Co-production gathering in Portorož, Slovenia

    Prague, 11 September 2013 –The 16th annual Slovenian Film Festival begins today in Portorož (11 – 15 September 2013). Each year it presents the Slovenian film production of the previous year. A Czech-Slovenian co-production gathering will be held as part of the festival’s special programme, with producers from both countries participating.

    The Slovenian film festival, a place for filmmakers, the professional public, foreign guests and film fans to gather, officially begins today, though yesterday, on the eve of the festival, enthusiasts could feast on a cinematic delicacy: the film The Beginning Was Sin (Am Anfang war es Sünde) from the classic Czech director and founder of modern Slovenian cinematography, František Čáp, who lived and worked in exile following the Second World War.  

    On Friday 13 September a Slovenian-Czech co-production gathering will be held for film professionals as part of a special programme for film professionals. The programme will begin with an introduction of the basic facts about both countries and will continue with a case study of the film A Night Too Young (Příliš mladá noc) from producer Jiří Konečný, which originated as a Czech-Slovenian co-production in 2012. The story of two twelve-year-old boys, who accidentally find themselves at a party in the flat of their young teacher, where they experience their first encounter with love and sexuality, was directed by Olmo Omerzu, a Slovenian living in Prague. The creative team of Konečný-Omerzu is now preparing another joint effort, Family Film (Rodinný film), once again as a Czech-Slovenian co-production.

    The gathering will continue with a round-table discussion, with selected Czech and Slovenian producers attending. Czech cinematography will be represented by three young producers: Jiří Konečný from ENDORFILM, who has several successful international co-productions under his belt, Hanka Třeštíková from PRODUKCI TŘEŠTÍKOVÁ as a representative of Czech documentary work and Peter Badač from NUTPRODUKCE, whose work includes the production of the successful short animated film Pandas, awarded this year in Cannes.

    On behalf of Slovenia it will be Miha Knific from NUKLEUS FILM SLOVENIA, focusing on production of commercials and feature films, Jaka Oman from INVIDA, which helps independent Slovenian and foreign filmmakers, Viva Videnović from ZAVOD STRUP PRODUKCIJA for animated work and also the talented director and producer Rok Biček from CVINGER FILM, whose film Class Enemy was recently screened as part of the Film Critics’ Week in Venice. “This event follows the presentation of new Czech and Slovenian cinematography, which took place at the end of March in Ljubljana,” added Markéta Šantrochová from the Czech Film Center. “During that occasion we looked for an opportunity to connect our countries on the level of film professionals, especially in light of the successful projects from endorfilm and Olmo Omerzu. Moreover, our countries are relatively close to each other, which really facilitates communication. For a number of years now we have been cooperating with our Slovenian colleagues at a joint stand in Berlin and so our producers also often encounter each other. We hope that the gathering in Portorož will bring more opportunities for cooperation.”

    Partners from Slovenia:
    The Slovenian Film Center, MEDIA Desk Slovenia and Slovenian Film Festival in Portorož

    Partners from the Czech Republic:
    The Czech Film Center, MEDIA Desk ČR and NFA

    For more information on the festival see www.fsf.si

    Denisa Štrbová
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    Last modified on 12-09-2013