European Film Festival’s roundtable themes are regularly interwoven with the problems and issues Eco Documentaries lay, and messages of both, round tables and documentaries, often sketch a new, interdisciplinary scenario that successfully malts different techniques of storytelling into unique experience.

This year’s roundtable deals with GMO issues.

GMO problem is a theoretical field where health, ethics and economic issues cannot be thought separately. It is generally considered to be a conflict between commercial interests and consumers’ rights. Both sides took strong positions in order to protect own interests.

Genetic engineering allows scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that changes the structure of natural substances. These genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can spread outside of its intended habitat, intersect with natural organisms and consequently pollute the environment.

The roundtable will take place on 23 of July, at 10 am, in Elitte Palić-Mala Gostiona restaurant, Palić

At the roundtable, opening statements deliver prominent professors and scientists,

Prof. dr Miladin M. Ševarlić

prof. Dr Miladin Ševarlić

(Agricultural Faculty, University of Belgrade)

Dr tatjna Brankov

Dr Tatjana Brankov

(science associate, Agricultural Economics Institute, Belgrade)

The round table moderator is Nenad Novaković, ( Organic Control Systems director)


Some of the round table issues:

Diffusion of GMOs in the world,

PR at the service of multinational companies,

Biodiversity of Serbia, and environmental risks,

Patenting of life,

Preservation of local varieties and hybrids,

Serbian food self-sufficiency and lack of competitiveness on Serbian market of GMOs.

GMOs – is a profit only goal?

The results of research and accidents with GMOs?

The Law on GMOs – is respected in Serbia?

Method of social action to reach a unanimous decision in the assemblies of 122 municipalities and cities in Serbia on the adoption of the Declaration under the slogan – We do not want GMOs in our territory! and preserve the land of our forefathers for our grandchildren without GMOs!

What to do next in action: the formation of the Association of Municipalities and Cities „for Serbia without GMOs“, joining the European Conference of GMO-Free Regions and Referendum.

What would Serbia lose by GMOs liberalization?