.

We share the love of foreign language and independent cinema, and with each film, we discover another unique story about the culture and people of South East Europe.

They range from music documentaries such as Balkan Melodies by Swiss filmmaker Stefan Schwietert to this year’s upcoming premiere of Balkan Roots by Australian fimmakers Chris Rabbitt and Anthony Fletcher; to Romanian melancholy satire Medal of Honor by Calin Peter Netzer and documentary gem about love that transcends old age Humoresque by Diana Deleanu…

…families coping with the aftermaths of difficult events Down the River by Azerbaijan’s Asif Rustamov and Our Everyday Life by Bosnia Herzegovina’s Ines Tanovic; witty political satire Goodbye, How are you? by Serbian director Boris Mitic…

…morality tale Behind the Glass from Croatia’s Zrinko Ogresta; émigrés reverie from Albania The Moonless Night by the late Artan Minarolli; audience and critics favorites A Touch of Spice/Politiki Kuzina by Tassos Boulmetis from Greece, Bliss/Mutluluk from Turkey’s Abdullah Oguz and No Man’s Land by Bosnia Herzegovina’s Danis Tanovic; the iconic Balkan documentary from Bulgaria Whose is this Song? by Adela Peeva and the triumphant historical epic Sarajevo by Austria’s Andreas Prochaska whose world premiere opened SEEfest in 2014, on the 100th anniversary of the onset of World War I.

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With our new Cine-Fan membership program you will be the first to learn about upcoming programs and opportunities to shape them.

Join now and enjoy members-only events and best of all, discounted passes and tickets during the annual Festival and throughout the year.

Here’s what we’ve put together for you:

During the Festival, enjoy discounted tickets over eight days of conferences, screenings, deal-making, networking events and parties. Experience Eastern Europe’s master filmmakers – global connections with unlimited possibilities!

SEEfest Members Receive:

  • 20% discount on 8 days of 50+ screenings
  • Noted international speakers
  • Networking with hundreds of industry professionals
  • Informative and entertaining conferences
  • Q & A with filmmakers
  • Parties and socials with a SEE cultural connection

Member privileges:

  • Early notices and advance purchase of tickets to the 2017 SEEfest opening and closing galas, screenings, and parties.
  • Throughout the year, entré to quarterly socials, special seminars, and industry networking.
  • Discounts on special screenings and partner events.
  • SEEfest offers volunteer and industry job opportunities.

Annual General Membership is $55. Student membership is $30. Click here to join today.

Whether you are a professional in the film industry, a student of the arts, or a lover of foreign films, SEEfest is your cultural connection and bridge to discover the lands, people, arts and history of the countries at the crossroads of South East Europe.

We look forward to connecting with you at the Festival and during the year at the member-only events.

Please join today! Explore the programs, engage with other members, make new friends and support SEEfest journey of cinematic and cultural discovery.

In the next week, we’ll be letting members know how to get Festival passes at a deep discount. Passes will be limited so become a member today and don’t miss the deal.