1. OFFICIAL SELECTION
Official Selection is dedicated to those European films that provoke issues about destiny of European man, simultaneously pointing at the beauty and importance of diversity within European region.
These European films easily get to the audience as the identification with their protagonists is so real and possible both in their misery and their happiness. Emotions from the screen get emotional response from the audience.
This year’s selection of 14 films made festival’s programmer Nenad Dukić. The films are in competition for “Golden Tower” for the best film of the Festival and two “Palić Towers”, for the Best Director and Special Jury Award. The films are going to be judged by five-member international jury. The selection is going to be screened at the Summer Stage, Palić.
2. PARALLELS AND ENCOUNTERS
Competition programme “Parallels and Encounters” is dedicated to feature films and documentaries from former Eastern European geopolitical region and deals with problems of transition of societies and political systems, ethnic relations, identity and need for peace and co-existence, tolerance in the widest sense.
Quality of the films is going to be evaluated by three-member FEDEORA JURY composed of eminent European film critics.
This year’s Parallels and Collision program is selected by Neil Young, and within the program will be screened 10 feature and 4 short films in the Eurocinema in Subotica.
3. YOUNG SPIRIT OF EUROPE
“Young Spirit of Europe” programme is dedicated to brave and inventive authors of unique poetics and attitude towards film. The programme shows features, documentaries, shorts, experimental, animated and all other possible forms of film seeking for new ways of expression and future of this art.
The program consists of 30 new films selected by programmer Neil Young. The program is going to take place at the Abazija Cinema in Palić.
4. NEW HUNGARIAN FILM
Culture is something you can always count on while seeking the way of understanding and acceptance. Traditional program “New Hungarian Film” has already been of a great help as a part of culture, trying, trough the art of film, to find those who are open to learn about Hungary. The program is inspired by the fact that there is a great population of ethnic Hungarians in the Province of Vojvodina, that hasn’t got opportunity to be in touch with the trends of contemporary Hungarian film production.
5. BLACK SEA COUNTRIES IN FOCUS
In the last few decades European film experienced great changes. Small and big national cinemas cannot be differed anymore. At the European film scene there are numerous changes and sudden happenings that put certain cinemas in the center of interest. This is why, ten years ago, we introduced “Cinema in Focus” program which presents some of the most important and most interesting film productions in Europe every year. So far Festival presented cinemas of Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Austria, Bavaria, Israel, Russia, Check Republic, Poland, Turkey, Georgia and Slovakia.
This year is reserved for Black sea countries cinema. These cinemas are traditionally present at Palić Festival in almost every programme so that introduction of their lead authors isn’t necessary. Within 25. Festival we are going to present contemporary authors and most important films this region is well known for.
The programme was selected in cooperation with film centers of Black sea countries and the screenings are going to take place at Aleksandar Lifka Art Cinema in Subotica.
6. ECO DOX
We live in the world where we can clearly see dreadful impact of human deeds on natural environment and planet Earth in general and on the other hand we experience growing conscious for necessity of actions towards peace between human kind and nature. Referring to this, seven years ago, we started program that deals with ecological documentaries. In this program there are 6 films of the newest production. Program is being followed by a vivid debate as well as scientific conference during the Festival, where experts and activists in the field of environmental protection have an opportunity to contemplate various topics and issues. Programmer of the selection is Igor Toholj. The screenings are going to take place at Aleksandar Lifka Art Cinema in Subotica.
7. HOMAGE PROGRAMME TO “ALEKSANDAR LIFKA” AWARD WINNERS
European Film Festival Palić established award Aleksandar Lifka in 1999 for the exceptional contribution to the European cinema. So far, laureates were Lucian Pintilie, Krzysztof Zanussi, Jiri Menzel, Andrzej Wajda, Miklos Jancso, Margarethe von Trotta, Theo Angelopoulos, Ken Russell, Ken Loach, Costa Gavras, Jean-Marc Barr, Nikita Mihalkov and Claude Lelouch. The award of the same title every year goes to a national author as well. Some of the winners are: Dušan Makavejev, Eva Ras, Gordan Mihić, Milena Dravić, Puriša Đorđević, Živojin Mitrović, Velimir Bata Živoinović, Goran Marković, Predrag Miki Manojlović, Goran Marković, Goran Paskaljević, Srđan Karanović, Zoran Simjanović, Emir Kusturica, Mira Banjac and Želimir Žilnik. The Award got its name after the regional pioneer of cinema – Aleksandar Lifka who, beck in 1905, established first cinema theater in Subotica.
8. HOMAGE PROGRAMME TO WINNERS OF UNDERGROUND SPIRIT AWARD
European Film Festival Palić established Underground Spirit Award for dedication to independent cinema and unique poetics that emerged off the main stream of film industry and leading cinemas. Underground Spirit laureates’ retrospectives are going to take place at Abazija Cinema in Palić.
9. WINNERS OF THE PALIC GOLDEN TOWER ON THE SQUARE
In order to present the last five years Golden Tower winner films, European Film Festival Palić sets the open air cinema once again at the one of the most beautiful squares of our country. Citizens of Subotica and guests will be able to see five significant and award-winnings European films.
10. “SHORT MATTERS!” SHORT FILM SELECTION NOMINATED FOR THE 2017 EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY AWARD
We present Programme SHORT MATTERS! for the fifth time now in cooperation with European Film Academy. We are going to screen 15 European short films nominated by the leading film festivals including Rotterdam, Berlin, Krakow, Venice, Locarno, Valladolid and others. Programme is going to take place during three days at Abazija Cinema in Palić.
11. BEST OF EUROPE 2017
Eurocinema, as an annual European Film Festival project, dedicated to contemporary European cinema, is going to present selection of 7 most important European films that entered Serbian cinema distribution. As an introduction to 2017 audience will have chance to recall of some last year’s titles. The selection is going to be screened at Eurocinema movie theatre in Subotica.
12. PALIĆ IN BELGRADE
Last six years Belgrade audience was able to watch selection of the Festival’s films at Fontana cinema in New Belgrade simultaneously with Palić audience. The selection will consist of attractive titles from all selections of European Film Festival Palic.