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
D: Miroslav Terzić, P: Filmkombajn, 2012, 97'
Screening schedule at the DORF: 10/03 7 PM
Dusan, a young deputy prosecutor for war crimes, gets the task to investigate a paramilitary formation, The First pioneer’s unit, that was operating on the battlefields in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo, where they disappeared without a trace.
Dusan is determined to bring the case to the end and to show his father, a famous retired professor at the law faculty, but to his boss too, War crimes prosecutor, that he is capable for this job.
This becomes for Dusan much more than a simple case - it becomes a personal confrontation.
We do not expect much of the investigation and by Dusan's associates it is condemned to failure, until he finds the unit’s only surviving soldier, Micun, who tried to live peacefully and quietly. Dusan and Micun’s encounter changes their lives and directly affects their families.
ТHE FACE OF A REVOLUTION
D: Vladimir Milovanović, P: Propaganda film, 2012, 55'
Screening schedule at the DORF: 09/03, 7 PM
Branko Ilic was one of the leaders of the rebellion against the Milosevic regime in Serbia over the 1998-2000 period. The leader of the student movement Resistance was arrested and beaten dozens of times, and in 2000 on behalf of the Resistance, he received MTV "Free your mind" award for his struggle. Exactly ten years after the 5th October revolution, Branko returns to Belgrade from voluntary exile in his native Arilje. He starts working as a bartender and temporarily moves to Svaba, an old friend from the time of the protest. During this time, the famous advertising agency Svaba works for, is hastily preparing a major campaign to promote consumer loans.
Svaba and Branko decide to mark the 10th anniversary of the fall of Milosevic in front of the Serbian Parliament on 5th October. After the action and the interweaving of real and fictional characters and events, the mask of the traumatized Serbian society in transition, caught between socialism and capitalism, falls down, leaving the viewers with the opportunity to draw the line between documentary and fiction themselves.