Free zone film festival is created out of belief that a good film experience can last much longer than its screening time and that it can provide access to alternative depiction of reality. This festival showcases films that are eye-opening and often leave their viewers with the feeling of freedom and responsibility that comes with being an active citizen. In these cases the art of film can actually make a difference.
Free Zone is not only an increasingly popular annual film festival, but also a part of a broader initiative that runs throughout the year.
Next festival edition: 07 - 13 November 2013
A special category has been introduced, a category for young, talented authors and their works in the selection of the movies with the budgets of $10,000 and up to $10,000. Attention to young talents includes the presence of top lecturers from film area, organized seminars and constructive dialogues. The programme concept of the festival covers film and academic programme, which take place at more than 20 locations in Novi Sad, including indoor and outdoor cinemas.
Film programme presents film selections of domestic and foreign production, along with competitive selections and numerous retrospectives. Over 150 films, more than a hundred premieres are shown at indoor and outdoor locations. The festival presents awards for domestic, international and low-budget films.
Academic programme - Cinema Now Live Academy - includes more than 30 panels, with participants from more than 10 countries. Within this programme, film artists, theoreticians, critics, and representatives of film industry discuss many significant subjects related to film art and film industry.
Next festival edition: 26 August - 01 September 2013
FOREVER NOT ALONE
directed by Monja Art & Caroline Bobek (AT 2013) // Documentary
Screening schedule at the DORF Film Festival: 07/03, 08:30 pm
Alice, Helene, Maira, Nani, Selin + Vera are 14 and call themselves the "Chillergroup". They live in Vienna and are in the same class. In addition to their time at school they spend every free minute together, they are best friends. This friendship is the most important thing in their lives, far more important than dating boys. But their future is uncertain: because at the end of this school year, the 4th grade at secondary school, the clique will be put to the test as they'll have to go their separate ways.
directed by Henning Backhaus (AT 2012) // Fiction
Screening schedule at the DORF Film Festival: 08/03, 7 pm
Thomas, late 20s, has now outlived his idol Kurt Cobain. In a frenzied burst of energy he throws himself into another band contest, again hoping it will herald the big breakthrough. Despite affairs and alcoholic excesses he makes it through to the final round. But a stroke of fate changes everything.
And the third selected film, will be presented only at CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz 2013, but within the framework of FRESH DANUBE FILMS, is:
directed by Katharina Mückstein (AT 2013) // Fiction
Summertime. Everybody is excited to go on vacation to Italy. Everybody but Jasmin. She aches to be with her mother Eva who has just been released from jail on probation. Jasmin runs away from her foster home and convinces Eva to go on a trip. They get closer but when a man attracts Eva’s attention, the newly built mother-and-daughter-relationship threatens to fail.