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The World Film Festival

The World Film Festival is a summer must for North American moviegoers. It was created in 1976 with the purpose of encouraging inter-cultural understanding and diversity. It takes place over ten days and features dozens of world premieres. The movies are presented in such diverse categories as Debut Film, World Documentaries and the Student Film Festival. Awards are given for a movie’s popularity as well as quality, so that both critics and the public appreciate this very well-attended event.

In 2009, Germany was the guest of honour country at the WFF. The various competitions involved a record number of countries in those days. The Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Interfilm Award) was given to Waffenstillstand (Ceasefire), by Munich resident Lancelot von Naso. After studying at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF – Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film), Lancelot von Naso created several award-winning short films. Ceasefire, his first fictional feature film, received its world premiere at the 2009 WFF. It later won the 2010 Europa Award for best televised fiction.

The movie tells about the beginning of the second Iraq war, in 2004, and intertwines fiction and actual events. Two journalists, a physician, a nurse and an Iraqi driver cross the desert from Bagdad to Fallujah and encounter ambushes and bombings. Those extreme situations force the characters to face their true selves, and none of them emerges unscathed by the epic adventure.