The South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) will be running amazing film screening on May 1-8 in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and other locations. The 14th edition of SEEfest will explore the theme of cinematic audacity by drawing attention to South East European filmmakers whose works grapple with complex existential, ethical, and historical questions in innovative, and provocative ways.

Enjoy the Opening Night Gala Program with Red Carpet Reception after the film and presentation of the annual Legacy Award. An 8-day festival pass gains you entrance to all films and panels, including the Opening Night Gala.

MOON HOTEL KABUL directed by ANCA DAMIAN, will open the Film Festival in Beverly Hills on May 1st. It is a film about the trailblazing Romanian director Anca Damian who probes the layers of truth following an encounter between a disillusioned journalist and woman interpreter in war-torn Afghanistan. Winner of Best Director Award at Warsaw International Film Festival and Mirada International Award at the Madrid Film Festival.

The festival will bring to the fore unconventional forms of artistic expression and cinematic representation that inform a diverse body of films. The Jury members for Best Feature Film are Irina Maleeva, Yoram Kahana, and Matia Karrell.

Irina Maleeva is a Bulgaria-born actress who was discovered by Federico Fellini and appeared in three of his films, then went on to star opposite Orson Welles in his iconic version of The Merchant of Venice.

Yoram Kahana holds master’s degrees from UCLA in motion pictures and journalism. He has made more than 50 educational and commercial films about international cultures, crafts, anthropology and art, and is a long-time member and frequent Board director of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Matia Karrell is an Academy Award-nominated writer, director and producer. She has been awarded fellowships including the Fulbright, American Film Institute (AFI) Women Director’s Fellowship, and the Disney-ABC Directing Fellowship. The Jurors for Best Documentary Film are artist and writer Martin Gantman, documentarian and political economist Sandra Ignagni, and prolific actor and director/producer Raphael Sbarge.

The Best Narrative Short will be awarded by filmmaker and producer Tessa Bell, writer/director Lagueria Davis, and Montreal-based film professional Vito Balenzano. The Best Short Documentary Jury is comprised of marketing and advertising professional Elisa Iovine, actor Ajay Mehta, and Angry Mob Music Group VP of Business Affairs, David Quan.

Founded in 2002 and incorporated in 2006, the South East European Film Festival, SEEfest is the leading voice in the U.S. for the presentation of cinematic and cultural diversity of South East Europe. It was founded by Vera Mijojlić, long-time film critic and cultural entrepreneur. The 14th annual SEEfest will take place May 1-8, and will bring a large selection of feature, documentary and short films to the Writers Guild Theater, Laemmle Music Hall and West Hollywood Library campus.