Rising Star Award certificate for "We Weren't Given Anything for Free"

We Weren't Given Anything for Free is one of the Rising Star Award Winners in the Student Film Competition category at the Canada International Film Festival Vancouver 2014. Thank you very very much! I am very honored and very happy about this! 

However, it won't be screened: these Awards are meant to decorate movies which did not make it amongst the small numberof 21 movies of which the official selection consists. The festival wrote to me "Although your film was not chosen to be screened publicly, our judges felt that your film was among the very best of the several hundreds of films submitted from over 30 countries around the world and deserving of special recognition." So I am very happy about this kind of honoration, even if being screened and being awarded is vice versa this time...

Logo of the Imperfectu Festival 2014, Tijuana, Mexico

We Weren't Given Anything for Free is going to be another time in Mexico. On Tuesday, April 1st at 9pm at the Imperfectu International Film and Gender Studies Festival in Tijuana. This years end there will be a Berlin screening of the festival movies as well. As soon as I got the dates, I will publish them on the movies Facebook page.

On May 20th the movie is going to have its Argentine premiere in Buenos Aires at the festival Libercine - Internacional de Cine sobre Diversidad Sexual y Género, on 2:00 pm at theArtecinema in Buenos Aires. I am very happy about this and I think the Spanish excellent translation from Sarah Mazzenzana and Irene Izquierdo has paid off very fast!

Poster of the 21st Sguardi Altrove Film Festivals Mailan

We Weren't Given Anything for Free will have its long-awaited Italian premiere in Milan, at the 21st Sguardi Altrove Film Festival. On Saturday, March 22nd it will be screened in Spazio Oberdan in Viale Vittorio Veneto 2.

However, its Europe premiere will be slightly earlier in Austria, at the FrauenFilmTage 2014 in Vienna. The movie will be screened Thursday, March 13th at 9pm at the Filmhaus Kino located in the Spittelberggasse 3. At the same time there will be secondy festival screenings on March 12th and 13th at the Programmkino Wels in Upper Austria. The movie screening is sponsored by the Green Women Vienna.

Award ceremony at the Festival Mundial de Cine Extremo San Sebastián de Veracruz

What a way to start! We Weren't Given Anything for Free has won the main prize of the press "Lorenzo Arduengo" at it's world premiere at the Festival Mundial de Cine Extremo "San Sebastián de Veracruz" in Mexiko. The festival "states:

"The jury attributed its decision on one hand to the conclusive insight in the important role patriotic female partisans were playing in World War 2 in Italy, and on the other hand to the unstained cinematical realization of this subject."

Of course I am quite too fastidious with my own concoctions to refer to it with terms like "unstained cinematical realization", but then again one shouldn't object if someone is handing you over a prize. In Germany there is a saying "Einem geschenkten Entsafter schaut man nicht in die Innereien", which means that there are worse things than actually getting a prize...

Program flyer of the Punta del Este Jewish Film Festival 2014

Chaja & Mimi is screened on February 3rd at the Jewish Film Festival Punta del Este in Uruguay and on Feburary 15th at the ViBGYOR Film Festival in Thrissur in India, hte biggest alternative film festival in South Asia - this years focus: gender justice. I am very happy about seeing the movie in its international version of 2013 going down well with the festivals.

Maybe even more enthusiastic I am about the funny names some festivals bestow upon me. In Uruguay I am Eric Essen, an Israeli filmmaker, and for keeping it coherent they also changed the release date and the synopsis. With me is the female Italian filmmaker, whose movie We Weren't Given Anything for Freei just has been screened in Veracruz...