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Europe's Romani community asked to nominate films for AKE DIKHEA? festival, DEADLINE 15 OCTOBER

3.10.2018 12:07
The first-ever award ceremony for the AKE DIKHEA? Romani Film Festival in 2017. From the left:  Jozef Miker, Klaus Hundsbichler, Galya Stoyanova, Delaine Le Bas, Damian Le Bas, Hamze Bytyçi. (PHOTO: RomaTrial)
The first-ever award ceremony for the AKE DIKHEA? Romani Film Festival in 2017. From the left: Jozef Miker, Klaus Hundsbichler, Galya Stoyanova, Delaine Le Bas, Damian Le Bas, Hamze Bytyçi. (PHOTO: RomaTrial)

From 6 - 10 December 2018 the second annual AKE DIKHEA? Romani Film Festival will take place in Berlin, Germany. Organizers are calling on the public to nominate films that Romani viewers identify with.

Films by both non-Romani and Romani filmmakers can be nominated if their subject matter concerns the lives of Romani people in Europe and a critical reflection about discrimination and the reality of today's societies. The deadline for nominations is Monday, 15 October 2018.

AKE DIKHEA? means "YOU SEE?" in Romanes and is the name of an international festival of Romani film organized by Romani people in Berlin. "The festival presents Berlin, Germany, and all of Europe from the Romani perspective. Which films do we feel represent us, which subjects are important to us, how do we see ourselves, and how do we want to be seen by others? We do not want to wait for others to make room for us to speak with our own voices, rather, we want to create that kind of societal space ourselves and decide about the content and form of the events at this festival," say organizers from RomaTrial e.V. , which calls itself a transcultural organization self-created by both Roma and non-Roma. 

"The AKE DIKHEA? Festival offers a unique selection of films 'from below' - thanks to our broad network of (Romani) filmmakers from all over Europe we are able to discover people, perspectives and subjects that would otherwise remain hidden or would just have a local or national impact. The entire process is very inclusive," says Veronika Patočková of RomaTrial.

"Between 20 September and 15 October we are collecting nominations from Romani communities, organizations, individuals and other stakeholders. In mid-October an international jury will convene in Berlin of non-Romani and Romani film professionals to discuss 50 films, at the most, that will be pre-selected by the Artistic Director of the festival, Hamze Bytyçi. Together they will choose about 10 feature-length or short films that will be presented at the festival. We are accepting films of all genres and all lengths. We are just accepting films made by either non-Romani or Romani filmmakers that reflect on prejudice against Romani people to a greater degree," Patočková says.

Rules for nominating films:

1) Only individuals and organizations that identify as Romani are asked to nominate films.

2) Only films by either non-Romani or Romani filmmakers that reflect on prejudices against Romani people to a greater degree will be accepted.

3) The application form must be completed for each film and the festival is happy to provide support with the process to those who need it.

4) It does not cost anything to nominate a film.

5) It is possible to nominate both feature-length and short films and the festival accepts all genres.

6) It is not possible to nominate films or videos that are available free of charge online.

7) The festival accepts films irrespective of their year of production.

8) Each individual or organization is allowed to nominate a maximum of five feature-length films and 10 short films.

9) If a film is not in English it must have English subtitles, and the festival can aid with translations.

10) The festival does not accept unfinished films - please just nominate completed films that are ready for public screening. It will not be possible to send the festival a new version of the film after the deadline for nominations has expired.

You can nominate films as follows:

FilmFreeWay: https://filmfreeway.com/AkeDikhea

Online form: http://bit.ly/akedikhea2018

Or send an e-mail to info@romatrial.org.

More information is available at roma-filmfestival.com.

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