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LJUBLJANA: Dejan Prešiček was appointed new Minister of Culture for Slovenia on 15 September 2018. The new Minister started his term in office by announcing that he is planning to prepare a new national cultural programme and to pass legislation which would ensure additional funding for the culture. He will strive for further development of the Slovene film production and also acknowledges the importance of encouraging foreign film production in Slovenia.

PORTOROŽ: Urša Menart’s debut feature My Last Year as a Loser won the Vesna Award for best film at the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film, which ran in Portorož from 10 to 15 September 2018. It is the first time that the most important Vesna award is presented to a film made by a female director.

PORTOROŽ: Peter Bratuša’s Gaja’s World / Gajin svet will be screened in the competition of the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož (10-15 September 2018). The film is a contemporary teen romantic comedy with elements of a crime film, set in present-day urban reality.

PORTOROŽ: Marko Šantić's sophomore feature Together / Skupaj will be screened in the competition of the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož (10-15 September 2018)

PORTOROŽ: Slovenian female film pioneer Maja Weiss's documentary My Way 50 / My Way 50 – Med iskanim in najdenim svetom will be screened in the competition of the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož (10-15 September 2018). Weiss received the Manfred Salzgeber Prize for the most innovative European film at the 52th Berlin IFF for Guardian of the Frontier (2002, Belafilm), the first Slovenian feature directed by a female director.

PORTOROŽ: Erased / Izbrisana will be screened in the competition of the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož (10-15 September 2018). This gripping tale, which shows the anomalies of the Slovenian social system, is the first feature film from Slovenian award-winning writer Miha Mazzini.

PORTOROŽ: Sonja Prosenc’s sophomore film History of Love / Zgodovina ljubezni will be screened in the competition of the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož (10-15 September 2018). The film received a Special Jury Mention in the main competition of the 53 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

PORTOROŽ: Peter Bratuša’s drama Awakenings / Prebujanja will be screened in the competition of the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož (10-15 September 2018). The film stars Katarina Čas, who also played in The Wolf in Wall Street (2013) and Danny Collins (2015).

PORTOROŽ: Darko Štante’s youth delinquent drama Consequences / Posledice will be screened in the competition of the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož (10-15 September 2018). This Slovenian/Austrian coproduction is Darko Štante’s debut feature and also the first feature film produced by Filmsko društvo Temporama, a company established in 2012 and aiming at encouraging young filmmakers.

PORTOROŽ: Miroslav Mandić’s black and white drama I Act, I Am / Igram, sem will be screened in the competition of the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož (10-15 September 2018). This three-part story explores the interaction between the roles that actors and actresses play on stage or in front of the camera, and their impact on their private lives. The film is a Slovenian/Bosnian/Croatian coproduction.