Slovenian Cinematheque

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Slovenska kinoteka
http://www.kinoteka.si/
tajnistvo@kinoteka.si
Miklošičeva 38, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 434 2510
Fax386 (0) 1 434 2516
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RegionSI-1
Founded byGovernment of the Republic of Slovenia
Ivan Nedoh, Director
ivan.nedoh@kinoteka.si
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Varja Močnik, Programme Head
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Phone386 (0) 1 434 2522
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Past Events
  • 5 November to 6 November 2015
    Metka Dariš (Slovenian Cinematheque), Barbara Borčić (SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts) present the Slovenian Cinematheque and the DIVA Station, respectively, at the international symposium Museums of Film / Film in the Museum at Museum Documentation Centre in Zagreb, Croatia programme
  • 16 September to 18 September 2015
    Screening of a number of short films by director Karpo Godina, and short films on the life and work of Jože Plečnik, organised in cooperation with the Slovenian Cinematheque and the Slovene Film Archives, and supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Budapest, at Műcsarnok Library and Archive in Budapest, Hungary programme
  • 20 May 2015
    Slovenian 8mm Experiments: Karpo Godina and Davorin Marc, a screening and presentation of selected films from the Slovenian Cinematheque by Jurij Meden, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Washington, at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, USA programme
  • 30 March 2015
    Slovenian 8mm Experiments: Karpo Godina and Davorin Marc, a screening and presentation of selected films from the Slovenian Cinematheque by Jurij Meden, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Washington, at Hoyt Auditorium – University of Rochester in Rochester, USA programme
  • 11 March 2015
    Slovenian 8mm Experiments: Karpo Godina and Davorin Marc, a screening and presentation of selected films from the Slovenian Cinematheque by Jurij Meden, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Washington, at Pacific Film Archive Theater (UC Berkeley) in Berkeley, USA programme
  • 6 March 2015
    Slovenian 8mm Experiments: Karpo Godina and Davorin Marc, a screening and presentation of selected films from the Slovenian Cinematheque by Jurij Meden, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Washington, at Anthology Film Archives in New York, USA programme
  • 6 May 2014
    Screening of Karl Marx among us (2013) by Jurij Meden in the framework of the discussion on Yugoslav and Slovene cinematography since the 60s Confrontations in Relentlessness, next to Meden participating also Andrej Šprah, Ciril Oberstar and Nika Autor supported by Slovenian Cinematheque and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Paris. Related to Nika Autor. Newsreel – The News Is Ours Satellite Programme 7 curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez at Jeu de Paume in Paris, France programme
  • 6 November to 20 December 2013
    A retrospective of František Čáp's work including films Vesna and Ne čakaj na maj, co-organised by the Slovenian Cinematheque and supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Prague, in Prague, Czech Republic programme
  • 4 February to 8 February 2013
    Come to the cinema! Slovene film poster, an exhibition by Metka Dariš (Slovenian Cinematheque) at the Days of Slovene Culture Zagreb at Slovenski dom in Zagreb, Croatia programme
  • 2 June 2012
    A presentation of the book Filmography of Slovenian Animated Film 1952-2012 edited by Igor Prassel and published by the Slovenian Cinematheque at Tuškanac cinema in Zagreb, Croatia programme




Established in 1996 the Slovenian Cinematheque is one of the youngest public institutions of national importance in the field of culture. Its main tasks are to form, maintain, and present its collection of world film; to prepare regular programming and retrospectives in its hall; to exhibit artefacts which are important for the history of film and cinema; and to carry out research and publishing activity in the history of cinema. The Slovenian Cinematheque has its hall on Miklošičeva 28 and it publishes the monthly bulletin Kinotečnik.


Background

The Slovenian Cinematheque was founded by decree of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia which introduced the separation of the Film Museum from the National Theatre Museum of Slovenia (previously joined in one institution: the National Theatre and Film Museum of Slovenia) and the merging of it with the Cinematheque Hall (in the former Yugoslavia it was a branch of the Yugoslav Cinematheque from Belgrade from where it also got its programming). The founder and first director of the Slovenian Cinematheque was Silvan Furlan (1953–2005); an essayist and author of numerous film studies and books as well as the most avid promoter of the film industry in Slovenia, who succeeded to gather around him a team of young film professionals who fostered film presentation, preservation, education, creation, and reflection under the roof of Slovenian Cinematheque. The newly formed institution divided its activities into four departments: the Programme Department, the Museum Department, the Film Archive Department and the Research and Publishing Department with a specialised library (the latter department was later abolished, only the library is still working).

Locations

The Slovenian Cinematheque Programme Department is located next to the recently-renovated Cinematheque Hall (completely renovated in 2006 and named after Silvan Furlan in 2010) at Miklošičeva 28, which has 126 seats (2 of them are for people with disabilities) and where it screens its programme from Monday to Saturday. The Museum Department is situated at Miklošičeva 38, where most of its collections (photographs, posters, scripts and screenplays, manuscripts, leaflets) are held. The offices of the Film Archive Department and the small part of its repositories are located at Metelkova 2a, while its main archive is in Gotenica (in an ex-army underground facility). The library and the administration offices are also situated at Metelkova 2a.

Programme

The Programme Department presents film heritage in all its diversity to the general public. It prepares regular daily screenings and various special events, such as personal retrospectives of known and less known directors, retrospectives based on various themes, overviews of national cinemas and film movements, special screenings (like silent films accompanied by live music, screenings of avant-garde and experimental films), and varied educational activities (round tables, seminars, lectures). It cooperates with numerous international institutions (embassies, cultural missions) and publishes the bimonthly printed newsletter Kinotečnik that is meant for the detailed presentation of its programme. The Programme Department also runs Kinopolis, the Cinematheque Club which offers to its members discounts on tickets and publications as well as other benefits.

Archives and collection

The principal tasks of the Slovenian Cinematheque are to set up and preserve a library collection of international films, including the corresponding technology for showing, preserving and processing film copies; to present a programme in its cinema hall based on its own resources and those of related international institutions; to collect, preserve, classify, catalogue and present museum materials relating to the history of film; to establish and maintain contacts with international organisations and associations; and to carry out research and publishing activities related to its basic areas of operation. It is funded from the national budget, and by donors and sponsors.

Efforts to establish a collection of works which are fundamental to the history of world cinema are ongoing; up to now the Slovenian Cinematheque has managed to collect more than 3,500 titles, mainly from the last two decades, but it still has to complete its longer-term project to build a collection of film classics. The most precious prints in the Cinematheque's collection are undoubtedly its three greatest discoveries – the only surviving original print of Ernst Lubitsch's first film Als ich tot war [When I Was Dead] (1916), an original print of Franz Hofer's first film Des Alters erste Spuren [The First Signs of Getting Old] (1913) and the only remaining original colour print of the short film Le jongleur [The Minstrel] (Pathé, 1913).

International cooperation

The Slovenian Cinematheque is a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) and the Association des Cinematheques Européennes (ACE). It also regularly collaborates with foreign embassies and cultural centres in Slovenia.

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