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Film Festival Network Moving Images – Open Borders champions European film and festival culture

19.05.2021.

Film Festival Network Moving Images – Open Borders champions European film and  festival culture

The young international film festival network MOVING IMAGES - OPEN BORDERS (MIOB) offers a diverse program for the film industry and audience: topics of the future such as audience building, environmental and climate protection, gender and diversity programming and digital communication issues are tackled by seven member-festivals as well as supporting filmmakers through two specially created awards.

The winner of the first-ever MIOB New Vision Award has been announced - FELKÉSZÜLÉS MEGHATÁROZATLAN IDEIG TARTÓ EGYÜTTLÉTRE (PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME) by Lili Horvát. The award, worth 3,000 euros, will be presented to the director at the Crossing Europe Awards Ceremony on June 5 (live stream of the award ceremony on 05.06.2021, 08:00 p.m. at www.crossingeurope.at/awardsceremony). The MIOB New Vision Award is dedicated to current European feature films and documentaries that have already had a successful showing during at least one of the participating festivals and aims to achieve broader international recognition for them.

Behind the acronym MIOB stands the festival network MOVING IMAGES - OPEN BORDERS. The passion for young cinema from Europe and the desire to give it a worthy platform unite the seven members. With the Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz (AT), Festival de Sevilla (ES), European Film Festival Palić (RS), Les Arcs European Film Festival (FR), Scanorama European Film Forum (LT), Trieste Film Festival (IT) and the FilmFestival Cottbus (DE), many years of competence and experience are combined, which is used to discuss and further develop topics of the future such as audience building, environmental and climate protection, gender and diversity programming and questions of digital communication. This has been recognized and supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA program of the European Union since fall 2020. In addition to the professional exchange of film festivals, MIOB naturally supports films and their makers.

In addition to the aforementioned MIOB New Vision Award, which is given to a film by the festival organizers, the second award is aimed directly at the audience and gives them a voice.

A total of 15 short films from 20 European countries, nominated by MIOB members, will enter the race for the online audience award MIOB in Shorts (endowed with 1,000 euros). The artistic range here could not be greater: from a love story caught up in the past of the civil war and the question of why deserters are not suitable as heroes, to the reappraisal of a crime that reveals deeply rooted gender injustice, to a failed picnic in togetherness and a ferryman in eastern Poland who does not want to stay alone.

Starting June 1, "Watch & Vote" will launch on the miob.info website. For four months, the nominated films will be available online in a monthly rotation. The winning film of MIOB in Shorts will be awarded at the 31st FilmFestival Cottbus in November 2021.

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