10-13. October 2019
“Any form of art is a form of power; it has an impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move. ”
– Ossie Davis
After reviewing hundreds of films from all of the continents, the selection team of the MikroFAF Festival has selected 67 films to be screened in the competition program during the four days of the festival’s tenth edition.
The competition categories are: do-it-yourself film, independent film, junior film and, special category: POWER FILM. This category is here to remind us of perseverance in the face of difficult challenges, the power of the art, the power of the individual, and the power of the community focused on their mission. Of course, power can be misused, threatening, dangerous. Films that reflect any of these aspects of power in an original way will compete for the Mikropolis Award in this category.
Since this is the tenth edition of the MikroFAF Festival, our POWER is that we have persevered in our intention to promote independent creativity, limited creativity, young authors, and current film and social phenomena. We have accumulated this strength and power over the years thanks to valuable authors, guests, friends and loyal audience.
On this behalf, this year we will gather for four days at Museum of Yugoslav Film Archive, October 10-13. You will have the opportunity to view the competition program, as well as to attend the numerous side content of the festival.
Jury of the 10th MikroFAF
Sasa Radojevic is a screenwriter and director from Belgrade. Screenwriter of short films by Goran Gajic (“In a Whirlwind of Passion” and “The Seventh Day”) and by Dinko Tucakovic (“Letter”, 1997). He is the author of several books on film in which he mostly reflects on American cinematography. He was an assistant director on Teo Angelopulos’s “Odyssey’s view?”. Co-writer of feature films by Milutin Petrovic “Land of Truth, Love & Freedom” and “South by Southeast”. Director and screenwriter of “Kisses” (2004), “Narcissus and Echo” (2011), “Marked” (2015), “Family” (2015) and “Alexander” (2019), as well as screenwriter of “Doctor Ray and the Devils” (2012), “State” (2013) and “The Loop “(2014). He has published movie reviews in the daily and weekly newspaper.
Saman Hosseinpour was born in 1993 in Sakez, a Kurdish part of western Iran. He started appearing in plays as an actor at the age of 14, and has been making film since 2008. He has studied graphic design and film, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in film studies in Iran. He has directed and written seven short films that have been listed in over 500 international selections and have won over 40 awards. He has participated in over 30 film projects as a screenwriter, editor, cinematographer, director and assistant director. His film “The Last Embrace” screened at the 9th MikroFAF Festival 2018. Saman writes short stories in parallel and volunteers for journalism. Shortly before joining the 10th MikroFAF Festival, he participated as a jury with our neighbors at the Kosice Festival (Slovakia): 25th Golden Beggar International film Festival.
Visual artist – set designer, born on May 1, 1981 in Belgrade.
He graduated in 2005 in film and theater design from the Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Belgrade. From 2006 to 2018 he taught at the Faculty of Arts and Design, and from 2018 he is an associate professor at the Faculty of Contemporary Arts.
In addition to scenery, Stevan creates visual concepts for films, illustrates movie posters, draws and paints. He has a large number of solo exhibitions (UK Parobrod, Štab, Museum of Yugoslav Film Archive, Polet …) Worked on a number of film projects. He is also engaged in the creation of short film forms for festivals in the former Yugoslavia, from idea through directing, camera, editing and sound editing. He is one of the members of the organizing team of the Serbian Fantastic Film Festival. He is the creator of the festival’s visual identity as well as the festival’s awards itself – KOSKAR aka OSKULL.
Junior Film Jury
Jelena is 19 years old and graduated from Svetozar Markovic High School in Novi Sad. She has been involved with her films at the MikroFAF Festival since her primary school days, and for two years in a row has been the recipient of the Best Home-Made Film Award (2017 and 2018). The only way to stop her from bringing the Mikropolis statue home this year was to invite her to the jury. In her spare time, Jelena has been making short films, photography, playing guitar, and more recently, making music.
Aleksandar Gubas is a middle-aged man who has been working with children and young people for three decades, which is why he has difficulty growing up. In addition to being one of the founders and veterans of the Low-fi video movement, the author of numerous documentaries and low-budget films, Gubas also runs a blog called “Knjigoskop”, dedicated to literature for children and young people. This year, his first SF novel for teens “Gaiba” was published. In late summer of 2019, this versatile creator launched “The Boiling Point”, a weekly podcast about protests in Serbia.
Selectors of the competition program
Filip Cetkovic – a lover of genre film, program editor of the cinema “Mala Sloboda”, leader of MKC Kombinat
Galina Maksimovic – playwright, co-founder and president of the Zrenjanin Cinema Club, activist and occasional film critic.
Antun Gverovic – designer, cinephile, Jeti in the band Skier and Jeti
Ivana Djordjevic – art historian, art lover, curator
Marija Rodic – film director, head of Satibara, festival director, founder of the inclusive film club My Close-up
10th MikroFAF: Power Edition
Benches, Boris Obrenovic, 06:06, Serbia, 2019
Fly, fly … confetti!, Lazar Backonja, 01:30, Serbia, 2019
Boxer, Damjan Petrovic, 06:38, Serbia, 2019
On the other side of the camera, Luka Borozan, 07:47, Serbia, 2019
The ambition of Zarko Trkelj, Bijelic Matija, 06:41, Serbia, 2018
Under The Blade, Javid Farahani, 14:51, Iran, 2019
50 push-ups, Pavle Mijanovic, 07:17, Serbia, 2019
The Cart and the Fox Witch, Melissa Lavabre, 01:21, France, 2018
Heroine from the hood: Dragana Djapic, BeFem, 06:44, Serbia, 2019
1.9E377, Gabriela Ilijeska, 08:00, USA, 2019
Obstruction, Nikola Savko, 08:31, Serbia, 2019
Slap inc., Stevan Stanchevic, 05:59, Serbia, 2019
Bookanima: Dance, Shon Kim, 07:31, Korea, 2018
Black Forecast, FFVAL – Group work, 02:35, Croatia, 2019
Parting, Mina Petrovic, 14:00, Serbia, 2018
The Searcher, Bojan Josic, 03:21, Serbia, 2019
I Hate The Sun, Fabris Shulin, 07:20, Slovenia, 2019
Nomophobia, Ado Hasanovic, 14:25, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2018
Sometimes it’s easier to kill somebody else, E. Ruzic, L. Eterovic, 07:18, Croatia, 2019
Impasse #2, Filip Markovinovic, 01:00, Serbia, 2019
God, Me and Audience, Nazmi Egemen Aydoğan, 04:39, Turkey
Evening of Poetry, Sasha Brkic, 11:05, Serbia, 2019
New Era, Yasha Levin, Igor Martynov, 03:09, Russia, 2019
A Net To Catch the Light, Erin Espelie, 08:00, USA, 2016
Paris-Saint-Lazare Station, 10 April 2017, 12h03-12h07, Pablo-Martín Córdoba, 04:26, France, 2017
The Piano Teacher, Ryan W. Daniels, 03:55, Sri Lanka, 2019
First Kiss, Stanko Gagrchin, 07:00, Serbia, 2018
Mthunzi, Tebogo Malebogo, 08:35, South Africa, 2019
The American Bull, Fatemeh Tousi, 14:30, Iran, 2018
Between Two Enemies, Marko Crnogorski, 11:02, Macedonia, 2019
Chickens, Bryian Keith Montgomery Jr, 12:24, USA, 2018
Pulezans, Bozidar Sekulic, 06:42, Croatia, 2018
Flying Fishes, Mohammad Towrivarian, 14:38, Iran, 2018
Not Acceptable, Saman Haghighivand, 01:59, Iran, 2017
Only … some nonsense, Lazar Bachkonja, 02:02, Serbia, 2019
The Man Who Could Fly, Jaroslav Klimesh, 10:10, Czech Republic, 2018
Comfortable Position, DRF Children Animation Studio, 04:12, Uzbekistan, 2019
Before Darkness, Mosayeb Hanaie, 14:30, Iran, 2019
Fur, ZVVIKS – Group work, 02:59, Slovenia, 2018
Selfie, ZVVIKS – Group work, 05:06, Slovenia, 2018
Colourless, Rob Terrestrial, 03:14, United Kingdom, 2019
Phoet – Symmetry Breaking, Ezra Capogna, 05:15, Italy, 2019
Unmasked, Sophia Quigley, 03:30, USA, 2019
Crowded, Nathania Rubin, 06:02, Netherlands, 2019
Blue Peter, Marko Shantic, 14:28, Croatia, 2017
Ballad of pipe and necklace, Martin Babic, 12:00, Croatia, 2018
Milk Dream, Peng Xue, 09:51, China, 2019
Sorry, Alistair Nicholls, 01:00, United Kingdom, 2018
Dream of a Dream of Love, Novak Antonijevic, 11:35, Serbia
Birthday Party, Amir Salimkhani, 05:51, Iran, 2019
Lucky Luke, Dagomir Kaszlikowski, 03:15, Singapore, 2019
Mishko, Hanis Bagashov, 15:00, Macedonia, 2018
The Unusual Bath of Mister Otmar, Niko Radas, 14:53, Croatia, 2019
Animal, Bahram Ark, Bahman Ark, 15:00, Iran, 2017
Between the Cuts, Dushan Brkovic, 10:00, Serbia, 2018
The Place of Happiness, Aliosha Massine, 15:00, Italy, 2019
Breedery, Neven Lipovac, 10:15, Serbia, 2019
Embraces & the touch of skin, Sara Koppel, 02:42, Denmark, 2019
The Female Worker, Julia Wycisk, 15:00, Germany, 2019
Sundarban – The Hopeless Story, Raja Dey, 12:38, India, 2019
The Noisy Silence, Agostino Fontana, 14:00, Italy, 2019
Soma, Sandra Jovanovska, 09:05, Slovenia, 2019
Franka, Hrvoje Wachter, 05:46, Croatia,2019
The Driver, Rob Terrestrial, 04:20, United Kingdom, 2019
Hanged, Roqiye Tavakoli, 12:55, Iran, 2019
Gorgonyan, The Slime Channel, 05:51, Germany, 2019
The Animator, Trent Shy, 01:19, USA, 2019
The festival is organized by the Satibara Association from Belgrade, which is also celebrating its tenth birthday this year, with support from The Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.