13th edition of the festival “Asterfest” in Strumica
From 26 to 30 June 2017, Strumica for the 13th time is hosting the traditional International Film Festival “Asterfest”, under the motto “Between the fact and the fiction”. In the five festival days of the program, there will be screened about 40 exclusive short feature films and documentaries in the competitive categories: Animotion, Global Fiction and Star Documents, as well as in the Movie-land, Merry-Diones, Dedications and Oberhausen programs.
The official opening of the festival was held on 26 June in the grand hall of Cultural center “Anton Panov”, where all film screenings will be held during the festival. On the opening night, first honorary prizes was awarded to Jackie Shepherd and Kole Angelovski, followed by projections of the “I Am Sami”, multiple award-winning film by Kae Bahar, Oscar nominee “Joe’s Violin” by Kahane Cooperman, Oscar-winning “Sing” by Kristof Deák, as well as the Oscar nominee film by Andrew Coates and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, “Long Time”.
At the opening of the festival, the Director of the Macedonian Film Agency, Ms. Mimi Gjorgoska Ilievska, welcomed the audience and participants and said: The repertoire of the first festival evening is a true confirmation that for the audience is created inspiring and attractive festival selection, from renowned films and authors. In the past 13 years, “Asterfest” as a film festival dedicated to short films, has fully confirmed its social and above all cultural justification. Namely, this festival emphasizes the true value of the short film form as a specific film language, as a film sublimate of a compact narrative structure, an explosion of aesthetic expressiveness and, above all, a direct and clear message that is unequivocally aimed at the viewer. With the support of “AsterFest”, we want to contribute to even greater affirmation of short film forms, as equivalent relevant film works, in relation to full length films.
The first festival evening continued with the block of six animated and six dance films.
The awards will be decided by an international jury comprised of film authors: Natalja Althauser from Germany, Elena Melloncelli from Italy and Srdjan Fink from the Netherlands.
The festival is supported by the Municipality of Strumica and the Macedonian Film Agency.