December Institute


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Contact info
Zavod December
Goriška ulica 35, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0)31 348155
Lija Pogačnik, Director
Vlado Bulajić, Procurator

Past Events
  • 13 July to 21 July 2019
    Screenings of Erased, directed by Miha Mazzini and Dušan Joksimović and produced by Gustav Film and co-produced by PAKT Media, in the Competition section; I Act, I Am, directed by Miroslav Mandić and produced by Filmostovje; Stitches, co-produced by Nora Production Group; God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya, co-produced by Vertigo; and two minority productions: the docu-fiction The Diary of Diana B, co-produced by December Institute, and My Grandpa Is an Alien, co-produced by Senca Studio and Art Rebel 9; and Nežka, directed by Gaja Möderndorfer (Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT)), in the Student Shorts section; supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, at the Pula Film Festival at Arena, Istrian National Theatre, Portarata, Valli Cinema in Pula, Croatia
    programme organiser

Founded in 2013 by Lija Pogačnik and Vlado Bulajić, the December Institute is a Ljubljana-based film and video production company best known for its work on Dnevnik Diane Budisavljević (The Diary of Diana B, 2019).


The December Institute has maintained a steady schedule of productions and co-productions since its establishment, starting in 2015 with Luči mesta (City Lights, short). This was followed a year later by the well-received Mladi levi: polnost časa (Young Lions: The Fullness of Time), a documentary about the legendary 70s band, which it co-produced.

Two further shorts were produced in 2017, Nevidna roka Adama Smitha (The Invisible Hand of Adam Smith) and Moderne Kunst (Modern Art), both of which featured RTV Slovenia as a co-producer. These were followed by the institute's biggest project up to that point, Dnevnik Diane Budisavljević (co-producer). A feature-length docudrama about the rescue of 10,000 children from the Ustashe death camps in Croatia in WW2, it was financed by the Slovenian Film Centre, the national film centres of Croatia and Serbia, Creative Europe, and Eurimages (Council of Europe). It won a host of awards at the 2019 Pula Film Festival.

Creative Europe

As at the end of 2020, the December Institute had secured project funding for two projects under the Creative Europe – Media programme (2014–2020): Inventura (Inventory), a dark, feature-length comedy that received 30,000 euros in 2018, and Blok 5 (Block 5), a children's feature, which received the same amount in 2020.

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