The 18th annual Southeast European Film Festival (SEEfest), co-presented by ELMA, opens on April 26th at the Writers Guild Theater with the Los Angeles premiere of SONNE, by Austria-born director Kurdwin Ayub.

Kurdwin Ayub

SONNE is the story of three young actresses, who are singing their way to YouTube fame and coming of age online and in real life simultaneously. Ayub’s debut film had already won accolades internationally, including Berlin Film Festival’s Best First Feature Award.

Opening Night will also feature the 2023 SEEfest Legacy Award presentation to Otto Constantin Nemenz, legendary founder of the camera rental company, Otto Nemenz International.

Otto Constantin Nemenz

Born in Austria to a Greek mother and Austrian father with roots in Romania, Nemenz grew up in Turkey and received a degree in optical engineering from the Vienna Technical Institute.  After a stint at Panavision, he took a chance and caught a tremendous break when he was hired as a camera technician on the famed film classic Grand Prix, directed by John Frankenheimer. He devoted his life to building the world-class camera rental facility and in 1992 received SciTech Oscar for Canon/Nemenz zoom lens.

This year’s SEEfest runs at seven different locations around L.A. county through May 3rd. With over 50 features, documentaries and short films, the festival brings to Los Angeles U.S. premieres, European talent and an Industry Accelerator with seminars, panels and workshops.

(includes parking)


Photos Courtesy of SEEfest.