January 21-25 2010 are the dates for the 6th edition of Magnificent 7, the European Feature Documentary Film Festival. A unique festival with a selection of only 7 films that are shown once in the Sava Center in Belgrade, Serbia. The directors or other representatives from the creation of the films are present to meet the audience that is huge in numbers, some times 500, some times around 1500. Per (evening) screening. All visiting filmmakers do a seminar for film students and professionals during day time.
I have written about the couple behind this festival before on this site and I will do it again, as their modesty prevents them to introduce themselves properly on the website of the festival where you can find info on the selected films with comments from them and me – the trio that selected the films. Here are some words that I wrote about them at the beginning of last year’s festival:
Look at the picture. This couple, Svetlana and Zoran Popovic, stands behind the Magnificent7 festival in Belgrade. I have known them for years and have had the privilege to work with them for five years on the selection for the festival.
They look so serious. And they are, when it comes to bring dedication and generosity and hospitality to their festival. They run it with warmth and humour and respect for the audience. And respect for the filmmakers and for quality. They have built up a large audience that comes back year after year to look at films that will stay in their minds. And who come to meet the makers and talk to them, or hear what they have to say in q & a’s that are masterly moderated by Zoran Popovic.