The summer holiday is a traditional time for us to embark on an adventure in the company of the students of Prague’s FAMU. Are you wondering what the young Czech filmmakers have learned in the past year, who has grown since last year and what themes reverberate in university circles today? Leave it to us and join us on a two-week leave with Prague students who have packed games for the road, postcards (1 CZK a piece), stories from the Balkans and a large dose of experiment in their backpacks.
Have a great viewing experience in the middle of the sultry summer and try the film titbits made by the most intriguing contemporary Austrian directors. In the cool shade of a tall tree and the giant of world music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, stream the film collage THE MOZART MINUTE in the week from July 25 to 31 for free!
Seize the unique opportunity to watch the winning film of this year’s edition of the prestigious French festival Cinéma du Réel LONG STORY SHORT for free! Look into the lives of people who keep striving for social acceptance despite the stigma of homelessness and poverty in their emotionally open video blogs. In the week from July 18 to 24, you can watch the exceptional film by renowned American video artist Natalie Bookchin deliberately defying the aesthetic of perfect film images and the strength of social prejudice.
Whether for the first time or again and even deeper, sail into the visually attractive and seemingly calm film waters, with the extraordinary audiovisual works by Austrian filmmaker and photographer Andreas Horvath reflecting on the surface. Be sucked into the dramatic whirlpool of modern historical events and learn to breathlessly observe the subtle suspense built within timelessness. Be amused, surprised, angered and lyrically enchanted by the director’s colourful film retrospective available at DAFilms.com from July 4 to 17 for free!
Check out our selection of the cream of Czech documentary crop vying for the title of the best documentary film in the “Czech Joy” section at one of the Doc Alliance festivals – Jihlava IDFF. You can now enjoy the fruits of the local documentary harvest directly from your home and join DAFilms.com to celebrate the upcoming twentieth anniversary of the festival. Watch films made by the rising stars and constants on the Czech documentary skies from June 20 to July 3 online for free!
There are only five weeks left until this year’s 27th edition of Doc Alliance member FIDMarseille. The sun-drenched seaport will then raise its red-and-white festival flags and offer international audiences refuge in air-conditioned cinemas. However, as always, FID Marseille will offer anything but simple respite, presenting instead a wealth of artistically and critically challenging new documentaries. Before meeting the new stars of the Cote d’Azur, from June 6 – 19 join us to celebrate the festival winners of FIDMarseille 2015!
For many centuries, the world thought that time could be captured only through literary narrative, and space could be captured only by painting. But then came film, which set static spatial frames into motion, followed by modern physics, which moved time and space beyond the limits of the human imagination. What is time, where is space, and how do they work together? Watch five lessons in film philosophy from 30 May to 5 June, free at DAFilms.com!
Experience a docudrama that was scripted not by a writer, but by European wartime and post-war history. See a meteoric rise and abysmal fall, set against the glamour of early cinema stardom, the expansion of the Third Reich, and the desolation of exile. Learn the story of Lída Baarová, the 1920s and 1930s Czechoslovak film diva, the woman who bewitched Nazi Germany, in the latest film by the international award-winning director Helena Třeštíková – ZKÁZA KRÁSOU (DOOMED BEAUTY)!
The longer days of spring can serve as an invitation to explore unknown places. One such place which is not to be overlooked in the pursuit of adventure and new cinema is Chișinău, the capital of Moldova. From May 12 – 18 it will host the 13th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival – Cronograf. Although we cannot offer you a ticket to Moldova, we can however offer an insight into this year’s festival program. Have a look what to expect from the Cronograf festival‘s programming department at DAFilms.com between May 16 – 22!
From mediocrity to alien civilizations, from a theatre theme to 3D technology, from conceptual art to documentary film. Explore the unexpected and original ways of the art world of Danish director Michael Madsen, one of the leading filmmakers of the Nordic cinematic superpower. Watch the director’s film retrospective for free and do not miss your first encounter of the “third kind” via the Czech online premiere of the documentary sci-fi THE VISIT in the week from May 2 to 15!
Do not miss your first encounter of the “third kind” in an exclusive one-day online preview of the latest acclaimed film by Danish director Michael Madsen THE VISIT! See how ready modern civilization is for an encounter with extraterrestrial visitors, what the phrase “galactic diplomacy” means and what it looks like when the boundaries between documentary film and an artistic visual opus are blurred.
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, it will be exactly thirty years since the world experienced its first and so far most destructive nuclear disaster. Since then, the story of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant has become a byword for apocalyptic visions of the future with fatally failing modern technologies as well as a key argument for the opponents of nuclear power engineering. It is therefore no wonder that the power plant, with its past and present, has become the subject of several documentary films. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the event, you can watch these films at DAFilms.com for free!
Can a documentary film carry a strong political message while reaching the dimensions of a conceptual work? Can it speak of complex human stories while making use of highly aestheticized images? Meet the film work of one of today’s most remarkable Norwegian directors Thomas A. Østbye. Watch his original films winning awards at human rights festivals while filling global art galleries, including the director’s master class, from April 18 to25 at DAFilms.com for free!
“Why are we here?” The brief and apt question invites an unlimited number of possible answers. Czech film classic Karel Vachek seeks possible indications of those answers and perspectives of the sense and meaning of human existence in his latest essay THE OBSCURANTIST AND HIS LINEAGE OR THE PYRAMIDS’ TEARFUL VALLEY. Watch the film that will transport you to the transcendental levels of human existence in the week from April 11 to 17 for free!
Break free from your daily worries and set out to the documentary waters for one week during which we present films whose directors are fascinated by the water element and life with water, whether a harmonious or a strenuous one. Grab your online steering wheel and sail the film waters that can be both calm and tumultuous, well-known and unexplored. The direction and date are clear! From April 4 to 10, you can fish out original documentaries from the ocean of the film catalogue at DAFilms.com!
With the spring drawing near, documentary fans can feel not only the whiffs of the blooming landscape but also the breath of a fresh dose of creativity that will spread from the banks of Lake Geneva for the 47th time thanks to Visions du Réel. Although the screening halls of the Swiss Doc Alliance festival will open only in the middle of April, it brings an exclusive online film programme to all lovers of documentary now already. Enjoy a selection of six films awarded by the festival from March 21 to April 4 at DAFilms.com for free!
Learning about the stories of others is one of the greatest passions of documentary directors and fans. Looking into the worlds of people living on the other side of the planet, but also on the fringe of the same society, they can see so far unimaginable images and colours. At the same time, they can become more aware of their own stories; including the “little detail” we often tend to forget – freedom. We only notice it when we lose it. Watch films about losing and finding freedom, both inner and political one. From March 14 to 20, you can watch 5 documentaries from this year’s programme of One World Romania for free!
DAFilms.com brings all 5 documentaries nominated for the Czech Lion award. Watch them in the two weeks from February 29 to March 13. The winners of all categories of the Czech Lion, including the documentary one, will be announced on March 5.
From February 15 to 28, you can watch 6 remarkable Portuguese documentary films on our portal for free. They were all premiered at Doclisboa and they represent 6 auteur voices and specific atmospheres.
From February 1 to 14, DAFilms.com presents a collection of films seeking contrast and offering a unique visual perspective of our present and recent past. The inspiring films straddle the documentary, essay and experiment genre and were screened at the past year’s edition of the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam. The selection includes both short and feature-length films. Watch them until February 14 for free.
In 2016, DAFilms.com celebrates its 10th anniversary. We have prepared an anniversary selection of 5 films for you. From January 25 to 31, you can watch them completely for free. Moreover, if you answer the quiz questions concerning the films correctly, you can win 1 of 10 subscriptions and watch all the films on our portal (there are over 1300!). On top of that, one of you will win a bottle of real champagne.
This week, DAFilms brings the first film made by Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi and his colleague Mojtaba Mirtahmasb after Panahi’s filmmaking ban.
From January 13 to 17, the 5th edition of the Festival of Iranian Films will be held in Prague. In the two weeks from January 4 to 17, DAFilms will offer an exclusive selection of documentary films closely related to the festival programme.
At the very end of 2015, we present a selection of films that you liked the most. You can watch them for free until Sunday, January 3. Make time for quality documentaries during Christmas and the New Year!
Watch an online retrospective of films by Miroslav Janek in the course of two December weeks. DAFilms.com presents ten of his films until Sunday, December 20 for free.
Before you put yourselves and your cameras to winter sleep, have a look at this year’s harvest of My Street Films. The project that invites the general public to make their own short films from their surroundings expanded from its British home to the Czech Republic in 2014 and further to Slovakia, Poland and Hungary in 2015. From November 30 to December 6, you can watch the best films from Central Europe’s streets from the comfort of your home completely for free.
This week, we present a retrospective of American documentary duo David Redmon and Ashley Sabin. Watch 5 of their films portraying the US in a global context until Sunday, November 29 for free!
Attention! For only two days, November 16 and 17, you can watch films introduced at Copenhagen’s CPH:DOX festival for free.
In the wake of Doclisboa IFF, DAFilms.com presents a selection of Portuguese films from November 2 to 15 for free.
From October 19 to November 1, you can watch films combining documentary and animation at DAFilms.com. The special offer is based on the programme of DOK Leipzig festival.
From October 27 to November 1, 2015, 19th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival will be held in the Czech Republic. Before its launch, DAFilms.com presents master classes of leading filmmakers who attended the festival in the past year.
Swiss architects in China. Le Corbusier. Office spaces in the US. An artificial hill in Berlin. Communist sculptures in Czech public space. The subway. Mining settlements... We present a rich variety of films dealing with urban space and architecture. Until Sunday, October 11, you can watch them at DAFilms for free.
Refugees and the migrant crisis are definitely Europe‘s biggest theme of 2015. From September 21 to October 4, the DAFilms.com portal presents a selection of films dealing with this issue. Documentary filmmakers have captured migrants in their homeland (Syria among others), on their way (in refugee camps) as well as in their new homeland where they are seeking asylum.
Mats Bigert (1965) and Lars Bergström (1962) have formed an artistic duo since their studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm. Besides documentaries, their work also includes exhibitions, conceptual art and installations in public space. In 1993, they participated in the Venice Biennale with their installation Adrenaline Dream and have exhibited their work across the world ever since. They often deal with current social and climatic issues. Discover the Swedish duo through their films for free!
The Department of Film, Television and Scenography ELO is part of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland’s only film university. Producing both fiction and documentary films, it focuses on the visual aspect and the film language of its projects, digital ones as well as those shot on raw film material. In a number of those films, viewers can clearly distinguish what is usually labelled as the Nordic atmosphere.
At the end of the holiday season, the Student Film Summer at DAFilms.com moves on to Łódź, Poland housing the Lodz Film School (The Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Lodz). The academy is educating future directors, animators, cinematographers, TV professionals, actors and, last but not least, documentary filmmakers. Watch contemporary short documentaries by emerging talents from Poland!
FAMU, the most prominent Czech film school showcases its documentary film production. What are the latest filmmaking trends at an institution that breeds up-and-coming Czech documentary talents? Watch our selection of films from FAMU for free.
From August 14 to 22, Sarajevo will see the 21st edition of its traditional film festival. Festival visitors will have a chance to see 259 films from 57 countries, including documentaries. For those who can’t make it to Sarajevo, DAFilms offers a free online selection of the cream of the crop of the festival’s previous editions!
Halfway through our summer travels in our search for the most notable student films, we are leaving the European continent and heading for Latin America! Join us and discover up-and-coming film talents pampered at the oldest Chilean university – Universidad de Chile. Watch and compare five of the works of the rising stars of Chilean cinematography from August 3 to 9, 2015 for free at DAFilms.com!
Extend your film holiday in the South of Europe by one more week! This time, film students of Portugal’s youngest generation will show you how diverse the results of the creative assignment “FILM ESSAY“ can be. From July 27 to August 2, you can explore the film studios of the prestigious art school Escola Superior de Artes e Design de Caldas da Rainha and the most interesting films born behind its doors for free.
In the third week of the student film summer, you can draw a red circle around the western tip of Europe. Our steps directed towards the film schools around the world and the films made by their students will lead to Portugal this time. How do the students of the renowned Escola Superior de Artes e Design de Caldas da Rainha see the cities and places of their lives? You can watch the results of the film assignment on the theme of “City Places” from July 20 to August 2 at DAFilms.com for free!
Take an online walk through the halls of FIDCampus! Enter the prestigious company of talented students and young filmmakers who have been chosen since 2013 by the French Doc Alliance festival FID Marseille for an intensive one-week workshop and an international screening of their films. Enjoy the showcase of new talents in the week from July 13 to 19 exclusively at DAFilms.com for free!
The summer months are inseparably linked to travelling and student holidays. You can now combine the two with DAFilms.com and travel to prestigious film schools! We are preparing a showcase of young documentary talents from Europe, Latin and North America for the two summer months. Follow us and get tuned for the great summer documentary journey with a selection of over 10 successful student films made by established as well as emerging filmmakers. The student film summer starts in the week from July 6 to 12 at DAFilms.com for free!
Meet an original selection of contemporary Brazilian cinema Doc no Rio which livened up the waterfront of Portugal’s capital but a few days ago. Meet the middle generation of Brazilian filmmakers whose films straddle the fine line between documentary and fiction while seizing their place in the catalogues of prestigious film festivals. Enjoy an online film experience offered in the past days to Lisbon’s viewers by the Doc Alliance festival Doclisboa at DAFilms.com from June 29 to July 5 for free!
The moment when the viewers sink into their comfortable seats in front of the film screen or their computer screen to watch the opening credits is preceded by a rather difficult process. Polishing the film treatment to a crystal clear form, securing quality technical equipment and primarily raising financial support; these are but a few points in the long list that rouses every filmmaker from his sleep. One of the ways to find relief from sleepless nights, gain new inspiration and establish international collaboration has been offered by FIDLab, a creative platform of the French Doc Alliance festival FID Marseille, for seven years already. From June 22 to 28, you can watch four films that have received its professional care!
Do your screen savers flicker with images of fuming Icelandic volcanos? Is it your lifelong dream to travel to the geothermal kingdoms in the middle of unspoiled nature? Are you one of the true fans of the fragile sounds of contemporary Icelandic music? You can discover the original Icelandic nature and culture which has proved many a time that “size doesn’t matter” in the next two weeks at DAFilms.com. Explore Icelandic documentary from June 8 to 21 for free!
When was the last time you touched the film reel, if at all? When clicking the single button “Play“, can you still imagine hours of physically demanding work spent in the darkroom to conjure up a few moving images? Return to the world of film material brought alive by human hands; material that can be separated and joined again. Enter the darkroom along with world-famous avant-garde filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky and watch his online retrospective from May 25 to June 7 at DAFilms.com for free!
Most of us will likely be able to find Iran on the map of the world. However, what mark has Iranian cinema made on the map of contemporary world documentary? The difficult path of contemporary Iranian film across film festival programmes is lined with a complicated political situation as well as an evident desire for change. Use the unique opportunity to watch a selection of the most interesting Iranian documentaries of the past 15 years online from May 18 to 24 at DAFilms.com for free!
In the past years, his name has regularly appeared on the lists of the most remarkable talents of contemporary documentary film. With each of his new films, star of young Argentinian cinema MAURO ANDRIZZI proves that he is not going to fall from the wobbly ladder of festival fame and programme selection any time soon. Watch the films by a filmmaker to whom film means life and vice versa; meet Mauro Andrizzi from May 11 to 17 at DAFilms.com for free!
Three unique letters that are stirring the global stream of political, economic and cultural events; three letters that have defined the western hemisphere and become the symbol of power and physical strength. However, what are the symbols of contemporary America oscillating between a temple of consumerism, a self-appointed watchdog of democracy and a utopian paradise of dreams come true? Compose the film fragments of contemporary America with DAFilms.com! Spin your documentary kaleidoscope from May 4 to 10, 2015.
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