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MARKET ANALYSIS 2018

My Last Year as a Loser by Urša MenartSlovenian cinema admissions in 2018 increased by 8% and the total box office increased by almost 10%. Admissions for domestic films decreased by almost 20%, although more titles were released, and the box office dropped by more than 31%.

Slovenian film production is stable, while more foreign productions are being shot due to the 25% cash rebate scheme.

In 2018 the Slovenian Film Centre received 4,859,000 EUR for film funding and other activities and a higher amount is expected for 2019. Since the beginning of November 2018 the annual budget for film production has been gradually increasing, to reach 11 m EUR by 2022.

Dejan Prešiček was appointed new Minister of Culture of Slovenia on 15 September 2018 and resigned after only four months. Zoran Poznič was appointed new Minister of Culture on 8 March 2019.

PRODUCTION

Erased by Miha MazziniSlovenian producers usually produce around 15 feature films and documentaries per year, and they are more and more focused on coproductions, especially with other ex-Yugoslavian countries. Foreign producers’ share in the investments in Slovenian majority projects has come close to a relatively high number of 30%.

The national television RTV Slovenija still plays a key role in the domestic production, making up to five feature and documentary films per year and acting as a regular coproducer.

In 2018 fifteen domestic feature films were completed, approximately half of which were documentaries. Together with international coproductions 21 films were completed in 2018.
In 2019 nine feature films, three documentaries and one experimental film are expected to be completed. Eight feature films (including four debuts) and two documentaries are expected to start shooting in 2019.

The feature films completed in 2018 are: Erased / Izbrisana directed by Miha Mazzini and produced by Gustav Film; My Last Year as a Loser / Ne bom več luzerka directed by Urša Menart and produced by Vertigo;  History of Love / Zgodovina ljubezni directed by Sonja Prosenc and produced by MonoO; Consequences / Posledice directed by Darko Štante and produced by Temporama; I Act, I Am directed by Miroslav Mandić and produced by Filmostovje; Gaja’s World / Gajin svet directed by Peter Bratuša and produced by Felina, and Together / Skupaj directed by Marko Šantić and produced by RTV Slovenija.

The long documentaries completed in 2018 are: A Man from the Border directed by Boris Jurjaševič and produced by Fabula; My Way 50 directed by Maja Weiss and produced by Zavod Maja Weiss; Cankar directed by Amir Muratović and produced by Cebram; A Thousand Hours of Bitterness for a Single Hour of Joy, directed by Dušan Moravec and produced by Friendly Production; iIsland directed by Miha Čelar and produced by Astral film; Growing Up / Odraščanje directed by Siniša Gačić and Dominik Mencej and produced by Zavod Zuhr; Pero Lovsin – You Can directed by Jani Sever, and Much Do You Love Yourself? directed by Nina Blažin, both produced by Sever & Sever.

History of Love by Sonja ProsencThe following feature films are expected to be completed in 2019: Stories from Chestnut Woods / Zgodbe iz kostanjevih gozdov directed by Gregor Božič and produced by Nosorogi; Don’t Forget to Breathe / Ne pozabi dihati directed by Martin Turk and produced by Bela film; All Against All / Vsi proti vsem directed by Andrej Košak and produced by Blade production; Everything is Different / Vse je drugače (aka I Am Frank) by Metod Pevec and produced by Vertigo; Oroslan (aka Wake) directed by Matjaž Ivanišin and produced by Staragara; Half-Sister / Polsestra directed by Damjan Kozole and produced by Vertigo; Corporation / Korporacija directed by Matej Nahtigal and produced by Lignit film; Let Him Be a Basketball Player 2 / Košarkar naj bo 2 directed by Boris Bezić and produced by Gustav Film; and Ptičar directed by Robert Černelč and produced by Tamal Films.

The following long documentaries are expected to be completed in 2019: The Business of Revenge / Krvno maščevanje directed by Marija Zidar and produced by Vertigo; Hči Camorre directed by Siniša Gačić and produced by Studio Maj; and Antigona directed by Jani Sever and produced by Sever & Sever.

The following feature films are expected to start shooting in 2019: Two Riders / Jezdeca directed by Dominik Mencej and produced by Staragara; Sanremo directed by Miroslav Mandić and produced by Filmostovje; Night Quartet / Nočni kvartet directed by Vinko Möderndorfer and produced by Forum Ljubljana; Once Were Humans / Nekoč so bili ljudje directed by Goran Vojnović and produced by Arsmedia; Inventory / Inventura directed by Darko Sinko and produced by December; Orchestra / Orkester directed by Matevž Luzar and produced by Gustav Film; Grandpa Goes South / Dedek gre na jug directed by Vinči Anžlovar and produced by A Atalanta; Eva directed by Tijana Zinajić and produced by December.

Petra SeliskarThe following long documentaries are expected to be completed in 2019: Telo directed by Petra Seliškar and produced by Petra Pan Film and Ganja Will Set You Free / Konoplja osvobaja directed by Miha Čelar and produced by Astral film.

The 25% cash rebate scheme introduced in autumn of 2016 increased the interest of foreign productions in Slovenia and in 2018 eight foreign projects from six production companies got a total support of 0.8 m EUR (compared to 0.65 m EUR in 2017).

The projects which benefited from the scheme in 2018 are: Italy’s Strangers in Paradise directed by Gabriele Slavatores and Croatian Murina directed by Antoaneta Alamat Kursjanović (both serviced by Staragara), Philippines’ Motel Acacia directed by Bradley Liew (serviced by Studio Virc); Serbian TV series Shadows Over Balkan directed by Dragan Bjelogrlić (serviced by Perfo), South Korea’s Memories of the Alhambra directed by Ahn Gil-ho (serviced by Nora Production), Italy’s I Just Wanted to Be a Rock Star II directed by Matteo Oleotto (serviced by Staragara), US documentary Satori directed by Gabrielle Tana and UK documentary Who the Fuck you Think You Are Slavoj Žižek? directed by James Morton Haworth. These projects were partly shot in Slovenia, which shows that Slovenia has become a popular film location.

Consequences by Darko StanteDISTRIBUTION

Eighteen domestic films (six feature films and 12 documentaries), including minority coproductions  were released in 2018, compared to 12 in 2017. Most of them were screened at the annual showcase of Slovenian film, the Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož, and were theatrically released afterwards. One of the films, the documentary Cankar by Amir Muratović was also already broadcast on the national television RTV Slovenija.

Gaja’s World directed by Peter Bratuša and produced by Felina took the eighth place among Top 10 releases in Slovenian cinemas in 2019.

In 2018 Urša Menart’s My Last Year as a Loser won three Vesna awards (best film, script, supporting actress), the same as Darko Štante’s Consequences (director, leading actor, supporting actor); Miha Mazzini's Erased won four awards (leading actress, original music, production design, costume design); Sonja Prosenc's History of Love won two awards (DoP, special original achievement); Peter Bratuša’s Gaja’s World won two awards (best make-up, special achievements), the same as Nina Blažin’s documentary How Much Do You Love Yourself? (best documentary, editing), while the Czech/Slovenian/Slovak/French/Polish coproduction Winter Flies by Olmo Omerzu won the Vesna Award for Best Minority Coproduction.

The year 2018 was again very successful for the international recognition of Slovenian films. The most significant international awards are: the Special Jury Mention at the 53 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for Sonja Prosenc's History of Love; Best Director and the Ecumenical Prize at the 53 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for Olmo Omerzu’s Winter Flies; a successful selection at the Toronto Film Festival for Darko Štante’s Consequences, as well as17 awards (including best actor at the FAJJR IFF in Teheran and at the Orenburg IFF in Russia) for Hanna Slak’s The Miner, 10 awards (including the Artistic Vision Award at the DocAviv in Tel Aviv and the Special Jury Mention at ZagrebDox) for Matjaž Ivanišin’s Playing Men produced by Nosorogi, and Best Film Award at Let’s CEE in Vienna for Janez Burger’s Ivan.

The Box by Dušan KastelicAmong short films, The Box directed by Dušan Kastelic and produced by RTV Slovenija, and Nighthawk directed by Špela Čadež and produced by Finta, were the most awarded Slovenian films internationally in 2018.

The leading position among distributors in 2018 is held by Blitz Film & Video Distribution with 42% box office share, followed by Karantanija Cinemas with 31%, Continental Film and 2i Film with 10% each. All of them distribute mostly commercial films from major Hollywood studios such as Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Paramount. Two of them, Continental Film and 2iFilm manage distribution from Croatia, while Blitz Film & Video Distribution is also strongly connected to its mother company in Croatia.

The smaller Slovenian distribution companies, which distribute independent, domestic and European films, are Fivia (with 4% box office share in 2018), Cinemania Group and Demiurg (with 1% each).

I Act I Am by Miroslav MandićEXHIBITION AND BOX OFFICE

Slovenian cinema admissions are usually around 2.5 m and generate around 12 m EUR per year. There are 50 operating cinemas with 98 digital screens, and the average ticket price is just above 5 EUR.

Most of the Slovenian attendance is generated by multiplexes in bigger cities, owned by two major multiplex chains: Kolosej Kinematografi and Cineplexx. While Cineplexx operates six multiplexes in Maribor, Celje, Kranj, Koper, Murska Sobota and Novo mesto, Kolosej Kinematografi runs the biggest multiplex (plus the one screen cinema theatre Komuna) in the capital city of Ljubljana and a smaller one in Kranj.

One of the two multiplexes in Maribor, previously operated by Kolosej kinematografi, now operates under the name Maribox, and is owned by the company Projektor d.o.o.

Other cinema theatres try to balance commercial and art house films. Most of them are members of the Slovenian Art Cinema Asociation, which currently has 27 active members. 

The leading art house cinema is Kinodvor, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in February 2018. Since its opening approximately 2,200 feature films have had more than 17,600 screenings and generated over 2 m admissions.

Gajas World by Peter Bratuša, photo: Katja GoljatThe main art film event in Slovenia is the Ljubljana International Film Festival LIFFe, organised by Cankarjev dom. In its 29th edition LIFFe generated 43,000 admissions for 291 screenings. A total of 97 long and 15 short films from 52 countries were screened in Ljubljana at Cankarjev dom, Kinoteka, Kinodvor and Komuna; and simultaneously in Maribor, Celje and Novo mesto, from 7 to 18 November 2018.

Slovenian cinema admissions in 2018 increased by 8% to 2.449 m (compared to 2,354,734 in 2017) and the total box office increased by 8% to 12.8 m EUR (11,637,025 EUR in 2017).

Three titles crossed the line of 100,000 admissions: Bohemian Rhapsody with 144,160 admissions and 841,894 EUR gross, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again with 114,519 admissions and 594,090 EUR gross and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation with 113,151 admissions and 605,721 EUR gross.

In 2018 admissions for domestic films decreased by almost 20%, although more titles were released, and the box office dropped by almost 31% to 427,236 EUR compared to 617,456 EUR in 2017. Domestic films represent around 5% share in total admissions and 3.3% share in total box office.

Gaja’s World directed by Peter Bratuša and produced by Felina Films was the most popular domestic title in 2018 with 62,040 admissions and 221,483 EUR gross, ranking 14th in the general chart. The rest of the domestic top five includes documentaries The Family directed by Rok Biček and produced by Cvinger film, and The Last Ice Hunters directed by Jure Breceljnik and Rožle Bregar and produced by FilmIT; feature films Let Him Be a Basketball Player directed by Boris Petkovič and produced by Gustav Film, and Consequences directed by Darko Štante and produced by Filmsko društvo Temporama.

Everything is Different by Metod PevecThe Slovenian film with the most admissions since 1991 is still At Hostar / Pr’ Hostar by Luka Marčetić with 211,604 admissions (179,667 admissions in 2016 and 31,937 admissions in 2017), followed by Going Our Way / Gremo mi po svoje directed by Miha Hočevar and produced by Vertigo/Emotionfilm (2010), with 205,439 admissions.

GRANTS AND NEW LEGISLATION

The main film institution in Slovenia is the Slovenian Film Centre (SFC), a public agency established in 2011 replacing the Slovenian Film Fund. Its goal is to encourage creativity by providing suitable conditions for audiovisual activities.

The SFC supports national film production, development, postproduction, distribution as well as film education and film festivals. The majority of its funding is in the form of a subsidy from the Ministry of Culture, with the amount depending on the annual budget of the country.

Since its launch, the SFC has been involved in the production of 80% of domestic films with an average funding support of over 50% per project. Other sources of support in Slovenia originate from the national television RTV Slovenija, coproductions, services backed by the state and provided by FS Viba film studio in the form of technical services, from foreign film funds and institutions.

In 2018 SFC received 4,859,000 EUR for film funding and other activities and a higher amount is expected for 2019. Moreover, based on the unanimous vote by the Slovenian parliamentary Culture Committee in November 2018 the annual budget for film production will gradually increase to reach 11 m EUR by 2022.

The Family by Rok BicekThe managing director of the SFC is Nataša Bučar, appointed in December 2016. She and her team have to prepare a new strategy for the next four years, in spite of the fact that the national programme for Culture is still pending.

In 2018 the Slovenian Film Centre announced 12 public tenders and awarded grants totalling 4.12 m EUR (3,836,300 EUR in 2017). The results of five of them (two additional script and project developments, investment stimulation for AV production, minority coproductions, student films) were not yet announced at the beginning of 2019.

In 2018, a total of 2,687,935 EUR went to film production (production, debut features, short feature and animated films), 595,382 EUR went to audiovisual projects, and 40,000 EUR to script and project development. A total of 221,200 EUR was allotted to festivals, 132,000 EUR for film education and 20,440 EUR for professional education.

Among other activities, the SFC successfully continues the project Our Films At Home, aiming at promoting domestic films among the Slovenian audience – eight film premieres were organised in 2018.

The restoration of Slovenian classics continued in 2018 and Jože Bevc’s Real Pests! (1977, Viba Film) and France Štiglic’s On Our Land (1948, Triglav film) were restored and released on Blu-ray.

In March 2018 the SFC organised a panel discussion about the research on gender inequality in the film sector, which showed that 90% of Slovenian films had been directed by men in past two decades. According to the statistics at the end of the year the situation improved, as the share of women directors who received financial support for their feature films in 2018 increased up to 22%, while their share in the field of short films was 43%.

Dejan Prešiček was appointed the new Minister of Culture for Slovenia on 15 September 2018. He plans to prepare a new national cultural programme and to pass the legislation that would ensure additional funding for culture. He also promised to strive for further development of Slovene film production and also that he would encourage foreign film production in Slovenia.

Half Sister by Damjan Kozole: Urša Menart and Liza Marija Grašič as Half Sisters, Copyright: Urša PremikTV

In the last few years, according to the Law on the Slovenian Film Centre, the public broadcaster RTV Slovenija has been obliged to invest in independent projects.

The leading commercial TV Pro plus with its five channels, POP TV, KANAL A, KINO, BRIO and OTO, made its leading position even stronger with news, foreign programming, reality shows, local TV series and sporting events. It is followed by the national television RTV Slovenija with its three national channels, and another commercial television Planet TV. Other significant players are foreign cable TV channels Fox Group, Cas Media, HBO Europe; TV3 medias and several ex-Yugoslavian TV channels.

Prime time in Slovenian television is generally held by news (Dnevnik, 24 ur, Planet Danes), reality and entertainment shows (Slovenia Got Talent, Your Voice Sounds Familiar, Dancing with the Stars, Masterchef, Gostilna išče šefa, Farm, Biggest Looser, Vse je mogoče) and domestic fiction (Reka ljubezni, Dragi sosedje), most of them produced by Pro plus. In 2018 a significant interest in Turkish series was revealed.

In 2018 Pro plus had a 49.6% prime time share, RTV Slovenija 15.9%, Planet TV 6.8%, TV3 Medias 0.8% and other TV channels 26.9%.

Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (CME) announced in January 2019 the termination of the agreement to sell its operations in Slovenia and retains full ownership of Pro plus, the leading television network group in the country.

CONTACTS:

SLOVENIAN FILM CENTRE
Miklošiceva 38
SI - 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 23 43 200
Fax: +386 (0)1 23 43 219
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www.film-center.si

SLOVENIA FILM COMMISSION
Miklošičeva 38
SI - 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)3 23 43 200
Fax: +386 (0)1 23 43 219
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MINISTRY OF CULTURE OF REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA
Maistrova ulica 10
SI - 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 369 59 00
Fax: +386 (0)1 369 59 01
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www.mk.gov.si

FS VIBA
Stegne 5
SI - 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: + 386 (0)1 5132 402
Fax: + 386 (0)1 5132 550
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www.vibafilm.si

Report by Damijan Vinter (2019)
Sources: Fivia/Cenex, the Slovenian Film Centre, the Ministry of Culture


 MARKET ANALYSIS 2017

Let Him Be a Basketball Player by Boris PetkovičThere were no major changes in 2017 in terms of general admissions in Slovenian cinemas, as well as film production and grants awarded by the Slovenian Film Centre.

More Slovenian titles were released, but the audience’s interest in domestic films decreased by approximately five percent, which is still above the last five years’ average.

The new cash rebate scheme for foreign productions has shown its first results, while the new film law is still pending.

PRODUCTION

The list of feature films which started production or preproduction in 2017 includes: Zadušnica, directed by Matjaž Ivanišin and produced by Staragara; Polsestra, directed by Damjan Kozole and produced by Vertigo; Ne pozabi dihati, directed by Martin Turk and produced by Bela film; Vsi proti vsem, directed by Andrej Košak and produced by Blade production; Night Quartet / Nočni kvartet, directed by Vinko Möderndorfer and produced by Forum Ljubljana; Once Were Humans / Nekoč so bili ljudje, directed by Goran Vojnović and produced by Arsmedia; Corporation / Korporacija, directed by Matej Nahtigal and produced by Lignit film; Two Riders / Jezdeca, directed by Dominik Mencej and produced by Staragara; Inventory / Inventura, directed by Darko Sinko and produced by December.History of Love by Sonja Prosenc

The following feature films are expected to be completed in 2018: History of Love / Zgodovina ljubezni, directed by Sonja Prosenc and produced by MonoO; My Last Year as a Loser / Ne bom več luzerka by Urša Menart and I Am Frank / Jaz sem Frenk by Metod Pevec, both produced by Vertigo; Consequences / Posledice, directed by Darko Štante and produced by Temporama; Gaja’s World / Gajin svet, directed by Peter Bratuša and produced by Felina; Stories from Chestnut Woods / Zgodbe iz kostanjevih gozdov, directed by Gregor Božič and produced by Nosorogi.

The following long documentaries will be completed in 2018: This Work is Public Property / To delo je v javni lasti, directed by Amir Muratović and produced by Cebram; Krvno maščevanje, directed by Marija Zidar and produced by Vertigo; Nikita, directed by Siniša Gačić and produced by Studio Maj and Ballandi Arts; Vlado, directed by Miran Zupanič and produced by Arsmedia, and iOtok, directed by Miha Čelar and produced by Astral.

Eva Jesenovec and Urša Menart - My Last Year as a Loser by Ursa Menart; credit: Vertigo; photo by Zeljko StevanicThe introduction of a 25% cash rebate scheme in autumn of 2016, expected to increase the interest of foreign productions in Slovenia, has shown its first results. Three foreign projects which benefited from the scheme, getting a total support of 650,000 EUR, are filmed in Slovenia: the UK/German/Belgian trilogy Intrigo (serviced by Pakt Media d.o.o.), the Korean Black Knight (serviced by Nora Production) and the Irish Belly of the Whale (serviced by Slovenian branches of Nukleus film). All of them were shot in 2017.

Slovenia has also become popular with Indian filmmakers, as feature films Spyder / Sambhavami, directed by A. R. Murugadoss and starring well-known Indian actor Mahesh Babu, and Vivegam / Thala 57, directed by the Siruthai Siva and starring Ajith Kumar and Kajal Aggarwal, were partly shot in Slovenia in spring and summer of 2017, with Azaleja Global servicing for both of them.

The Miner by Hanna SlakDISTRIBUTION

Due to the fact that many projects from the previous year(s) were delayed, more domestic films were released in 2017. Slovenian producers usually produce around 10 feature films and documentaries per year, and are more and more focused on coproductions, especially with other ex-Yugoslavian producers. Foreign producers’ share in the investments in Slovenian majority projects has come close to a relatively high number of 30 percent.

The national television RTV Slovenija still plays a key role in the domestic production, making up to five feature and documentary films per year and acting as a regular coproducer.

In 2017 eighteen Slovenian films were completed, including 12 feature films and six documentaries. Most of them were screened at the annual showcase of Slovenian film, the Slovenian Film Festival in Portorož, and were already domestically released by the end of 2017. The rest of them will be released in 2018.

Ksana by Dejan BabosekThe feature films completed in 2017 are: Let Him Be a Basketball Player / Košarkar naj bo, directed by Boris Petkovič and produced by Gustav Film; Ksana / Ksana, directed by Dejan Babosek and produced by Narayan Production; A Dream / Privid, directed by Boštjan Slatenšek and produced by FilRouge; Slovenia, Australia and Tomorrow the World / Slovenija, Avstralija in jutri ves svet, directed by Marko Naberšnik and produced by Perfo Production; Ivan / Ivan, directed by Janez Burger and produced by Staragara; The Basics of Killing / Družinica, directed by Jan Cvitkovič and produced by Perfo Production; The Miner / Rudar, directed by Hanna Slak and produced by Nukleus Film; Sly Foxes / Stekle lisice, directed by Boris Jurjaševič and produced by RTV Slovenija; Perseverance / Vztrajanje, directed by Miha Knific and produced by Nukleus Film; Erased / Izbrisana, directed  by Miha Mazzini and produced by Gustav Film; Mesto svetlobe, directed by Marko Kumer Murč and produced by EnaBanda; and Igram, sem, directed by Mirsolav Mandić and produced by Filmostovje.

The documentaries completed in 2017 are: The Family / Družina, directed by Rok Biček and produced by Cvinger film; Codelli / Codelli, directed by Miha Čelar and produced by Astral film; The Last Ice Hunters / Zadnji ledeni lovci, directed by Jure Breceljnik and Rožle Bregar, and produced by FilmIT; Charlatan Magnifique, directed by Maja Pavlin and produced by RTV Slovenija; They Were Tito's Towns / Bila so Titova mesta, directed by Amir Muratović and produced by RTV Slovenija; Every Good Story Is a Love Story / Vsaka dobra zgodba je ljubezenska zgodba, directed by Matjaž Ivanišin and Rajko Grlić and produced by Vertigo.

Codelli by Miha CelarThe most significant awards for Slovenian films in 2017 are: the Vesna Award for best film at the 20th Slovenian Film Festival and the Critics Week Award at the Locarno Film Festival 2017 for Biček's The Family; six Vesna Awards (best feature film, best actress, script, cinematography, music, make-up) for Burger's Ivan; four Vesna Awards (DoP, music, costume design, sound) and best actress award at the Montreal Film Festival for Cvitković’s The Basics of Killing; three Vesna Awards (supporting actor, supporting actress, best original AV work) for Knific’s Perseverance; three Vesna Awards (best director, best actor, best editing) and the special jury mention at the 33rd Warsaw Film Festival for Hanna Slak's The Miner.

Špela Čadež won several international prizes, including the grand prix awards at the Netherland Animation Film Festival, at the Bucheon International Animation Festival and at the 27th Animafest Zagreb, for her short animated film Nighthawk / Nočna ptica produced by Fint.

Nighthawk by Spela CadezMatjaž Ivanišin won the Georges de Beauregard award at the International Film Festival Marseille for his medium-length documentary Playing Man produced by Restart.

A total of 178 films were distributed in Slovenian cinemas in 2017, of which around 55% were US productions, 38% European and from other countries, while the domestic productions and coproductions represented approximately 7%.

In 2017 the leading distribution company was Karantanija Cinemas d.o.o., followed by Blitz Film & Video Distribution. Both distribute mostly commercial films from major Hollywood studios such as Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Paramount. The official representatives of two major US distribution companies are from Croatia: Walt Disney’s distribution in Slovenia is represented by 2i Film and Sony Columbia’s by Croatian Continental Film.

The Last Ice Hunters by Jure Breceljnik and Rožle BregarSome smaller distribution companies, such as Cinemania Group d.o.o., Cenex d.o.o., Demiurg and Fivia, distribute independent, domestic and European films.

EXHIBITION AND BOX OFFICE

Slovenian cinema admissions are usually around 2 m per year. There are 50 operating cinemas with 111 screens, of which 95 are digitalised, according to official statistics from 2016.

Most of the Slovenian attendance is generated by multiplexes in bigger cities, owned by two major multiplex chains: Kolosej Kinematografi and Cineplexx. While Cineplexx operates six multiplexes in Maribor, Celje, Kranj, Koper, Murska Sobota and Novo mesto, Kolosej Kinematografi runs the biggest multiplex in the capital city of Ljubljana and a smaller one in Kranj.

Perseverance by Miha KnificOne of the two multiplexes in Maribor, previously operated by Kolosej kinematografi, now operates under the name Maribox, and is owned by the company Projektor d.o.o. Other cinema theatres try to balance commercial and art house films.

Slovenian admissions in 2017 dropped to approximately 2.306 m (compared to 2.34 m in 2016), while total box office was approximately 11.6 m EUR (compared to 11.9 m EUR in 2016).

In 2017 just one title crossed the line of 100,000 admissions (there were two in 2016), the animated feature Despicable Me 3, followed by Fifty Shades Darker, The Fate of the Furious, the domestic teen comedy Let Him Be a Basketball Player and the US animated feature The Boss Baby. The rest of the top ten includes: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Smurfs: The Lost Village , Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Baywatch and La La Land.

Charlatan Magnifique by Maja PavlinFifteen Slovenian films, ten of them supported by the Slovenian Film Centre (SFC), were released in cinemas in 2017. Total domestic admissions were 163,774 (compared to 230,851 in 2016) and box office was 617,452 EUR, representing approximately eight percent of the total admissions (it was 10% in 2016 and just 2% in 2015) and little less than six percent of the total annual box office.

Top five domestic titles in 2017 are: Let Him Be a Basketball Player, directed by Boris Petkovič and produced by Gustav Film, with 78,041 admissions, At Hostar by Luka Marčetić (produced by Kerlc Film in coproduction with Iridum Film) with 31,937 admissions, Militia 2 by Sašo Đukić, produced by Franci Kek and Tadej Klapš, with 11,259 admissions, Come Along, directed by Igor Šterk and produced by A.A.C. Productions, with 9,554 admissions, and Awakenings, directed by Peter Bratuša and produced by Felina, with 8,239 admissions.

Come Along by Igor ŠterkThe Slovenian film with the most admissions since 1991 is At Hostar / Pr’ Hostar by Luka Marčetić with 211,604 admissions (179.667 admissions in 2016 and 31,937 admissions in 2017), followed by Going Our Way / Gremo mi po svoje (directed by Miha Hočevar and produced by Vertigo/Emotionfilm, 2010) with 205,439 admissions.

The 28th edition of the Ljubljana International Film Festival LIFFe, organised by Cankarjev dom, generated 43,000 admissions and screened 97 long and 17 short films from 43 countries from 8 to 19 November 2017.

 

They Were Titos Towns by Amir MuratovićGRANTS AND NEW LEGISLATION

The main film institution in Slovenia is the Slovenian Film Centre (SFC), a public agency established in 2011 and replacing the Slovenian Film Fund. Its goal is to encourage creativity by providing suitable conditions for audiovisual activities.

The SFC supports national film production, postproduction, distribution and film festivals. In theory, its funding sources should come from the state budget, the agency’s own income, collaboration with international organisations, donations and sponsorships. In practice, the majority of its funding is in the form of a subsidy from the Ministry of Culture, with the amount depending on the annual budget of the country.

The Basics of Killing by Ian CvitkovičSince its launch, the SFC has been involved in the production of 80% of domestic films with an average funding support of over 50% per project. The SFC provided 4.434 m EUR for film production in 2017 and approximately the same amount is secured for 2018.

The managing director of the SFC is Nataša Bučar, appointed in December 2016.

The new film law is still pending, however in September 2016 some changes to the legislation governing the funding of the SFC were made and a new 25% cash rebate scheme for foreign production was introduced.

In 2017 the Slovenian Film Centre announced 13 public tenders and awarded grants totalling 3,836,300 EUR (3.95 m EUR in 2016). The results of three of them (minority coproductions, development, investment stimulation for AV production) have not yet been announced at the beginning of 2018.

A total of 2.603 m EUR went to film production (production, debut features, coproductions), 574,000 EUR went to audiovisual projects, 100,000 EUR to student films and 40,000 EUR to script and project development.

Sly Foxes by Boris JurjaševićA total of 73,900 EUR was allotted to festivals, 155,400 EUR for film education and 30,000 EUR for professional education.

In 2017 the SFC also started the project Our Films At Home, aiming at promoting domestic films among the Slovenian audience.

Other sources of support originate from coproductions, services backed by the state and provided by FS Viba film studio in the form of technical assistance, international film funds and institutions.

Slovenia Australia and Tomorrow the World by Marko NabersnikTV

In the last few years, according to the Law on the Slovenian Film Centre, the public broadcaster RTV Slovenia has been obliged to invest in independent projects.

In 2017, the leading commercial TV Pro plus with its five channels (POP TV, KANAL A, KINO, BRIO and OTO) kept its leading position with news, foreign programming, reality shows, local TV series and sporting events, followed by the national television RTV Slovenija with its three national channels, and the commercial television Planet TV.

Every Good Story Is a Love Story by Matjaž Ivanišin and Rajko GrlićOther significant players are foreign cable TV channels Fox Group, Cas Media, HBO Europe and several ex-Yugoslavian TV channels.

Prime time on Slovenian television is generally held by news (Dnevnik, 24 ur, Planet Danes), reality and entertainment shows (Slovenia Got Talent, Your Voice Sounds Familiar, Dancing with the Stars, Masterchef, Gostilna išče šefa, Farm, Biggest Looser, Vse je mogoče) and domestic fiction (Ena žlahnta štorija, Usodno vino, Reka ljubezni), most of them produced by Pro plus and Planet TV.

In 2017 a few non-English language fiction programmes, like the German TV series Mountain Medic / The Bergdoktor and a Turkish TV series, also had a significant share.

While Planet TV launched the last, sixth season of the TV series Ena žlahtna štorija, directed by Aleš Žemlja, Boris Petkovič, Jaka Šuligoj and Marko Cafnik, Pro plus successfully finished the fourth season of Usodno vino and has started a new domestic TV series Reka ljubezni directed by Nejc Levstik and Jaka Šuligoj, produced by Perfo Production, in Autumn.

CONTACTS:

SLOVENIAN FILM CENTRE
Miklošiceva 38
SI - 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 23 43 200
Fax: +386 (0)1 23 43 219
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www.film-center.si

SLOVENIA FILM COMMISSION
Miklošičeva 38
SI - 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)3 23 43 200
Fax: +386 (0)1 23 43 219
Mojca Planšak, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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MINISTRY OF CULTURE OF REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA
Maistrova ulica 10
SI - 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 369 59 00
Fax: +386 (0)1 369 59 01
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www.mk.gov.si

FS VIBA
Stegne 5
SI - 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: + 386 (0)1 5132 402
Fax: + 386 (0)1 5132 550
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www.vibafilm.si

Report by Damijan Vinter (2018)
Sources:the  Slovenian Film Centre, the Ministry of Culture

 

Fact box Slovenia

Population: 2.081m (2018)
GDP per capita in USD: 22,182 (2018)
Admissions: 2.449m (2018)
Admissions per capita: 1.225 (2018)
Box office: 12.795.794 EUR (2018)
Feature film production: 21 (2018) (Feature films including coproductions)
Number of screens: 108 (2018)
Digital screens: 98 (2018)
Average ticket price in Euro: 5.02 EUR (2018)
Annual state support for film industry: 4.858m EUR (2018)

Source: Slovenian Film Centre, Cenex, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, International Monetary Fund

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Admissions Top Ten 2018

TITLE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN ADMISSIONS
Bohemian Rhapsody US/UK 144,160
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again US/UK 114,519
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation US 113,151
Grinch US/France/China/Japan 89,390
Fifty Shades Freed US 89,026
A Star Is Born US 75,892
Johnny English Strikes Again US/UK/France 74,286
Gaya's World SI 62,040
Incredibles 2 US 58,945
Ferdinand US 55,040

 Source Slovenian Film Agency 

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Nataša Bučar, Director Slovenian Film Centre 

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Interview with Jožko Rutar

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Jožko Rutar, (former) Director Slovenian Film Centre
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Partner links Slovenia

Slovenian Film Centre- http://www.film-sklad.si 

Slovenian Cinematheque - www.kinoteka.si 

Slovenian Film Archive - www.arhiv.gov.si/

Association of Slovenian Filmmakers -  www.drustvo-dsfu.si 

Media Desk Slovenia - http://www.mediadesk.si/ 

Ministry of Culture - http://www.mk.gov.si

Radiotelevision Slovenia archives - http://www.rtvslo.si/