Cinema is a passion!

Films have universal appeal. They tell stories of struggles, endeavours, achievements and failures. They explore relationships and identities – and reveal what it is to be human. For some, “It’s not what a movie is about, it’s how it is about it” (Roger Ebert). For others, “Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world” (Jean-Luc Godard). Film is unique: “No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls” (Ingmar Bergman). And, “In cinema it is sometimes best to feel as if you know nothing  – to start again afresh with each film as if you’re seeing everything for the first time” (Samira Makhmalbaf).

WACC understands the crucial role cinema plays in representing social and political questions today and it partners with the Protestant film organisation INTERFILM and the Roman Catholic media organization SIGNIS to provide Ecumenical Film Juries at several international festivals. WACC and SIGNIS also make an annual Human Rights Award to a documentary film - all of which is reported on this page.


Cinema News

  • Berlin 2015

    Berlin 2015
    At the 65th International Film Festival Berlin (5-15 February 2015) the Ecumenical Jury awarded prizes in the International Competition (to El botón de nácar directed by Patricio Guzmán ), the Panorama ( to Ned Rifle directed by Hal Hartley )and the Forum (Histoire de Judas directed by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche).
    by Staff
    Posted February 17, 2015
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  • Interfilm launches new website

    Interfilm launches new website
    The Protestant film organization INTERFILM announced that it has developed a new website with a new structure, a new design and new tools.
    by Staff
    Posted October 27, 2014
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  • Montreal 2014

    Montreal 2014
    The Ecumenical Jury at the 38th World Film Festival Montreal 2014 gave its Prize to the film Cape Nostalgia / Fushigi Na Misaki No Monogatari directed by Izuru Naroshima, Japan.
    by Staff
    Posted September 09, 2014
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  • Locarno 2014

    Locarno 2014
    At the 67th Locarno International Film Festival (6-16 August 2014) the Ecumenical Jury, appointed by INTERFILM and SIGNIS, awarded its Prize to Durak (The Fool) directed by Yury Bykov, Russia (2014).
    by Staff
    Posted August 19, 2014
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  • Jewish Broadcasting wins Hilversum prizes

    Jewish Broadcasting wins Hilversum prizes

    The winner of the prize for best programme at the European TV Festival of Religious Programmes 2014 was the Dutch Jewish Broadcasting network (Joodse Omroep) for “Spot the Differences,” which also won the audience prize.

    Posted June 17, 2014
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  • Ecumenical jury awards at Cannes film festival

    Ecumenical jury awards at Cannes film festival
    At the 67th Cannes Film Festival the Ecumenical Jury of INTERFILM and SIGNIS awarded its Prize to Timbuktu directed by Abderrahmane Sissako (France/Mauretania, 2014). by Philip Lee
    Posted May 23, 2014
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  • Peace documentary wins SIGNIS-WACC prize

    Peace documentary wins SIGNIS-WACC prize
    Caminhos da paz (Paths of peace) directed by Sol de Carvalho has won the SIGNIS-WACC Human Rights Award 2013. The film highlights the role of the churches in the peace process in Mozambique. by Philip Lee
    Posted May 07, 2014
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  • Ecumenical Jury awards at Berlin Film Festival

    Ecumenical Jury awards at Berlin Film Festival

    The Ecumenical Jury at the 64th Berlinale (6-16 February 2014) awarded its main prize in the Competition to the film Stations of the Cross directed by Dietrich Brüggemann, Germany/France 2014.

    by Philip Lee
    Posted February 18, 2014
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  • Venice 2013

    Venice 2013
    The INTERFILM Jury at the International Film Festival Venice 2013 has chosen as winner of its third Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue the film Philomena directed by Stephen Frears, United Kingdom, 2013.
    Posted October 30, 2013
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  • Montreal 2013

    Montreal 2013
    The Ecumenical Jury at the 37th World Film Festival Montréal 2013 gave its Prize to the film Chce sie zyc / La vie est belle / Life Feels Good directed by Maciej Pieprzyca, Poland 2013.
    Posted September 04, 2013
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Ecumenical Jury Prizes (1993-2017) Ecumenical Juries award prizes at the world's leading film festivals (Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Montreal and most recently Venice).

Celebrating Cinema WACC's journal Media Development (1/2005) marking the 50th anniversary of INTERFILM and the enduring fascination of the silver screen. 12 articles covering different aspects of film worldwide.

WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award 2015 "Censored Voices" directed by Mor Loushy.

WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award 2014 "Taxi" directed by Jafar Panahi.

WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award 2013 "Caminhos da paz" directed by Sol de Carvalho.

WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award 2012 "Forbidden Voices" directed by Barbara Miller.

WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award 2010 "The Garden at the End of the World" directed by Gary Caganoff.

WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award 2008 "Shock Waves" directed by Pierre Mignault and Hélène Magny.


SIGNIS-WACC Human Rights Award 2007 "A Massacre Foretold" directed by Nick Higgins.



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