Documentary which was filmed during the Interaction Camp at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana (USA)

The documentary “The Valley of the Rulers” will have its second festival screening at the largest and the most important documentary film festival on the North American coast – the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana. Short documentary, which was filmed during the 12th International Student Film Camp “Interaction 2017”, will be screened within the festival’s competition programme. Big Sky is one of the festivals on which winning films are directly qualified for the prestigious Oscar Award.

“Valley of the Rulers” tells the story about people who spent their last years in a nursing home in the Zabučje village above Uzice (town in western part of Serbia). The producers of the film are IFC Filmart ( from Serbia and the Okapi studio from Israel. The director of the film is Efim Graboy, producer id Dejan Petrović, while the rest of the crew are the filmmakers and film students from different countries – Walid Messnaoui from Morocco (editor), Constanza Sandoval from Argentina (director of photography), Anton Levkin from Russia (camera designer and sound designer) and Milena Šmigić (production manager from Serbia). Local production coordinator is Ana Ostojić.

13th Interaction coming to an end – premiere screening of documentaries filmed during camp

Documentary films about strong women from Western Serbia, filmed during the 13th Interaction – International Student Film Camp, were premiered at the movie theatre of the Belgrade Cultural Centre on the 27th of August. During the accompanying ceremony, certificates were handed to students from all over the world.

Organized by the Independent Film Centre “FIlmart” from Pozega, the 13th “Interaction” gathered 15 filmmaking students majoring in production, direction, cinematography, sound design and editing, while over 150 students applied for the camp. The participants were divided into three film crews, and filmed documentaries on the subject of Women’s Issues in the towns of Cacak, Ivanjica and Uzice, led by local coordinators. The film crews then moved to Pozega to edit the documentaries, and were accompanied by the participants of the 8th Interdoc – International Masterclass of Documentary Film. During this masterclass, authors Dragan Elcic and Mladen Maticevic shared their experiences of directing documentary films.

The crew in the town of Cacak, led by Siham Hinawi from France, made The Haunted Hunter – a film about a middle-aged woman named Jovanka. Apart from the award-wining director of this film, who is also a student of INSAS – a Belgium film school, the crew was consisted of Sidali Zaafoune, as production manager from Algeria, cinematographer Rawan Namnagani from Saudi Arabia, sound designer Evgeniy Ziborov from Russia and the editor Jakob Hreščak from Slovenia.

FIlm The Harvesters, shot in Ivanjica, was directed by Gala Negrello from Argentinia, and the main actress is eighty-year-old Ruza, vibrant woman with a sense of humour that spends her days picking blackberries and dreaming of traveling to the seaside and discovering other beauties of the world. Director Gala Negrello is on her final year of audio-visual design at the University of Buenos Aires, and she is also a participant of Berlinale Talents campus 2017, and a winner of various awards on several festivals. The crew of this film was also consisted of Arnold Fernandes, a cinematographer from India, production manager Osama Aiad from Egypt, Olja Solovyova from Russia – the sound designer of the film and the editor Stefan Rokvić from Serbia.

The crew led by Inma de Rajes , a director from Spain, filmed Eighty Serbian dinars, a documentary set in the flee market in Uzice, and following Anica, a woman that find a new home while sharing a stand with other women in the market. The cinematographer of the film is Benjamin Garay from Argentina, the editor Maha Moussa is from Palestine, production manager Milica Jokić from Serbia, and the sound designer Ahmed Karem from Egypt.

The director of the film Inma de Reyes has recently graduated from a master in filmmaking at the Edinburg Art College, and her first documentary film To be a torero was premiered recently at the Sheffield Doc Festival.

In the past 12 years, “Interaction” had 219 young documentaries from 53 countries, while “Interdoc” mastelass hosted 97 participants from 36 countries. The total amount of documentaries shot is 44, and they won 15 awards on film festivals in Serbia and around the world so far.

The 13th edition of the International Student Film Camp “Interaction” was realised thanks to various partners and friends, including the Ministry of Culture and Information of Serbia, Film Center Serbia, Town of Cacak, Municipality of Ivanjica and Cinnamon Films production company.

Media sponsors of this year’s camp were RTS, Danas and

Young documentary filmmakers from all over the world to arrive in Serbia

At 13th International Student Film Camp ”Interaction” and 8th International Documentary Masterclass ”Interdoc”, 32 young documentary filmmakers from 23 different countries are to participate in documentary film production, attend screenings and lectures on directing creative documentaries and have discussions over various topics in relation to documentary films.   

15 participants – film school students of production, directing, cinematography, sound design and editing from France, Argentina, Algeria, Egypt, Spain, Saudi Arabia, India, Russia, Slovenia, Palestine and Serbia are coming to Serbia on August 11th to take part in the introductory workshop in Belgrade Cultural Center, meet one another and form 3 film crews to shoot documentaries on Women’s Issues within the next 7 days. Guided by some local coordinators, the film crews travel to three different towns in Western Serbia – Čačak, Ivanjica and Užice where they find protagonists and stories for their films. When the shooting is over on August 18th, the participants gather again but this time in Požega where they edit their films and do postproduction within the following 10 days.

Young documentary filmmakers from Poland, the USA, India, Malaysia, Lebanon, Cyprus, Romania, the South African Republic, Mexico, Jordan, the Philippines, Chile and Singapore – 17 students of this year’s masterclass ”Interdoc”, join the camp participants in Požega. Dragan Elčić and Mladen Matičević, two documentary filmmakers from Serbia, are supposed to share with the students their experience in the field of directing documentary films.

Within 3rd edition of the residency program for Serbian artists called IVA – inter_video_action that is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Mia Ćuk and Slobodan Stošić, two artists from Novi Sad, in collaboration with the young filmmakers are going to work on production of their video works.  

The accompanying program ”Interscreen” that takes place in Požega from August 19th-26th, enables the participants and a broad audience to watch some of the best and awarded documentary films – the ones done by the students selected for this year’s camp, awarded films of some Serbian authors like Mila Turajlić (The Other Side of Everything), Nemanja Vojinović (The Distances) and Srđan Šarenac (Village Without Women) as well as some retrospective films of Živko Nikolić, a master of short documentary. There’s a Q&A post-screening session with the film authors.

During the camp and masterclass, the participants are going to visit Drvengrad and Ovčar-Kablar Gorge. The premiere of the films made at the camp is at Belgrade Cultural Center on August 27th at 9pm.       

For 13 years now, IFC Filmart has been trying to promote young filmmakers and encourage development and production of documentary films among students at film schools. At 12 camps so far, there have been 219 participants from 53 countries and 97 students from 36 countries that have participated in masterclass ”Interdoc”. 44 documentary films have been made and there are 15 awards they have won both in Serbia and abroad.

13th ISFC ”Interaction” is carried out with the support of The Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Film Center Serbia, City of Čačak, Municipality of Ivanjica and Cinnamon Films production house.

Media supporters: RTS, Danas and

​“​Valley of the rulers“  at Tel Aviv International Student Film Fest  Documentary film

​​“Valley of the rulers“ (Dolina vladara), filmed during 12th International Student Film Camp “Interaction 2017” had its world premiere at the Tel Aviv International Student Film Fest. The first screening happened on 13th of June 2018 in cinema Cinematheque  in Tel Aviv. “Valley of the rulers“  competed in category “Independent Competition​” among 14 other films from around the world. 

​“Valley of the rulers“ is a short documentary film about the residents of nursing home in Zabučje, near Užice, where the film was shot during the ​ Interaction Camp in ​August of 2017.
The director Efim Graboy (Izrael), production manager Milena Šmigić (Serbia) and sound designer Anton Levkin (Russia) attended the premiere. The rest of the crew are director of photography Constanza Sandoval (Argentina), editor Walid Messnaoui (Maroko) and local guide from Užice Ana Ostojić.

SELECTION RESULTS – 13th International Student Film Camp “Interaction 2018”

Members of the selection jury: Nayra Sanz Fuentes (director, writer, producer and editor / Spain), Efim Graboy (director / Israel) and Dejan Petrović (director, IFC “Filmart” general manager / Serbia) considered the applications and decided that the participants of 13th International Student Film Camp “Interaction 2018” are:


  • Milica Jokić (Serbia) / Academy of Arts, Novi Sad (Serbia)
  • Osama Aiad (Egypt) / Higher Cinema Institute (Egypt)
  • Sidali Zaafoune (Algeria) / Institut Supérieur des Métiers des Arts du Spectacle – ISMAS (Algeria)

Department DIRECTING:

  • Siham Hinawi (France) / INSAS (Belgium) 
  • Inma de Reyes (Spain) / University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)  
  • Gala Negrello (Argentina-Italy) / Universidad de Buenos Aires – UBA (Argentina)


  • Rawan Namngani (Saudi Arabia) / Effat University (Saudi Arabia)
  • Arnold Fernandes (India) / Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute of India (India)
  • Benjamin Garay (Argentina) / Universidad de Buenos Aires – UBA (Argentina)

Department SOUND DESIGN:

  • Evgeniy Ziborov (Russia) / The All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography of S. A. G. – VGIK (Russia)
  • Ahmed Karem (Egypt) / Higher Cinema Institute (Egypt)
  • Olga Solovyova (Russia) / The All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography of S. A. G. – VGIK (Russia)

Department EDITING:

  • Jakob Hreščak (Slovenia) / Academy for Theater, Radio, Film and Television, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Stefan Rokvić (Serbia) / Faculty Of Dramatic Arts (Serbia)
  • Maha Moussa (Palestine) / American University in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Selection Jury – 13th International Student Film Camp “Interaction 2018”:

Nayra Sanz Fuentes (Spain)
Director, writer, producer and editor- graduated in Spanish Philology, specializing in contemporary literature. She wrote part of her PhD at the Humboldt University of Berlin, where she developed a study on the work of the filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. After that she studied a Master on Film Directing in New York. On her return to Spain she founded the production company Rinoceronte Films ( She has directed six short films of fiction and non-fiction receiving various awards and participating in more than 200 film festivals (Anniversary, 2009; Encounter, 2010; Things in Common, 2011; Un día cualquiera, 2014; Sub Terrae, 2017; In those lands, 2018). Her first feature film is As Old as the World (2012), which won the “Precolombino de Oro” Award at the 29º Inter. Film Festival of Bogotá. She has also been the Editor and Director of Production of The Building (2012), and Co-producer and Cowriter of The hidden city (2018), both directed by Víctor Moreno, nominated to the Goya’s Awards on 2015.

Efim Graboy (Israel)
At the age of 20 Efim got a fund to make his first documentary film, Home Sweet Home (2010), the film was broadcasted in Israel, and won an awards in festivals. After that he went to develop his abilities as a director at film department in Tel Aviv University. He worked as an editor and director at biggest Israeli sport channel. In 2012 he created a short experimental film, Minilook Kiev. In 2013 he made, Life in a Plate, stop motion animation that made only from food, that broadcasted in TV and shown at art museum. In July 2015, he participated in program “Looking for China”, Efim made a movie, Bird of Paradise, about capital of Shaanxi province, Xi’an. His fiction film, Lamps Lit on a Towpath (2016) was official selection at prestigious Palm Springs Short Fest 2016. The Unknown Soldier (2017) was screened in Cinemas in Israel, won 6 awards in festivals. In 2017, Efim was chosen to participate in a documentary film camp, Interaction, and made a documentary film in mountains in Serbia, Valley of the Rulers (2018).

Dejan Petrović (Serbia)
A writer and director of short fiction and documentary films, and also the author of many promotional films, commercials, music videos and tv shows. He produced more than forty short documentary films. He’s the founder and C.E.O. of the Independent film centre “Filmart” that organizes several projects, the International student film camp “Interaction” being one of them. He teaches directing at the Academy of Arts in Belgrade and he’s also a member of DocSerbia organisation. His film “The Same” participated in the competition programme of the renowned documentary film festival IDFA in Amsterdam 2017. He is the winner of several awards on numerous film festivals, including the Grand-prix for the best documentary film on the 65th Belgrade festival of documentary and short film for his film “The Same” in April 2018.

CALL FOR SUBMISSION – 13th International Student Film Camp “Interaction 2018”
Požega (Serbia), from 11th to 28th August 2018​

call for submission

13th International Student Film Camp “Interaction 2018” organized by the Independent Film Centre “Filmart” is going to be held from 11th to 28th August 2018 in Požega (Serbia). During the 13th International Student Film Camp “Interaction 2018”, 15 participants, divided into three crews will shoot three documentary films on a given subject. Along with the film production, the accompanying programmes will be organized: the “Interscreen“ programme, an excursion, sport and music activities, as well as the premiere of the films.

competition eligibility
Your application will be taken into consideration if you:

  • study film production, directing, cinematography, sound design or editing
  • have taken part in production of at least one documentary film
  • speak English fluently
  • complete and submit the online application form
  • upload a film (provided that you participated in its production) on some of the online services (YouTube, Vimeo) and place the link in your online application form along with the password

the organizer provides:

  • board and lodging for the participants
  • equipment and materials for film production
  • transport Belgrade – Požega – Belgrade

participant pays for:

  • transport (to Belgrade and back)
  • international travel health insurance
  • getting a visa (if they need one to enter Serbia)

applying for the competition

Applying for the competition is free.

To apply for this competition you should complete and submit the online application form.

Application deadline: 30th April, 2018

the film which you will send to apply must be:

  • documentary
  • subtitled to English
  • made during your studies

The film should be uploaded on some of the online services (YouTube, Vimeo) and its link should be visible in the online application form along with the password. Your film must be available on the link given until the results of the competition have been announced – until the 20th of May, 2018.

Rules & Regulations of the 13th ISFC “Interaction 2018” [pdf]  you can find here

Online application form of 13th ISFC “Interaction 2018”  here

Call for submissions poster for 13th ISFC “Interaction 2018” you can find here

selection of the candidates

After the application deadline, the selection jury will consider the applications, select the candidates and list the names of the participants. Participants chosen to take part in this year’s camp will be informed by e-mail no later than the 20th of May, 2018.