The 64th Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, known as The March Festival, will take place from March 30, to April 2, 2017 in all halls of the Belgrade Youth Center.

Starting from 2017, under the management of the Belgrade Youth Center with a new perspective and with the new artistic director Mr. Boban Jevtić, the Festival switches its focus to domestic film production.

Along with film screenings, this year The March festival is organizing many workshops, consultations and talks for the filmmakers, students and the audience.

One of the special supporting programs of the festival is “Filmske stolice” (“The Movie Chairs”). Every day during the festival from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the lobby in front of the Americana hall, some of the most significant domestic film authors will be available for a brief talk and consultations with anyone who has an idea, short synopsis or a documentary, animated, or experimental film in production and is in need of advice.

An important part of the program will also be “Speed Introduction” – a meeting and a chance to create a network of all domestic festivals and training programs related to documentary and short films in Serbia.

Some of the renowned domestic authors will hold special workshops during The March Festival.

Our documentary filmmaker Mila Turajlić (“Cinema Comunisto”) will give a lecture on the subject of creative uses of archived materials in a documentary, director Boris Mitić (“Pretty Diana”, “Doviđenja, kako ste?”) will talk about documentary film imperatives scenarization. Documentary producer Jovana Nikolić (“Caviar Connection”) will talk about potential sources of financing a documentary. Our most famous animated filmmakers of today Nikola Majdak Jr. i Ana Nedeljković (“Rabbitland”) will hold a special two-day workshop of animated film for children and their parents. Bjorn Špejdel will give a lecture about practical uses for 3D technology in art films and Robert Zuber will talk about the link between independent film productions and public service television. Marija Šavlija will hold a storyboard workshop.

The March Festival will also pay a tribute to two of the most famous documentary filmmakers of our region, Krsto Škanata and Lazar Stojanović who are sadly no longer with us.

6 p.m. - Club
The role of the screenwriter in documentaries, Boris Mitić

Each documentary should be different from all the others, by contents and its form. Its strongest asset is personal, creative dramaturgy. Using examples and practical advice this presentation is focused on the neglected role of the screenwriter in all the phases of a documentary production,even when he is the director as well.
Entrance is free.

He was born in 1977 in Leskovac. He has lived on several continents, he got his degree frommass media, worked for five years for the largest world media until he figured things out and dedicated the rest of his life to creative parenting, creative documentaries and creative football.
His three films, made with no prior education in filmmaking, were screened at over 150 festivals,were awarded 18 times and were broadcasted in over 60 countries.

From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. - The passage in front of the Americana Hall
Film chairs

Some of the most prominent Serbian film authors will be available for a brief talk and consultations with anyone that has an idea, short synopsis or a documentary, animated, experimental film well in the makings and is in need of advice.

Registration will be on the spot, using the first-come-first-served method.

Rabbitland is an imaginary pink world where weird pink rabbits live. Ana and Nikola made a short animated film about them. But the Rabbits need your help now! They want more films to be made about them!
During the workshop, you’ll get the chance to meet the Rabbits, learn the basics of stop motionanimation, make paper and plasticine models and “teach” them how to move. We’ll also make a very short animated film together
The workshop will be held for two days – Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2 from 11 a.m.
Registration for the workshop is MANDATORY, via e-mail The mail subject should be ˮAnimated film workshop for children and parents – Rabbitland“. The registration must include the name and last name of the parent and child, the age of the child and the parents’ phone number. Registrations are open until full capacity for the workshops is reached. Everyone who registers will be informed via e-mail about participating in the workshop and other details.
The number of participants is limited to 12 children, ages 6 to 12 with their parents!

Ana Nedeljković was born in 1978 in Belgrade. She graduated and got a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Belgrade, painting studies. She works on drawings, animated films and educates aboutcontemporary art.

Nikola Majdak Jr. was born in 1972 in Slovenia. He graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, camera studies. In the last 25 years, he’s been active as a cinematographer, animator, director and lecturer.

The first film that they made together, Rabbitland (2013) was screened at over a hundred film festivals worldwide, it won the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale as well as many other awards. They are currently working on their next animated film Neputovanja (The Non-travels)

3D technology is known as a good way to feel the space and to get the spectator into the frame. Stereo3D is an instrument available for everyone to add something to the picture. This lecture will briefly present what can be added to the picture, especially in art and experimental films. The lecture will be held in English.
Entrance is free of charge..

Björn Speidel’s experimental films explore the relationship between image and imaging surface. His recent works deal with questions about the metapanel, offscreen and stereo3D.
Speidel’s films were presented at international festivals, like EXiS2007 Festival in Seoul, the Forum Expanded, Berlinale 2013 or the JIDFF, Jihlava 2016. Björn Speidel programmed the Theme „The Third Image“ during the 61th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2015 and further programs at Belo Horizonte Short Film Festival and International Short film festival Cyprus. He works as Künstlerischer Mitarbeiter (assistant professor) at the Filminstitut, UdK-Berlin and is a member of the film collective LaborBerlin e.V.

Knowing the potential sources of finance for a documentary film can help not only the realization, but the placement of valuable film projects as well. The workshop will focus onimportant financial sources for projects with international potential through cooperation with private and public film funds and broadcast companies throughout Europe. The lecture will be held in English
Entrance is free of charge..

Jovana Nikolić is the head producer at the Belgrade’s Prababa produkcija production company. She was the producer of three documentaries that premiered at IDFA, Pogrebnik (2013), Kavijar konekšn (2008) and Nacionalni park (2006). Her productions are aired on television stations such as Channel 4, ZDF/Arte, Global Voices, SVT, YLE, NRK, Al Jazeera Balkans etc. She provided support from the American ITVS fond, Jan Vrijman Fund (Netherlands), European Cultural Foundation (Netherlands) etc. She works with Films Transit International (Canada). She is the president of the documentary filmmaking and producing association, DokSrbija – Documentary filmmakers of Serbia.

For filmmakers who are interested where the movie pictures of our past are, where to find them, how to licence and use them, a small research guide for film archives with examples of creative ways to use archive footage.
Registration for the workshop is MANDATORY, via e-mail . The subject of the mail should be “Creative uses of archive footage.“.The registration must includethe name, last name, phone number and a short CV of the participant. Everyone who registers will be informed via e-mail about participating in the workshop and other details.

Mila Turajlić is a director of documentaries from Belgrade, whose film Cinema Komunisto after its premier at the IDFA and Tribeca festivals won 16 awards, including the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival 2011, as well as the FOCAL award (world archive federation) for creative use of archive footage. Mila is currently working post-production on her next documentary “Druga Strana Svega” made in co-production with HBO Europe with the support from CNC-Cinémas du monde and EURIMAGES funds. She also holds documentary film workshops at Archidoc and the Balkan Documentary Center.

A documentary under the working title QUANTUM MUSIC follows musicians and physicists, participants of a joint project and unexpected relationships that develop between them. Whileeven doctors of science don’t fully understand quantum physics, a newborn without a conscienceis bound to react to music. The combination of these two worlds leads to surprising results. The musicians’ intuitive approach inspires the physicists to deal with old problems in a new way. Under the surface, this is a story of coninued old and the making of new friendships.
Screening of the scenes, a meet-and-greet with the film participants, a prototype of a quantum instrument and the project itself, Q&A session with the authors of the project and the filmmakers.
Entrance is free of charge.

Participants will learn the basics of drawing, framing and space, form, rythm, contrast and harmony composition in a way that is adapted to their intrests and age. The participant will learn about visual perception, thinking, perception and other important characteristics, often neglected in the prevailing formal digital technological era.

Registration for the workshop is MANDATORY, via e-mail . The subject of the mail should be “Storyboard workshop“. The registration must include the name, last name and age of the participant as well as the phone number of the parent. Registrations are open until full capacity for the workshop is reached. Everyone who registers will be informed via e-mail about participating in the workshop and other details..
The number of participants is limited to 20 participants, ages 13 to 18!

Marija Šavija holds a masters degree in multimedia arts, she is a lecturer at the School of Comics and Illustrations of the Belgrade Cultural Center, she is a founder and lecturer at the Independentschool of multimedia arts in „Svetozar Miletić“ primery school in Zemun, an editor of many exibitions, as well as a production designer and an independent fine art presentor.

Domestic festivals and training programs related to documentary and short live action films in Serbia and Republika Srpska.
Participation by invitation only.

Stereoscopic imaging is very difficult technically and demands a special set of skills. During the workshop, we will ignore these obsticals and show different ways to create spatial imegry with the use of simple gadgets and strategies. The workshop will be in English and having your own camera or computer is necessary.
Registration for the workshop is MANDATORY, via e-mail subject of the mail should be “How to make 3D pictures without professional equipment“. The registration must include the name, last name, phone number and age of the participant, it the required age is 16 and up. Registrations are open until full capacity for the workshop is reached. Everyone who registers will be informed via e-mail about participating in the workshop and other details.
The number of participants is limited to 15 participants!

Bonobostudio is a Zagreb-based production company for making and distributing animated and experimental films. It was founded in 2008 as a hub for creativity and innovation in experimental animation. They love working with talented filmmakers, whether they are just beginners or established artists, they only care for high production and artistic standards in expressing their film visions. They work with many styles and techniques: hand-drawn animation, stop motion, puppet animation, 2D, 3D etc.
Entrance is free of charge.

In the past five years in Croatia, the independent production of documentaries has made someprogress in comparison to the production, co-production and the purchase of titles for HRT. This happened mainly because the new Law on HRT stipulated the precise parentage (minimum 15% of the entire HRT production/income) that comes from independant productions of documentaries in Croatia. With the new regulations, new and completely different competitionrules for helping HRT were set that helped increase transparency and the selection method of titles. It’s effect is the significant increase of documentaries in Croatia.
The experiences of independant production and the legal framework are good examples of potential relations with public broadcasting companies in the region, including Serbia.

Entrance is free of charge.

Robert Zuber was born in Pula in 1976. He’s been working as a journalist and editor in Croatian publications for the last 22 years and he was awarded twice by the Croatian Journalist Society. During the last 8 years he’s mostly been doing journalistic work for Croatian Radiotelevision and investigating social and humanitarian topics mostly through his TV show “Mission”. Through his career, he started filming documentary films. 2008.. he directed his first documentary film, “Na stanici u Puli”, which was the most watched documentary in cinemas that year. His second autobiographical documentary, “An Accidental Son”, shot as a part of UNICEF’s “Every Child Needs A Home” action and received the award Oktavijan for the best documentary of the year on the Days of Croatian Film. His film “Mila Seeks Senida” in 2010.,received an award at Sarajevo Film Festival, in the category of human rights. In 2016., after 3 years of being the Commissioning Editor for the documentary programme on Croatian Radiotelevision, he decided to leave Croatian television and start his own production company – ToroLab.