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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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 Yahuda Stav (Israel) decided that the best film in the European Panorama Documentary section is Vaters Garten – Die Liebe meiner Eltern (Father’s Garden – The Love of My Parents) 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.“ Reports to follow.
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.
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).
At the same time stunning and laconic meditation on the existence of man surrounded by the mysteries of the cosmos, this film is a philosophical essay on human ideas vanishing through time and space. The excellence of the cinematography, the preciseness of the framing, shows us the magnitude of nature, and without any romanticizing, finds cinematic beauty in even the most wretched postindustrial scenery. The filmmakers take us on an unexpected journey, both calm and harmonizing, and utterly stimulating. 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. For the main section feature film the jury granted a special recognition to the film Halima’s Path by Arsen A. Ostojic for recognizing uniform and stylistically consistent treatment of the delicate topic of religious and ethnic conflicts in this region. 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).
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.
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, Oscar Peyrou, 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.
NEXT JURIES & EVENTS
Linz, Austria, Jury at Crossing Europe Film Festival, 23-28 April 2013 web page
Cannes, France, Fedeora Congress, May 2013
Novi Sad, Serbia, Fedeora tribute & retrospective, June 2013
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, Jury at East of the West programme, July 2013
Pula, Croatia, Jury, July 2013
Malmo, Sweden, Jury at Nordisk Panorama, September 2013
Kotor, Montenegro, Jury at MOFFEM (Montenegro Film Festival of the Mediterranean), 9-15 September 2013 web page
Haifa, Israel, Jury for Fedeora and Israeli competition, October 2013
Bratislava, Slovakia, Jury, November 2013
Piran (moved from Koper), Slovenia, Jury at Euro-mediterranenan Film Festival, dates to be announced later
Deadline for applications: 2 months before each festival
How to apply for a jury? FEDEORA members should write to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org asap after the festival (one week at the latest).
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 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, Gabriele Barrera and Oscar Peyrou.
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 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 email@example.com
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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