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LIFFE coming to Ljubljana


Hundreds of films will be shown in various cinemas in Ljubljana and Maribor, including Kinodvor cinema, Kolosej Maribor and the infamous Kino Šiška in Ljubljana. The festival is not focusing on awarding big prices, but on getting people into cinemas and fascinate them with international movie screenings. Nevertheless, a film festival as LIFFE has also the purpose of putting the spotlight on new filmmakers. That's exactly what the "Perspectives" section of the festival is about; rather unknown filmmakers such as Bobo Jelčić or Ramon Zuercher compete for the "Kingfisher award", given by an international jury.

Also the audience plays an important role during the festival, as it can choose one film, which has not been released in Slovene cinemas yet, for winning the so-called Dragon award. To get a little bit into general information about the festival: The screenings are divided into different sections, depending on the topics, centuries and countries they are dealing with. One of these sections "Retro: Young & Furious" will focus on old films about the growing-up generation, for example Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" portraying young people in the year of 1976.

Another section of LIFFE is focusing on new Austrian films such as "Die Wand" by Julian Poelsler and "Soldate Jeanette" by Daniel Hoesl while another gives tribute to the work of Lordan Zafranović, a renown Croatian director and filmmaker.

Whoever is also looking for some other activities besides the film screenings will not be disappointed: Talks with festival guests and filmmakers, exhibitions, round tables and even a concert of Remember Shakti, a well-known band mixing traditional Indian music with jazz, blues and funk, will accompany the festival schedule. Film fans and those hoping to become some should not miss this festival.

Info:, Ticket prices vary between 4,30€ and 5,90€


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