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Report on attendance at the Jameson Cinefest Miskolc International Film Festival

I, Maria Sol Rabbe, board member in the Hordaland Youth Film Society, travelled to the Jameson Cinefest in Hungary in September in order to take part in the FICC jury at the festival. I was present there from September 14th to 23rd on the invitation of the FICC , by way of NFK, to exercise duties as a jury member.
The FICC jury, which included fellow jury members Luis Pereira from Portugal and Rita Boroyák from Hungary, awarded the Don Quixote Award to a young filmmaker. The main competition program included a total of 16 films, all of which were either directed by filmmakers under the age of 30 or debut features. Though the quality of the selection varied somewhat, I was privy to some very interesting films, and the jury was unanimous with regards to which one deserved to win the prize.
The selection was international, and it was very exciting to be given a taste of what young filmmakers the world over are up to nowadays.
The main competition program included the following films:
SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (USA),
SMASHED (USA),
NUIT #1 (Canada),
YOUR BEAUTY IS WORTH NOTHING (Austria),
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (USA),
EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY (Romania),
BEAST PARADISE (France),
HELL (Germany),
TEDDY BEAR (Denmark),
POLITE PEOPLE (Iceland),
DOLLHOUSE (Ireland),
THE TRIP (Slovenia),
COMPLIANCE (USA),
ELECTRICK CHILDREN (USA),
VANISHING WAVES (Lithuania),
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (UK)

The FICC jury awarded the Don Quixote Prize to BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, directed by 30 year old Benh Zeitlin. “Beasts” has done very well in many festivals, and has now been ensured commercial distribution in Norway. The jury’s decision was unanimous, and is one we are very pleased with.
I had a great festival experience, not only as a movie-goer – I was also able to see some documentaries – but in social terms, too. I have acquired contacts from the four corners of Europe, and as the festival’s youngest jury member by far, feel as though I coped very well. I would like to thank-you, FICC and Jameson Cinefest for this opportunity.

Maria Sol Rabbe, HUFF Film Society, board member, 13.12.12