ONE MORE AWARD FOR VALLEY OF THE RULERS
Three short documentaries made at the Interaction Camp – “Valley of the Rulers” directed by Efim Graboy, “Harvesters” (director: Gala Negrello) and “The Hunted Hunter” directed by Siham Hinawi were shown within the official competition of the 13th International Film Festival “The First Frame” which was held from 11th to 16th of November in Zvornik and East Sarajevo.
“The Clapperboard Award for the Best Student Documentary Film” in the “New Views” selection was granted to “Valley of the Rulers” film directed by Efim Graboy from Israel. In the explanation of the jury’s decision (directors Branko Lazić and Dragan Elčić and film critic Srđan Savić) was said that the award had been given to “a film of extended, reflexive metaphor, which through its poetics of image, sound and silence deeply uncovers the psychological states of personality during the autumn of life”. This award is a continuation of the successful festival life of this documentary, found in the company of top ten short documentaries from around the world, nominated for the prestigious IDA Award.
The award was presented at the closing ceremony of the festival at the East Sarajevo Cultural Center, and on behalf of Filmart and the film crew, the award was received by Predrag Živković, executive producer of Interaction.
FILM “VALLEY OF THE RULERS“ SHOT WITHIN INTERACTION SHORTLISTED FOR THE PRESTIGIOUS IDA AWARD
The International Documentary Association (IDA) has unveiled nomination shortlists for the 35th IDA Awards in the categories of best documentary feature and best documentary short. On the list for short documentary, together with 20 other films is a Serbian-Israeli documentary “Valley of the Rulers“ directed by Efim Graboy.
The IDA Documentary Awards is one of the world’s most significant recognitions for documentary film and this year’s ceremony will take place at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles on December 7.
“Valley of the Rulers “, a poetic documentary shot within International Student Film Camp “Interaction”, is a story about people who are spending their last years in a nursing home atop Zabučje Hill in Užice. While they “wait“, imprisoned by walls and their tired bodies, these people fight for freedom of their souls, as those souls become islands on which they feel young and alive. This is a tale of the battle between light and darkness, between acceptance and suffering, life and death.
The film was produced by the Independent Film Centre “Filmart” from Požega and Israeli “Okapi” studio with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Film Center of Serbia, the City of Čačak, the Municipality of Ivanjica, the production company Cinnamon Films. Besides the Israeli director, the members of this international film crew are Walid Messnaoui (editor) from Morocco, Constanza Sandoval (DoP) from Argentina, Anton Levkin (sound designer) from Russia and Milena Šmigić (organizer) from Serbia.
SELECTION RESULTS – 14th International Student Film Camp Interaction 2019
From March 7th to April 20th, 2019 we received 123 applications from 38 countries. Members of the selection jury: Inma de Reyes (director / Spain), Efim Graboy (director / Israel) and DejanPetrović (director, IFC Filmart general manager / Serbia) considered the applications and decided that the participants of 14th International Student Film Camp Interaction 2019 are:
Department FILM PRODUCTION:
- Katarina Kastratović (Montenegro) / Faculty of Drama Arts Cetinje (Montenegro)
- Tanja Zeba (Croatia) / Academy of Arts Belgrade (Serbia)
- Nenad Marinković (Serbia) / Academy of Arts Novi Sad (Serbia)
- Ivan Murgic (Argentina) / Universidad de Buenos Aires – UBA (Argentina)
- Andreas Boschmann (Germany / Russia) / Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Germany)
- Pablo Radice (Argentina) / Universidad de Buenos Aires – UBA (Argentina)
- Dorota Roś (Poland) / Lodz Film School (Poland)
- Paraskevi Loi (Greece) / Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos (Greece)
- Pedro de Alencar (Brazil) / Universidade Federal Fluminense – UFF (Brazil)
- Guido Amadeo Nucci (Argentina) / Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (Argentina)
- Cecilia Sandoval (Argentina) / Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
- Sachin Yaduvanshi (India) / Central University of Rajasthan (India)
Department SOUND DESIGN:
- Rahul Rabha (India) / Film And Television Institute of India (India)
- Olga Krasivicheva (Russia) / The All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography of S. A. G. – VGIK (Russia)
- Anton Levkin (Russia) / The All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography of S. A. G. – VGIK (Russia)
Selection Jury – 14th International Student Film Camp Interaction 2019:
Inma de Reyes | Spain
Inma de Reyes graduated in Film & TV from the University of Navarra, Spain in 2011. Upon graduating she moved to London, where she earned an internship sponsored by the European Leonardo Da Vinci grant. Inma’s passion for storytelling and her personal search for a new way to tell stories brought her to direct theatre in Bristol for the following four years. As a result of this experience, Inma combines different elements from cinema and theatre in her films, creating a cinematic stage where real people seem to play characters in an unpredictable narrative. Now based in Scotland, she has recently graduated with a merit in Masters of Fine Art in Film Directing by Edinburgh College of Art and The University of Edinburgh. Her first documentary short To be a torero premiered in Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2018 and will continue to tour the world. As a result of the premiere, she is currently working on her first feature film, in an international co-production between Los Angeles and Scotland. Inma is also working on another feature film, produced from Glasgow, Scotland with sights into an international release. She was participant of the 13th ISFC Interaction 2018 and made a documentary Eighty Serbian Dinars.
Efim Graboy | Israel
At the age of 20, Efim received funding to make his first documentary film, Home Sweet Home (2010), which was broadcasted in Israel, and won several awards at festivals. After that, he continued with developing his directing skills at Tel Aviv University, Film Department. He worked as an editor and director at the biggest Israeli sports channel. In 2012 he created a short experimental film Minilook Kiev and one year later he directed Life in a Plate – a stop motion animation that was made only from food, which was broadcasted on TV and screened at Art Museum. While participating in Looking for China programme, he shot Bird of Paradise – a film about the capital of Shaanxi province, Xi’an. His fiction film Lamps Lit on a Towpath (2016) was part of the official selection at prestigious Palm Springs Short Fest 2016. The Unknown Soldier (2017) was screened in Cinemas in Israel, won 6 awards at festivals. In 2017, Efim was chosen to participate in a documentary film camp Interaction where he made a documentary Valley of the Rulers.
Dejan Petrović | Serbia
A writer and director of short fiction and documentary films. 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 documentary directing at the Academy of Arts in Belgrade and he’s also a member of DOKSerbia – Documentary Filmmakers of Serbia. His film The Same participated in the competition programme of the renowned documentary film festival IDFA in Amsterdam 2017. He is the winner of 15 awards at numerous film festivals.
Independent Film Centre “Filmart” has been awarded “Special mention” by professional jury of the 66th Martovski festival – Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival.
Documentaries which were filmed during the Interaction Camp at the 66th Martovski Festival (Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, Serbia) and Atlanta Film Festival (USA)
The documentaries “The Valley of the Rulers” and “The Harvesters” filmed during the International Student Film Camp “Interaction” will be screened at the 66th Martovski festival (Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival) in Serbia and Atlanta Film Festival (USA) during March and April 2019.
Short documentary “Valley of the Rulers” is a Serbian/Israeli coproduction (IFC Filmart and Okapi Creative Studio) directed by Efim Graboy from Israel, and was filmed during the 12th International Student Film Camp “Interaction 2017”. After the successful screenings at Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, “Valley of the Rulers” will have its Serbian premiere at the 66th Martovski Festival (Serbia, Belgrade, Dom omladine Beograda, 29 March, 2019, 9:00 PM) as well as at the Atlanta Film Festival (USA, Atlanta, Hilan Theater, 11 April, 2019, 7:30 PM). Atlanta Film Festival screening is the second screening of the film at an “Academy Award qualifying” festival in America.
“The Harvesters” directed by Gala Negrello from Argentina, was filmed during the 13th International Student Film Camp “Intraction 2018” in Ivanjica. The film will be premiered at the 66th Martovski festival (Serbia, Belgrade, Dom omladine Beograda, 29 March, 2019, 9:00 PM). “The Harvesters” is a portrait of Ruža, an 82 year-old woman who collects blackberries in a mountain in Ivanjica and dreams her dream. Dejan Petrović is the producer of the film, and the rest of the crew include young filmmakers – Osama Aiad from Egypt (production manager), Olya Solovyova form Russia (sound designer), Arnold Fernandes from India (DoP) and Stefan Rokvić, editor from Serbia. Local production coordinator in Ivanjica is Aleksandar Dimitrijević (producer).
“Valley of the Rulers” tells the story of people who spend their last years in a nursing home in Zabučje, a village above Uzice. The director of the film is Efim Graboy, Dejan Petrović is the producer, while the rest of the crew are 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.
Belgrade, Serbia, Dom omladine Beograda, 29 March 2019, 9:00 PM
Atlanta, USA, Hilan Theater, 11 April 2019, 7:30 PM
CALL FOR SUBMISSION – 14th International Student Film Camp “Interaction 2018”
Požega (Serbia), from 12th to 29th August 2019
call for submission
14th International Student Film Camp “Interaction 2019” organized by the Independent Film Centre “Filmart” is going to be held from 12th to 29th August, 2019 in Požega (Serbia). During the 14th International Student Film Camp “Interaction 2019”, 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.
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 documentary 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: 20th April, 2019
the film which you will send to apply must be:
- 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 10th of May, 2019.
Rules & Regulations of the 14th ISFC “Interaction 2019 [pdf] you can find here
Online application form of 14th ISFC “Interaction 2019” here
Call for submissions poster for 14th ISFC “Interaction 2019” [pdf] 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 10th of May, 2019.