The Calvert Journal Film Festival announces the full programme of its 2nd edition
The second edition of The Calvert Journal Film Festival will run from 18-31 October. The 14-day online programme will be an intense journey across Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia through the lens of the region’s independent filmmakers.
The 14-day event will be a journey across Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia through the lens of the region’s independent filmmakers
In detail, the festival will screen 35 films across seven categories: documentary feature, animation film, fiction feature, student film, experimental film, short film, and special screenings. In six of the categories, entries will compete for the prize of best film, awarded by a jury of renowned industry figures.
The special screenings category is an out-of-competition group of special screenings, featuring five more boundary-pushing films. Festival screenings will be open to viewers worldwide, and a special audience prize will also be given to one film from across all categories.
Titles will be available for 48 hours on the festival platform, with tickets for individual films available alongside wider category and festival passes. A special series of articles, interviews, and online events will also run alongside the screenings, to spark new conversation on the region’s challenges, opportunities, and contemporary identity.
This year’s edition will host seven world premieres, including Routes, a feature documentary on migrant’s journeys across the Balkans, Ok Good, a documentary musical on life in Russia’s remote rural areas, All the Dreams We Dream, an animated short on the 1931 famine in Kazakhstan by filmmaker Asel Kadyrkhanova, and The Moon, an experimental film based on an Udmurtian folk tale. The festival also features award-winning black-and-white period drama Nova Lituania, animated Oscar submission My Favourite War, and Rhythms of Lost Time, an ethnographic film hailing from Tajikistan. Among other festival highlights will be Warsaw: A City Divided, a documentary on Warsaw’s Jewish Ghetto in the 40s, award-winning Romanian teenage drama Otto the Barbarian, and Cosmonaut, the animated tale of a retired Soviet astronaut.
Tickets and festival passes can be purchased here:
You can discover the full programme here: