Twenty years ago, when a group of enthusiasts organized the so-called Palić Film Evenings, it was difficult to assume that anything would come of it. But in the following year, 1993, the situation changed drastically. Though not particularly rich in program contents and other resources, the newly founded festival was remembered by the author of this text as something that announced very serious events. The incomparable ambiance, large audience, film officials, the international jury presided by the director Istvan Szabo, the gentle surrounding and the extraordinary positive energy which was felt instantaneously (despite the severe crisis of that year)… all of these suggested that starting a festival is not merely a frivolous adventure. And that is what happened indeed. The results are well known, and all of the above mentioned facts have remained unchanged. The nineteenth, so to say pre-jubilary, Festival is not supposed to introduce any changes into the program or the organization. The conceptual scheme, announced in 2003, when Palić profiled the European Film Festival and became a member of the ''European Coordination of Film Festivals'', firmly determined the postulates of this local cinematic festivity. It is a cross-section view of European cinematography, with films already shown at important European (and not only European) festivals (Berlin, Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Rotterdam, Tribeca, Sundance) – even though there are two main programs – the Official Selection and the Parallels and Encounters – and with a certain number of films to be presented for the first time, as well as a number of debut works.
European Film Festival - Palić 2012
Jury of the 19 European Film Festival Palić
At this year's, 19 European Film Festival Palić, best films, within Official Selection, among 14 productions, will be chosen by the Festival Jury members: Mira Furlan, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexandra Dahlström, Ahmet Boyacioglu and Bojan Ž. Bosiljčić. Jury will assign Golden Tower for the best film and Palić Tower for the best director and there is also the Jury's Special Prize.
WINNER OF THE UNDERGROUND SPIRIT AWARD
The winner of Underground Spirit 2012 for an exceptional work in the field of independent film and unique author poetic, developed outside the main stream of the film industry is Scottish director of a Norwegian origin Joern Utkilen. He introduced himself to public in 1999 with a witty low-budget film MY JOB that won the Award for the Best British Short Film at Edinburgh Festival. The same year, as a producer, he won BAFTA award for the best British film with WHO'SE MY FAVOURITE GIRL by Adrian McDowall.
Anthony Giddens at 19 European Film Festival Palić
We have great pleasure to announce presence of one of the most significant contemporary philosophers – lord Anthony Giddens, at this year's European film festival Palić. He will be one of the participants in the "Climate Change and Politics" debate, that is taking place on 15 July in conference hall of Mala Gostiona at 10 AM in Palić. A theme for discussion is the Giddens' study "Climate Change and Politics."
Press conference held in Subotica
Press conference concerning 19 European Film Festival Palic was held on 15 June at Subotica's Media Center.
Blažo Perović, director of the Open University in Subotica (executive producer of the Festival), Petar Mitrić, selector of Parallels and Encounters and Young European Spirit programs and Dejan Zvekić, director of communications of the Festival spoke about programs, guests and future goals of the Festival.
The complete film program of the Festival was presented there together with year after year richer accompanying programs and also this year's guest list composed of great contemporary film faces as always.
Seven debut films in Parallels and Encounters selection of the 19 European Film Festival Palić
Within Parallels and Encounters selection of the 19 European Film Festival Palić, held from 14 to 20 July 2012 at various locations by the lake of Palić and in Subotica, seven debut films, shot by young European directors who represent the future of The Old Continent's cinema, are going to be screened.
Press conference concerning 19 European Film Festival Palic
Press conference concerning 19 European Film Festival Palic was held today in the new Yugoslav Film Archive building. Radoslav Zelenović, director of the Festival, Blažo Perović, director of the Open University (executive producer of the Festival), Petar Mitrić, program selector of Parallels and Encounters and Young Spirit of Europe programs, Miroslav Mogorović, program director of the Festival, Branislav Lečić, president of the Festival Council and, as a special guest, Helena Larson, Cultural Attaché at the Sweden Embassy in Belgrade, talked about programs, guests and future goals of the Fesival.
Jean-Marc Barr and Zoran Simjanovic winners of the Aleksandar Lifka Award
This year's winners of the prestigious award Aleksandar Lifka, given by European Film Festival Palic for the contribution to the European cinema, are French actor, director and producer Jean-Marc Barr and Serbian composer and musician Zoran Simjanovic. Laureates will receive awards at the Festival.
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