FESTIVALS: Art Film Fest 2018 Unveils Competition Films

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KOSICE: Thirteen films will compete for the Blue Angel award at Art Film Fest, running 15 – 23 June in Kosice, located in southeastern Slovakia.

This year’s feature film competition jury boasts top filmmakers from five countries, Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland, Russia and Germany, who will decide the winners of the festival’s Blue Angel awards, which will be given out on 23 June. They are Slovak producer Lívia Filusová, Ukrainian actress Marianna Kavka, Polish director Joanna Kos-Krauze, Russian actor and filmmaker Ivan Shvedoff and award winning German producer and Mogador Film helmer Christoph Thoke.

Speaking of the growing importance of Artfilmfest on the festival calendar, two times Cannes awarded Thoke said that there is beauty and relevance to come to a festival that is known for its powerful and inspiring selection of titles from the CEE region and beyond. “Serving on a jury is one of these exciting challenges and privileges that my profession involves. Just not to forget, it is the respect for the filmmakers and their works that drives and unites us. I am looking forward to a wonderful week in Kosice”

For more information about the jury members click HERE.

The films in competition are:

Oblivion Verses (France, Germany, Netherlands, Chile)
Directed by Allireza Khatami

Butterflies (Turkey)
Directed by Tolga Karacelik

Nina (Poland)
Directed by Olga Chajdas
Produced by Film It

Soldiers. Story from Ferentari (Romania, Serbia, Belgium)
Directed by Ivana Mladenovic
Produced by HiFilm Productions, coproduced by Bas Celik

Land (Italy, France, Netherlands, Mexico, Qatar)
Directed by Babak Jalali

The Guilty (Denmark)
Directed by Gustav Moller

The Last Self-Portrait (Slovakia)
Directed by Marek Kubos

What Will People Say (Norway, Germany, Sweden)
Directed by Iram Haq

When the Trees Fall (Ukraine, Poland, Macedonia)
Directed by Marysia Nikitiuk
Produced by Directory Films
Coproduced by Message Film, Fokus In

And Breathe Normally (Israel, Sweden, Belgium)
Directed by Isold Uggadottir

Crush My Heart (Austria)
Directed by Alexandra Makarova

One Day (Hungary)
Directed by Zsofia Szilagyi

The Load (Serbia, France, Croatia, Iran, Qatar)
Directed by Ognjen Glavonic
Produced by Non-Aligned Films in Serbia
Coproduced by Kinorama