The California Arts Council announced that the South East European Film Festival was one of 77 organizations to receive a Creating Public Value grant. We are proud of to be awarded this prestigious grant for the second year and will continue to bring exciting programs to communities across California. “These organizations improve the quality of life by providing rts programming for all ages,” said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council.
Funding for this program comes in part from the sale of Arts License Plates, a specialty plate designed by renowned California artist Wayne Thiebaud with a sunset and palm tree motif. If there were a million Arts License Plates on California roadways, California would have $40 million for the arts.
SEE FEST must raise matching... read more
Ari Bafalouka's APNEA from Greece and Igor Sterk's 9:06 from Slovenia are now available to a wider U.S. audience thanks to our festival's distribution partner Vanguard Cinema. Check the trailers and Vanguard's catalog for other world cinema titles, including more SEE FEST films from south eastern Europe:
ALIVE by Artan Minarolli (Albania); BEHIND THE GLASS by Zrinko Ogresta (Croatia);... read more
Every six weeks the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles invites a young emerging artist to present her/his works. Artist of the month in March through April is Romanian-born Cristian Gheorghiu (aka SMEAR). Opens March 22 @ 8pm.
5820 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 101; @ 8:00 pm walk and tour of exhibition at the Goethe-Institut
"Cristian Gheorghiu's (aka SMEAR) visceral, highly personal style of painting emulates the messy workings of the total-information age, layering forms and images with powerful, slashing brush strokes of rhythmic, unifying... read more
We mourn the loss of a great humanist, translator and distinguished professor of Slavic languages and literatures at UCLA, Michael Henry Heim. One of our best remembered cultural events was the book fair in 2009 with professor Heim in conversation with students from Fairfax High School. He was a friend of SEEFest, and especially enjoyed our documentary programs and film retrospectives. We share with our readers tributes about this modest man from the Center for European and Eurasian Studies, PEN American Center and the Los Angeles Times.