Round table

 

For years, the preparations for and the work on the Festival of Ethnological Film have been accompanied with an observable, significant and progressive decrease in interest on the part of production companies and independent authors from Serbia in participating in this event. Initiated under significantly different circumstances and encouraged by the (in a way coerced) existence of a number of local TV stations in Serbia, during the first decade, the Festival also relied on the then current production of various departments of the Radio Television Serbia and immeasurable contributions of amateurs. However, a change in the structure of films within the main festival programmes, which involved the rising share first of regional and then of international authors, has placed local films in an unfavourable position. The final blow came in the form of an apparently growing gap between the technological potentials of local and international authors, the elimination of the amateur section of the programme and, finally, the awarding policy.