Free Zone / Slobodna Zona
Free Zone programme was initiated in 2005 and it’s based on engaged, contemporary film production, its goal is addressing current social and political issues from around the world and encouraging its audience and participants to rethink their values, prejudices and share of responsibility for the social and cultural context they live in. Through years, Free Zone programme has grown into a cluster of projects through which it reaches different target groups, using appropriately, different methodology and resources. Free Zone Film Festival, as the most visible part of the programme, is held in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Nis each November for six days. Beside screenings of the latest documentary and feature films, the side-programme consists of discussions in which audience can communicate directly to film directors and producers, philosophers, writers and social theorists on the topics tackled in the films. Last year festival attend more than 18 000 people. After the festival is over, some of the best films voted by the festival audience, travel across Serbia within the Free Zone Tour over the course of 3 months of the following year. In 2015 films were screened at more than 50 cities in Serbia. Free Zone Junior, in particular, tailors and implements Free Zone activities with and for young generations age up to 18, with a mission to raise awareness on burning human rights issues, as well as to foster ever needed interculturalism and support inclusion of different social minority groups. To achieve this objective, Free Zone Jr. uses different age-appropriate methods and is implemented in two main activities - Free Zone Jr. Programme for Primary and High School Teachers and Free Zone Jr. Documentary Workshop. Finally, Free Zone programme organises Monthly screenings and Docuvison projections in Cultural centre Rex, focusing on different topics and issues, according to the current political situation in the country, region and world as well.