Fresh Film Fest
International festival dedicated to student and first feature films
August 29 - September 2, 2012 / Prague, CZE
Fresh Film Fest is an international competitive film festival, which focuses on student and first feature films. In 4 days, the festival aims to provide a wide portrait of contemporary young world cinema and hosts professional non-public presentations. Up to 120 films with around titles in five competitive sections of the Official Selection are screened during the festival. Special film programs and feature film openings are accompanying the student and first films selection.
FFF organizes 3 competition programmes, Fresh Generation (International Competition of First and Second Features), Confrontations (International Competition of Feature and Documentary Student Films) and Theatre Optique (International Competition of Animated Films and Free Audiovisual Forms).
Fresh Czech offers non-competitional program of Czech student and feature films. Main theme section of this year's program is Manipulation, presenting among others also the mini-profile of the British docu-drama filmmaker Peter Watkins.
Bright Future is a selection of debut and second feature films that have won awards at international festivals. Break Rules breaks rules in terms of the form, the story or the approach and presents films by experienced and mature directors and artists.
Selected docs at the 2012 Fresh Film Fest:
Roxanne , ?, 2012, Portrait
The story of 16-year-old Roxanne haunted by a childhood tragedy.
Mrtvá trať , Czech Republic, 2011, 52 min, Beta, Creative, Experimental, Personal View, Social Issues
Stalin grasps a pencil in his hand as he prepares to draw a line on a map of the Soviet Union. Where the graphite touches paper, some 80,000 people - almost all of them gulag inmates - will build a railroad in the gruelling conditions of the polar taiga. It is a railway line of almost no strategic importance, built on permafrost and polar marshes, using limited technology and equipment. For four years, they will slave away, succumbing to exhaustion, illness, cruelty, and solitary confinement before, finally, the death of Stalin himself. In just a few weeks, there will be nothing left of their hectic activity except for empty camp barracks, old locomotives, bits of track, embankments, telegraph wires, all left to slowly return to the taiga.
Section: Jury 2012
Crulic - Drumul spre dincolo , Poland, Romania, 2011, 69 min, 35 mm, DCP, Digi Beta, HD, Animated, Drama doc, Human Rights, Social Issues
The animated documentary feature "Crulic - The Path to Beyond" tells the story of Crulic, a 33-year-old Romanian who died in a Polish prison while on a hunger strike. The story is told from the point of view of Crulic, in the present tense, after his death. A strong visual style, the result of beautifully blending hand-drawn collage, stop-motion and cut-cut animation techniques, create a striking, surprisingly integrated and memorable film.
More details on film screenings and events at the 2012 Fresh Film Fest here.