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    Women directors sweep Film O’Clock IFF awards

    On Sunday, March, 6th, the second edition of the Film O’Clock International Festival ended with the awards ceremony for its short film competition. The Jury Prize went to Carina Gabriela Dașoveanu for the short film Love Stories on the Move, while the Audience Award went to Nexting by Karina Logothetis.

    The 12 titles were selected from nearly 100 entries by the festival’s curatorial board, which included Mirona Radu (director, Film O’Clock International Festival director, Romania), Andrew Mohsen (film critic, director of the artistic office of Cairo International Film Festival) and Dian Weys (writer and director, South Africa).

    The jury members were Vassilis Vafeas (director, Greece), Ada Solomon (producer, Romania), Ludi Kraus (exhibitor, South Africa) and Tharaa Goubail (actress, Egypt).

    Convinced equally by the technical and artistic quality of the productions in competition, the jury decided to award three special honorary mentions to:

    • Bella by Thelyia Petraki, 24 min, hybrid, Greece, 2020
    • Once Upon a Time in the Café by Noha Adel, 16 min, fiction, Egypt, 2021
    • Five Tiger by Nomawonga Khumalo, 11 min, fiction, South Africa, 2020

    In addition to the screenings and Q&A sessions, there were also two online panels on heritage and opportunities for collaboration between festivals in the countries on the 25 degrees East longitude meridian, as well as an in-depth masterclass on Cineuropa’s film journalism by Davide Abbatesciani. Attended by over 50 film professionals, Abbatesciani’s masterclass discussed his own personal journey to film criticism, as well as the all-important topic of turning your passion into a sustainable career, and what makes for a «good film» critic in its current landscape.

    The festival took place during the 1st and 6th of March, simultaneously in selected cinemas and cultural centres in countries on the 25 degrees East longitude meridian: Lithuania (Cinema Skalvija, Vilnius), Romania (Cinema Muzeul Taranului, Bucharest), Bulgaria (Dom na kinoto, Sofia), Greece (Studio new star art cinema, Athens), Egypt (AUC-Tahrir Cultural Center, Cairo) and South Africa (Cinema Labia, Cape Town).

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