Courageous and extremely relevant, the largest documentary film event in Lithuania – International Human Rights Festival “Inconvenient Films” – announces the program of it’s upcoming 11th edition. The festival will take place in Vilnius 12 – 22 October, followed by regional outreach programme across the country.
This year’s motto “Reality Change(s)” is inviting the audience to stop for a moment and reflect on their position in the world struck by dramatic changes. The viewer will be offered to question different realities while visiting over fifty films, divided into seven programs. Besides yearly International Competition programme and Panorama, festival is presenting five special programs. Curator and critic Rada Šešić is the guest programmer at the festival, presenting a program “Measuring the temperature of a society”. The selection combines films from former Yugoslavian countries, telling sensitive stories about the social consequences of the war. For the first time Lithuanian audience will be able to get acquainted with the best works of renown Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh. Although the authors of both programs are geographically distant from each other, they are both inviting to rethink the past tragedies of their nation and to establish a dialogue with the present on their creative path.
Another special program for the issue of equality is formed in this year’s festival. “What is your story?” is not only the name of the program, but also a hint to the certain tone of the selected films – the audience will have a chance to meet the reality told from a point of view of a character, who lives in world of inequality.
This year the festival will also host sessions of two important social documentary workshops. FUTURE DOCS, a platform for creative encounters between documentary filmmakers and human rights defenders, successfully started by WatchDocs festival in 2015 will be taking place in Vilnius. Various human rights topics and initiatives, especially those underrepresented on screen, illustrated by powerful human stories behind them, are pitched to creative documentary filmmakers. FUTURE DOCS 2017-2018 edition will focus on Nordic and Baltic countries and is a result of collaboration of three festivalis – Inconvenient Films, WATCHDOCS and Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF). The main partner of the training programme is Nordic Council of Ministers.
EsoDoc – European Social Documentary, a training initiative is the meeting point for filmmakers, new media professionals and NGO film practitioners who want to develop projects about particular social themes and find new financing, production and distribution strategies, and possibilities. ESoDoc is offering a creative environment where Lithuanian professionals will meet with the international team of selected participants in intensive third session which will occur during October 15-21in Vilnius. A training session in Vilnius od MEDIA funded initiative is also supported by Lithuanian Films Centre.
Residents and guests of Vilnius and Kaunas are invited to plunge into the reality of documentary on October 12-22. Later, part of the festival programme will travel to ten other Lithuanian cities.