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“Listapad”, the Minsk International Film Festival, has become over its eleven years an essential showcase for international cinema and an important platform for new Belarusian films. Now the Belarusian government has stopped it, in its current open-minded version. Statement

Cristi Puiu, the Romanian filmmaker (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu), will receive FIPRESCI’s Platinum Award at the occasion of the Sofia Film Festival, on September 19. More

"Nomandland". Courtesie Disney.

Grand Prix. Nomadland, directed by Chloé Zhao, has obtained the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2021 after having been voted best film of the year 2021 by the members of FIPRESCI. Participating in the vote were 593 critics from all over the world, who have chosen this North American production from all of the films released after 1st July 2020. More
Jan Storø portrays Chloé Zhao and her work – click here.


A Letter from Afghanistan. A filmmaker sent a desperate message from Kabul: “Everything that I have worked so hard to build as a filmmaker in my country is at risk of falling. If the Taliban take over they will ban all art. I and other filmmakers could be next on their hit list.” Read the letter.

Warsaw. The FIPRESCI Warsaw Critics Project will take place during the 37th edition of the Warsaw Film Festival (October 8-17, 2021). It’s a program for young critics and journalists from Central and Eastern Europe who are starting their professional career. The workshop is designed for critics aged 30 or under, fluent in English. It is planned as a real event – live in Warsaw. The deadline for submissions: September 15th, 2021. Details

Karlovy Vary. At this year’s edition, the FIPRESCI prize was awarded in memory of Jan Foll (1951–2021), “an unmistakable persona of Czech film criticism who inspired several generations of young journalists”. The winner, drama The Exam, set in Iraqi Kurdistan, is “a film of cosmopolitan cut, made in a way that any viewer around the world can easily identify with.” Read Adéla Mrázová‘s review

Locarno. After Blue by French filmmaker Bertrand Mandico has been selected, by our critics’ jury, best film of the Locarno Film Festival. More