The three competition selections National Class, Fresh Danube Films and Up to 10,000 Bucks, and three review selections – Respect to 1st Films, 360°, and Planet Rock will screen carefully selected debut features, more precisely first and seconds films signed by the authors who are shaping the present and the future of national and world cinema.
The first among equals will be chosen by special juries for each respective competition selection. Three juries will award the best in all three competition selections: National Class, Fresh Danube Films and Up to 10,000 Bucks. This year, for the first time we have a Youth Jury that will present the Youth Award for the film from the National Class selection that they deem the best. The audience, one of the strictest of juries, whose opinion is highly valued, will present the Audience award for the best film of the festival.
Members of the National Class jury are Karpo Godina, film director and cinematographer, legend of Yugoslav Black Wave, Kasia Karwan, up-and-comer of European and world distribution, from the French company Premium Films, and Alessandro Groplero head of international relations of the FVG Audiovisual Fund and director of initiatives When East Meets Vest, Re-ACT and Ties That Bind.
This is the first time that the festival will have a Youth Jury, which will present the Youth Award for the film from the National Class selection they consider the best. The Youth Jury include seven pupils from Novi Sad high schools: Ana Marija Radosavljević, Bojana Kliska, Divna Stojanov, Ivana Čavić, Rada Šolak, Savina Smederevac and Teodora Slijepčević.
This year’s jury of one of Cinema City’s signature selections, Up to 10,000 Bucks, will face a difficult task that has already been put in front of this year’s selector, Miloš Pušić. The jury will include Atanu Mukherjee, whose film Stray Dogs took the best film award in last year’s Up to 10,000 Bucks selection, and two representatives of the national cinema: Dragan Petrović, film editor and director, author of the award-winning documentary Dragan Wende West Berlin, and Đorđe Bajić, Serbian film and literary critic.
Audience Award will be given to a film from either National Class, Fresh Danube Films or 360° selection. Voting will be done by ballots after every premiere screening of the films from these selections.
At the opening, Cinema City will present special Ibis awards for contribution to the national cinema and the Cinema City festival.
The award for contribution to the Cinema City festival will be given to Dubravka Lakić, film critic at the daily paper Politika, member of the European Film Academy – EFA and International Federation of Film Critics – FIPRESCI.
Professor Feti Dautović is known as the producer of some of the largest television projects of the golden Seventies, but also as a darling of the students of film and television production at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He galvanized the entire generations of future producers, inspired them to imagine and realize their dreams, and taught them to be samurai, which is why Cinema City, where many of his students work, decided to present him with the Award for contribution to the national cinema.