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13th International Art Film Festival, in Trencianske Teplice and Trencin (June17-25, 2005), by Miranda Daly, Ireland


Miranda Daly, Coordinator of the West Cork Film Club has just returned from Slovakia where she attended the 13th International Art Film Festival, in Trencianske Teplice and Trencin (June17-25, 2005).

Trencianske Teplice is a tranquil spa town which is normally a quiet haven for respite as well as attacting people to the therapeutic and healing spas. Once a year it becomes a multi cultural center for film makers and audiences. Actors, directors, distributors, viewers and festival coordinators interact in close proximity, inspiring and encouraging each other. It is a magical and rewarding time for people to exchange ideas and make beneficial connections.

Trencin, often called the jewel of the middle Pavazie region, is one of the oldest cities in Slovakia. A mystical magical castle looming above the city creates natural picturesque scenery that will never be forgotten.

As a member of the FICC jury I saw more than 60 films in 6 days. Our jury had to choose one overall winner as well as awarding a Special Mention Prize.

The FICC jury of the 13th International Artfilm Festival was comprised of Patrik Bartoska (Slovakia), Miranda Daly (Ireland) and Joao Paulo Macedo (Portugal). After seeing all the films in the competition, the following was decided:

DON QUIJOTE AWARD

The Don Quijota Award goes to the film PREGI (The WELTS) by Magdalena Piekorz from Poland based on the positive appreciation of the film for both its technical and artistic aspects. The parallel between present day reality and fiction expressed in the film brings us to reflect on social and human relationships.

SPECIAL MENTION BY FICC JURY

The FICC jury also gave a special mention to the documentary VISIONS FROM THE INFERNO by Peter Dimitrov from Slovakia for the film’s approach to the reality of Adolf Frankl. Through the film he portrays the era of the holocaust, the art and the man. It brings a new look at the not so distant reality of World War 11 and its effects on individuals and nations.

There are definitely a selection of documentaries and films that are suitable for screening at film clubs and societies both here in Ireland and abroad.

In conclusion the festival was a perfect forum for discussions and interactions in a picturesque location where the hospitality and friendliness of all concerned will not be forgotten.