International Competition is dedicated to the films by new filmmakers – their first or second feature documentary. Films are selected considering artistic value, filmmaking skills and revelation of a relevant human rights topic. The financial prize for the best film has been kindly offered by the main partner of the international competition section – Law firm TGS Baltic.
Panorama overviews the highlights of documentary cinema in recent years. The films that extensively traveled around the world, won prestigious awards and were highly praised by film critics. They significantly differ in style but each story is “inconvenient” in its own and very different way.
Discrimination is a violation of human rights, which has many manifestations. It can become part of our personal history at any time. This year's "Inconvenient Films" special program seeks to listen more carefully to people who have been discriminated against for different reasons. The program is funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union.
Former Yugoslavian documentary production was quite known internationally in the 1970's and 1980's, especially short films. After the 1990's, the political situation changed drastically and the new times required new ways of story telling. Documentaries became more linear in their narrative and the filmmakers tried to depict the war tragedies and post-war life circumstances in the seven newly created states after the breakup of Yugoslavia. Documentary production became much more than just a mere film maker’s practice. It revealed the temperature of a society, the level of democracy and the freedom of expression. For this programme documentary film programmer and film critic Rada Šešić selected some of the highlights of the recent documentary production from Former Yugoslavian countries that stands for a brave cinema, daring depiction of life stories and events of the time. At the same time, the chosen films are signalling that there are new authors’ voices who care about the language of cinema and are trying to find their personal expression.
The Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh on April 17, 1975. It was the eve of the 11th birthday of an acclaimed Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh. On that night he and his fellow Cambodians slumped into a four years long nightmare. Traces of this nightmare are evident even in a contemporary Cambodia. The tragedy of R. Panh’s motherland became his personal tragedy. No surprise his films can be characterized as an effort to recover or recreate a missing image of this tragedy. However, R. Panh doesn’t intend to judge or moralize. He believes that cinema can break the silence that surrounds inconvenient topics, give a sense to the departed and remind us that sooner or later the truth will be exposed.
Yearly “Green Programme” in this festival edition changed the colour and became Blue. The programme that each year analyzes environmental issues this year focuses on melting glaciers, disappearing Aral Sea’s waters and communities that are directly affected by the climate change and conditions of seas and oceans.