The main goal is to help selected documentaries with great festival potential to get screened at international film festivals. The Caravan underwent certain changes in the way how it works, mainly the list of destinations were increased to 80 (double this year in comparison to 39 festivals in 2010). In combination with the increased number of films in the selection (64 during the year) it resulted in 115 festival releases since January 2011, with 14 documentaries awarded.
But even if we submit the films to various destinations and offer this kind of service, it’s not meant to be a regular distribution work, nor replacement for your own festival strategy. East Silver Caravan is meant to be only a support to your own strategy, a tool offering certain advantages.
Two new Czech documentary films were already included in the East Silver Caravan, the Solar Eclipse by Martin Mareček, which held its premiere at Karlovy Vary IFF (documentary competition), and Czech-South African co-production Punk in Africa by Keith Jones and Deon Maas, who focused on the rise of the punk music in South Africa, as well as on the social and cultural aspects that shaped the scene there.
Recently included East Silver Caravan docs:
Punk in Africa, Czech Republic, South Africa, 2011, 82 min, Digi Beta, HD, Arts and Culture, Music
Three chords, three countries, one revolution…PUNK IN AFRICA is the story of the multi-racial punk movement within the recent political and social upheavals experienced in three Southern African countries: South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In these societies, the punk subculture represented a genuinely radical political impulse, playing out against a backdrop of intense political struggle, ec...onomic hardship and even civil war.
Pod sluncem tma, Czech Republic, 2011, 81 min, DV, Creative, Current Affairs, Portrait, Social Issues, Society
In 2006, Milan and Tomas electrified a school campus and a hospital in a detached Zambian village. After four years, they return for the last time to find out about their system's failures, repair it and hand it over at last. The film follows them through chaotic days as well as pitch black nights and provides a fresh insight into the pitfalls of humanitarian development projects. Short circuits of all sorts, blending and dissolving of different worlds, rituals of gratitude and concepts of solutions. With no attempts to declare or evaluate anything, "Solar Eaclipse" becomes a situation probe examining various forms of light and darkness. Will the two Czech linkboys succeed in lighting up the Zambian bushland?