Festival Focus: Beldocs

Join us on a trip to the confluence of the Danube and the Sava, to Belgrade, Serbia; until May 15, the city hosts Beldocs – Belgrade International Documentary Film Festival. We have picked films from this year’s competition as well as the winners of the national competition from the past editions. Which documentaries were popular at the Serbian festival and which appealed to the international jury?

The winner of the 2017 national competition was Gora. The film tells of Gorans, Slavic Muslims living in the south of Kosovo. In the course of history, they were always in the centre of the political clashes of the surrounding nations. But what are Gorans like? Experimental Landscapes of War, Landscapes of Peace copes with the Kosovo War. Presented in this year’s Serbian competition, Centar shows the New Belgrade district which was to become Yugoslavia’s pride and joy but has rather become a metaphor of the excessive ideas of the future at the time. Bostofrio, où le ciel rejoint la terre competes in the international section this year, having already won the best documentary award in Portugal. It tells of a remote village where the director decides to break a taboo and starts asking about stories from the past.

About the festival: Belgrade International Documentary Film Festival caters to curious and adventure-seeking viewers by offering a wide spectrum of interesting and provocative films of high emotional charge. One of its goals is to make the domestic viewers familiar with the most important feature-length and short documentaries made in various parts of the world. The only characteristics that these films must possess are quality, up-to-dateness, originality and provocativeness regardless of their topics and origins. The festival believes that cinema has no borders, and its active in connecting with other festivals and organizations in the ex Yugoslav area, since we strongly believe that the best way to heal the wounds from the past is through art.

Beldocs includes three competition programs (National, International and Best short of the festival) as well as many side programs such as Meteors (radical art-house and hybrids), Landscape (nature and anthropology), Fireworks (films with explosive visual aesthetics), Prime time (commercial hits from acclaimed authors) and many more.

The festival also developed a fast-growing Industry with categories such as Beldocs market, Beldocs academy, Serbian docs in progress…

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