SEE Fest in LA is over and here are the winners:
“Director Tudor Jurgiu from Romania won Bridging the Borders award for Best Feature Film of the festival for his debut film, The Japanese Dog. Special Jury Mention went to Croatian filmmaker Tomislav Mršić for his debut film, Cowboys, and Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Cast was awarded to Albanian feature Bota, co-directed by Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci.
Down the River by Asif Rustamov from Azerbaijan won the Best First Feature award. Two narrative documentaries shared the Best Documentary Award, The Undertaker by Dragan Nikolić from Serbia, and Romania’s Flowers in the Shadows by Belgian director Olivier Magis. Awards for Best Cinematography went to Bulgarian Rat Poison director of photography Krasimir Andonov (feature film), and Dragan Vildović (documentary film) for his work in In the Dark from Serbia.
In the shorts category Strahinja Savić from Serbia won Best Short Fiction award for Nine Days, Alexandr Baev’s Once Upon Another Time from Georgia won for Best Documentary short, and Anton Octavian from Romania won Best Animation Short award for Elmando.
Winners of 2015 Audience Award were Albanian Bota (feature film), and Serbian In the Dark (narrative documentary).”
Congratulations to the winning filmmakers!
There are only a handful of festivals devoted to Eastern European film in the world, and one of them is SEEfest in LA. Taking place every year in April, the festival extends it’s program over a full week this year. Even though SEE stands here too for South Eastern Europe and it was decisively founded with the intention to promote films from this area, it also includes contributions from the adjacent region like Turkey, the Baltic States.
The festival is competitive, but unlike many others does not charge a submission fee. Films compete in the categories
Best Feature Film
Best Documentary Film (long and short)
Best First Feature Film
Best Short Film
And includes also an Audience Award.
And because the festival takes place in LA, the home of Hollywood and cradle of the US film industry, there is also a *free* industry event, this year on Saturday, May 2.
Check out the full festival program here.