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The activities of SIGNIS in the field of cinema follow those developed by OCIC, the International Catholic Organization for Cinema. OCIC was created in 1928 to co-ordinate the work of Catholics active in the cinema world. The organization built a strong tradition of writing and publishing on film which included reviewing, critique, commentary and evaluation and consumer information that is still very much alive today, in print, on radio and television and on websites and social media. With film journalism and criticism SIGNIS is also integrating the field of cinema into media education.

Many SIGNIS members have published books and theses on academic themes, pastoral activities through cinema and histories of local and national film cultures. Through its dialogue with the broad world of cinema, SIGNIS is a bridge between the Catholic Church and the professionals, making the presence of the Church in the cinema world more credible.

In 1947, OCIC broadened its activities by participating in international juries at film festivals.

Today, SIGNIS organizes SIGNIS, Ecumenical and Interfaith juries in more than 30 film festivals around the world, from the best-known, including Cannes, Berlin, and Venice, to more specialised festivals, including Mar del Plata, Zanzibar, Hong Kong, Fajr (Tehran) and Brisbane. Through this work it offers its members different professional opportunities. It also means that through these festival activities the organization can offer a space of continuous dialogue with Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, Jews, Hindus, Muslims and members of other religions.

As SIGNIS defends cultural diversity in the media, it is aware of the importance of promoting the cinema and audiovisual productions of those countries or those minorities who are absent or almost unseen in the global media world. It also wants to help give a face to the faceless, to the creativity and to the stories of those who are invisible.

Since the 1990s, Cinema, television, video and digital media have become parts of one interconnected technological and distribution system. SIGNIS cinema activities, therefore, necessarily overlap with its policies in relation to TV and video production as well as the internet and digital social media.

By its presence in the professional cinema world, through international seminars and conferences, the organization of post production competitions for Latin American films, assistance in production, distribution of films through its network of television producers and distributors and conservation of the film heritage, SIGNIS contributes in a concrete way to the development of a cinema aimed towards human and spiritual values.

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Awards

SIGNIS gives SIGNIS, Ecumenical and Interfaith Awards in more than 30 film festivals around the world, from the best-known, including Cannes, Berlin, and Venice, to more specialised festivals, including Mar del Plata, Zanzibar, Hong Kong, Fajr (Tehran) and Brisbane.   Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis  Edition:41 Dates: 20-26 January 2020 Venue: Saarbrucken, Germany Web: www.max-ophuls-preis.de/ Ecumenical Prize, 4 members: 2 SIGNIS, 2 InterFilm The Festival offers travel and hotel from Europe to 3 members (the other is local)   Berlinale Edition: 70 Dates: 20 February – 1 March 2020 Venue: Berlin, Germany Ecumenical Prize, 6 members: 3 SIGNIS 3 InterFilm The Festival only offers accommodation Web: www.berlinale.de   Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Ouagadougou Edition: 26 Dates: February 2021(every 2 years) Venue: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso SIGNIS Jury, 5 members The jury members have to pay for the travel and SIGNIS Burkina Faso offers accommodation Web : www.fespaco.bf   Festival International Film de Fribourg  Edition: 34 Dates: 20-28 March 2020 Venue: Fribourg, Switzerland Ecumenical Prize 4 members 2 SIGNIS (1 local) 2 InterFilm The Festival only offers accommodation; it's best to speak French. Web: www.fiff.ch Contact: via Charles Martig SIGNIS Switzerland   Rencontres Cinémas d’Amérique Latine Edition: 32 Dates: 20-29 March 2020 Venue: Toulouse, France SIGNIS Jury, 3 membres (1 local)) The Festival offers accommodation and meals Web: www.cinelatino.fr French or Spanish required   Festival du Cinéma d’Afrique, d’Asie et d’Amérique Latine Edition: 30 Dates: 21-29 March 2020 Venue: Milano, Italy Jury SIGNIS, 4 membres The Festival only offers meals, so the jury members are mainly locals... Web: www.festivalcinemaafricano.org   Farj International Film Festival Edition: 30 Dates: April 2020 Venue: Tehran, Iran Inter-religious Jury, 3 members 1 local and 2 SIGNIS The Festival pays for everything (travel from Europe) but due to the political situation, no US, Canada or UK citizens and women have to wear a scarf. Web: www.fajriff.com   BAFICI Festival international de cinéma indépendant Edition: 21 Dates: 3-14 April 2019 Venue: Buenos Aires, Argentina SIGNIS jury, 3 members The Festival doesn't offer anything and the international members are hosted by SIGNIS Argentina. Web: www.festivales.buenosaires.gob.ar/es/bafici   Visions du Réel Festival International du Cinéma Edition: 51 Dates: 24 April-2 May 2020 Venue: Nyon, Switzerland Interreligious jury, 4 members (1 SIGNIS, 1 Inter-Film, 1 Muslim, 1 Jewish) The Festival offers accommodation. Contact: Charles Martig Web: www.visionsdureel.ch   International Short Film Festival Oberhausen Edition: 66 Dates: 13-18 May 2020 Venue: Oberhausen, Germany Ecumenical Jury, 4 members (2 SIGNIS, 2 InterFilm) The Festival only offers accommodation Web: www.kurzfilmtage.de German is strongly recommended   International film Festival Washington DC Edition: 34 Dates: Spring 2020 Lieu: Washington DC, Etats-Unis SIGNIS Jury, 3 members Accommodation by local members. Web: http://www.filmfestdc.org Contact: Frank Frost   Festival International du Film de Cannes Edition: 73 Dates: 12-23 May 2020 Venue: Cannes, France Ecumenical Prize, 6 members: 3 SIGNIS, 3 Inter-Film The Festival gives nothing, SIGNIS World pays accommodation for the 2 international jury members (SIGNIS France pays for the French member) Web: www.festival-cannes.org   Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival Edition: 49 Dates: 30 May-7 June 2020 Venue: Kiev, Ukraine Ecumenical Jury, 3 members The Festival pays for travel and accommodation when the political situation allows it. Web: www.molodist.com   International Film Festival for Children and Adolescents Edition: 60 Dates: 29 May-6 June 2020 Venue: Zlin, Czech Republic Ecumenical Jury, 3 members The Festival pays for travel and accommodation, from Europe. Web : www.zlinfest.cz   Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Edition: 55 Dates: 3-11 July 2020 Venue: Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic Ecumenical Jury, 3 members Festival gives accommodation Web: www.kviff.com   Divercine: International Film Festival for Children and Young People Edition: 28 Dates: 22 July – 2 August 2019 Venue: Montevideo, Uruguay SIGNIS jury, 3 members Web: www.divercine.com.uy   Festival International du Film de Locarno Edition: 73 Dates: 5-15 août 2020 Venue: Locarno, Switzerland Ecumenical Jury, 4 members Festival provides accommodation Web: www.pardo.ch   Festival de Cine de Lima Edition: 23 Dates: 9-17 August 2019 Venue: Lima, Peru SIGNIS Jury, 3 members Web: www.festivaldelima.com Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica Edition : 76 Dates: 28 August-7 September 2019 Venue: Venise, Italy SIGNIS Jury, 5 members (2 Italians, 3 international) Festival provides accommodation Web: www.labiennale.org   CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival Edition: 16 Dates: 13-21 September 2019 Venue: Miskolc, Hungary Ecumenical Jury, 4 members Travel (from Europe) and accommodation by the Festival Web: www.cinefest.hu Festival International du Film de Donostia - San Sebastian Edition: 67 Dates: 20-28 September 2019 Venue: San Sebastian, Spain SIGNIS Jury, 5 members (1 local, 1 Spain, 3 international) Accomodation provided by the Diocese. Web: www.sansebastianfestival.com Schlingel International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience Edition: 24 Dates: 7- 13 Octobre 2019 Venue: Chemnitz, Germany Ecumenical jury, 3 members (2019 1 SIGNIS, 2 Interfilm) Festival gives accommodation and meals Web: www.ff-schlingel.de   Religion Today Edition: 22 Dates: 6-9 October 2019 Venue: Trento, Italy SIGNIS Jury, 3 members Festival gives accommodation Web: www.religionfilm.com   Warsaw International Film festival Edition: 35 Dates: 11-20 October 2019 Venue: Warsaw, Poland Ecumenical Jury, 3 members (2 SIGNIS, 1 Interfilm) Accommodation and travel (from Europe) given by the Festival. Web: www.wff.pl   FENAVID Festival international de cinéma de Santa Cruz (Bolivie) Edition: 19 Dates: 17-23 October 2019 Venue: Santa Cruz, Bolivia SIGNIS jury, 3 members Web: https://www.fenavid.com/   International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film Edition: 62 Dates: 28 octobre – 3 novembre 2019 Venue: Leipzig, Germany Inter-religious Jury, 4 members (1 SIGNIS, 1 InterFilm, 1 Jewish, 1 Muslim) Festival gives accommodation Web: www.dok-leipzig.de   Cottbus Festival of East European Cinema Edition: 29 Dates: 5-10 novembre 2019 Venue: Cottbus, Germany Ecumenical Jury, 4 members Festival provides travel (from Europe) and accommodation Web: www.filmfestivalcottbus.de   Festival des cinémas d'Afrique de Besançon Edition 19 Dates: 11-17 novembre 2019 Venue: Besançon, France SIGNIS Jury, 3 members The diocese provides accommodation Web: www.lumieresdafrique.com French is strongly recommended   Popoli e Religioni Edition: 22 Dates: 8-17 November 2019 Venue: Terni, Italy SIGNIS Jury, 3 members Festival offers travel (from Europe) and accommodation. Web: www.popoliereligioni.it Italian is strongly recommended   Internationales FilmFestival Mannheim & Heidelberg Edition: 68 Dates: 14-24 November 2019 Venue: Mannheim & Heidelberg, Germany Ecumenical Jury, 5 members Festival provides accommodation Web: www.mannheim-filmfestival.com   Festival internacional de cine de Mar del Plata Edition: 34 Dates: 9-18 November 2019 Venue: Mar del Plata, Argentina SIGNIS Jury, 3 members Festival offers nothing but SIGNIS Argentina helps with accommodation Web: www.mardelplatafilmfest.com Spanish is helpful   FALUDI International Film Festival and photo competition Edition: 22 Dates: 27-30 November 2019 Venue: Budapest, Hungary Ecumenical Jury, 4 members Festival offers travel (from Europe) and accommodation Web : www.faludiakademia.hu   Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano Edition: 41 Dates: 5-15 December 2019 Venue: La Habana, Cuba SIGNIS Jury, 3 members Festival offers accommodation and meals Web: www.habanafilmfestival.com   Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival Edition: 20 Venue: Jerusalem, Israel Dates: 21-26 December 2019 Web: www.jer-cin.org.il Inter-Religious Jury: 1 SIGNIS, 1 Muslim, 1 Jew
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Reviews

The organization built a strong tradition of writing and publishing on film which included reviewing, critique, commentary and evaluation and consumer information. With film journalism and criticism, SIGNIS is also integrating the field of cinema into media education. Here is a glimpse of who our "Critics Team" is:
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Festivals

Festivals

SIGNIS has Juries in different festivals in the world, but we also promote and highlight film festivals that we find interesting for our community.
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