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Jasmina Bojic awarded the Fellini Medal

10.06.2014

Jasmina Bojic, Founder and Executive Director of UNAFF, the United Nations Association Film Festival, has been awarded UNESCO's Fellini Medal.

Jasmina Bojic

The International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication - ICFT has presented the UNESCO Fellini Medal to Jasmina Bojic, Founder and Executive Director of the United Nations Association Film Festival - UNAFF, in recognition of her exceptional contribution in promoting the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through the art of documentary film.

Jasmina Bojic, who is also a film critic and educator at Stanford University, was informed of the award in April during the InfoPoverty Conference at the UN in New York, while the Fellini Medal was officially presented to her recently at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Presenting the award, the ICFT stated, "Over the years UNAFF has become a highly regarded platform for intrepid documentaries with a stellar reputation with filmmakers and audiences alike. Through the "Camera As Witness" program, which Ms. Bojic created at Stanford University, UNAFF and its films have become an invaluable tool in the education process as well."

"For the last 15 years UNAFF has also offered a Traveling Film Festival, which has spread the reach of its documentary films through dozens of communities, cooperating with other Festivals, Universities and Organizations. The ICFT hopes that the UNAFF will continue to develop this line of action and to be recognized in the world that has an ever greater need for moral values."

The Federico Fellini Medal was created by UNESCO in 1994 to recognize major contributions to the international film heritage, its promotion and preservation. The first Fellini Medal was awarded to the President of the Cannes Film Festival, Pierre Voit, and over the years it had many distinctive recipients, among them Clint Eastwood, Abbas Kiarostami and Jerome Clement, President of the Franco-German TV channel ARTE.

The medal itself was designed in 1994 by the Italian artist Valerio Adami, as homage to the Italian Maestro Federico Fellini, who passed away the year before. UNESCO's Fellini Medal was first presented at the 48th Cannes Film Festival (1994), which was also the occasion of the Centenary of the creation of cinema. 

In our EDN Festival Calendar you can read more about the UNAFF festival.

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