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

  • 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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  • Locarno 2013

    Locarno 2013
    At the 66th Locarno Film Festival (August 7-17, 2013) the Ecumenical Jury of INTERFILM and SIGNIS awarded its prize to Short Term 12 directed by Destin Cretton, USA 2013.
    Posted August 23, 2013
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  • Cannes 2013

    Cannes 2013

    At the 66th Festival de Cannes (15-26 May 2013) the Ecumenical Jury awarded its prize in the Official Competition to Le Passé (The Past) directed by Asghar Farhadi (France). 

    Philip Lee
    Posted May 29, 2013
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  • Berlin 2013

    Berlin 2013

    At the 63rd International Film Festival Berlin, held 7-17 February 2013, the Ecumenical Jury awarded its Prize in the Competition to the film Gloria (still above) directed by Sebastián Lelio (Chile/Spain, 2012) for its refreshing and contagious plea that life is a celebration to which we are all invited, regardless of age or condition, and that its complexities only add to the challenge to live it in full.


    Philip Lee
    Posted March 04, 2013
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  • Venice 2012

    Venice 2012

    The INTERFILM Jury at the International Film Festival Venice 2012 has chosen as winner of the 2nd INTERFILM Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue the film Wadjda directed by Haifaa Al Mansour (Saudi Arabia/Germany 2012).

    Philip Lee
    Posted March 04, 2013
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  • Berlin 2012

    Berlin 2012
    The Ecumenical Jury at this year's Berlinale awarded its prize in the International Competition to Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die) directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Italy, 2011). Philip Lee
    Posted February 23, 2012
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  • Montreal 2011

    The Ecumenical Jury at the 2011 World Film Festival Montreal awarded its Prize to David, directed by Joel Fendelman (USA).  Philip Lee
    Posted August 31, 2011
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  • Locarno 2011

    At the 64th Locarno Film Festival (3-13 August), the Ecumenical Jury of SIGNIS and INTERFILM awarded its Prize to the film Vol spécial, directed by Fernand Melgar (Switzerland, 2011). Philip Lee
    Posted August 19, 2011
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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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