The Festival of Slovenian Film (Festival slovenskega filma or FSF) is classified as a national film festival as it offers an annual review of domestic film and television production. It is organised by the Slovenian Film Centre and it is staged annually in September or October, the length varies according to annual film production (usually for 2 to 4 days), at the Portorož Auditorium in the seaside resort of Portorož. It was established in 1991 as the Slovene Film Marathon but its roots go back to 1973 when the Slovene Film Week was organised for the first time in Celje. The main festival award is the Vesna Award.
The Festival of Slovenian Film is the main yearly event for Slovene cinema and as such it is a meeting point for everybody who is concerned with it: that is, for Slovene film professionals and the general public, as well as for film experts and professionals from abroad (journalists, scholars, producers, distributors and buyers). During the festival, conferences on a topical issue related to film such as film production, funding, acting, scriptwriting, or international links and foundations are organised, as well as presentations of different projects related to Slovene cinema (DVDs, books, web pages ...). On each festival day, after the morning screenings, press conferences are organised where journalists and the general public can meet with directors, producers, actors and other members of the casts of films presented in the programme.
Sections and awards
Although the festival is intended for the yearly overview of domestic film and television production, films are not automatically entered in the programme but are still selected by the programme selector. Films that are selected for the festival are divided into two main sections: the competition programme and the accompanying programme. Films selected for the competition programme are in the running for the Vesna Award (named after the Slovene 1954 film classic Vesna made by František Čap), bestowed by the festival's five-member jury in 17 different categories. Other festival awards are: the Metod Badjura Award for lifetime achievement, named after the first Slovene film director of photography Metod Badjura and bestowed by the Association of Slovenian Filmmakers; the Kodak Award for best cinematography; the FIPRESCI Slovenia Award for Best Picture bestowed by a three-member jury of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), Slovenia. Awards are also given by various other associations and companies and by Stop Media magazine. After the festival, the awarded films are sometimes also presented in the Slovenian Cinematheque.
In the recent editions the following feature films have been declared the best films of the festival: Circus Fantasticus directed by Janez Burger and produced by Staragara - Ljubljana (2010), Archeo by Jan Cvitkovič and produced by Staragara - Ljubljana (2011), Boj za directed by Siniša Gacić and produced by Tramal Films (2014), Idyll, a horror film directed by Tomaž Gorkič and co-produced by Blade & 666 Productions (2015), and Houston, We Have a Problem! by Žiga Virc (2016).
10 let, a film by Peter Bratuša, winner of the Vesna Award for Best Short Film, Festival of Slovenian Film 2010 9 06, a film by Igor Šterk from A. A. C. Productions, presented at the 12th Festival of Slovenian Film 2009 Mulc – Kiddo, a stop-motion animation by Kolja Saksida, produced by A-Atalanta and co-produced by ZVVIKS, presented at the Festival of Slovenian Film, 2009 Nina Ivanišin in the lead role of the amateur photo model Zina in Idila [Idyll], a film by Tomaž Gorkič that "plays with the genre pattern of a horrifying confrontation between rural an urban". Presented also at the 68th Cannes Festival Film Market, 2015 Lotos Vincenc Šparovec plays an odd local in Idila [Idyll], a film by Tomaž Gorkič produced by Blade Production, Production House 666 and Strup Productions, presented also at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival, 2015 Circus Fantasticus, a film by Janez Burger produced by Staragara, winner of the Vesna Award for Best full-length film and Kodak Award, 13th Festival of Slovenian Film 2010 Filip Robar Dorin, winner of the Metod Badjura Award for lifetime contribution to Film, announced at Festival of Slovenian Film awards 2010 Blaž Završnik, winner of the Viewer’s Choice Vesna Award for his full-length film - Pot v raj, Festival of Slovenian Film, 2014 Dominik Mencej, winner of the best script and scenography Vesna Award for short film - Prespana pomlad, Festival of Slovenian Film, 2014 Siniša Gačić, winner of the Vesna Award for Best full-length film Boj za at Festival of Slovenian Film, 2014 Festival of Slovenian Film banner, 2017 Janez Burger, winner of the Vesna Award for the best full-length film - Circus Fantasticus, Festival of Slovenian Film 2010 Majoš, a documentary by Amir Muratović, winner of the Vesna Award for Best Documentary Film, Festival of Slovenian Film 2010 Moški, a film by Mina Bergant, winner of the Kodak Award for Best Student Film, Festival of Slovenian Film 2010 Mrtvaški ples [Dance of death], a film by Koni Steinbacher, winner of the Vesna Award for Best Animation, Festival of Slovenian Film 2010 Piran - Pirano, a film by Goran Vojnović, winner of the Vesna Award for Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Editing, Festival of Slovenian Film 2010 Poster for 13th Festival of Slovenian Film, by Boštjan Lisec, 2010 The vehicle featured in Zoran, moj nečak idiot, winner of the Vesna Award for Best Art Direction and multiple awards at the Venice Film Festival, coproduced by Staragara (SI) and Transmedia (IT), 2013 A vehicle featuring in Zoran, moj nečak idiot, winner of the Vesna Award for Best Art Direction and multiple awards on Venice Film Festival, coproduced by Staragara (SI) and Transmedia (IT), 2013 Trst je naš [Trieste is ours], a film by Žiga Virc, winner of the Vesna Award for Best Actor, Festival of Slovenian Film 2010 Slovenian Girl [Slovenka], a film by Damjan Kozole produced by Vertigo/Emotionfilm, opening the Festival of Slovenian Film in 2009. The actress Nina Ivanišin got the Best Actress Award in Spain and France and the film was shown also in the cinemas round France. Going Our Way was directed and written by Miha Hočevar and produced by Vertigo/Emotionfilm. It won the Vesna Award for Best Actor and Viewer’s Choice Award at the Festival of Slovenian Film in 2010.