For the eleventh year The Heart of Slavonia is a place to exchange ideas, but also the meeting place of the audience and film characters, who are telling us real stories about their daily lives, but also the different cultures, traditions and problems. This year 81 film from 58 countries around the world have reached the festivals mailbox. Organizing committee has chosen 16 movies for six screenings at the 11th edition of the International Ethnographic Film Festival the Heart of Slavonia. All films in competition are in the race for the Golden Heart of Slavonia, the prize for the very best film of the festival.
We have not forgotten those who were part of the Heart of Slavonia last year. In the old city in Đakovo, visitors were able to view the 19 selected titles from June 26 to 28. The jury – Tanja Bukovčan, president of the jury, head of the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, Željko Zima, director and producer, and Aleksandar Muharemović, author of numerous award-winning films, awarded the prize in the category Gold, Silver and Bronze Heart of Slavonia.
The sad story about russian boy Un été avec Anton / Summer with Anton directed by Jasna Krajinovič, produced by Jean Pierre & Luc Dardenne, created 2012. won the Golden Heart of Slavonia, the Silver heart of Slavonia went to the film Framing the other, produced by Ilja Kok i Willem Timmers in 2011, directed by Ilja Kok. The Bronze Heart also went to Željka Kovačević, a local director with the film Kust un bareč from 2013, produced by HRT.
A Special Heart of Slavonia as awarded to the film Macko, directed by Davor Borić in 2012. Due to the large number of films submitted in the competition for the Heart of Slavonia and the exceptional quality of the films, the jury awarded three special awards to: the Croatian film Žetva u Crkvarima from the 2012, produced by HRT and directed by Ivo Kuzmanić, to the Croatian films Kries 50:50 and Razarajući Afion, directed by Marko Dimić, both from 2012, a HRT production, and to the Belgian film Pygmées de la route/ The road Pygmies from 2012, directed by Makie Devuyst and Alain Lemattre a Atelier graphou production.
This year’s international jury is chaired by Prof. Berislav Šipuš, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Prof. Hrvoje Turkovic, film theorist, university professor and president of the Croatian Film Association, and Maciej Szymański, Polish Ambassador in Croatia.
The 10th anniversary of the Heart of Slavonia is behind us and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who have helped in creating it with us. The new decade is a quest for novelties, and not only novelties in the visual concept and technique of shooting, but also in the research and human relations. Finding a new visual method of interpreting nonmaterial culture through film as a medium presents us with the biggest challenge so far – respecting cultural and social diversity, understanding the remains some idealized cultures and ultimately a man, born near or far, in different cultures, with different customs and knowledge, but first of all a human.
President of the Organizing Committee of the Festival