LJUBLJANA: The Slovenian Film Centre announced the successful launch of the Slovenian internet film data base - BSF, an important step towards better national and worldwide overview of Slovenian film production, its history and heritage, statistics and actual production potential.

LJUBLJANA: The share of Slovenian films increased by more than 5% with the top domestic title Let Him Be a Basketball Player 2, directed by Boris Bezić and produced by Gustav Film, ranking 6th in the total admissions’ chart in 2019.

LJUBLJANA: Slovenian cinema Kinodvor, which received the Best Programming Award for 2019 from Europa Cinemas, plans to open a new miniplex as an additional venue for its two screens.

LJUBLJANA: The Slovenian parliament passed a new bill providing 122.6 m EUR in additional funds for arts and culture for the period of 2021 – 2027, an average of 17.5 m EUR each year, for seven years.

LJUBLJANA: Beanpole, an intimate Russian drama about a close friendship between two young women trying to piece together the fragments of their lives in the aftermath of war, won Best Film at the 30th Ljubljana IFF, which ended on 24 November 2019.

LJUBLJANA: Ten films from young filmmakers, presented in the Perspectives section, will compete for the Kingfisher Award at this year’s 30th edition of the Ljubljana IFF, running 13 – 24 November 2019. Among them is Gregor Božič’s debut feature Stories from the Chestnut Woods, the winner of the 22nd Festival of Slovenian Film, and Jan-Ole Gerster’s Lara, awarded with the special Jury Prize at the 54th Karlovy Vary IFF. A total of 25 films will also run for the Dragon audience award.

LJUBLJANA: Tijana Zinajić started shooting her first feature Eva on 25 October 2019 in Ljubljana. The screenplay for this romantic comedy was written by Iza Strehar.

LJUBLJANA: Tamara Dervišević and Luka Markus Štajer are finishing the first Slovenian musical Tim through a newly established production company KaMi produkcija. The low-budget film about an autistic boy was shot in Slovenia in August and September 2019 and is now in postproduction.

LJUBLJANA: The Slovenian Film Centre has announced a total of 2.486 m EUR in production grants for four feature films, two long documentaries and two debut features.

PORTOROŽ: Gregor Božič’s debut feature Stories from the Chestnut Woods won the Vesna Award for best film at the 22nd Festival of Slovenian Film, which ran in Portorož from 17 to 22 September 2019. The film won 11 Vesna awards and also the IRIDIUM award for first feature.