“One editor finds it easier to manipulate images and sound rather than with words. I remember my stay in Macedonia, the welcome, the work, the meeting and the cooperation with exceptional people (I mean Vlado Cvetanovski, Jordan Plevnes and others). This recognition that I bestowed today makes me very happy and revives these feelings” – Mr. Jacques Witta said for the award.
Jacques Witta is a French editor who started working as editor of feature films in the late 50s. He has edited more than 60 feature films and worked with important French film directors like Claude Berri and Jean Becker, but is most known for his collaboration with Krzysztof Kieslowski, which began with “The Double Life of Veronique” and continued with “Three Colors: Blue” and “Three colors: Red”. Jacques Witta won the Caesar Award for editing twice: in 1984 for “One Deadly Summer” and in 1994, “Three Colors: Blue”. Witta also edited “I Am from Titov Veles” by director Teona Strugar-Mitevska, produced in 2007.
Schedule of screenings:
Wednesday, 7th December.
19 h. – Screening of “Pseudonym”, directed by Thierry Sebban (France, Thriller 1 hr. 14 min.)
21.30. – Screening of “Pretenders” by Vallo Toomla (Estonia / Lithuania / Latvia, psychological thriller, 1hr. 42 min.)
Thursday, 8th December.
17.30. – Block short European films selected from more than 600 films received the call for short film “Mobile Festival” (“Carols” by Thanos Psichogios, “Single to London” by Kim Bates, “The Reaper” by Mordue Pictures, “Gloomy Boy” by Reshan Fernando, “The Midnight Shift” by Andreas Kyriacou, “Tranquility of blood” by Senad Sahmanovic, “20 Kicks” by Dimitar Dimitrov and “The lion’s mouth” by Alfonso García lópez)
19 h. – Screening of “Clean Hands” directed by Tjebo Penning (Netherlands, 1h. 48 min.)
21 h. – Screening of “Go Home” directed by Jihane Chouaib (France, Switzerland / Belgium / Lebanon 1 hr. 38 min.)
“Mobile Film Festival” began as the first international festival of films shot on mobile phone in Macedonia. In the past seven years, with each edition the festival tries to catch up with the time and technology. The program “Cinematic” is related to the mission of the festival.
The program “Cinematic” includes four screenings of feature films in collaboration with the “Eye on Films” from France, the platform to support the first and second feature films by directors. Within this program the Association of Film Producers of Macedonia will award a recognition for best film. Two films will be shown in the two days, in the ‘pocket’ theater in the Youth Cultural Center starting from 7 pm and 9:30 pm.
The program begins on Wednesday at 19 pm with a screening of “Pseudonym”. Special guest is the director Thierry Sebban, who after the screening will answer questions from the audience. Admission is free.
Association of Film Professionals of Macedonia, in cooperation with “Mobile Festival” will grant Lifetime Achievement Award of the cult French editor Jacques Witta. The award was presented on Tuesday in Paris.
Film about the pollution Why? By Murat Zherka wins Ratka Ilievska-Lale Award
Three-member jury selected the best authors in five categories. The jury was composed of Vanco Mirakovski, editor, Damjana Ivanovska, filmologist at the Cinematheque of Macedonia and Srebra Gjorgjijevska, journalist. All the participants received certificates of appreciation.
The festival was held with the support of the Macedonian Film Agency, City of Skopje, MEPSO, Cinematheque of Macedonia, Youth Cultural Centre. Also, a deep gratitude to our partners – The Mobile Innovation Network Australasia [MINA] and the creening director and curator Max Schleser and the
International Mobile Film Festival San Diego and the founder & CEO Susan Botello. Two workshops for stop-motion were held within the 7th edition, one for children in cooperation with the festival “Cinedays” and the other in collaboration with the High school “Josip Broz Tito”. Also there were two screenings of children’s films in the Cinematheque of Macedonia, from German and Dutch production.
Here is the list of awarded films:
1. The award for best film “Ratka Ilievska- Lale,” which consists of a scholarship awarded by the University of Audiovisual Arts ESRA Skopje went for the film
Why? – Directed by Murat Zherka
WHY? is the question that this film propounds, and which with its social commitment successfully offers the viewer the response. The film successfully presents the problem of pollution, especially topical today, and offers a successful display of the innocence of children and the approach of the danger that lurks in the teddy bear wearing a gas mask.
Link to film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSmEG3ndwVs
2.Award for best film in the domestic programme “Young talents” went to
„Recursion“ – directed by Anastasija Tochevska
„Recursion“ is an intensely mystical-philosophical thinking of the self existence. In the form of question and answer, the young man lost in the woods gets “knowledge” for himself, his existence. The author successfully guides the story in a mystical setting and it gives the “knowledge” to the audience only given to selected people.
3. Award for most inventive film
Sonar– a group of artists from the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany
Gloomy, inventive and original film
4. Award for most original story
One, Two, Monologues – directed by Blerina Goce from Albania
The socially engaged documentary approach of the author truly represents the misery in which live a lot of marginalized families in Tirana
5. Award for best idea
“Bubbles do not Lie”- directed by Stepan Etrych, Czech Republic
Excellent comedy with a good idea and a successful rate of representation of comic elements will not leave the audience indifferent.
Date: 26 November
Location: Cinematheque of Macedonia
1. Assemblage of the stop motion videos made during the two workshops held within Mobile Festival
2. Why? By Murat Zherka
3. Recursion by Anastasija Tochevska
4. Mask by Marija Kekenovska
5. Happiness is Free by Zlatko Dojcinov
6. The Best Zocko Transformation by Zoki Atanasovski
7. One, Two Monologues by Blerina Goce, Albania
8. The Retarded Child by Dimitar Dimitrov, Bulgaria
9. Island Contrast by The Drone Master, Island
10. Bubbles Don`t Lie by Stepan Etrych, Chech Republic
11. Walking Johnnie by Johnnie Semerad, USA
12. Sonar by a group of artists from the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany
Location: Youth Cultural Center
Location: Josip Broz Tito High School
The Call for entries for the VII International Festival of Films Shoot with Mobile Phone – Mobile Festival 2016 its officially open. The festival will take place November 15-26, 2016 in Skopje. All films made with a mobile phone that haven`t not previously submitted to the Mobile Festival and are no longer than 10 minutes can apply. The deadline for applications is November 20, 2016. Films that will arrive after the deadline will enter the competition for next year edition. You can submit your film on this email firstname.lastname@example.org.The selected films will enter the competition for the following awards:-Award for Best Film “Ratka Ilievska- Lale”
-Award for Most Inventive Film
-Award for Most Original Story
-Award for Best Idea
-Award for Best film in the national program Young TalentsThe production and distribution company KT Film & Media is organizing the festival with the support from the Macedonian Film Agency, the City of Skopje and MEPSO AD-Skopje.
The jury of the 6th edition of the International Festival of films shot with a mobile phone “Mobile Festival 2015”, consist of: Valentino Skenderovski, music producer and professor at ESRA, Besfort Imami -cinematographer and Igor Angelov – actor , have decided to give the Award for Best Film “Ratka Ilievska-Lale” to the film ‘’ Extinct world’’by Borislav Stankov from Bulgaria.
Award for the Most Innovative Film went to ” O FILM O COMECO” by Bruno Pere (Brazil), the Most original story award went to ” CIAO BELLA” by Peter Vadocz (Italija) , the award for best idea was given to ”Born in 2015” by Brice Manneau (Francija)
In the Young Talents program, the award for best film went to ‘’ Breathe deeply’’ by group of authors fro, SUGS’’Josip Broz-Tito’’, and in the same program, for Best Music in film was awarded ‘’ Light Bulb ‘’ by Ivica Shiranovic.Like every year as a part of our collaboration programe, we project films from our partner festivals. Big thanks to Susy Botello director of Mobil Film Festival in San Diego, USA, Max Schleser – Director of International Mobile Innovation Screening (MINA), New Zeland, David Cornado Bahamontes director of CINEPHONE, Barcelona, Spain, Abid Beli Co Founder of Pocket Cinema Festival in Pakistan and many other partner festivals.
MOBILE FESTIVAL 2015 : OPEN CALLL FOR SUBMISSIONVI International Festival of Films Shoot With Mobile Phone – Mobil Festival 2015 announced its call for submissions officially open. The festival, will take place November 25-29, 2015 in Skopje. The right to apply have all films made with a mobile phone and has not been previously submitted to the Mobile Festival. The length of the recorded material may not be longer than 10 minutes. The competition includes all films submitted by the deadline for applications, which is November 20, 2015. Films that will arrive after the deadline will enter the competition for next year edition. You can submit your film trough this link
Act on Climate Change – Mobile Film Festival 2015 : CALL FOR FILMS 1
For its first international edition, the Mobile Film Festival announces partnership with United Nations focus on the Climate Change topic. This 11th edition will be held in Paris, France in December 2015 to coincide with the Climate Change Conference.
For this special edition, films submitted to the Festival must deal with the global topic “Act on Climate Change”. Filmmakers from around the world can make submissions in their native language. Films must be uploaded directly on the Mobile Film Festival website and subtitled in their original version. Thanks to our partner Dotsub, directors will be able subtitle their films in any other languages they want.
Deadline for submission is September 28, 2015. For more information, including the rules of entry and to upload films go to www.mobilefilmfestival.com.
Since its inception, the Mobile Film Festival has persistently aimed to discover, support and assist directors following one simple rule: 1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film. A total of 100 films will be selected in competition. BNP Paribas will grant 30.000 € to the Grand Prix. This grant will be dedicated to the production of a film within a year. BNP Paribas Grant and all other prizes – Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best French Film – will be awarded by a jury of international filmmakers on December 7, 2015 in Paris with special guests in attendance.
Competition for registering films for the 6th edition of “Mobile Festival” ended on 20 Noemvri. The jury consist of : Valentino Skenderovski, music producer and professor at ESRA, Besfort Imami :cinematographer and Igor Angelov – actor ,will choose the best films in the following categories:
- Best Film “Ratka Ilievska-Lale”
- Most Innovative Film
- Most original story
- The best idea
- The best film in the Young Talents program
- Best Music in film in the Young Talents program
Prizes will be awarded at the closing ceremony which will be held at MKC, cinema Frosina, on 26 November at 20 am.