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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: 38 Dates: 23-29 January, 2017 Location: Saarbrücken Genres and formats: german speaking films Website: www.max-ophuels-preis.de Berlin International Film Festival Edition: 67 Dates: 09 - 19 February, 2017 Location: Berlin Genres and formats: short and feature films Website: www.berlinale.de Festival International Film de Fribourg  Edition: 31 Dates: 31 mars - 8 avril 2017 Location: Friburg, Suisse Genres and formats: short and feature films Website : www.fiff.ch Rencontres Cinémas d’Amérique Latine Edition: 29 Dates: 17 - 26 mars 2017 Location: Toulouse, France Genres and formats: films from Latin America, young directors Website: http://www.cinelatino.com.fr Hong Kong International Film Festival and TV Market Edition: 41 Dates: 11 - 25 April 2017  Location: Hong Kong Genres and formats: international, Asian and Hong Kong cinema Website: www.hkiff.org.hk   Festival du Cinéma d’Afrique, d’Asie et d’Amérique Latine Edition: 23 Dates: 20 - 26 Mars 2017 Location: Milan, Italy Genres and formats: films from Africa, Asia and Latin America Website: www.festivalcinemaafricano.org Buenos Aires Festival Interbacional de Cine Indepediente Edition: 19 Dates: 19 - 30 abril de 2017 Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina Genres and formats: independent films Website: [www.bafici.gov.ar] Visions du Réel Festival International du Cinéma Edition : 22 Dates : 21 - 29 avril 2017 Location : Nyon, Switzerland Genres and formats : documentaries Website: http://www.visionsdureel.ch Fajr International Film Festival Edition: 34 Dates: 21 - 28 april 2017 Location: Tehran, Iran Genres and formats: short and feature films Website: http://www.fajriff.com/en/ International film Festival Washington DC Edition: 29 Dates: 20 - 30 April 2017 Location: Washington DC, USA Genres and formats : short and feature films Website : http://www.filmfestdc.org International Short Film Festival Oberhausen Edition: 63 Dates: 11 - 16 May 2017  Location: Oberhausen, Germany Genres and formats: short films Website: www.kurzfilmtage.de Festival International du Film de Cannes Edition: 70 Dates : 17 - 28 mai 2017 Location: Cannes, France Genres and formats : short, documentaries and feature films Website : www.festival-cannes.org Muestra Internacional de Cine Edition: 19 Dates : 4-13 de mayo Location: Santo Domingo Genres and formats : short, documentaries and feature films Website : http://muestradecine.com International Film Festival for Children and Adolescents Edition : 57 Dates: 26 May - 03 June 2017 Location: Zlin, Czech Republic Genres and formats: short, documentaries and feature films for young people Website: www.zlinfest.cz FilmFest Munchen Edition: 34 Dates: 22 June – 1 July 2017 Location: Munich Genres and formats: short, documentaries and feature films Website: www.filmfest-muenchen.de Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Edition: 52 Dates: 30 June -8 July 2017 Location: Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic Genres and formats: short, documentaries and feature films Website: www.kviff.com Zanzibar International Film Festival Edition: 20 Dates: 8 - 16 July, 2017 Location: Zanzibar, Tanzania Genres and formats: short, documentaries and feature films, animation Website: www.ziff.or.tz Yerevan International film Festival – the Golden Apricot Edition: 14 Dates: 09 -16 July 2017 Location : Yerevan, Armenia Genres and formats: short, documentaries and feature films, Armenian cinema  Website : www.gaiff.am Divercine: International Film Festival for Children and Young People Edition: 32 Dates: 24 -28 de julio de 2017 Location: Montevideo, Uruguay Genres and formats: films for children and youth Website: www.divercine.com.uy/ Festival International du Film de Locarno Edition: 70 Dates : 2-12 août 2017 Location: Locarno, Switzerland Genres and formats: New cinema and young directors Website: www.pardo.ch Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica Edition: 74 Dates: 30 aout - 9 septembre 2017 Location: Venice, Italy Genres and formats: short, documentaries and feature films Website: www.labiennale.org Miskolc Internationl Film Festival  Edition: 14 Dates: 8 - 17 septembre 2017 Location: Miskolc Genres and formats: short, documentaries and feature films Website: www.cinefest.hu Festival Internacional de Cine de Donostia - San Sebastian Edition: 65 Dates: 22-30 de septiembre de 2017 Location: San Sebastian, Spain Genres and formats: short, documentaries and feature films Website: www.sansebastianfestival.com Warsaw Film Festival  Edition: 33 Dates: 13 -22 October 2017 Location: Varsovie Genres and formats: short, documentaries and feature films Website: www.wff.pl/en International Film Festival Mannheim & Heidelberg Edition: 66 Dates: 9 - 19 November 2017 Location: Mannheim & Heidelberg, Germany Website: www.mannheim-filmfestival.com International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film Edition: 59  Dates: 30 October - 5 November 2017 Location: Leipzig, Germany Genres and formats: documentaries and animated films Website: www.dokfestival-leipzig.de International Festival of Cinema and Religion – Religion Today Edition: 20 Dates:  Location: Rome Genres and formats : short, documentaries and feature films about spirituality Website : http://www.religionfilm.com Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival Edition : 47 Dates : 21 - 29 octobre 2017 Location: Kiev, Ukraine Genres and formats : short, documentaries and feature films Website : www.molodist.com Cottbus Festival of Eastern European Cinema Edition: 27 Dates: 7 -12 novembre 2017 Location: Cottbus, Germany Genres and formats: East European cinema Website: www.filmfestivalcottbus.de Festival du film Lumières d’Afrique Besançon Edition: 17 Dates : 11 - 18 novembre 2017 Location : Besançon, France  Genres and formats : African cinema Website : www.lumieresdafrique.com Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata Edition: 32 Dates: 18 - 27 noviembre de 2017 Location: Mar del Plata, Argentina Genres and formats: short, documentaries and feature films Website: www.mardelplatafilmfest.com Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano  Edition: 39 Dates: 8 - 17 de diciembre de 2017 Location: Havana, Cuba Genres and formats: Latin America and Spanish speaking cinema Website: www.habanafilmfestival.com
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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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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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