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.

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  • Cannes 2010

    At Cannes 2010 the Ecumenical Jury awarded its Prize to Of Gods & Men (right) directed by Xavier Beauvois (France, 2010). 

    Posted May 28, 2010
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  • Berlin 2010

    At the 60th Berlin International Film Festival 2010 the Ecumenical Jury awarded its Competition prize to Bal (Honey) directed by Semih Kaplanoglu (Turkey/Germany, 2010).

    Posted February 23, 2010
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  • Montreal 2009

    Ceasefire directed by Lancelot von Naso (Germany) was honoured with the Ecumenical Jury prize as the best competition film in the Montreal World Festival.  
    Posted September 09, 2009
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  • Locarno 2009

    At the 62nd Locarno Film Festival held 5-15 August  the Ecumenical Jury of SIGNIS and INTERFILM awarded its Prize to the film Akadimia Platonos directed by Filippos Tsitos, (Greece/Germany, 2009). 
    Posted August 17, 2009
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  • Cannes 2009

    On its 35th anniversary, the Ecumenical Jury awarded its Prize at the Cannes Film Festival to Looking for Eric directed by Ken Loach (United Kingdom, 2009). 

    Posted June 16, 2009
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  • Berlin 2009

    At the Berlin International Film Festival the Ecumenical Jury awarded its main competition prize to Little Soldier (Annette Oleson, Denmark 2008) which depicts a quest for freedom from a violent past and troubling present.

    Posted June 16, 2009
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  • Berlin 2008

    The Ecumenical Jury at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival (7-17 February 2008) gave its award in Competition Il y a longtemps que je t’aime … (I’ve Loved You So Long) directed by Philippe Claudel (France/Germany, 2007).
    Posted December 18, 2008
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  • Cannes 2008

    At the Cannes Film Festival 2008 the Ecumenical Jury Prize went to Adoration directed by Atom Egoyan (Canada). 

    Posted December 18, 2008
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Resources

 

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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