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As every year, Autumn in Szczecin will be cinematic – all thanks to another edition of Szczecin European Film Festival!
Join us from October 15th at the biggest film festival of the Polish-German borderland, which will feature over 150 films!
SEFF is an annual film event that tests the boundaries of documentary cinema, and its main goal is creative exploration. What constitutes Szczecin European Film Festival’s core is the European Competition and the Polish Competition, which present the latest documentary films, and which received a record-breaking amount of 2570 submissions from 88 countries this year (co-productions allowed).
The International Jury of the European Competition, judging 34 productions, is comprised of: Marcos Nine (ES), Volker Kufahl (DE), and Janusz Wróblewski (PL).
The 10 productions of the Polish Competition, on the other hand, will be judged by the Polish Jury, comprised of: Maciej Drygas (PL), Krzysztof Spór (PL), and Izabella Gustowska (PL).
The SEFF ‘16 competition section awards amount to a total of approximately 75,000.00 PLN.
This year’s accompanying program is going to be equally impressive, including but not limited to:
The Best Films in the World: a presentation of the newest and most popular documentary productions, including “Fuocoammare” by Gianfranco Rosi – a Golden Bear at Berlinale 2016, and “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World” – one of Werner Herzog’s latest works.
Let’s Talk Film – Sławomir Idziak & Cinebus: a meeting with the legendary Sławomir Idziak in the first Mobile Centre of Audiovisual Education in Poland.
Marcin Koszałka – Retrospective: a meeting with the world-class cinematographer and a presentation of his works.
New Baltic Cinema: a series of screenings dedicated to the latest cinema from Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, and Poland. This program highlight is curated, among others, by: Dorota Roszkowska (PL), Sven Eggers (DE), Arne Papenhagen (DE).
Crossing the Boundaries: with Tomasz Raczek and Bartosz Wójcik we will undertake a discussion on the constantly vanishing boundary between film and other visual arts, and on new paths of technological development. Among other things, the festival audience will have the opportunity to take a virtual trip through Hieronymus Bosch’s 15th-century painting, become a TV presenter in a 3D studio, and create their own hologram.
TELEPHONE ART: an international competition for the observers of reality. This year’s edition has received 1130 productions from 83 countries.
SEFF Media Forum: a debate entitled “Democracy – Freedom of Speech – Journalism,” which will be attended by representatives of Polish and German media, including: Christhard Läpple, Michael Schmidt, and Tomasz Raczek..
To complement the offer of cinematic experiences, the evening Chillout Zone is full of cult world cinema and features the premiere concert by UHA UHA.
The festival’s audiovisual documentation will be taken care of by journalists from Berlin’s DEKRA Hochschule für Medien.
SEFF is Szczecin’s largest and only international film event with an European range. It is a festival that truly crosses boundaries: ones of form, genre, idea, mentality, customs, and geography. You have to be there!
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Co-funded by: the City of Szczecin, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Polish-German Foundation for Co-operation, the Polish Film Institute (PISF), the Marshal's Office of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship.
Patrons of Honour: Minister of Culture and National Heritage prof. Piotr Gliński, PhD, Marshal of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship Olgierd Geblewicz, President of the City of Szczecin Piotr Krzystek.
Media support: TVP Kultura, Tygodnik Powszechny, Czwórka Polskie Radio, Filmweb, Magazyn Kino, TVP3 Szczecin, Radio Szczecin, Kurier Szczeciński, Echo Szczecina, Szczecin Blog, wSzczecinie.pl.