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Film Center Serbia Autumn Activities

Film Center Serbia Press Conference

After a bumpy first quarter, the summer saw a new influx of funds to Film Centre Serbia. The rebalanced budget of the Republic of Serbia brought  120 million dinars for public open competitions intended to support film making activities in 2013. After a detailed analysis of the current circumstances in the Serbian film industry, Film Center Serbia has decided to announce competitions for co-financing the production of films, for co-financing minority coproductions, as well as, for the first time, the competition for stimulating the quality, attendance, distribution and technical facilities of cinemas.  Seeing the tendencies in our film industry, the first two competitions have been announced in order to help all the projects that have recently begun production and that have found themselves without funds to be wrapped-up or that have international obligations they were unable to fulfill because of a lack of open competitions in the first part of the year.  
The big news is the competition for stimulating the quality, attendance, distribution and technical facilities of cinemas. This sort of stimulations has been implemented in many European countries, and starting with this year, it will become our practice, too. The goal of these activities is to stimulate new projects by those film makers, producers, distributors and cinemas that have been successful in promoting Serbian film with their films and endeavors. Probably the most important thing in this package, having in mind the increasingly difficult position many cinemas find themselves in and the feasibility of showing Serbian films, this competition is a way for Film Center Serbia to get involved in finding solutions for these problems and to create the necessary prerequisites for starting the project of the digitalization of Serbian cinemas, similar to what is already going on in Croatia. To that end, the Steering Committee of the Film Center Serbia has chosen as its priority the criteria of cinematic films and the various activities that will stimulate this activity

Besides these funds, Film Center Serbia has at its disposal the funds received from the RRA (Republic Broadcasting Agency) and RATEL (Republic Agency for Electoronic Communications) in accordance with the Cinema Law, while RTS (Radio Television of Serbia) has not fulfilled its obligations.


Besides the competitions, Film Center Serbia is continuing its international projects and cooperation. In the following period, FCS will support Circles, a film by Srdan Golubović, as well as Second Meeting by Željko Mirković in their Oscar nomination process.  

Among other things, FCS is working on:

The Week of Serbian Film in Israel, 6th to 22nd of October 2013

Film Center Serbia, The Embassy of Serbia in Israel and the Tel Aviv cinematheque, in cooperation with the Jerusalem and Haifa cinematheques, and with support of the Society for Israeli-Serbian Friendship, are organizing the Week of Serbian film. 

The aim of this showcase is to present the latest tendencies in Serbian film and to compare experiences – in terms of style, organization and effective ways to support audio-visual creators , as well as to expand and improve the exchange between these two film industries.

The program will include the following films: Circles, by Srdan Golubović, When Day Breaks, by Goran Paskaljević, Death of a Man in the Balkans by Miroslav Momčilović, Love and Other Crimes, by  Stefan Arsenijević, Montevideo, God Bless You!, by Dragan Bjelogrlić, White White World by Oleg Novković, The Enemy, by Dejan Zečević and Edith and Me, by Aleksa Gajić. The film Circles by Srdan Golubović has been included by the good graces of its Israeli distributor, while other films on the program were kindly provided by their respective domestic producers.

 The mini-festival will open on October 6th in Tel Aviv with the screening of Circles, with actors Nebojša Glogovac, Anica Dobra – the star of Love and Other Crimes, as well as director Stefan Arsenijević and Milan Lučić, acting director of Film Center Serbia.

The film Montevideo, God Bless You! will be screened at the gala closing ceremony, with the director Dragan Bjelogrlić in attendance.

After Tel Aviv, the films will be presented to audiences in Jerusalem and Haifa.

The Helsinki Festival of Serbian Film, 18th to 20th of October 2013

Film Center Serbia, in cooperation with Serbian-Finnish Society, with support of the Embassy of Serbia in Helsinki, will organize the third  Festival of Serbian Film in Helsinki.  

The program consists of three feature films – When the Day Breaks by Goran Paskaljević, Death of a Man in the Balkans by Miroslav Momčilović and The Hat of Professor Kosta Vujić by Zdravko šotra; as well as two documentaries – Albert’s Way by Predrag Bambić and One Woman – One Century by Želimir Žilnik.

The gala opening of the festival will take place on the 18th of October, with the screening of When Day Breaks with the director  Goran Paskaljević being present.  Miroslav Momčilović will also be a guest of the festival, and he will be there for the premier of his film Death of a Man in the Balkans.

Film Center Serbia at the Belgrade Book Fair

Film Center Serbia will once again this year be at the Belgrade Book Fair, taking place from 20th to 27th of October to promote its print editions. New books to be presented at the fair include the new editions of Narration in the Fiction Film by David Bordwell and Stanley Kubrick – Between Painting and Film by Dijana Metlić. Besides promoting its new books, the FCS stand will present film literature from the regions, with numerous guests from the world of film making.  

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