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15th SEEfest Announces Month-Long Run July 15 through August 16, 2020
Los Angeles, 7 July 2020 – The 15th annual South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) (seefilmla.org), initially scheduled for a Spring slot and postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic, announced today the official 2020 dates and a month-long run July 15 – August 16, 2020 on a dedicated online outlet.
“On June 24 the festival soft-launched its virtual cinema as a prequel to the full-scale festival program,” said Vera Mijojlic, Founder and Director of SEEfest. “Dictated by the extraordinary circumstances caused by the pandemic and halting the entire industry, we opted for an extended run to give a wider window to our audiences to discover and enjoy beautiful films that would otherwise be lost in the clutter of the crowded online field.”
The 2020 festival edition features a rigorously curated program of 57 films highlighting the cinematic expressions of diversity — cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and political —in South East Europe’s complex geo-crucible of twenty-some countries.
Among the selected new films are predominantly women-centric stories, all North American premieres, including: Croatia’s The Diary of Diana B., a deeply emotional story about one of the largest rescue operations of World War II, when a single person, Austrian-born Diana Budisavljevic launched a campaign that saved more than 10,000 mostly Serbian children from certain death in Ustasha concentration camps in Nazi-occupied Croatia; mother-daughter story about aging, Pilate, a beautiful adaptation of the novel by the celebrated Hungarian writer, Magda Szabó; Bulgarian My Gypsy Road whose heroine is the first-ever Roma woman to graduate from the Academy of Dramatic Arts; and Bora, Story About the Wind, a visually magnificent parable about freedom paying a poignant tribute to the multi-ethnic intersection of Slavic, Italian, and Germanic cultures in the Northern Adriatic.
All program information and links are published on the festival website at https://seefilmla.org/. Festival passes for the full-scale program will go on sale on July 10. Individual tickets will be available throughout the extended run.
About the South East European Film Festival (SEEfest)
SEEfest presents cinematic and cultural diversity of South East Europe to American audiences and creates cultural connections through films, artistic and social events. SEEfest program and activities are supported, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency; Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture; and by an Arts Grant from the City of West Hollywood. Additional support is generously provided by ELMA, Foundation for European Languages and Movies in America, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.