In support of the FSFF blog calling for solidarity for imprisoned filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who has been detained since 1 March, 2010 as part of the crackdown on censorship in Iran since the reelection of President Ahmadinejad.
Jafar Panahi is most notable for his film The Circle which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2000, portraying the lives of women in Iran. International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has recently expressed concern over the physical welfare of Panahi. Iran also currently has the highest number of journalists in prison in the world, for more information visit the Our Society Will Be A Free Society website and sign the petition.
Dear budding filmmakers, guerilla camera-wielders, underground directors and scriptwriters,
We are currently taking submissions for our series of EPIC short film evenings, to be screened at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon. The launch night for the event will be in mid-May, kicking off with a night of short films made by the Go Group in Georgia. You can find more information about the night here, and this page will be regularly updated with more information in the future.
If you have a short film or documentary that you would like to be screened at one of these nights, email us with a short 100 word summary of your film to firstname.lastname@example.org, or a link to your video online and details of any charities/organisations that you are affiliated with.
Please note that submissions MUST fit the subject of freedom of expression or censorship, dealing with issues or events from a unique perspective that is not often acknowledged. As we are a non-profit charity, we cannot offer any payment for the artists, except a platform and opportunity for new filmmakers to screen their film to a large public audience.
In addition, as we would like these events to encourage talk and debate, it would be ideal if the filmmakers were willing to come down and attend the screenings themselves, giving a short talk or hosting a Q&A session afterwards.
If you would like to be updated with further EPIC short film events, please email email@example.com to be added to our mailing list where we will keep you updated with future events as well as other relevant information. Alternatively, you can subscribe to this blog, where we will be regularly updating it with new information about up and coming British and international short films and our events.
The launch night in mid-May for our monthly film series will be a selection of short films made by the Go Group in Georgia. Here is some information about the organisation and the types of films that we will be showing.
THE GO GROUP
GO Group was established in 2009 as a non-governmental organisation by a group of enthusiastic professional journalists and editors. We work mainly in Georgia and the South Caucasus region. Our mission is to facilitate a deeper and more informed dialogue within society and particular within the regions outside the capitals, which lack the leaders to voice local concerns. Journalism is a good tool to accomplish this goal, and it works best when it is enriched by the perspectives of ordinary people, who can offer real practical insights to public debate. We are developing a network of ‘eyewitness’ video and print journalists across the region, together with actively involved ‘resident reporters’ from the general public. These individuals can work together as a ‘rapid reaction force’ to provide information based on local knowledge as an alternative to mainstream reporting.
The GO Group’s key targets are:
- To create greater opportunities for ordinary members of society, including members of minority groups, to respond to new realities and play a more active role in decision-making in the region and beyond;
- To challenge predominant myths and stereotypes by providing information on complex issues and channels for dialogue;
- To help societies afflicted by violence to understand the long-term benefits of a peace-building process;
- To soothe tensions between different communities in the Caucasus, which are often exacerbated by a lack of reliable information.
Our work is based on supporting people to people contacts between communities, including those in regions divided by conflicts, in order to explore common points of understanding on the key problems and issues. We see as important action identification of, and support to, new civil leaders, especially in the regions. We believe that this process will contribute towards the development of good governance more generally, towards greater inclusiveness of regional and minorities voices and towards a more stable and peaceful environment in the region.
For more information please visit their website on www.gogroupmedia.net or their Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/gogroupmedia
Here are a few examples of the short films they have been making
A series of frank interviews with women who have been the victim of bride kidnappings.
Short film about the people who live in the Pankisi Gorge, an area in Northeast Georgia on the border of Chechnya.
EPIC short films are a series of a monthly film nights running in conjunction with English PEN (EP) and Index on Censorship (IC), hosted at the Free Word Centre at 60 Farringdon Road.
At the moment we are currently looking for submissions from independent/student film-makers, producing short films or documentaries with a focus on censorship and freedom of expression, that derives power from it’s subject matter and the risks taken making and or releasing it. Moreover, we are also looking for films that gives new insight into issues or events, showing a perspective not often acknowledged and giving a platform to new voices in filmmaking.
If you are interested please get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org We will be updating this blog in the future with more information about our events and letting you know how you can get involved.