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02.10.2022.

Mother’s Milk - short documentary shot during Interaction: Student Film Camp will have its premiere screening on the 65th Dok Leipzig festival of documentary and animated film

 

The short documentary Mother’s Milk, directed by Isaac Knights-Washbourn will have its world premiere in the Panorama programme of the 65th DOK Leipzig Documentary and Animation Film Festival (DOK Leipzig), taking place 17-23 of October, 2022.

Mother’s Milk is a tender meditation on motherhood and the chains that bind us together. In the hills of western Serbia, Dragica begins her workday on the farm by milking her cows. It is the journey of the milk into food that reveals her dedication to her family both past and present. Dressed in black, in the wake of her mother’s passing, Dragica battles with the weight of legacy that has been handed down to her. As she provides for loved ones a cloud of doubt hovers above her, continue in her mother’s footsteps or leave behind that which was bequeathed to her? Observing her ritualistic labour and devotion from sunrise to sunset, we are taken on a journey within the confines of her fences.

 

 

The film was directed by Isaac Knights-Washbourn, filmmaker from New Zealand currently living in Edinburgh. The film was produced by Nađa Lapčević and Dejan Petrović. The cinematographer of the film is Antonio Pozojević (Croatia), the editor is Ivana Pejak (Serbia) ad the sound designer is Eugene Pereiaslavtsev from Russia.

The film was produced by Independent FIlm Centre “Filmart” during the 16th edition of the Interaction: Student Film Camp, and the running time is 18 minutes. Interaction is a project funded by Ministry of culture and information of Republic of Serbia, Film Centre Serbia, City of Čačak and Cinnamon Films.

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August 9th 2022

Shooting of documentaries starts at the 17th Interaction Camp

With the arrival of 15 participants, students of film academies from Argentina, Great Britain, Cuba, Mexico, Israel, India, Hong Kong and Serbia, the 17th Interaction: student film camp began on 8th August, 2022. The students gathered in the Cultural Center of Belgrade and after the introductory workshop, travelled to Čačak, Užice and Požega, where they will divide into three crews and shoot three short documentaries.




The Crew in Užice is led by director Abraham Escobedo-Salas from Mexico, who recently graduated from the Master Degree program DocNomads at SZFE (Hungary), Lusófona (Portugal), and LUCA (Belgium). Nominated for the Ariel Mexican Film Academy Award. Zacatecas State Youth Award. Erasmus Mundus scholarship receipt. FONCA grant for Young Mexican National Talent. Recent winner of the Sophia Student Prize by the Portuguese Film Academy.

The director of the Čačak Crew is Jovan Dopuđ, who recently graduated from the Academy of Arts in Belgrade. He is the author of the award-winning short documentary "Marked". At the beginning of 2019, after it was shown at the ‘Human Rights Film Festival’ in Barcelona, the organisation AECID, sponsored by Spain’s Foreign Affairs, screened the film Marked in almost every country in South America, Africa, and the Middle East, with the aim of spreading awareness of the fight for human rights.

The third Crew in Požega is led by Jovana Avramović, a student of master's degree in directing at Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. Avramović is from Požega and she took her first steps in the field of the film within the programme of Filmart as an organizer of Interaction ( FECI - Film Educational Centre Interaction). When she shot the short feature film "Scar" (2013), which won the Grand Prix at the 42nd Filmmaking Review of Children and Youth of Serbia and the award for the best sound. In the meantime, she completed BA in film and TV directing at the FDU in Belgrade, directed short feature films and documentaries that were screened and awarded at festivals around the world.

In addition to the three directors, the participants of this year's camp in the camera, editing, sound and production sectors are: Candelaria Gutierez (Argentina / Sweden), Guillermina Gala Chiariglione (Argentina), Ariele Granof (Israel), Siddhant Sarin (India), Violena Ampudia (Cuba), Luis Armando Sosa Gee (Mexico), Matt Part (UK), Sudarshan Sawant (India), Ognjen Vidaković (Serbia), Anđela Lazić (Serbia), Simona Đukanović (Serbia) and Katniss Tung Cheng (Hong Kong).

During the next seven days, the participants will find stories and shoot footage for their documentaries, then on August 15th they will gather in Požega, where they will edit the films until August 22nd. Film production takes place under the mentorship of the Israeli director, Efim Graboy. Support to all participating is provided by the I:SFC team and the members of the local Interaction council (Jasminka Đurić Lalović, Dušan Darijević, Zoran Filipović) in all three towns. The screening of the films made during this year's Interaction camp will be held on 23 August in the Movie Theatre Požega, followed by the announcement of the Interaction: Short Docs Festival awards. The day after, on 24 August, the films will be shown in the Belgrade Cultural Centre Movie Theatre.

During this, second phase of I:SFC, about 20 young film professionals from all over the world will participate in Interaction: Documentary Film Workshop (I:DFW), based in Požega, whose lecturers and tutors are established documentary filmmakers Rada Šešić, Vladimir Perović and Marko Grba Singh. At the same time, from 17 to 24 August, within the framework of the newly launched Interaction festival, participants of both the camp and the workshop, together with the local audience, will have the opportunity to watch the most exciting productions in the field of short documentary films, created in the previous two years.

During its sixteen-year existence, the Interaction camp has, so far, brought together more than 260 participants, i.e. students from more than 100 film schools, from more than 60 countries. As many as 53 documentaries were shot, and more than 20 awards were won at different film festivals around the world.

The Interaction 2022 programme is organised by IFC Filmart, and with the support of the Swiss Government, as part of the ‘Culture for Democracy’ project, which is implemented by the Hartefact Fund, then the Ministry of Culture and Information of Serbia, the Film Centre of Serbia, the City of Čačak, Cinnamon Films, Municipality of Požega and others partners and sponsors.


August 3rd 2022

Interaction: Short Docs Festival programme announced

This year, along with the film camp and the workshop, the IFC Filmart is organising the first edition of the Interaction Festival, which will take place in Požega, from 17 to 23 August. The audience will be presented with 23 excellent short documentary films within the competition programme, along with two non-competitive programmes – In Focus: Poland and Interscreen.

The films for the Short Docs Festival were selected by Dejan Petrović, the artistic director and selector of the Interaction Festival.
After many years of creating and screening short documentaries within the Interaction film camp, we have noticed the audience’s interest in the short form, and also felt the authors’ passion to address us through the poetics of minimalism, and, like the eminent authors of haiku poetry, convey their approach to the world we share in a concise and succinct way. By launching the Interaction Festival, we want to provide short documentary filmmakers with an opportunity to establish communication with the audience, and to show the power of the short form in its entirety, which, with its experimentation and innovation, significantly contributes to pushing the boundaries of documentary film“, said Artistic Director Dejan Petrović.

Interaction: Short Docs Festival seeks to become a meeting place for audiences and authors, as well as participants in other Interaction programmes, a venue for the screening of creative short documentaries and participating in long conversations about them.

The Competition Programme

15 unique short documentaries by authors who were selected and invited to show their films to the audience of the first edition of the Interaction Festival, will be screened in the competition programme. Stylistically and thematically completely different, these documentaries have been noticed by the public and the jury in the past three years in most significant festivals around the world.

The audience of the Festival in Požega will have the opportunity to watch the films of the winner of the European Film Award - All Cats are Grey in the Dark (dir. Lasse Linder / Switzerland), which was proclaimed as the Best European Short Film in 2020, and My Uncle Tudor (dir. Olga Lucovnicova / Belgium, Hungary, Portugal), which won the Award for the Best Film last year, and it also won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
The competition programme for the Interaction Festival will include some of the documentaries that are candidates for this year’s European Film Award: Granny’s Sexual Life (dir. Urška Djukić, Émilie Pigeard / Slovenia, France), Love, Dad (dir. Diana Cam Van Nguyen / Czech Republic, Slovakia) and The Bayview (dir. Daniel Cook / Scotland, UK).
The audience will also have a chance to see the film The Game (dir. Roman Hodel / Switzerland), which was screened at the International Film Festival in Venice and other festivals last year, as well as Agrilogistics (dir. Gerard Ortín Castellví / Spain, UK), which was among this year’s contenders for the Golden Bear in Berlin.
Most of the films selected for this year’s Interaction were previously shown, among others, at Hot Docs, the largest documentary film festival in North America. In addition to some already mentioned films that featured in the programme of Hot Docs in previous years were Belle River (dir. Guillaume Fournier, Samuel Matteau, Yannick Nolin / Canada, USA), Naya ( dir. Sebastian Mulder / The Netherlands), Tell Me More (dir. Martyna Peszko / Poland), and Then Comes the Evening (dir. Maja Novaković / Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina), documentaries that will be presented to the Požega audience during this year’s Festival.
Short documentary fans will also be able to watch the film Ghosts of Mória (dir. Florian Elabdi, Michael Graversen / Denmark), which was shown at the leading short film festival in the world at Clermont-Ferrand, then the documentary We Have One Heart (dir. Katarzyna Warzecha / Poland), which was selected by the jury of the prestigious festival Visions du Réel, Scars (dir. Alex Anna / Canada), which was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), as well as the documentary Nuisance Bear (dir. Jack Weisman, Gabriela Osio Vanden / Canada), which had its international premiere at IDFA in Amsterdam, one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world.



In Focus: Poland

In Focus: Poland is an additional non-competitive programme of the Interaction Festival which is realised in cooperation with the Krakow Film Foundation, one of the most significant film institutions in Poland, which organises the famous Krakow Film Festival, and also promotes Polish films worldwide. Polish documentary film, which has a long tradition, will be presented through three short documentaries. At the Opening Ceremony of the Interaction Festival, on 17 August 2022, the audience will have a chance to watch: the last year’s winner of the Krakow Film Festival A Little Bit of Paradise (dir. Andrzej Cichocki / Poland), The Tough (dir. Marcin Polar / Poland) and Volte (dir. Monika Kotecka, Karolina Poryzała / Poland), documentaries which, among others, also featured at the famous Sundance Film Festival.

Interscreen programme

As part of the Interscreen programme, five selected short documentaries of this year’s camp and workshop participants will be shown to their colleagues and the audience of the festival: Where is My Red Tie (Ananthakrishnan Baburajendran Pillai / Hungary, Italy, India), Neverland (Violena Ampudia / Cuba), Marked (Jovan Dopuđ / Serbia), Between Summers (Anja Koprivšek / Croatia), which had its premiere at the International Short Documentary Film Festival - Doclisboa, and Mahalle’s School – Family Going Live (Akshay Ingle / India), which was shown at last year’s IDFA.

The Festival Jury

The three-member international jury will select the winner of the Award for Best Film of the Festival among all selected films for the competition programme, and the Audience Award will be awarded on the basis of the audience votes. Interaction Best Film Award will be given to the director of the film and, apart from the statute and diploma, includes a cash award provided by Sirogojno Company. The statue is designed and created by sculptor Marko Crnobrnja.

The Interaction 2022 programme is organised by IFC Filmart, and with the support of the Swiss Government, as part of the ‘Culture for Democracy’ project, which is implemented by the Hartefact Fund, then the Ministry of Culture and Information of Serbia, the Film Centre of Serbia, the City of Čačak, Cinnamon Films, Municipality of Požega and others partners and sponsors.


27.07.2022.

Interaction 2022: Introducing the Doc Workshop experts and participants – 10th edition

In this year’s Interaction programme, the 10th edition of the Interaction: Doc Workshop will be held along with the 17th edition of the Student Film Camp and the 1st edition of Short Docs Festival. The Workshop will be organised in Požega (Western Serbia) from 17 to 24 August 2022. Participants in the Workshop – 27 young filmmakers from all around the world – will have the opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills in making creative documentary films through lectures, panel discussions, as well as to develop their own documentaries through consultations with tutors and sessions with other participants.

After a two-year break, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Filmart is now continuing with the organisation and realisation of this educational programme, which was launched in 2011, under the name the Interdoc - International Documentary Masterclass. The tenth edition, in addition to the change in the name of the programme (Interaction: Doc Workshop), also brings numerous novelties in the programme’s content. Huge interest in this year's Workshop resulted with the remarkable number of applications from excellent candidates and 27 selected young documentarians from Germany, Slovakia, India, Brazil, Lithuania, Estonia, Argentina, Poland, Mexico, Great Britain, Slovenia, South Africa, Belgium and Serbia will take part in the workshop.

As before, within the series of Lectures, participants will have the opportunity to meet our experts, excellent documentarians, and, together with them, discover various aspects of creative documentary film. This year, it will be Rada Šešić, the programmer of numerous festivals (IDFA, Sarajevo Film Festival, etc.), lecturer and film director, and Vladimir Perović, lecturer and documentary filmmaker, whose films have been recognised and noted at the most important festivals in the world, who will share their experience with workshop participants.

The Doc in Progress programme is a new segment of the Workshop, which implies the participation of six participants whose projects have been selected for development, and who will develop their projects through individual and group consultations with tutors. In addition to lecturers Rada Šešić and Vladimir Perović, the team of tutors of the Doc in Progress programme will be joined by Marko Grba Singh, the director and artistic director of the Beldocs festival. The selected projects for development, along with Doc in Progress programme are: Scanning you (dir. Ananthakrishnan Baburajendran Pillai / Belgium, India, Italy); Jhama - Floating Bricks (dir. Alvina Joshi / India); Anthropos (dir. Miguel Ángel Sánchez / Mexico); Kunchok (dir. Ashok Meena / India); The Island of the Colourblind (dir. Sanne De Wilde / Belgium, Netherlands) and Flowering / working title / (dir. Ariane Doehring / Netherlands, Germany, Kenia).

During the Workshop, there will be a Panel programme with the subject ‘The Power of Short Form in Documentary Film’, organised in cooperation with Beldocs – the International Documentary Film Festival. Panel speakers will include Jelena Maksimović, film editor and director, assistant professor at the FMK in Belgrade, Digital Arts Department, and Andrijana Stojković, director and documentary film professor at the FDA in Belgrade, with Marko Grba Singh, director and artistic director of Beldocs Festival, as the panel moderator. The panel will be organised as a public event on 21st August at the Movie Theatre in Požega.



During their stay in Požega, participants can benefit from the opportunity to meet and connect with participants in other Interaction programmes (Camp and Festival), as well as guests and experts, through participation in joint programmes, such as the programme Speed Meeting – twenty-minute ’one-to-one’ conversations aimed at exchanging ideas, discussing their own projects or establishing networking arrangements and potential future cooperation.
During the Workshop, participants will also have the opportunity to attend screenings of excellent short documentaries within Interaction: Short Docs Festival, as well as to participate in Q&As with authors.

To date, 128 participants from 46 countries have attended this educational programme, with distinguished lecturers such as leading directors from Serbia and the region – Želimir Žilnik, Vladimir Perović, Dragan Elčić, Nebojša Slijepčević and Mladen Matičević.


July 18th 2022

Interaction 2022: Introducing the camp participants – 17th edition

The 17th edition of Interaction: Student Film Camp (I:SFC) will take place from 8 to 24 August 2022, gathering together fifteen students of different film schools from different parts of the world. They will be shooting three short documentary films in the region of Western Serbia, produced and organised by the Independent Film Centre ‘Filmart’. All the visiting students (of directing, cinematography, editing, sound design and production) will first gather in Belgrade, on 8 August, for an introductory workshop in the Cultural Centre of Belgrade. After that, as part of the first, seven-day phase of I:SFC, they will be divided into three crews and start shooting their short documentaries in Čačak, Užice and Požega.

The competition for participation in the 17th edition of I:SFC was announced on 5 April and lasted till 10 May 2022, and, during that period, as many as 108 applications from 39 countries were received. The members of the selection committee - alumni of the Interaction camp: Pablo Radice (director from Argentina), Dorota Roś (film editor and director from Poland) and Stefan Krasić (director from Serbia) have selected 15 participants from different countries and continents: Argentina, UK, Cuba, Mexico, Indonesia, India, Hong Kong and Serbia, as well as from different film schools: Abraham Escobedo Salas (Mexico), Jovana Avramović (Serbia), Jovan Dopuđ (Serbia), Candelaria Gutierrez (Argentina/Sweden), Guillermina Gala Chiariglione (Argentina), Riskya Duavania Prihardini (Indonesia), Siddhant Sarin (India), Violena Ampudia (Cuba), Luis Armando Sosa Gil (Mexico), Matt Part (UK), Sudarshan Sawant (India), Ognjen Vidaković (Serbia), Anđela Lazić (Serbia), Simona Đukanović (Serbia) and Katniss Tung Cheng (Hong Kong).

Production of short documentaries within the Interaction camp is a great opportunity for all participants to exchange their experience and improve their knowledge. Film production takes place under the mentorship of the Israeli director, Efim Graboy, an alumni of Interaction, whose short documentary film, Valley of the Rulers (filmed during his participation at Interaction), was nominated for the prestigious IDA Award. Full support to all participating students of film schools in all stages of pre-production and production is provided by the I:SFC team, primarily the executive producer - Predrag Živković, the local production coordinators (Nikolina Milić, Jovana Jevremović and Filip Stokić) and the members of the local Interaction council (Jasminka Đurić Lalović, Dušan Darijević, Zoran Filipović) in all three cities: Čačak, Požega and Užice.

After filming, the three camp crews will all gather on 17 August in Požega, where they will be engaged in the editing of their films (image and sound post-production) until 22 August. During this, second phase of I:SFC, about 20 young film professionals from all over the world will participate in Interaction: Documentary Film Workshop (I:DFW), based in Požega, whose lecturers and tutors are established documentary filmmakers Rada Šešić, Vladimir Perović and Marko Grba Singh.
At the same time, from 17 to 24 August, within the framework of the newly launched Interaction festival, participants of both the camp and the workshop, together with the local audience, will have the opportunity to watch the most exciting productions in the field of short documentary films, created in the previous two years.

The premiere of the films made during this year's Interaction camp will be held on 23 August in the cinema of Požega, followed by the announcement of the Interaction festival awards. The day after, on 24 August, the films will be shown in the Belgrade Cultural Centre Movie Theatre.



During its sixteen-year existence, the Interaction camp has, so far, brought together more than 260 participants, i.e. students from more than 100 film schools, from more than 60 countries. As many as 53 documentaries were shot, and more than 20 awards were won at different film festivals around the world.

The 17th edition of Interaction: Student Film Camp is organised by the IFC ‘Filmart’, with the support of the Swiss Government, as part of the ‘Culture for Democracy’ project, which is implemented by the Hartefact Fund, then the Ministry of Culture and Information of Serbia, the Film Centre of Serbia, the City of Čačak, Cinnamon Films, Municipality of Požega and others partners and sponsors.


May 4th 2022

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS for Interaction: Student Film Camp

New deadline is 10th of May, 2022

The seventeenth edition of Interaction: Student Film Camp (I: SFC) will take place from 8 to 24 August 2022, when fifteen participants will be divided into three crews during a three-week stay in the western part of Serbia and make three short creative documentaries.

During the sixteen-year realization of the camp, more than 260 participants from over 60 countries participated, including students from more than 100 film academies, 53 documentaries have been made and over 20 awards won at film festivals around the world.

Who can apply?

The programme is targeted at young film professionals interested in learning and developing their knowledge and skills in filmmaking. The selected group of applicants is composed of 15 film students of directing, camera, sound design, editing and film production, who have experience in documentary film production.

The Interaction program is organized by IFC Filmart, and with the support of the Ministry of the Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Film Center Serbia, Swiss government within the project "Culture for Democracy '', which is implemented by the Heartefact Fund.

Apply HERE.

April 5th, 2022

Filmart from Serbia – OPEN CALLS - for participation in INTERACTION 2022 - a film camp and documentary film workshop

The Independent Film Center Filmart from Požega announced a call for participation in Interaction 2022 - a film camp and documentary film workshop.

The seventeenth edition of Interaction: Student Film Camp (I: SFC) will take place from 8 to 24 August 2022, when fifteen participants will be divided into three teams during a three-week stay in the western part of Serbia (Čačak, Požega, Užice), and make three short creative documentaries. Students of production, directing, camera, sound design and editing, who have experience in documentary film production, can apply for the participation in the camp (I: SFC) until 30th of April.

After a two-year break, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Filmart continues with the realization of the educational programme dedicated to documentary film. The Interaction: Doc Workshop (I: DW) program will be realized from August 17 to 24, 2022, during which participants will have the opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills in creative work through lectures, panel discussions, film screenings and interviews with documentary film authors, as well as to develop their documentaries through consultations with tutors and sessions with other participants. Rada Šešić, programmer of numerous festivals (IDFA, Sarajevo Film Festival, etc.), and Vladimir Perović, lecturer and film director awarded at numerous festivals, as well as documentary filmmaker, whose films have been recognized and noted at the most important festivals in the world, will share their experience with this year's workshop participants.

This call is open to film professionals, students of film academies, as well as all those who want to improve their knowledge and skills in creative documentary film or to develop their documentaries with our tutors. The call for participants for this year’s workshop (I: DW) will be open until 10th of June 2022.

After many years of participating in the production and promotion of short documentaries, and noticing the audience's interest in the short form, as well as the author's passion to address us through the poetics of minimalism, in 2022 IFC Filmart launched Interaction: Short Docs Festival (I: SDF). The festival will feature short documentaries previously screened and awarded at imminent festivals around the world.

During the sixteen-year realization of the camp, more than 260 participants from over 60 countries participated, including students from more than 100 film academies, 53 documentaries have been made and over 20 awards won at film festivals around the world. Special success was achieved by the film Valley of the Rulers (director: Efim Graboy), which was nominated for the best short documentary film at the prestigious International Documentary Association (IDA Award) in 2019. The workshop (master class) was attended by 128 participants from 46 countries, and previous lecturers included some of the top directors from Serbia and the region − Želimir Žilnik, Vladimir Perović, Dragan Elčić, Nebojša Slijepčević and Mladen Matičević.

The Interaction program is orgnanised by IFC Filmart, and with the support of the Swiss government within the project "Culture for Democracy '', which is implemented by the Heartefact Fund.