The Festival is organized by the University of Audiovisual Arts ESRA Paris-Skopje-New York and the Foundation Balkanika from Sofia, in partnership with the artistic team of the Parisian Entrepot.
After the inspirational speech of Jordan Plevnes, the Rector of ESRA University and founder of the Festival, as well as an internationally reputed writer living in Paris for two decades, the guests were greeted by one of the most recognizable names of the French cinematography and honorable president of the Festival-Yves Boisset, who said that through this fifty fiction, short, documentaries and animated films, each spring Paris shall feel the new energy of the rebuilding of the cultural bridges among the SEE countries. This will also rediscover the explosive esthetic beauty of the rich civilization spirit of the Balkan Peninsula as a part of Europe.
The President of the Balkanika Foundation read the letter of the Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, who has said that this contribution of spiritual reunion of the Balkan countries in the Common European Home is one historical move.
The honored guest of this year’s Festival in Paris is “Montenegro Film Festival” from Herceg Novi which is celebrating its’ 25th anniversary this year. Also, the homage for Miki Manojlovic and the European and world peaks that his acting career has reached through the deep connection with all Balkan countries, were saluted with extraordinary applause.
The international jury grading these artistic realizations at the Festival is lead by Max Azouley president of ESRA Gruop, followed by Erick Nolo one of the most popular TV journalists in France, Yves Alion the editor in chief of the Film magazine “Avant Scene du Cinema”, Pierre Nicolas Combe the artistic director of the Entrepot and Bulent Kucukerdogan PhD, the professor of the Istanbul Kultur University, Department of Audiovisual Arts.
The Festival of SEE Cinema was officially opened by Mrs. Dragica Milic, the vice Minister of Culture of Montenegro, which is the main supporter of this manifestation.
The first two films “Trials, tribulations and sustainable growth of a cock” by Vladimir Perovic from Montenegro and “The Crossing” by the Turkish director Semir Demirdelen, were greeted with great impressions from the Parisian audience.
The overture of the SEE a Paris Festival was a literature night called “SEE a Paris, Paris a SEE” with readings from the leading French and Balkan writers, along with the glorifying of the 50th anniversary of the Struga Poetry nights. The literature night was enriched by Francis Combe, Maram Al Masri, Hugh La Brusse, the President of the Balkanika Foundation Nikolai Stoyanov and Mateja Bizyak Petite from Slovenia. Along with them, there were poetry readings by Laura Kambu, Luan Rama and Gill Junard, dedicated to the great Balkan painter who lives and works in Paris, Omer Kaleshi.
On the 15th of April there will be a concert of the music miracle-maker from Macedonia, Zoran Madzirov in the ESRA amphitheatre near the Eiffel Tower.
The Festival will end on the 17th of April with the award giving ceremony.