deadline: April 10 2007
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MAIN RETROSPECTIVE: Vladimir Kobrin
The main retrospective of this year's AFO in Olomouc will be that of Vladimir Kobrin, a man, film-maker, scientists, who gave popular-scientific film a new name.
This year's AFO will present the extraordinary Russian author of popular scientific films Vladimir Kobrin (*1942, †1999). After graduating in camerawork from the VGIK in 1968, he started working in the Studio of Popular Scientific films in Moscow, where he stayed until the late 1990s. As a director, scriptwriter and fine artist, he made 35 films. His artistic success culminated with Biopotential, Selforganization Of Biological Systems and in his only feature-length film The Last Dream of Anatoli Vasilevitch. Kobrin's approach to genre was unique. He turned didactic cinema into consistent philosophical treatise about the world and the place of man in it. Despite his original approach, he was welcomed neither in Soviet nor Russian cinema representatives. Being a charismatic director, he however achieved to unite his co-workers and students into a creative team called Kobrin Screen Studio.
AFO´s MAIN GUEST: Albert Barillé
Albert Barillé, the French propagator of science and the director of animated series Once Upon a Time There Was..., will be the main guest of this year's AFO.
Prestigious propagator of science, French animated films director Albert Barillé will be the guest of this year´s Academia Film Olomouc, which will take place from April 17 to 22, 2007. The director and his company Procidis became famous with several animated series for children Once upon a Time There Was... (Man, Space, Life).
Albert Barillé will introduce a selection from his works and will be awarded for the contribution to the popular-scientific film. His films will be screened in the Metropol cinema also for children from Olomouc schools.
DOC.Port - Market for popular-scientific documentary films
It offers films on different topics of natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. DOC.Port is the only place in Europe specialized on this essential documentary genre. AFO decided to establish this specialized market to emphasize the role of documentary films to spread information, to explore facts and inquire reality through different sciences. Documentary can popularize science and it has been doing so for many years especially on the television. There are only a few doc. markets in the world that specialize on this certain genre.
AFO invites producers to offer their documentary films and series and on the other hand commissioning editors, festival programmers, acquisitors and distributors to find solitaire movies or series appropriate for distribution, broadcasting or festival screenings.
There will be videolibrary with 20 places where to embed and watch the films besides the cinemas. In the end of March online catalogue will be available on our website www.afo.cz. We will make the catalogue accessible to the key film professionals (TV buyers, commissioning editors, festival directors, sales agents and distributors).
DOC.Port will be open during the Academia film Olomouc festival (April 18. - 22, 2007).
The DOC.Port project is implemented in co-operation of the Palacký University Olomouc and civic association JSAF (that organizes also Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival).
DOC.Port is the only specialized international marketplace for popular-scientific documentaries - no fee!!! (video library, online database accesible for the whole year, printed catalogue).
With the subtitle Festival of Science and Art, already the 42nd year of the oldest Czech festival focused on popular scientific documentary film will take place from April 17 to 22, 2007.
After the genre meltdown and thematic digression from scientific and educational discourse in past years, the festival returns to the programming focused exclusively on popular scientific film, covering natural and social sciences as well as humanities. This is one of the reasons why the motto of this year is the proclamation Watch and Know, i.e. the proclamation seeking knowledge provided by image and film. New programming and organizational platform of Academia Film Olomouc is a joint project of the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies at Palacky University and JSAF civic association (the organizer of International Documentary Film Festival in Jihlava).
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