At the 20th Mezipatra you will again meet many guests from abroad who will come to present their film, participate in discussions or play at our party. Who can you look forward to?
Intensity, care and empathy, mistakes, and the darkness we carry within – these are the topics of 39 short films from all over the world. They have successfully created their own film universes and preserved the diversity that is so important in today's world. They might be pitted against each other in our competition, but in reality, they are on the same team. This year, in addition to traditional thematic blocks, we will also present a block of animated films.
Mezipatra's documentary section will bring five films from Europe, Middle East and the USA. While the stories of the protagonists are primarily personal, they bring testimonies about important issues of today's world – about the roles of society and about the lives of individuals within them, about the problems of migration, influence of the media, and overcoming biological limitations of our bodies. However, the topic that resonates most there is a family as the basis for our further lives.
Our team of seven queer film experts have seen and evaluated hundreds of films throughout the year. Almost 70 of them made their way to Mezipatra this year. And our two programmers will now share with you which films are their favorite and what you shouldn't miss in the accompanying program! All films, trailers, screening times, accompanying events and other important information can be found in the Program section.
The 20th edition of the festival will follow the topic Winds of Change. We will present ten feature films in the main competition, five documentaries, 39 short competition films and five films in the special retro section called Reunion. A novelty is the accompanying program for film professionals called Queering the Industry. What specifically can you look forward to? Go through the entire program or check out some of the most anticipated films and events bellow.
We invite you to the premiere of the new trailer of this year's Mezipatra, which will take place on October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the community café Patra (Krymská 17, Prague 10). We will repeat it at regular 30-minute intervals, so those of you arriving late will not miss it either. During the evening we will also introduce some of the best films of this year's theme “Winds of Changes”. And if you don't have your festival pass yet, you will have the last opportunity to buy it here and visit seven festival screenings for the price of five (CZK 590).
For the first time the history of our festival, we will present an industry program called Queering the Industry for professionals from the audiovisual industry. During the first festival weekend (November 9–10, 2019), a number of discussions will take place about the current issues and challenges that can be encountered in terms of production, production or promotion of the film as well as finding a suitable audience.
The theme of this year's Mezipatra is „Winds of Change”. This anniversary provides us with an opportunity to emphasize the festival's social and political dimensions. Through this year's theme, we accentuate the mutual queer solidarity and emphasize the necessity to be an active force that will not be discouraged by obstacles and aversion in its fight for equality and recognition in the whole society. This year we also prepared a special industry program for film professionals. Full program will be released on October 16. Until then you can purchase a festival pass and see seven films for the price of five..
The film passes for the 20th edition of the festival are now on sale. Feel free to buy yours before they're gone! A limited number of festival passes can be purchased in Prague and Brno in the box offices of Světozor, Lucerna and Pilotů cinemas, and online (on Lucerna or Světozor websites) until October 15, for the price of CZK 590. Thanks to the pass, visitors have the chance to see seven films for the price of five. Take a look at the program sneak peak to get excited for the films!