FEDEORA is the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean; founded in May 2010 in Cannes.
It is constituted of individual professional film critics from European and Mediterranean countries. The seat of FEDEORA is in London, UK.
The aims of FEDEORA are: forming juries and presenting awards at relevant international festivals, publishing film reviews, essays, festival reports and other articles in the FEDEORA online film magazine, organizing conferences and many others.
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Juries in 2016:
FEST, Belgrade, Serbia, 26 February- 6 March
DOCAVIV, Tel Aviv, Israel, 19-28 May 2016
KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic, 1-9 July 2016
VENICE, Italy, 31 August - 10 September 2014
HAIFA, Israel, 15-4 October 2016
more juries to be confirmed
FEDEORA AWARDS IN 2015
VENICE: The FEDEORA Jury at 72. Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia composed by Dubravka Lakic (President), Rita Di Santo, Nenad Dukic, James Evans assigned the following awards:
VENICE 72 Best European Film in Competition: FRANCOFONIA by Alexander Sokurov “Francofonia” is a complex film exploring themes of European culture in a challenging, sometimes confrontational, but always poetic voice.
GIORNATE DEGLI AUTORI – VENICE DAYS Best Film: UNDERGROUND FRAGRANCE by Pengfei
A sensitive and intelligent film, “Underground Fragrance” reveals the underbelly of modern Chinese society and is directed with great skill and conviction.
Best Young Director: Ruchika Oberoi, ISLAND CITY Island City stood out for its surrealistic vision of a quasi-modern world which is also rooted in the realities of everyday life.
Best Young Actress: Ondina Quadri, ARIANNA A terrific solid performance which conveys young vulnerability balanced with a strong independent spirit.
SETTIMANA DELLA CRITICA – CRITICS’ WEEK
Best Film: KALO POTHI by Bahadur Bham Min
It is a splendid, little movie. A warm-hearted and affectionate tribute to a people who survive with tenacity and imagination.
Best DoP: Benthey Dean, TANNA
The eye behind “Tanna” captures the subtleties and complexities of a culture under threat and provides the audience with a clear vision of that world.
DOCAVIV: Award for best film in the Israeli competition at the Docaviv Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival held from 7 to 16 May 2015 went to Twiglight of a Life directed by Sylvain Biegeleisen, and the special mention to Against Your Will directed by Assaf Banitt. Award for the best film in the International competition went to Democrats directed by Camilla Nielsson. Motivations:
TWILIGHT OF A LIFE: A heartwarming and heartbreaking portrayal of a woman with a unique spirit facing the inevitable, handled by a pure and affectionate directorial approach that transforms a personal situation into a universal experience.
AGAINST YOUR WILL: A complex and compassionate film that tackles the delicate subject of suicide treated as taboo by the religious community, and exploring the quest of bereaved parents from multiple viewpoints, through the use of economical storytelling and tight structure.
DEMOCRATS: Observational documentary structured like a narrative feature in which history unfolds in front of the camera, telling an engaging story of two political figures who are initially opposed but are gradually brought together by common human values.
KARLOVY VARY: FEDEORA award for the best film in the East of the West programme at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival held from 3 to 11 July 2015 went ex-equo to Sutak (Heavenly Nomadic) by Mirlan Abdykalykov (Kyrgyzstan) and Sizerdai gyerek (The Wednesday Child) by Lili Horvath (Hungary-Germany). Members of the FEDEORA Jury were Dubravka Lakic, Ronald Bergan and James Evans.
NEW FEDEORA EXECUTIVE BOARD
New Executive Board of FEDEORA was elected during Berlinale on 7 February 2015:
President: Nenad Dukic
Vice-presidents: Ninos Mikelides , Sherif Awad, Ronald Bergan, Natascha Drubek and Dubravka Lakic
Secretary and treasurer: Zlatko Vidackovic (deputy Peter Cargin)
Venice (26 August - 13 September2015), Best European Film in Competition, Awards in Giornate degli autori / Settimana della critica
Haifa (26 October - 5 November 2015), Best Film in FEDEORA Competition
Deadline for applications: 2 months before each festival
AWARDS IN 2014.
FEDEORA AWARDS IN HAIFA
FEDEORA award for the best film in the International competition ("Filmmakers of tomorrow") went to the film Leviathan by Andrey Zvyagintsev for its metaphorical narrative, mythological aspects and visual power. FEDEORA award for Artistic Achievement in the Israeli Feature Film Competition went to the film At Li Laila (Next to Her) by Asaf Korman for its outstanding artistic and human achievements in directing, scriptwriting, acting, cinematography and art-design. FEDEORA jury gave a special mention to the Israely film Manpower by Noam Kaplan for the delicate portrayal of it's four individual characters, yearning to belong.
The jury members were: Dubravka Lakic, Yehuda Stav, Gidi Orsher
FEDEORA AWARDS IN VENICE
The FEDEORA Jury, composed by Nenad Dukic, Ninos Mikelides, Dubravka Lakic, Eva Af Geijerestam, Matic Majcen gave the following prizes at 71. Mostra Internazionale di Arte Cinematografica:
Awards for Best European-Mediterranean Film in Venice 71 Competition:
The Look of Silence by Joshua Oppenheimer
Awards for Critics’ Week
Best Screenplay: Vuk Ršumović for film No Ones’s Child (Ničije dete)
Best Film: Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere (Đập cánh giữa không trung) by Nguyen Hoàng Điep
Awards for Venice Days:
Best Young Director: Aditya Vikram Sengupta for the film Labour Of Love (Asha Jaoar Majhe)
Best Film: One on One (Il-dae-il) by Kim Ki-duk
BOTA AWARDED IN KARLOVY VARY
Our jury at Karlovy Vary FF, Czech Republic, East of the West, 4 – 12 July 2014 composed of: Natascha Drubek-Meyer (Osteuropa, Filmbulletin, Alphaville), Sherif Awad (Egypt Today Magazine and Westchester Guardian in New York) and Kirsten Liese ( Deutschlandfunk) awarded its prize to the film Bota directed by: Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci (Albania, Italy, Kosovo, 2014).
Read the reports by Natascha Drubek-Meyer, Sherif Awad and Kirsten Liese.
FEDEORA AWARD AND SOCIAL AWARENESS AWARD IN LINZ
Fedeora jury at Crossing Europe International Film Festival in Linz, Austria, composed of Vladan Petkovic (Screen, Cineuropa), Serbia; Blagoja Kunovski (MR, Sinestes, Clapa), Macedonia, and Jörg Schiffauer (Ray, FAQ), Austria, gave the FEDEORA AWARD for European Documentaries to Claire Simon for GÉOGRAPHIE HUMAINE / HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (FR 2014).
The FEDEORA jury also presents the SOCIAL AWARENESS AWARD to one of the nine documentary films from the section EUROPEAN PANORAMA Documentary with a minimum length of 45 minutes and with socio-political/social relevance, which is an Austrian premiere and produced in 2013/14. The award goes to the director of the prize-winning film. The prize: € 6.000- powered by Land Oberösterreich. This year winners are: Luca Bellino and Silvia Luzi for DELL’ARTE DELLA GUERRA / ON THE ART OF WAR (IT/US 2012). Special Mention: Robert Kirchhoff for KAUZA CERVANOVÁ / NORMALIZATION (SK/CZ 2013).
AWARDS IN 2013
BORGMAN AWARDED IN HAIFA
FEDEORA jury at Haifa Film Festival, Israel, 19-28 September 2013, gave the following awards: In FEDEORA Competition – Filmmakers Of Tomorrow the prize went to Borgman, by Alex van Warmerdam. Special mention went to Le Grand Cahier, by Jano Szasz. Prize for special achievement in the Israely Cinema (at the Haifa Competition) went to Sweets, by Joseph Pitchadze.
Jury members were Oscar Peyrou, Gidi Orsher and Yehuda Stav web page
FIRST FEDEORA PRIZES IN VENICE
The first FEDEORA jury at Venice Film Festival (28 August – 7 September 2013, composed of: Dubravka Lakic, Eva af Geijerstam, Nenad Dukic, Ninos Mikelides and Zlatko Vidackovic)
gave the following awards:
Venezia 70: Award for Best Euro-Mediterranean Film:
Miss Violence (Greece), directed by Alexandros Avranas.
Giornate Degli Autori – Venice Days –
Best Film: Bethlehem (Israel, Belgium, Germany) directed by Yuval Adler
Best Young Director: Milko Lazarov for the film Alienation (Bulgaria)
Special Mention: La Belle Vie (France), directed by Jean Denizot
Settimana Internazionale della Critica – International Critics’ Week
Best Film: Class Enemy (Slovenia), directed by Rok Biček
Award for Best Cinematography Work: Inti Briones for the film Las Niñas Quispe (Chile, France, Argentina), directed by Sebastián Sepúlveda
Special Mention: Giuseppe Battiston, the actor of the film Zoran, il mio nipote scemo (Italy, Slovenia), directed by Matteo Oleotto
Special Mention: Anna Odell for complete author’s work in the film The Reunion (Sweden)
FESTIVAL REPORTS 2013
A STRANGER AWARDED IN PULA
The Fedeora jury at 60th Pula Film Festival (held 13 – 27 July 2013) composed of Blagoja Kunvski (Macedonia), Gidi Orcher (Israel) and Nenad Dukic (Serbia) decided that the best film in the Main Competition of National Programme is A Stranger (Obrana i zastita), best film in the Section of Minority Coproduction of National Programme is When Day Breaks (Kad svane dan) and best film in the Croatian Short Film competition is Coffee with Jam (Kava s dzemom). Read the report by Blagoja Kunovski.
ERAN RIKLIS TRIBUTE PAID BY CCIFF IN NOVI SAD
Izraeli director Eran Riklis have a retrospective and a tribute paid to him by the Cinema City International Film Festival (held in Novi Sad, Serbia, 26 August-1 September 2013) and FEDEORA.
Read the articles about Eran Riklis writen by Dubravka Lakic, Eva af Geijerstam and Gidi Orcher.
VELVET TERRORISTS AWARDED IN KARLOVY VARY
The Fedeora jury at 48th Karlowy Vary International Film Festival (held 28 June – 6 July 2013) composed of James Evans (UK), Michael Ranze (Germany) and Tonci Valentic (Croatia) decided that the best film in the East of the West section is Velvet Terrorists (Zamatovi teroristi) directed by Ivan Ostrochovsky, Pavol Pekarcik and Peter Kerekes. In motivation jury stated that the award is given “For the innovative approach on communist past with humorous look and inventive balance between staged scenes and documentarism”.
Read the reports by James Evans, Michael Ranze and Tonci Valentic.
FATHER’S GARDEN AWARDED IN LINZ
The Fedeora jury at 10th Crossing Europe Film Festival, Linz, Austria, (held 23 – 28 April 2013) composed of Ronald Bergan (UK), Wiltrud Hackl (Austria) and Yehuda Stav (Israel) decided that the best film in the European Panorama Documentary section is Father’s Garden – The Love of My Parents (Vaters Garten – Die Liebe meiner Eltern) directed by Peter Liechti
In motivation jury stated that the Father’s Garden is: „A poignant, witty and frank portrayal of an elderly couple as seen through the eyes of their son, it deals profoundly, on a meta level, with the complex construct of a family, love, old age, gender and generational gaps, and even, being Swiss.“ Read the reports by Ronald Bergan and Yehuda Stav.
CHRYSALIS AWARDED IN MONS
The Fedeora jury at 29th Mons International Love Film Festival (Festival International du Film d’Amour de Mons), Belgium, (held 15-22 February 2013) composed of Eva Peydro (Spain); Elin Larsson (Sweden) and Ania Skrobonja (Croatia) decided that the best film of this festival edition is De tu ventana a la mía (Chrysalis) directed by Paula Ortiz. Read the reportss by Ania Skrobonja and Eva Peydro.
How to apply for a jury? FEDEORA members should write to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the media for which they can write about the festival. Participation on juries is conditional on having paid the membership fee and, for any further participation, on having submitted a jury report.
How to apply for membership? To apply for membership, send a request to email@example.com indicating the media to which you contribute and your contacts. If the members of the Executive Board are not familiar with your work, you will be asked to send us your professional CV and 3 published texts in English or with translations in English. After the EB accepts your application, the membership becomes active once you pay the membership fee of 20 euros per year.
How to pay the membership fee? Payments can be made by Euro Cheques, bank transfer or in cash to FEDEORA secretary. More details
Jury reports. The information about the prize winner with motivation should be subimitted to firstname.lastname@example.org asap after the jury decision.
Jury members have to agree on the last jury meeting on the division of films for jury reports that will be published on this page. Jury reports (text long between 3600 and 7200 characters with spaces) should be submitted to email@example.com asap after the festival (one week at the latest).
FEDEORA CONGRESS HELD IN CANNES
FEDEORA Congress was held on 20 May 2012 in Cannes. The Congress adopted the EB reports and the programme of action which will be finalised by the new Executive Board and sent to all the members. The following officers were elected: President: Ronald Bergan; Vice-presidents (in the order of received votes): Zlatko Vidackovic, Nenad Dukic, Gidi Orsher, Eva Af Geijerstam and Dubravka Lakic (Geir Kamsvag is her deputy); Treasurer: Peter Cargin.
FEDEORA JOINS THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS ACADEMY
FEDEORA has joined with the International Press Academy (on November 9 2011) to extend IPA’s membership and the cross-cultural reach of both organizations. The joint announcement was made by Ronald Bergan, FEDEORA’s President, and Mirjana Van Blaricom, IPA President. More…
FESTIVAL REPORTS 2012
DECLARATION OF WAR AWARDED IN PIRAN
The Fedeora jury at Euro-mediterranenan Film Festival in Piran, Slovenia (held 29 November – 2 December 2012), composed of Maja Bogojevic (Montenegro), Goran Ivanisevic (Croatia) and Matic Majcen (Slovenia) decided that the best film of this festival edition is Declaration of War (La guerre est déclarée) directed by Valérie Donzelli awarded for best director. Prize for best photography went to Erol Zubcevic for his work in Children of Sarajevo (Djeca). Read the reports by Maja Bogojevic and Matic Majcen.
AWARDS OF THE FIRST FEDEORA JURY IN BRATISLAVA
Fedeora established its first jury at the Bratislava International Film Festival. Jury members were Dubravka Lakic, Gidi Orsher and James Evans.
The Fedeora award in the International Competition of First and Second Feature Films went ex-equo to: Epilogue (Hayuta ve Berl) by Amir Manor (Israel) & Oh Boy by Jan Ole Gerster (Germany) The Award in the Slovakian competition went to the film In the Shadow (Ve stínu) by David Ondříček.
Read the reports by Gidi Orsher and James Evans.
FEDEORA AWARD IN HAIFA TO MUNGIU, TRIER AND NAIFELD
The Fedeora jury at Haifa International Film Festival in Israel (held from 29 September – till 8 October 2012), composed of James Evans (UK), Gidi Orsher and Yehuda Stav (Israel) decided that the best film in Fedeora Competition – Filmmakers of tomorrow is Beyond the Hills (Dupa Dealuri) by Cristian Mungiu, while a spiecial mention went to Oslo, August 31th (Oslo, 31 August) by Joachim Trier. Award for artistic achievement in the Israeli competition went to the actress Asia Naifeld for her role in Room 514 by Sharon Bar-Ziv. Read a short interview with Aleksander Sokurov at the HIFF, text about Israeli Films Competition by Gidi Orsher and the text about best film by James Evans.
ENCLOSED MOMENTS AWARDED AT NORDISK PANORAMA
The Fedeora jury at Nordisk panorama held from 21 till 26 September in Oulu, Finland, composed of Zlatko Vidackovic (Croatia), Eero Tammi (Finland), and Ondrej Sloup (Czech Republic); 2012 Finland, decided to award the film Enclosed Moments by Jens Klevje and Fabian Svensson (Sweden).
Read reports by Eero Tammi and Ondrej Sloup.
FEDEORA PRIZES IN PULA FOR SCHMIDT, VULETIC AND MUSAN
The FEDEORA jury at 59th Pula Film Festival, composed by Sherif Awad, Nenad Dukic and Radovan Holub A Diploma for Best Film from the Short Film Programme to the film Father (Obid) by Ivica Musan, the Diploma for Best Minority Co-production to the film Practical Guide to Belgrade with Singing and Crying by Bojan Vuletic and the Diploma for Best Film in the National Programme Main Section to the film Vegetarian Cannibal by Branko Schmidt. Read reports by Nenad Dukic, Sherif Awad and Radovan Holub.
FLOWER BUDS GETS THE FEDEORA AWARD IN KARLOVY VARY
The FEDEORA prize at Karlovy Vary goes to Poupata (Flower Buds), Czech Republic, directed by Zdenek Jirasky “for its sensitive, humorous and bleak portrait of a dysfunctional and deprived family trying to survive in a somewhat heartless society.” Read reports by the members of the jury: Ronald Bergan (UK), Furio Fossati (Italy) and Eero Tammi (Finland).
ANDREAS DRESEN TRIBUTE PAID BY CCIFF IN NOVI SAD
German director Andreas Dresen had a retrospective and a tribute paid to him by the Cinema City International Film Festival (held in Novi Sad, Serbia, 16-23 June 2012) and FEDEORA.
Read the articles about Andreas Dresen writen by Dubravka Lakic, Blagoja Kunovski and Sergey Lavrentyev.
SPECIAL FLIGHT AND A LETTER FROM GERMANY AWARDED IN LINZ
FEDEORA jury gave awards at Crossing Europe Film Festival:in Linz, Austria, held from 24 till 29 April 2012 (web page). The prize for the category of documentary films by directors over the age of 33 went to Vol special (Special Flight, Switzerland, 2011; d. Fernand Melgar), and a special mention to Entrée du personnel (Staff Entrance, France, 2011; d. Manuela Frésil). The prize for the category of documentary films by directors under the age of 33 went to Ein Brief aus Deutschland (A Letter from Germany, Germany 2011; d. Sebastian Mez) and a special mention to Hauptfriedhof (Cemetary, Germany, 2011; d. Melanie Jilg). Subjury for documentaries of senior authors (over 33) was composed by Eva af Geijerstam, Bernhard Lichtenberger, Oscar Peyrou. Subjury for documentaries of young filmmakers (under 33): Dean Kotiga, Simone Boria, Jeton Budima.
Read the reports by Eva af Geijerstam, Dean Kotiga and Jeton Budima
FESTIVAL REPORTS FROM MONS 2012.: LET MY PEOPLE GO !
FEDEORA jury at the International Love Film Festival in Mons, Belgium, held from February 24 to March 2 2012, awarded Let My People Go! by Mikael Buch. The jury was delighted to give the prize to a comedy, a genre that is often neglected at festivals. Read all the festival reports by: Ronald Bergan, Blagoja Kunovski and Maja Bogojevic.
FESTIVAL REPORTS 2011
The Fedeora award at Haifa FF held from 13 till 22 October 2011 went ex aequo to Michael by Markus Schleinzer and Elena by Andrey Zvyagintsev. The jury included Shmuel Duvdevany, Sergey Lavrentyev and Gidi Orsher. Diploma for special achievement in the israeli cinema went to the DOP Shai Goldman. Report by Sergey Lavrentyev.
The FEDEORA Award at the Euro-mediterranenan Film Festival held in KOPER, Slovenia, from 12 till 16 October 2011 was given to the Macedonian film Punk is not Dead by Vladimir Blazevski, while the special mention went to The Salt of Life by Gianni Di Gregorio. Reports by jury members: Dubravka Lakic, Tonci Valentic and Gabriele Barrera.
The FEDEORA Award for the best short documentary at the Nordisk Panorama film festival held in AARHUS, Denmark from 23 till 28 September 2011 was given to the film How to Pick Berries by Elina Talvensaari (Finland). Reports by: Steffen Moestrup (Denmark), Maja Bogojevic (Montenegro) and Blagoja Kunovski (Macedonia).
At 58th PULA FF, Eva af Geijerstam, Peter Cargin and Bozidar Trkulja awarded Caca (Daddy) by Dalibor Matanic in the Main Section, Neprijatelj (The Enemy) in Minority Coproductions and Zima (Winter) as best short. Reports by Eva af Geijerstam, Peter Cargin, and a comment by Ronald Bergan on Pula and national film festivals.
At KARLOVY VARY Film Festival, in the East of the West section FEDEORA jurors Eva Af Geijerstam, Vladan Petkovic and Blagoja Kunovski gave the FEDEORA award to the Croatian documentary-feature Marijine (Marias Own) by Željka Sukova. Reports by Eva af Geijerstam, Blagoja Kunovski and Vladan Petkovic.
At the 2011 edition of the Cinema City IFF in NOVI SAD, Serbia, jurors Blagoja Kunovski, Tonci Valentic and Allison Frank judged films from two categories: From the National Class, they chose Neprijatelj (The Enemy) by Dejan Zecevic, and in the Balkan Box, Milco Mancevski’s Majki (Mothers). Reports by Alison Frank and Tonci Valentic.
Polish director Dorota Kędzierzawska had a retrospective and a tribute paid to her by the Cinema City International Film Festival (held in Novi Sad, Serbia, 18-25 June 2011) and FEDEORA.
Read the articles about Dorota Kędzierzawska writen by Dubravka Lakic, Sergey Lavrentyev and Nenad Dukic.
The FEDEORA prize at the Festival International du Film d’Amour held from 18 to 25 February in MONS, Belgium went to El idioma imposible (Spain) by Rodrigo Rodero. BeTV kindly supported our prize with 5000 EUR (for tv rights for Belgium). Read the reports by our jury members: Eva Af Geijerstam and Gabriele Barrera.
FESTIVAL REPORTS 2010
The youngest film festival in the world was born on October 14th in KOPER, a pleasant Slovenian seaside resort on the Adriatic not far from Trieste. The Fedeora jury, made up of Ronald Bergan, Dejan Duric, and Tomislav Sakic, decided on Gainsbourg by Joann Sfar. We published festival reports by Ronald Bergan and Tomislav Sakic.
The Fedeora Award in the Filmmakers of Tomorrow section of the 26th HAIFA International Film Festival went to A Somewhat Gentle Man (En Ganske Snill Mann) by Hans Petter Moland. The Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution in The Israeli Film Competition went to the young actor Yoav Rotman for the film Mabul by Guy Nativ.
The first Fedeora jury was established at 57th PULA Film Festival in Croatia, held from 10 till 24th July 2010. The Fedeora jury awarded Just Between Us by Rajko Grlic as best film in the National Programme, and The Abandoned in Coproductions section. Ronald Bergan wrote about the festival, and Dubravka Lakic about Just Between Us and Besa.
Fedeora magazine is edited by FEDEORA vice-president Ronald Bergan. Only original articles, unpublished elsewhere in whatever language, will be accepted for this section of our page. Articles for the magazine can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
When a famous artist is jailed for his ideas, it highlights the cruelty and stupidity of the regime that put him there. We begin to feel as much anger, sorrow and frustration as if a friend of ours had been imprisoned. JAFAR PANAHI is a friend to everyone who loves and cares about great cinema. Read the full article by Ronald Bergan.
The film director CLAUDE CHABROL, who has died aged 80, created the first ripple of the French new wave with his first feature, Le Beau Serge (1958). Along with Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Eric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette, he formulated what came to be known as the “auteur theory”. We invite you to read a personal piece on Chabrol by Ronald Bergan My Lunch With Claude.
For years now, one has gained the impression that the audiences at the THESSALONIKI Festival have been the most faithful to the Balkan Survey program. Please read the full article by Dubravka Lakic on Thessaloniki 2010. focused on the films Cirkus Columbia by Danis Tanovic and White, White World by Oleg Novkovic.
VIENNALE isn’t all experimentation, minimalism, intellectualism, though that it is what it’s best at. (Vienna itself hits one with Kultur.) The standout American indie was Mike Ott’s Littlerock, which managed to bring an engaging freshness to a known subject. Please read the full article by Ronald Bergan on Viennale 2010.
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