The Annual South East European Film Festival #SEEfest is back in Los Angeles with its 13thedition, bringing world premieres, European talent and an Industry Accelerator with seminars, panels and 1-on-1 meetings to The City of Angels. From April 26th through May 3rd the festival will showcase movies from this culturally rich area in the South East of Europe and will delight Angelenos with a selection of features, documentaries and short films in the Competition, Special Screenings, and New Filmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) categories.
Opening the festival on April 26thwith a red carpet gala will be the international premiere of “Hawaii” from Romania, a wonderful escape story by the prolific Spaniard and Romanian transplant Jesús del Cerro. As previously announced, during the opening night gala Austrian/ Romanian Academy-Award nominated director Robert Dornhelm will be bestowed with the SEEfest Legacy Award.
Highlights of the festival include the documentary film “Trieste, Yugoslavia” by Alessio Bozzer, about the 1970-1990 shopping bonanza when Yugoslavs traveled to Trieste in droves to buy jeans and other coveted Western garments. Furthermore “Men Don’t Cry”, the debut feature by Bosnian filmmaker Alen Drljevic about war veterans in a group therapy for PTSD; the Bulgarian WWI satire “Enemies” by Svetislav Ovcharov; “The Miner” from Slovenia, Hanna Slak’s thriller-like exploration of dark secrets from the past; “Twice Upon a Time”, an animated delight about a king with a split personality by the multi-talented Vojin Vasovic; Azerbaijan’s “Pomegranate Orchard” by Ilgar Najaf, a contemporary family saga inspired by Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”; and winner of the prestigious IDFA Best Feature-Length Documentary Award,
“The Other Side of Everything” by Mila Turajlic (“Cinema Komunisto”), an intimate story about one of Serbia’s most powerful democracy proponents will close the festival on May 3rd. The Closing Night will include a red carpet gala, a reception after the film and the Award Ceremony for the #SEEfest18 competition.
Over 80% of the films in competition are premieres, two are world premieres, five are international premieres and 13 are North America premieres.
Launched three years ago, the SEEfest Accelerator platform is an industry section of the festival, structured as a series of sessions with small group of filmmakers and 1-on-1 meetings with Hollywood professionals. It has become a go-to platform for the independent filmmakers from Eastern Europe and those who live and work in Los Angeles. Three days of workshops and sessions with Hollywood professionals provide insights and feedback, practical tips and a testing ground for pitching and shopping the projects. Previous participants have been invited to the Berlinale project development and Sarajevo festival talent campus. The winner from 3 years ago has completed his animated short Twice Upon a Time, which is in this year’s program.
Ten projects have been selected for the 2018 Accelerator. All workshops and meetings will be held at the Library campus in West Hollywood over three days on April 27, 28 and 29. All workshops, meetings and parking is free of charge. For more information: http://seefilmla.org/2018-accelerator-program/
About the South East European Film Festival (SEEfest):
SEEfest presents cinematic and cultural diversity of South East Europe to American audiences and creates cultural connections through films, artistic and social events. It was founded in 2006 by Vera Mijojlić, long-time film critic and cultural entrepreneur. The 13thAnnual South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) will take place April 26 – May 3and will bring a large selection of feature, documentary and short films to the Writers Guild Theater, Laemmle Music Hall and West Hollywood Council Chambers/ Library campus.
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