An Autumn of Film Festivals in Slovenia
An Autumn of Film Festivals in Slovenia
Slovenia will be hosting important cultural events this season. Between October and December, there will be especially lively in Ljubljana and Piran, since the 25th Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe) and the 5th Festival of European and Mediterranean Film will open. Welcome to Slovenia and find your inspiration!
Slovenia will be hosting some important cultural events this season. Between October and December, there will be especially lively in Ljubljana and Piran, since the 25th Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe) and the 5th Festival of European and Mediterranean Film will open. Welcome to Slovenia and find your inspiration!
Cinematic joy will be getting underway as the curtain opens at the 25th Ljubljana International Film Festival or LIFFe, the biggest and the most well-known film festival in Slovenia, which will be the reason visitors from all over world flock to the capital between 12 and 23 November. The eagerly awaited festival attracts around 500,000 film buffs, making it a real cultural phenomenon. Programme director of LIFFe is Simon Popek, a long-standing film critic and publicist. More than one hundred films will be shown in Ljubljana (Cankarjev dom, Kino Komuna, Kinodvor, Slovenska kinoteka, Kino Šiška) and in Maribor at the Kolosej cinema. In addition to the cinematic goodies, the festival also offers visitors a wide range of accompanying events, including many interesting talks with the filmmakers themselves.
Films are shown in categories and each group has its own face and identity. The main reason for this is so that even people who are not film enthusiasts can recognise the content of the category. This year the film categories are: Perspectives (an official competitive category for young people), Avant-premie;res (major films, for which licenses were bought in order to screen them in Slovenia), Kings and Queens (works by renowned and awarded masters of contemporary cinema), World Film Panorama (festival favourites from all five continents), Extravaganza (the so-called "midnight cinema" with risqué content), Retrospective (thematic retrospective or integrated retrospective of a well-established world author), Focus (insight into important contemporary national cinematography), Tribute (short, condensed presentation of an author who has received a fair share of festival and media attention), Kinobalon (a separate category dedicated to the youngest audiences aged 7 to 14), Kino-integral (a section dedicated to the overview of experimental film), and Europe in Short (a competitive category for short films).
The idyllic narrow streets of Piran, the pearl of the Slovenian coast, will be brimming with creative atmosphere. The Festival of European and Mediterranean Film (FEMF), which will take place from 1 to 5 October, will try to introduce Slovenian and foreign visitors to haute European cinema. This year it pays special attention to the children and youth programme, and the rich collection of films will be additionally enriched by events where visitors can meet the authors and other professionals. At the festival, the jury awards (the Award for Best Film in the Competitive Programme, the Award for Best Director of Photography, and the Award for Best Director) and the festival awards (the Award for Lifelong Contribution to the Cinematography and the Award for Special Achievements in the field of Documentary Films) will also be conferred. In addition to the main competitive programme, the festival also showcases the premiere programme (Eye on Film), workshops for children and youth, special screenings of new Slovenian films, a documentary programme, and children and youth matinees. According to the organisers, the FEMF is the "good side of life". Experience it in Slovenia.
This year, Ljubljana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which is one of the oldest festivals of its kind in Europe, is celebrating its 30th edition. It will be held from 29 November to 6 December at Kinoteka in Ljubljana.