Cinema is a passion!

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.


Cinema News

  • Montreal 2011

    The Ecumenical Jury at the 2011 World Film Festival Montreal awarded its Prize to David, directed by Joel Fendelman (USA).  Philip Lee
    Posted August 31, 2011
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  • Locarno 2011

    At the 64th Locarno Film Festival (3-13 August), the Ecumenical Jury of SIGNIS and INTERFILM awarded its Prize to the film Vol spécial, directed by Fernand Melgar (Switzerland, 2011). Philip Lee
    Posted August 19, 2011
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  • Cannes 2011

    At the 64th edition of the Festival de Cannes (11-22 May 2011) the Ecumenical Jury chose as winner of its Prize the film This must be the place,directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Italy, France, Ireland 2011). Philip Lee
    Posted May 27, 2011
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  • Berlin 2011

    Berlin 2011

    At the Berlin International Film Festival 2011 the Ecumenical Jury’s Prize in Competition was awarded to Jodaeiye Nader Az Simin (Nader and Simin, A Separation) directed by Asghar Farhadi (Iran, 2011).

    Philip Lee
    Posted February 24, 2011
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  • Montreal 2010

    At Montreal 2010 the Ecumenical Jury of SIGNIS and INTERFILM awarded its Prize to the film Adem, directed by Hans Van Nuffel (Belgium/Netherlands). Adem means "breath". 

    Philip Lee
    Posted September 07, 2010
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  • Locarno 2010

    At the 63rd Locarno International Festival of Film held 4-14 August 2010 the Ecumenical Jury awarded its prize to Morgen directed by Marian Crisan (France/Romania/Hungary, 2010).

    Posted August 19, 2010
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  • Cannes 2010

    At Cannes 2010 the Ecumenical Jury awarded its Prize to Of Gods & Men (right) directed by Xavier Beauvois (France, 2010). 

    Posted May 28, 2010
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  • Berlin 2010

    At the 60th Berlin International Film Festival 2010 the Ecumenical Jury awarded its Competition prize to Bal (Honey) directed by Semih Kaplanoglu (Turkey/Germany, 2010).

    Posted February 23, 2010
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  • Montreal 2009

    Ceasefire directed by Lancelot von Naso (Germany) was honoured with the Ecumenical Jury prize as the best competition film in the Montreal World Festival.  
    Posted September 09, 2009
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  • Locarno 2009

    At the 62nd Locarno Film Festival held 5-15 August  the Ecumenical Jury of SIGNIS and INTERFILM awarded its Prize to the film Akadimia Platonos directed by Filippos Tsitos, (Greece/Germany, 2009). 
    Posted August 17, 2009
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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.


SIGNIS-WACC Human Rights Award 2007 "A Massacre Foretold" directed by Nick Higgins.



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