Be2Can is a presentation of selected festival films
We want to bring films that offer an insight into current festival events and which are missing in regular distribution to the audience. We do not limit ourselves to mere "presentation", our goal is critical selection and discussion – about films, festivals, their dramaturgy, politics, and awards.
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Did you miss the previous editions of Be2Can, or do you just want to revive your memories? Watch selected movies online in the Edisonline video library.
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Organizers

We look at festival film critically, independently and professionally. From film selection to discussions with guests, the showcase is organised by a team from Film Europe, a film distribution company. Be2Can was founded by Ivan Hronec with the ambition to create an open platform for the dignified presentation of quality film.

Jury

Hermína Peričová

Úvodní slovo
Hermína is currently studying in the Department of Screenwriting and Dramaturgy at FAMU. During her time at university, she has collaborated on several film projects. She was also a part of the writers' room for the TBH series created for the online platform iVysíláni. For Hermína, film serves as a means to push the boundaries of imagination and storytelling. She enjoys reimagining and transforming classical formats and genres, with her favorite genre being horror, specifically vampire-themed stories. In her free time, she writes prose and also explores other media, such as photography, video, and more.

Terézia Halamová

Juror profile
As a film directing student at FAMU, she is closely connected to both fiction and documentary cinema, and she is no stranger to the commercial industry. In recent years, she worked on her film "Sing for Us" (2020) in collaboration with Czech Television, which premiered at the Kaohsiung Film Festival in Taiwan and received several awards internationally. In addition to assisting in the production of feature films and foreign projects, she has also collaborated with several foreign musicians, and a music video "Move Honey" (2021) won the Jury Prize at the Polish competition Papaya Young Directors and was featured at the Berlin Music Video Awards. Her upcoming project, "Hodina mezi psem a vlkem" received financial support through KVIFF Talents. Her films are all connected by themes of solitude, coming of age, and the exploration of intimacy. She repeatedly enjoys working with non-professional actors and is intrigued by the complexity of human relationships.

Barbora Podškubková

Juror profile
Barbora is a co-founder of the Polish film showcase "Kocham film" and a movie theater called Cinema nad Svitavou. She worked at Czech Television as the deputy head of production and was involved in the organization of many film festivals, including Brněnská 16, LFŠ, MFF EKOFILM, Bardzo fajný, and the IDFF One World. Later, she worked for the MIDPOINT institute and collaborated on the films "Pramen" and "Mrtvý jazyk" (produced by Negativ). Currently, she is pursuing a master's degree in film production at FAMU, where she worked as the head of finance for FAMUFEST, produced the film "Samota jim nevadí" (directed by Chihyu Lin), and received an award for the best master's project at FAMU for "Kino Utajeno."

Valér Futej

Juror profile
Valér Futej graduated from the Secondary School of Film Arts in Košice, after which he continued his studies in the Department of Editing at FAMU in Prague. In addition to film editing, he also engages in creating his own films, characterized by a distinctive visual concept and formalism, in which he explores the "boundaries of stylization" in narrative cinema. His most recent film created at FAMU (titled "Kitchen") was one of the supported projects in the FILMTALENT ZLÍN Foundation last year. His next personal project, "Patissérie," starring Josef Trojan, is another conceptual endeavor that, together with "Kitchen," forms a unique cinematic diptych. In both films, the location plays an integral semiotic role, shaping the characters, establishing genre principles, and driving the plot of the film.

Andrés Botero

Juror profile
Andrés Botero, born in Cali, Colombia, holds a degree in Film and TV from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Currently pursuing a Master's in Cinematography at FAMU. Known for a romantic aesthetic, he blends emotion with cinematographic elements. Notably, he has worked on 4 feature films, 3 directed by Ruth Caudeli. Their collaboration gained international acclaim, with "Petit Mal" premiering at Tribeca, marking a significant festival milestone.
Hermína Peričová
FAMU
Department of Screenwriting and Dramaturgy
Terézia Halamová
FAMU
Department of Directing
Barbora Podškubková
FAMU
Department of film production
Valér Futej
FAMU
Department of Editing
Andrés Botero
FAMU Master's in Cinematography (CINKK)

The Be2Can festival has anchored a clear and profiled set of films ideal for a Czech context: works that propel our understanding of cinema forward, show aesthetics and themes shaped by filmmakers from around the world and selected by curators of the most prominent festivals. In recent years, FAMU has strengthened its position in relation to world cinema, deepening the orientation of its students as well as becoming an active conduit – through mentoring and collaborations with similarly oriented schools and film events. During study visits to festivals, the stu­dents learn how the industry functions and take a closer look at trends in con­temporary film. In this sense, FAMU’s collaboration with Be2Can is key, as it shares similar goals: Be2Can brings in film productions that the Czech audience would not otherwise have the opportunity to see, and which shows how cinema is evolving beyond our bor­ders. It creates a breeding ground for critical analyses and discussion among an informed audience. Criticism and knowledge are two qualities that are at the core of the world’s leading festivals as well as the Czech Be2Can festival – they are also at the core of how FAMU functions. I am very happy that the Be2Can audience will see a range of our films and the students will form the jury once again this year. I believe that this is how mutually beneficial collabo­rations work – the festival gets an insight of the youngest generation of filmmak­ers, and the students get a chance to see and thoroughly relate to the work of contemporary film.

Andrea Slováková
dean of FAMU

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Be2Can manifesto

Dramaturgy per se

Primary sources for the movies selection included in the presentation are the main competitions of three A film festivals – Berlinale, Venice and Cannes.
Other competitive and non-competitive sections of these festivals are a secondary source. We compose the show based on the preselection of their dramaturgists and juries. We are interested not only in the winning films themselves, but also in the meaning and role of festival awards as such, regardless of the selected films quality.

Film gallery

We understand the main competitions of major festivals as a representative probe into current trends in festival cinematography and as a impuls for polemics.
We offer a strictly curated gallery of film works that starts a dialogue with the competition sections. Among other things, it is also a careful filter that takes into account remarkable titles that could have escaped the attention of the juries for various reasons. We offer recipients a clear view of what drives contemporary art film.

Festival resonance

At festivals we listen, read, participate in debates in the corridors. This helps us to determine which movies have a strong vibe, spark discussion, and open up interesting topics.
As a result, the resonance of the movie is more important than the prize awarded to the film by the jury. The top prize will be forgotten unless it goes to a movie with the potential to appeal to audiences and critics. On the contrary, a neglected film can resonate more strongly in the future than the winner of a prestigious award.

Space of discoveries

Be2Can is not necessarily a festival of movies from the biggest names that attract attention in itself.
It also focuses on lesser-known filmmakers whose careers are at the very beginning, but who bring an innovative view of film or a remarkable poetics that follows the strong trends of festival movies. We don't just want to offer the audience proven choices, but we want to motivate them to explore.

Discuss and listen

The ticket is also an invitation to a discussion.
We want to draw the audience into the festival events and offer them above-standard information background for individual movies from the festival through professional introductions, lectures, Q&A with the creators and masterclasses. Our goal is to raise awareness of what's going on in the festival scene and to provoke debate. We don't state, but we ask – ourselves and our audience.

In the wider perspective

Great filmmakers do not appear out of the blue in the main festival competitions. That's why we carefully follow events outside the main sections of the "big three" and at other significant European festivals.
Even if the movie does not appear in the Be2Can portfolio we will always take it into account when creating context for our titles – on the web, through social media, in the festival magazine and in the accompanying lectures.

Open festival

The films selection is not limited to the Film Europe Media Company portfolio.
The main program part of Be2Can is open to all distributors. Its aim is to raise awareness of art films and to give them the publicity they deserve.

Guests, not faces

We are not only concerned with media glamour, but with inspiring observations and topics for discussion.
We invite such guests and delegations connected to the festival movies in order to offer our viewers an interesting insight into making of the movie they represent.

Without populism

We know that our movies are not for everyone.
We aim our communication at those who know what they want and why they want it.
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