South East Europe is a stretch of land between the West and the East, mixing elements of both in an explosive multi-ethnic melting pot. Meandering through the countries of this turbulent region is the only direct land route between Western Europe and the Middle East. Almost everything is subject of dispute: borders, country names, languages, history; the place is rife with historical claims which have a tendency to confuse outside visitors. Today the fragile landscape of South East Europe is host to many initiatives aimed at creating lasting stability, eventually leading to integration and acceptance into the European Union.
We shall limit ourselves to the pursuit of one tradition that South East Europe gave birth to, that of cessation of all hostilities during the Olympic Games. With that in mind welcome to our film festival, and enjoy the show.
South East European Film Festival educates about and promotes cultural diversity of South East Europe through its annual presentations of films from this region and year-round screenings and programs. SEE FEST organizes conferences and retrospectives, serves as the cultural hub and resource for scholars and filmmakers, and creates opportunities for cultural exchange between Southern California and South East Europe.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Vera Mijojlic President
Jacob Segal Secretary
Douglas P. Wiita
Festival Artistic Director
Director of Programming
Conference Honorary Chair
Editing: Valentina Ganeva
Production: Adam Soch
Motion graphics designer: Kim Tang
Music: courtesy of Zeljko Marasovich
Brochure and Poster Design
Jeff Potts, 20/20 Creative
Social Media Coordinator
Sabra Chili, Molly Mahar, Oana Sabo, Maja Manojlovic, Alex Lykidis, Jeremy Mostovoy, Alice Bardan, Muna Cosic, George Constantin, Jackie Marsh, John Marsh, Riccardo Camera, Alice Schock, Ioana Barbu, Nkoyo Ntekim, Melisa Jusufi, Tony Lucero, Stanley Goldstein, Pom Collins
Special Thanks To
Thomas Blount, Chantal Chauzy, Fareed C. Majari, Drita Kessler, Margit Kleinman, Gail Kligman, Stefan Kloo, Robert Marich, Liana Grancea, Dustin Neiderman, Nada Palikovic, Sonja Perencevic, Jacob Segal, Adam Soch, Robert Spich, Alan M. Strasburg, Bijan Tehrani, Joan and Russell Witte
Advisory Board USA
Ken Aaron, Social Uplift Foundation, Los Angeles/Ilie Ardelean, Romanian American Professionals Network, Los Angeles/Atanas Baker, Los Angeles/Elyas Beria, Washington, D.C./Thomas Blount, Miami/Andrea Capachietti, Humanitarian Aid Consultant and Lecturer, Los Angeles/Carol Contes, Entertainment Attorney, Los Angeles/Jelena Erceg, architect, Los Angeles/Prof. Wayne G. Glass, School of International Relations, USC/Marsha Goodman, Los Angeles/Peter Gross, Mission Critical Systems, Bloomenergy, Sunnyvale/Jordan Elgrably, Levantine Cultural Center, Los Angeles/Drita Kessler, DK Art Publishing, Los Angeles/Prof. Gail Kligman, Center for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA/Stefania Magidson, Blue Heron Foundation, Los Angeles/Mark Ryavec, former Honorary Consul General of Slovenia, Los Angeles/Aldo Shllaku, Composer, Los Angeles/Louis Stern, Louis Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles/Dan Tana, Dan Tana’s Restaurant, Los Angeles/James Ulmer, International Editor, Cinema Without Borders, Los Angeles
Advisory Board EUROPE
Nenad Dukic, Film Critic, Belgrade/Mustafa Kapidzic, Kult B Publishing, Sarajevo/Won Kim, Pas de Dieux, Paris/Dunja Klemenc, Producer, Studio Maj, Ljubljana/Ankica Petrovic, Ethnomusicologist, Split/Eric Raynaud, Screenwriter, Paris