My Street Films
My Street Films. Your Street, Your Film!
My Street Films was born in the past year as a project of the online documentary portal DAFilms.com. The pilot edition focused on the streets of Prague whose stories and atmosphere were captured by more than 120 submitted films that contributed to the film map of the city we live in. The success of the first edition gave us energy and inspiration for 2015 when My Street Films sets out beyond the borders of Prague to discover the life in the streets of other Czech, Slovak, Polish and Hungarian cities. This year, the project will become a place of the encounter and comparison of Czech and other Central European cities and their citizens.
The My Street Films project was launched in co-operation with the British documentary festival Open City Docs Fest where our filmmakers have a chance to present their winning films. The desire to explore the known and unknown streets through the film medium is thus slowly spreading from London and Prague further to Central Europe.
Like in the last year, the Czech version of the project is different due to the participation of Czech documentarists who contributed to the Prague film map with their auteur films last year while also participating in the making of other short films based on submitted subjects as lecturers. This year, too, you can look forward to films that will show you “our” streets from the perspective of professional filmmakers: Veronika Lišková, Martin Dušek, Erika Hníková and Vladimír Turner.
However, My Street Films is not intended for film professionals and their fans only; anyone who desires to capture the world around them can submit their film. You do not have to film yourself or your street; what is most important is that the film fits in our film map which illustrates not only real places but also their diverse perceptions; so that we will find observational and portrait quarters there as well as experimental nooks where not only renegades meet. Do not worry, we will not leave you in the lurch; you will be able to choose from a range of our filmmaking workshops that will teach you the most important things you need to make your own film.
My Street Films is also open to those who can boast of great ideas but not of filmmaking experience; until April 20, 2015, you can submit your film ideas with the maximum limit of 300 words out of which we will select five lucky ones who will be able to polish their ideas to the end titles with the help of our documentary teams.
The makers of the best films will be able to experience the atmosphere of film festivals; the winner of the main prize will again be able to present his or her film at the British festival Open City Docs Fest, other selected filmmakers will be personally invited to the screening of their documentaries at Jihlava IDFF. Moreover, the winners will be able to enjoy the documentary film world for the rest of the year thanks to an unlimited access to the film catalogue of the DAFilms.com portal.
“Every street has its story. But not every street has its documentary…“