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
City festival and partners: Crossing Europe from Linz (Austria), DORF festival from Vinkovci (Croatia), ArkivMusic and Belgrade festival Free Zone, with financial support from the European Cultural Foundation from Holland.
The main objective of the FRESH DANUBE FILMS project is to promote and support cultural differences and creative synergy of cinemas from the Danube Region, owing to the networking and knowledge-sharing platform for young and talented filmmakers. The immediate objective of the project is the networking of significant film institutions, as well as a young film professionals in order for them to strengthen their potential, and initiate new joint projects.
At the CINEMA CITY festival, this selection will present the Croatian comedy of the year, “Sonja and the Bull”, directed by Vlatka Vorkapić; “A Letter to My Father”, winner of Pula Film Festival 2012, directed by Damir Čučić, who will also be the guest of this year’s Cinema City; two excellent debut films from Austria – “Local Heroes” by Henning Backhaus, a stirring portrayal of a big fan of Kurt Cobain, and “Forever Not Alone” by Monja Art and Caroline Bobek, a story of teen friendships and adventures. The two films from Serbia are “St/Ripping” by Kosta Đorđević, an exciting story of three heroes of different social status who are obsessing over the wrong person, and “Where Is Nadia?” written and directed by young and talented Aron Sekelj, Raško Milatović, Miloš Milovanović, Nemanja Vojnović, Petar Ristovski, Tea Lukač, Marko Đorđević and Luka Popadić.
The FRESH DANUBE FILMS platform strives to contribute to the networking of authors, strengthening their skills and establishing their position in the arts and society, given is educational nature.
In the context of the Danube Region, which connects 75 million people, 38 regions and 10 countries, films stand as one of the best instruments of establishing an intercultural dialogue, since they disseminate knowledge and understanding at a deeper level, by dealing with issues that are common to many societies. As an art form, a film shows the reality of the present in a very specific way, all the while influencing a great number of people.
The FRESH DANUBE FILMS project should contribute to overcoming intermittent communication between individuals and institutions of film industry across the Danube Region, but also strengthen the regional cultural identity and increase the competitiveness of this peculiar film market. This project promotes identity through original and different artistic expressions that are influenced by Western and Eastern European traditions, as well as by the particulars of modern art of each of the countries.