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Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe)

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Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe) was launched in 1989 as the Film Art Festival Ljubljana. The festival is organised by the Film Department of the Cankarjev dom Cultural and Congress Centre, but films are also screened at Slovenian Cinematheque, Kinodvor Cinema, Kinoklub Vič and Kolosej Maribor. It can be classified as a specialised competitive festival that features an overview of contemporary world film production, but also focuses on emerging directors and new trends in contemporary cinema. For many years the programme director of the festival was Jelka Stergel, but Simon Popek has successfully succeeded her bringing a clearer cinefile touch to the festival in the last few years. Although its selection is now maybe less commercial and populist than before, the festival audience is still growing. With close to 50,000 tickets sold the Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe) is the biggest event in the yearly programme in Cankarjev dom and also one of the biggest cultural events in Slovenia. One of the reasons for the growing interest are also the international guests (directors, actors, producers, etc.) who are visiting the festival each year in bigger numbers.

Festival Hall

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The Festival Hall, renowned as a space for inter-generational social events in Ljubljana, is housed in a building built between 1936 and 1941 based ont he plans by Jože Plečnik, originally to be part of the Baraga Theological Seminary. However, in 1956 architect Anton Bitenc rearranged the central part of the building for the use of Festival Hall. Since 1963, the Pionirski dom Youth Culture Centre oversees the operations of the Festival Hall.

A monumental staircase, lined with massive pillars and decorative sculptures, leads to the large hall which hosts numerous national and international dance events, concerts, conferences, fashion shows, end of school dances, weddings, and other events every year. Interested organisations and individuals may rent the hall for various social and cultural events and workshops. The place can cater for up to a 1000 visitors.

Animateka International Animated Film Festival

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Animateka International Animated Film Festival is a specialised competitive festival which focuses on Central and East European animated film production.

Established in 2004, Animateka annually sets up a rich programme of retrospectives and additional screenings, workshops and events. It mainly takes place annually at the Kinodvor Cinema and at the Slovenian Cinematheque in Ljubljana during the second week of December.

Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival

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Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival is a specialised competitive festival which focuses on contemporary genre film production, mostly on the genres of horror and fantasy films. It was launched in 2005 on the 100th anniversary of Slovene cinema and is dedicated to Dr. Karol Grossmann (1864–1929), the pioneer of Slovene cinema as he made the first film shots in 1905.

The Grossmann Festival takes place in different locations in the city of Ljutomer, usually in the last week of July, and it is without question the most unconventional Slovene film festival. Lately its film programme was hosted post festum also in Zagreb, Belgrade, Lyon and Cannes. Upon the invitation by the Slovenian Film Centre the Grossmann Festival frequently presents their activities at the Marché du Film in Cannes.

Lighting Guerrilla Festival

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First held in 2008, the Lighting Guerrilla is a quite special festival that explores, elaborates and sheds light on the myriad relations between light, the public space and the 'confines' of the gallery walls. Initiated a year earlier as a workshop at the festival "Lighting Detectives" (Detektivi svetlobe), it is founded and run by Strip Core, otherwise predominately active as the comic art section of Forum Ljubljana.

The festival is well known for its luminous, site-specific 'exhibition objects' presented at several public locations, mainly in Ljubljana; its streets and gardens, the Ljubljanica bridges and quays, the French Revolution Square, the Tivoli Park, etc. By way of exhibitions, installations, workshops and performances, each year's programme is dedicated to a certain topic – among them the concept of shimmering, the functioning of darkness, and the role of light in shaping the urban experience.

Mladinsko Theatre

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Mladinsko Theatre (Slovensko mladinsko gledališče) is one of two municipal theatres in Ljubljana and is considered to be a laboratory for actors and directors, choreographers and musicians to research and develop, risk and create. Throughout its history, Mladinsko has collaborated with the reformers of the Slovene theatre of the second half of the 20th century. The theatre regularly tours worldwide and was awarded the title European Ambassador of Culture by European Commission in 2008.

Through its current projects the theatre is dealing with the 'symptomisation' of the society, showing the detected symptoms via appropriate performative procedures. For this reason, public space becomes a performance space as well.

Župančič Award of the City of Ljubljana

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Awarded annually by the Municipality of Ljubljana since 1965, the Župančič Award is named after the Slovene writer Oton Župančič (1878–1949). Following a public announcement, candidates are selected from among all the authors/artists proposed; the selection is carried out by a committee elected by the Mayor of the City who is also the committee's president. One award is given for the life's work of a creator from the Municipality of Ljubljana, and three other awards are given to individuals or artistic groups who have in the past year contributed significantly to Ljubljanas cultural life or who have recently attained international praise for their work.

Photonic Moments – Month of Photography

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The Photonic Moments – Month of Photography was launched by Photon Gallery in Ljubljana in 2005 with the aim of presenting contemporary authorial photography developments in Central and South East Europe and its broader global context. In a region with just a few institutions that specialise in contemporary photography research and theory, the festival has grown into an important platform for networking, transitioning, and establishing new cultural connections.

In 2014, the festival first joined with the Video in Progress Festival, which in 2018 is due to become a section of Photonic Moments.

Floating Castle Festival

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Established in 2014, the Floating Castle Festival takes place in the picturesque surroundings of the Snežnik Castle, in July 2016 again. This congenial meeting of artists and various communities is an open ended project from start to finish, and could best be described as a "folk-puppet-music-theatre site-specific event".

Its charismatic initiator and organiser is Matija Solce, a prolific musician, puppeteer, activist, actor, and director who lives in a nearby village of Kozarišče.

Festival of European and Mediterranean Film

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The Festival of European and Mediterranean Film presents a selection of contemporary cinema productions from all over Europe and the surrounding Mediterranean regions. Based on the Slovenian coast, the festival's primary aim is to present quality but less media endorsed movies and documentaries to the audiences from the Coastregion. The first two editions were set at the Kolosej Koper cinemas, afterwards the festival moved to the charming town of Piran where it is held at the Tartini Theatre and the Mediadom Pyrhani.

The festival was launched in 2010 by the film distribution company Fivia/Cenex and the FEMF Institute. Later, the Portorož Auditorium also joined in as a co-producer.

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