LJUBLJANA: Several film projects were interrupted because of the Coronavirus pandemic, most of them postponed to a later date, some of them to 2021; film theatres and multiplexes were more or less closed almost all year (completely closed for five months, operating with limited seating capacity for another five months). For the same reason the distribution and cinema releases were very limited, which resulted in a drop in cinema attendance of almost 80%.

LJUBLJANA: The shooting of the Slovenian feature Wake Me / Zbudi Me, directed by Marko Šantić and produced by Vertigo, began in Jesenice on 26 January 2021. Jure Henigman, one of the most acclaimed Slovenian actors of the younger generation, plays the main role in this Slovenian/Croatian/Serbian/French drama.

LJUBLJANA: Slovenian cinema admissions and total box office decreased by some 77% in 2020, compared with 2019 results. Admissions dropped to only 539,970 compared to some 2.45 m in 2019, and the total box office dropped to 2.887 m EUR compared to 12.6 m EUR in 2019 and 12.8 m in 2018.

LJUBLJANA: The Slovenian Government has released the approved funds for filmmakers in the final days of 2020 enabling the Slovenian Film Centre to execute all the delayed payments to the Slovenian producers, actors and other filmmakers by 31 December 2020.

TALLINN: Miroslav Mandić’s sixth feature Sanremo, a drama about aging, premieres in competition at the 24th Black Nights Film Festival, which runs through 29 November 2020. This Slovenian/Italian coproduction was filmed in Slovenia and Italy in the autumn of 2019.

LJUBLJANA: Slovenian arthouse cinemas, already struggling for survival from COVID closures and capacity restrictions, are now facing funding cuts of nearly half from the Slovenian Ministry of Culture.

LJUBLJANA: The Greek/Polish/Slovenian coproduction drama Apples / Sadeži pozabe by Christos Nikou won the Kingfisher Award for best film at the 31st Ljubljana IFF.

LJUBLJANA: One of the most respected and influential Slovenian distributors Janko Čretnik died on 13 November 2020 at the age of 63.

LJUBLJANA: Only five films will compete for the main prize of the 31st Ljubljana IFF, which will be held online from 11 to 24 November 2020. Among them are Christos Nikou's Apples, which won the Vesna award for best minority coproduction at the 23rd Festival of Slovenian Film, and Marko Đorđević's My Morning Laughter, the winner of the the Auteur Film Festival 2019.

LJUBLJANA: Mury the Cat – The Big Game and The War of The Words Or The Respectful Silence received the top awards for 2020 from the Slovene Animated Film Association (DSAF). The short animated film Mury the Cat – The Big Game won in the categories of best directing and best animation technique. The War of The Words Or The Respectful Silence won for the best artistic design.

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