Five female directors triumph at this year’s Film O’Clock International Festival

– Gabriela Dasoveanu Moving love stories won the Jury Prize, while Karina Logothetis following received the audience award

Festival director Mirona Radu at the Film O’Clock International Festival awards ceremony

On Sunday March 6, the second edition of the O’Clock International Film Festival closed with the awards ceremony for the short film competition.

The festival was held simultaneously from March 1 to 6 in selected cinemas and cultural centers in countries located on the 25and meridian east: Lithuania (Cinema SkalvijaVilnius), Romania (Cinema Muzeul ȚăranuluiBucharest), Bulgaria (Dom na kinotoSofia), Greece (Studio New Star Art CinemaAthens), Egypt (AUC-Tahrir Cultural CenterCairo) and South Africa (cinema lipsThe cap).

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The 12 titles were selected from nearly 100 submissions by the festival’s curatorial committee, which included Mirona Radu (filmmaker and director of the International Film O’Clock Festival, Romania), Andrew Mohsen (film critic and director of Cairo International Film Festival art office) and Diane Weys (a screenwriter and director from South Africa).

The members of the jury were the Greek director Vassilis VafeasRomanian producer Adam SolomonSouth African exhibitor Ludi Kraus and Egyptian actress Tharaa Goubail.

The Jury Prize, awarded by DACIN SARA and consisting of a cash prize of €600, was awarded to Carina Gabriela Daşoveanu for his short Moving love stories (Romania). The jury defined Dașoveanu’s effort as “a very original, intense and concise film, which is not only very well done, with a terrific performance, but also reminiscent of Caragiale in terms of script”.

“I always wanted to be an actress, but I was afraid that people would see me and judge me, so I decided to be the person behind the camera. But then I realized that being a film director is just as scary because people look inside of you like that’s what they see on the big screen It’s the best feeling people can see what’s inside of you me, and they decided they like what they see. And that’s an honor for me,” Dașoveanu added.

The Audience Award, donated by UPFAR ARGOA and worth €800, went to the producer of following by Karina Logothetis (Greece/United States), presented as “a parable on the tenuous bond of relationships in the digital age”, and acclaimed by most viewers in the six participating countries.

The screenings of short films were followed by screenings of classic art films from the six participating countries and online discussions with special guests, such as the famous Greek filmmaker Pantélis VoulgarisEgyptian documentary filmmaker Tahani Rached and director of photography-director Nicolae Margineanu.

In addition to screenings and question-and-answer sessions, the O’Clock International Film Festival organized two online panels on heritage (see the news) and opportunities for collaboration between festivals based in the countries of the 25and meridian east, as well as a masterclass in film journalism.

The festival is an annual, competitive and non-specialized event, and its second edition was organized and produced by Creatrix Fama and the ABI Foundation. The rally was supported by DACIN SARA, UCIN and UPFAR ARGOA.

Here is the full list of this year’s winners:

Jury Prize DACIN SARA
Moving love stories – Gabriela Dașoveanu (Romania)

UPFAR ARGOA Audience Award
following – Karina Logothetis (Greece/USA)

Special Mentions
bella – Thelyia Petraki (Greece)
Once upon a time in the cafe – Noha Adel (Egypt)
Five Tiger – Nomawonga Khumalo (South Africa)

Darcy J. Skinner