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Slovak Film Institute in Clermont-Ferrand!

Slovak Film Institute in Clermont-Ferrand!

Slovak short films will be presented at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival (Feb 1 – 9, 2019), one of the world’s largest and most prestigious film festival dedicated to short films. Thanks to co-operation with Czech Film Center and Slovenian Film Centre, Slovak Film Institute will attend the Short Film Market (Feb 4 – 7, 2019) for the first time in history under the umbrella of Central European Cinema.

Euro Connection

Euro Connection is the European Short Film Co-production Forum taking place each year at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market. This business platform aims at fostering partnerships between European production companies for short film projects. This year Slovak Film Institute (as a correspondent) teamed up with the Festival and successfully helped them to scout Slovak short to participate at the Forum.

European Jury selected 14 interesting projects and among them also Slovak animated documentary Once there was a sea… directed by Joanna Kożuch and produced by BFILM.

Once there was a sea... is short animated documentary about the Aral Sea. Most of the changes in climate and landscape in the area of the Aral Sea are the outcomes of one of the worst man-made eco-catastrophes in human history. The Aral Sea is dying. The idea of the film Once there was a sea... came to mind of director Joanna Kożuch during her train trips through the region of Middle Asia in 2008 and 2014. The film is inspired by the place on the borders of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and the stories and destinies of the people that she has met when I was exploring the disaster of Aral Sea.

You will meet her friends: Russian one-eyed woman Svetlana Alexejevna, who worked in a cannery, and after closing her factory and fall of the Soviet Union, refused to leave to taiga; Russian Captain from Moynak, who lives in a caravan next to the monument of Aral sea and he's marking actual size of Aral to that monument every year; Sergej from Uzbekistan and his sons who transported me thru the desert storm to the bottom of glittering Aral sea, where we found a former soviet research department for biological weapons; Gulshat from Kazakhstan, the owner of the last hotel in Moynak. These stories will hopefully help us to make better decisions in the future.

Project will be presented by producer Peter Badač and director Joanna Kożuch.

Book of Projects and Producers.


Come and meet us at Central European Cinema Stand No. 21!

Representative of Slovak Film Institute in Clermont Ferrand: Soňa Balážová, sona.balazova@sfu.sk


Newsletter Slovak Short Films.

Catalogue Slovak Films 2018-2019.

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

published: 04.02.2019
updated: 04.02.2019