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Studio Virc avdio-vizualna produkcija d.o.o.
http://www.studio-virc.com/en/
info@studio-virc.si
Ilke Vaštetove 15, SI-8000 Novo mesto
Phone386 (0) 7 337 8170, 386 (0) 41 689 462
Fax386 (0) 7 337 8171
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Adrej Virc
andrej@studio-virc.si
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Boštjan Virc
bostjan@studio-virc.si
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Past Events
  • 13 May to 18 May 2017
    Screenings of Houston, We Have a Problem!, directed by Žiga Virc (Studio Virc), in the presence of the director, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Tel Aviv, at Cinematheque in Tel Aviv, Israel
    programme
  • 5 March to 12 March 2017
    Screenings of Borders, directed by Damjan Kozole (Vertigo), and Houston, We Have a Problem!, directed by Žiga Virc (Studio Virc), supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Athens, at Frida Liappa Cinema, Olympion Theatre, Stavros Tornes Cinema in Thessaloniki, Greece
    programme
  • 20 January to 24 January 2017
    Screenings of Nightlife, directed by Damjan Kozole (Vertigo), Houston, We Have a Problem!, directed by Žiga Virc (Studio Virc), Good Luck, Orlo!, directed by Sara Kern (Cvinger Film), Beyond Boundaries, based on a poetic text by Aleš Šteger, A Comedy of Tears, directed by Marko Sosič (Arsmedia), Liberation Day, and Valley of Peace, directed by France Štiglic, as well as Tales from Chestnut Forests, directed by Gregor Božič (Nosorogi), within the First Lab Cut programme of the When East Meets West co-production meeting, at the Trieste Film Festival at Sala Tripcovich, Teatro Miela in Trieste/Trst, Italy
    programme
  • 19 January 2017
    A screening of Houston, We Have a Problem!, directed by Žiga Virc (Studio Virc), at the Foreigners of the Oscars Festival, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Ankara, at Instanbul Modern in Istanbul, Turkey
    programme
  • 17 December 2016
    Representatives of Creative Europe Desk Slovenia (Motovila Institute), Tomaž Virc (Studio Virc) and Jožko Rutar at the This is How WE Do it! regional event of the MEDIA Creative Europe coordinators at Europe House Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia
    programme
  • 12 December 2016
    Screenings of Houston, We Have a Problem!, directed by Žiga Virc (Studio Virc), supported by the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA), Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vienna, at Top Kino in Vienna, Austria
    programme
  • 6 December to 7 December 2016
    Screenings of Good Luck, Orlo!, directed by Sara Kern (Cvinger Film), Bon Appétit, La Vie!, directed by Urša Djukić (Sever & Sever Production), Little Fish, directed by Kaja Križnik (Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT)), Nighthawk by Špela Čadež (Finta), A New Home, directed by Žiga Virc, Idyll, directed by Tomaž Gorkič (Blade Production), Family Film, directed by Olmo Omerzu (Arsmedia), and Houston, We Have a Problem!, directed by Žiga Virc (Studio Virc), at Neues Slowenisches Kino Periskop Film Festival, organised by Periskop and supported by the Slovenian Cultural Centre in Berlin at Filmkunst 66 in Berlin, Germany
    programme
  • 7 October to 8 October 2016
    Screenings of Houston, We Have a Problem!, directed by Žiga Virc (Studio Virc), at BFI London Film Festival, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia London, at Prince Charles Cinema, Vue West End Cinema in London, United Kingdom
    programme
  • 7 August to 13 August 2016
    Screenings of Home, directed by Metod Pevec (Vertigo), and Houston, We Have a Problem!, directed by Žiga Virc (Studio Virc), at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival Dokufest at DokuKino, Kino në Lum in Prizren, Kosovo
    programme
  • 27 July to 31 July 2016
    Screenings of Houston, We Have a Problem!, directed by Žiga Virc (Studio Virc), at the Traverse City Film Festival at Bijou by the Bay, Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City, USA
    programme
  • 4 July to 9 July 2016
    Screenings of Nightlife, directed by Damjan Kozole (Vertigo), and Houston, We Have a Problem!, directed by Žiga Virc (Studio Virc), and Perseverance, a work in progress directed by Miha Knific (Nukleus film Slovenia), at the Eurimages Lab 2016 at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival at Drahomíra Cinema, Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre, Lazne III Cinema, Pupp Cinema, Thermal Hotel in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
    programme
  • 14 May to 17 May 2016
    Screenings of Nightlife, directed by Damjan Kozole (Vertigo), Come with Me, directed by Igor Šterk (A.A.C. Productions), Comedy of Tears, directed by Marko Sosič (Arsmedia), and Houston, We Have a Problem!, directed by Žiga Virc (Studio Virc), presented by the Slovenian Film Centre at the Film Market at Palais in Cannes, France
    programme
  • 14 May to 25 May 2014
    The Slovenian Film Centre presenting Slovene films Inferno by Vinko Möderndorfer (Forum Ljubljana) and Tree by Sonja Prosenc (Mono O) at the South-East Pavilion, in addition to Koyaa - Flower by Kolja Saksida (ZVVIKS, Institute for Film and Audiovisual Production), Adagio by Blaž Završnik, Boom Boom Bis by Jani Sever (Sever & Sever Production), and Kresnik: The Lore of Fire by David Sipoš (Haritude Ventures) at the Short Film Corner, and Houston, We Have a Problem by Žiga Virc (Studio Virc Ltd) at the Pavilion Next, in Cannes, France
    programme



Studio Virc is a family company for video, TV in film production, established some 700 of their video works ago, in 1992. Their main interest used to lie in promotional films, TV commercials and training, educational and PR videos, but in recent years the studio also started focusing on filming documentaries and feature films. A particularly successful example of the latter is the 'docudrama' Houston, We Have a Problem!. It was proclaimed the best best Slovene picture in 2016 at the Festival of Slovenian Film and the Slovene candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.

The founders of the studio are the brothers Andrej Virc and Boštjan Virc. While the first one mostly acts as the director of photography, Boštjan usually takes on the role of a producer and scriptwriter. The third and youngest of the crew is Žiga Virc, whose prime focus is directing.

Films and documentaries

Some of the more notable recent films by Studio Virc deal with mountains, and two of them – one about a female climber from pre-WWII years, another about the Slovenian Mountain Rescue Service – garnered them multiple prizes at the International Festival of Mountain Film. Two other similarly themed documentaries are Aurora Polaris (2012), a film about an Alaska climbing expedition, and Crescent Above Edelweiss (2013), which deals with a mosque built during WWI in a small alpine village called Log pod Mangartom.

Many of their works, including the documentaries Vojne igre (War Games, 2012) and Optimisti (Optimists, 2015), were co-produced with Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia).

Houston, We Have a Problem!

In 2012, Studio Virc edited a short teaser for a documentary about a supposed Yugoslavian space programme, sold to the United States in order for them to be able to land on the moon. Rather creative with facts and reality, the teaser became a viral hit on Youtube and its success enabled them to produce Houston, We Have a Problem!, a tongue-in-cheek mix of a documentary and a feature film.

Created as an international co-production with RTV Slovenia, Nukleus Film (SI), Sutor Kolonko (HR), WDR (DE) and HBO Europe, the film premiered in April 2016 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Awards and international recognition

Studio Virc has also been commercially active abroad and has, for example, recorded a series of TV commercials to promote Egyptian tourism. Their work has been awarded at the World Media Festival in Hamburg and at the Cannes Corporate Festival.

Their documentary film 400 let iskanja (400 years of searching), directed by Haidy Kancler, was given the Audience Award at MUVI Lisboa 2015 and also gathered awards at Solo Positivo Film Festival (HR) and Balkan Film Food Festival (AL).

Though achieving this very early on, even before joining the company, Žiga Virc managed to get his short film Trieste is Ours! nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Foreign Student Film.

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