The Fresh Danube Films project has come as a result of collaboration between Cinema City International Film Festival Novi Sad as the Main Applicant and partners: Crossing Europe Film Festival from Linz, DORF from Vinkovci and Free Zone from Belgrade and support from the European Cultural Foundation.

The main objective of the Fresh Danube Films is to promote and support cultural diversity and creative synergy of cinematographies alongside Danube river by creating a networking and knowledge-sharing platform for young, talented filmmakers from this region. The immediate objectives of the Fresh Danube Films are:
  • to formally establish the Fresh Danube Films and disseminate information throughout Europe by inviting other institutions and individuals to join the platform and strengthen its potentials

  • to raise awareness about young authors from the Danube region by creating an original, new joint selection of films (successful debus of young authors) that will be shown and promoted in 3 countries (Austria, Croatia and Serbia) founding members of the Fresh Danube Films, but also in other countries via internet, PR activities and cultural portals

  • to showcase a new, original Fresh Danube Film selection of first or second films at the DORF (Vinkovci, Croatia), the Crossing Europe Film Festival (Linz, Austria), the Cinema City International Film Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia), the Free Zone Film Festival (Belgrade, Serbia) in 2013

  • to transfer knowledge and build capacities of young filmmakers from the Danube region through workshops during Cinema City that will provide state-of-the-art information about filmmaking processes

  • to provide an online instrument for networking of young filmmakers and tool for initiating new projects in the form of FDF database

Primary, the project is dedicated to young filmmakers and students of film academies across the Danube region since the FDF aims to support and promote their creativity and talent. Originality of the project lies in the fact that the Fresh Danube Films, especially once the platform grows and attracts more members, will provide a channel for exchange of ideas between young filmmakers that share a piece of common identity. We wish to promote this identity through original and fresh artistic expressions with a genuine spice of Eastern and Western European traditions as well as contemporariness in each country.

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Fresh Danube Films
Fresh Danube Films strives to become a networking platform with strong educational character, providing programmes and activities for young people with the aim to strengthen their skills and position in art and society. Art of film is precious from the aspect of shifting perspectives, fight against prejudices and intercultural dialogue and that is why we wish to establish Fresh Danube Films network.

In the context of Danube region which connects 75 million people and 38 regions from 10 countries, film is one of the best instruments for intercultural dialogue because it entertains on the surface, but spreads knowledge and understanding at a deeper level and tackles issues that are common for all societies. As a form of art, film reflects the contemporary reality in a very specific way and in the same time influences a large number of people, often young individuals.

The Fresh Danube Films intends to provide a creative and developing platform for continuous networking and intercultural exchange, learning new skills, transfer of know-how and support in building professional filmmaking careers of young people alongside Danube. Hopefully, project will contribute to overcoming sporadic communication between people and institutions in the film industry along the Danube and strengthen regional cultural identity as well as competitiveness of this specific film market.

Since 2004, the CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz//Austria has devoted its program each year in April to idiosyncratic, contemporary and socio-political auteur cinema from Europe. Over the six days of the festival, CROSSING EUROPE offers international film and press representatives and guests of the film industry (nearly 750 accredited festival participants) and the local cinema audience a program with approximately 140 outstanding, hand-picked films, documentaries and short films.

With the program selection festival director Christine Dollhofer seeks to do justice to the diversity of European cinema (and consequently to that of the continent of Europe). The Linz festival audience has an opportunity to see high-quality European productions and cinematic highlights of the past festival season (from A-festivals like the Berlinale, Cannes and Venice) suitably presented on the screen.

Despite changes in media consumption and reception behavior, film festivals still play an important role: in bringing new positions and developments in film art to a wider public for discussion, curating programs and films that, all too often and despite international festival success, have no place in cinemas for economic reasons, and giving them an audience. This also includes presenting films from a young generation of directors. From the beginning, the second largest international film festival in Austria has centered around the European film continent in all its many facets, and its relaxed atmosphere has already inspired Austrian media representatives to declare CROSSING EUROPE the “living room for European film”.

Next festival edition: 23 – 28 April 2013

For more information about the festival, films from the past nine years and festival prizes please visit

DORF - Unique Regional Film Festival

Festival itself is only urban happening in our region (Vinkovci – Eastern Slavonia), unique and special in whole Croatia by it's purpose and substance. Many visitors and audience recognized it: DORF has a great response among the movie-fans but, also, music fans. Each year numbers of visitors increasing, and if we add appearances in other cities, we can say that more than 5.000 people have seen 2012 programme.

Geographical position on far east of Croatia, near to Bosnia, Serbia and Hungary, gives possibility to promote this movie genre and new ideas and also connect city and county with others.

This major event originated in 2007. (with 13 movies from 4 countries, concerts and photo-exhibition). In 2012 we had 41 movies from Croatia, BiH, Serbia, Slovenia, and international. In addition to screenings we have a complimentary programme of concerts, DJ session, jewelry exhibition (so far we had photo, paintings, gig posters, comics) and also book promotions.

During the Festival 2012 we had also music documentary movie workshop with famous french director Vincent Moon as a mentor.

After the end of Festival, as our raison d'etre, movies go - DORF ON THE ROAD – touring to other countries and cities in this region. In 6 years this selection of highlights from our programme was presented in 54 cities in Croatia, Slovenia, BiH, Serbia and Macedonia.

With Palic film festival (from Serbia) we did a 12 moths-project funded by EU, Crossborder collaboration Croatia-Serbia. Festival is organised by the Association of movie fans RARE Vinkovci.
The Association of movie fans RARE participating in the FDF project with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Zagreb.

Next festival edition: 07-10 March 2013

FREE ZONE film festival is meant to foster a debate on topical issues in the world today. The festival showcases films from around the world that address human rights and related issues, bringing together celebrated filmmakers, local experts, and local and international audiences.

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

CINEMA CITY International Film Festival

Cinema City International Film Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia) is one of important film and cultural projects of our region, realized with considerable amount of professionalism and creativity. The festival is meant to be a monumental accomplishment of the enormous quantities of young energy. During 2008 and 2009, Cinema City developed into an international film festival which represents a significant cultural and film event in Serbia and the region, with its extent, film programme and distinguished guests from around the world.

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

Fresh Danube Films at the Free Zone Film Festival
The main programme of the festival will take place in Belgrade from November 7-13 and will screen the best documentaries and feature films; winners at some of the most important international festivals, whose controversial and subversive nature stirred not only festival audiences but also cinema audiences across the world.

During seven days of the festival, Belgrade audience will get a chance to see Sophia Fiennes’ premiere screening of The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, which will open the festival on November 7 at 20.00h at the Cultural Center of Belgrade Movie Theatre; Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12, which delighted both audiences and critics around the globe; Ritesh Batra’s Lunchbox in which a slight confusion results in a huge miracle that leads to an unexpected friendship and love between two complete strangers.

The Free Zone will also present the latest film signed by the renowned British director Ken Loach – The Spirit of ’45. In these troublesome times this films stands as a reminder to a great dream of better and more just society in Britain after World War II. Former national figure skater, Andrei Griazev won audiences across the world with his directorial skills in Tomorrow, in which he follows one of the most provocative art group “War” and their radical actions and performances that tread the fine line between art and crime.

In their film Good vibrations, directorial duo Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn bring a true story about a man who, even after the bloody conflicts that took place in his hometown of Belfast during the seventies, continues to believe that punk rock can change the world.

This year the festival will focus on sensitive issues of the LGBT community. The programme Outside the Walls will screen two remarkable films: Stranger by the Lake, for which its director Alain Guiraudie won the award for Best Director within Un Certain Regard selection at Cannes, and Vincent Dieutre’s Jaurès, which tells a story about the eponymous Parisian quarter and man’s aspiration to reconcile emotional with political within him.

Once again, certain films (Jaurès, Tomorrow and Harmony Lessons) will give rise to Late Night Conversations at the Free Zone, during which we will deal with issues pointing out to entire regions of repression that gnaws away at our society: invisible people (LGBT population, migrants) whose attempts at becoming visible cause violence after violence that is, in its impotency to deal with contemporary challenges, caused by the community itself through its institutions (school, police) which should be there to strengthen it; as well as strategies for resisting injustice, which more often than not are dispersed even before they shape themselves into resistance.

As it was last year, the moderator will be Ivan Milenković, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Third Programme of Radio Beograd.

This year our guest is FID Marseille, one of the most prestigious festivals in the world. It will present its best titles of this year, premiering with Mati Diop’s winning film A Thousand Suns. A special guest will be Jean-Pierre Rehm, director of the festival, who we will also hold a master class. It will be a chance for film authors, journalists and students of film academies to familiarize themselves with current tendencies in independent documentary film-making and festival policies. The official programme of this festival also included Stefan Ivančić's Springtime Suns and Dane Komljen's Tinz Bird, which will also be screened as part of this selection.

The Free Zone will remain the gathering place of the best documentary film-makers from the region, and so Belgrade audience will be able to see Srđan Keča's Escape, Petra Seliškar's Mama Evropa, and Nebojša Slijepčević's festival hit Gangster of Love.

Last year’s guest selector, Dubravka Ugrešić, greatly contributed to the programme of the festival, and this year that task is entrusted to Veton Nurkollari, programme director of one of the most significant festivals in the region – Dokufest from Prizren, who will present Kosovo film production, which is completely unknown to our audience.

As part of the Fresh Danube Films project, Belgrade audience will have a chance to attend the premiere of feature film Where Is Nadia? signed by eight students of the Faculty of Drama Arts from Belgrade, as well as excellent Croatian achievement A Letter to My Father, signed by Damir Čučić. The project itself has the objective to strengthen and support the production and promotion of young debuting authors from this region, through programmes of partner festivals, such as Crossing Europe from Linz, Cinema City from Novi Sad and DORF from Vinkovci.

As is tradition, the audience will vote on the best film of the festival which will win the Audience Award, and the jury comprising Boban Jeftić (director of film programme at Dom Omladine), Srđan Mitrović (MTV Serbia) and last year's winner of the best review, Gavrilo Petrović, will present the Award to the Audience for the best review of a film screened at the Free Zone.

Below is the Free Zone programme that will be screened in Novi Sad:

Monday, November 11

18:00 Lunchbox

(roles) Ritesh Batra, India/France/Germany/USA, 2013, 104’

20:00 The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

(doc) Sophia Fiennes, Great Britain/Ireland, 2012, 136’

Tuesday, November 12

18:00 Harmony Lessons

director Emir Baigazin, Kazakhstan/France/Germany, 2013, 120’

20:00 Jaurès

(doc.) director Vincent Dieutre, France, 2012, 83’

Late Night Conversations – (following the film Jaurès)

Topic: Migrants in our lives


Aleksandra Bosnić Đurić, culturologist, Cultural Institute of Vojvodina

Zoran Paunović, literary theorist, professor at the Faculty of Philology

Editor and moderator is Ivan Milenković, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Third Programme of Radio Beograd

Wednesday, November 13

18:00 Tomorrow

(doc.) director Andrei Griazev, Russia, 2012, 90’

20:00 Tomboy

(feature) director Céline Sciamma, France, 2011, 82’

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