Films have universal appeal. They tell stories of struggles, endeavours, achievements and failures. They explore relationships and identities – and reveal what it is to be human. For some, “It’s not what a movie is about, it’s how it is about it” (Roger Ebert). For others, “Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world” (Jean-Luc Godard). Film is unique: “No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls” (Ingmar Bergman). And, “In cinema it is sometimes best to feel as if you know nothing – to start again afresh with each film as if you’re seeing everything for the first time” (Samira Makhmalbaf).
WACC understands the crucial role cinema plays in representing social and political questions today and it partners with the Protestant film organisation INTERFILM and the Roman Catholic media organization SIGNIS to provide Ecumenical Film Juries at several international festivals. WACC and SIGNIS also make an annual Human Rights Award to a documentary film - all of which is reported on this page.
A “modern day parable” about a young Macedonian woman who breaks church and patriarchal traditions has won the Ecumenical Jury prize at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.by StaffPosted February 20, 2019 (0) Comments (0) Like
Two international church film and media organizations presented an honorary award to Dieter Kosslick, renowned director of the Berlin International Film Festival, during an ecumenical reception in Berlin February 10.by StaffPosted February 15, 2019 (0) Comments (0) Like
The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg faced legislators in Washington and Brussels recently to answer charges that it had failed to protect the personal data of 50 million users and allowed fake news and political manipulation to flourish.Jim McDonnellPosted August 09, 2018 (0) Comments (0) Like
The courage of one person to fight against sexual abuse in a war-torn country.by StaffPosted April 16, 2018 (0) Comments (0) Like
Ecumenical Jury Prize at Cannes goes to the Japanese film Radiance.by StaffPosted May 29, 2017 (0) Comments (0) Like
Hungarian film wins Golden Bear and prize of Ecumenical Jury.by StaffPosted February 22, 2017 (0) Comments (0) Like
A panoramic film that adds up to more than the sum of its parts.
by StaffPosted February 06, 2017 (0) Comments (0) Like
Ecumenical Jury Prizes (1993-2017) Ecumenical Juries award prizes at the world's leading film festivals (Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Montreal and most recently Venice).
Celebrating Cinema WACC's journal Media Development (1/2005) marking the 50th anniversary of INTERFILM and the enduring fascination of the silver screen. 12 articles covering different aspects of film worldwide.
WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award 2015 "Censored Voices" directed by Mor Loushy.
WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award 2014 "Taxi" directed by Jafar Panahi.
WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award 2013 "Caminhos da paz" directed by Sol de Carvalho.
WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award 2012 "Forbidden Voices" directed by Barbara Miller.
WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award 2010 "The Garden at the End of the World" directed by Gary Caganoff.
WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award 2008 "Shock Waves" directed by Pierre Mignault and Hélène Magny.