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SEEfest 2021: Conversations with Filmmakers – Video

Excerpts of Conversations with Filmmakers featured at #SEEfest2021

With filmmakers Marko Dješka, Nicolas Iordanou and Sylvia Nicolaides, Kata Gugić, and Elka Nikolova.

1. ALL THOSE SENSATIONS IN MY BELLY short animation trailer 
While transitioning gender from male to female, Matia struggles to find a genuine, intimate relationship with a heterosexual man.

Filmmaker: Marko Dješka
Interviewer: Casey Shuttuck, intern;

2. AMALGAMATIONshort documentary trailer
A soulful portrait of a female choir revisiting traditional songs in a contemporary way, bridging past and present, with a strong voice and deep sense of community and friendship.

Filmmakers: Nicolas Iordanou and Sylvia Nicolaides
Interviewer: Daylyn Paul, intern

3. COCKPERAshort animation trailer
This short opera is inspired by Aesop’s fable The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle.

Filmmaker: Kata Gugić
Interviewer: Casey Shuttuck, intern

A documentary film about the legacy of the Holocaust in the Balkans, as seen through the eyes, and conflicting memories, of three Bulgarian Jewish survivors in New York.
Filmmaker: Elka Nikolova
Interviewer: Lauren Brown, associate programmer


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SEEfest 2021 Awards and Wrap Up – Video

Showcasing the outstanding films and events featured at SEEfest 2021…

The 2021 South East European Film Festival Filmmaker Awards

Andrea Štaka’s Mare wins Best Narrative Feature, and Catherine Harte’s Faith & Branko is named Best Documentary Feature.

SEEfest 2021 Filmmaker AwardsBest Cinematography awards went to In The Shadows Hayk Kirakosyan (Narrative), with Nun of Your Business’ Ivana Marinić Kragić’ and That Other Village’s Srđan Kovačević co-winners in the Documentary category. A complete list of awards is here.


Audience Award winner: SO, WHAT’S FREEDOM?

So, What's Freedom?

The powerful drama about the 1951 deportations in Romania, SO, WHAT’S FREEDOM? by American-Romanian filmmaker Andrei Zinca, was the highest-rated film of SEEfest 2021 and the winner of the festival’s Audience Award. With a score of 88 out of a maximum of 100, this film proved to be an audience favorite in spite of the difficult subject matter and traumatic events from the country’s past.

Accepting the award, filmmaker Andrei Zinca said,

“SEEfest’s audience understands the power of cinema to reach beyond countries, beyond language barriers, and take us to places and experiences in the past that can resonate with us today.  “So, What’s Freedom?” was not intended to be just a Romanian story. Freedom, the lack of it, and its manipulation by all political systems has been and still is an everyday and everywhere story.“

Congratulations to the filmmaker, the talented cast and crew, and big thanks to our audience members who judged the films with their votes.

What was your favorite film?

Let us know in the comments which films you liked! We’d love to know.

Introducing The 14th Edition of SEEfest – Cinema of Audacity

The SEEfest team is excited to announce the Festival theme and poster design for the 14th Edition of SEEfest…

Cinema of Audacity.

Save t;he Dates - #SEEfest2019The 2019 South East European Film Festival (SEEFest) in Los Angeles will explore the theme of cinematic audacity by drawing attention to South East European filmmakers whose works grapple with complex existential, ethical, and historical questions in innovative, and provocative ways. The festival will bring to the fore unconventional forms of artistic expression and cinematic representation that inform a diverse body of films. These works are further problematized by the region’s unique border dynamics.

SEEFest 2019 invites you to join us in celebrating filmmakers from South East Europe, whose nuanced sensibility to geopolitical boundaries underscores their transient, porous, and frequently contested nature.

Mark your calendar and join us May 1-8, 2019 as SEEfest presents internationally acclaimed films, art installations, film retrospectives, literary salons, and other events. The festival begins with our Opening Night Gala and ends with a Closing Night Gala, and in between enjoy a variety of shortsdocumentariesfeature films, and special screenings.

Festival passes are now on sale and provide entry into all films and events during the eight-day festival. SEEfest Cine-Fan members enjoy a 20% discount on season passes and single tickets.

Support SEEfest and join today!


Theme art design by Elyas Beria.