Sponsored by the European Ethnic Broadcasting Association, the cities of Krakow and Przemysl in co-operation with CIRCOM Regional
The videotape documentary, "The Germans from Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie", produced by Prairie Public Broadcasting, Inc. and the North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, copyright 1999, was admitted to the main competition and was a finalist at the festival. There were twenty-six video documentaries selected from twenty-two countries. The Germans from Russia program was the only selection from North America.
Dear friends and colleagues,
I am happy that once again we have the opportunity to meet in Krakow and Przemysl.
Is it possible that during this year's Festival we will be able to say that, to some degree, we have succeeded in realizing the goals we had set before ourselves three years ago?
We planned that given the opportunity to compare various films, in addition to our workshops and seminars, we would enhance and improve our field - multicultural journalism; that our films and programs would become better informed and more attractive, that more people would watch them; and that a wider range of individuals would realize the importance of tolerance and respect for others.
These were and continue to be our dreams even though our world, with its violent ethnic and religious conflicts, repeatedly draws us back to reality.
We have succeeded in fulfilling some of our desires. Many interesting films were submitted to our Festival. Our selection committee qualified only 26 of them, although the remaining ones were of excellent merit and presentation as well.
Thanks to our spectacle, television producers are given the chance to confront and put forth their ideas and demonstrate their professional abilities. Their works depict problems associated with minority issues in a deeper and more impressive light.
This year, we have attained support from the Polish Ministry of Culture; the Batory Foundation; TVP. S.A. Training Center in Warsaw, and especially public Regional Television.
I sincerely hope that thanks to these organizations, in addition to our permanent partners: the European Ethnic Broadcasting Association, CIRCOM Regional, TVP S.A. Program 2 and the cities of Krakow and Przemysl, our meetings will be a great success for all participants-journalists and producers, as well as the public, for whom we have also prepared concerts, in addition to film screenings.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to our third Ethnic TV Festival "At Home."
Waldemar Janda, Festival Director
A Review of the International Ethnic Television Film Festival
The International Ethnic TV Festival Entitled "At Home" stems from a competition among a series of films and programs dedicated to ethnic issues from around the world. Our contest consists of a variety of documentary films and reportages, in addition to which several special cyclic programs and magazines for minority nationalities are also reviewed. Each year, the competition is accompanied by musical concerts, international conferences and debates, and television workshops for journalists within this theme.
The concept behind the Festival is an attempt to portray the role of the media in their attempt to solve problems related to minority issues, to widen spectators' understanding of minority cultures, and to render possible the exchange of experiences and discussion of ethnic themes. The "At Home" series have been regularly broadcast by Polish television for the past seven years. The goals of the series producers, Waldemar Janda and Krzysztof Krzyzanowski, are to break down negative stereotypes, to attempt to ameliorate ancient animosities, and to build a sense of identity and culture.
The name of the Festival, adapted from the Krakwow series, "At Home", emphasizes the fact that minority groups really are at home, and that this reality should not be disputed.
The two cities in which the films will be presented have a significant purpose: Krakow as a cultural center with a long-standing history in the tradition of tolerance; and Przemysl - a city on the borderland where minority issues constantly prevail.
Several films from around the world have been submitted, mostly from Europe, however not exclusively. Other continents were also adequately represented. We have received films from China, India, Papua-New Guinea, New Zealand, and the United States. This year we have also received productions from Mongolia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Mexico, and Singapore.
Over 90 films have been submitted for our third Festival, representing 27 countries. Of these, our selection committee, comprised of outstanding film critics, qualified 26 to the finals. Seven programs were also chosen for the special competition.
An international jury comprised of TV representatives, producers and minorities, will award the following prizes for best works: The Grand Prix "Roots"; 2 main prizes, one for the best documentary and one for the reportage; and an award for the program which best represents minority and ethnic communities, among others.
Awards sponsors include: the president of Polish Television S.A., CIRCOM Regional, the network of Regional TVP S.A. Programs, and the presidents of the cities of Krakow and Przemysl.
Reprinted from the festival publication, Krakow, Poland, October, 1999.