Short Film Festival kicks off in Ljubljana

Ljubljana – The 8th Annual Short Film Festival (FeKK) kicks off in Ljubljana on Monday, with more than 160 short films from 35 countries and accompanying events running through various venues in the capital until Saturday.

The theme of this year’s festival is Secret Life, as the organizers have sought to break away from human-centric cinematic narratives and turn viewers’ attention to secret and marginal perspectives.

Nature and its many facets play a major role in the programme, with “beyond the dictatorships of capital and ideology to a more emphatic and sound understanding of the world around us.”

The best of contemporary short films from the Balkans will be presented in the international competition program FeKK BAL.

This year, we will showcase domestic production in the competition program FeKK SLO, which was selected from 170 entries, the largest number ever.

Serbian director Zelimir Žilnik makes a guest appearance in a short program called ‘Political Lessons from West Germany’, which until recently was thought to be lost.

FeKK will also host Short Waves, Poland’s largest short film festival, and Croatian director Sunčica Ana Veldić, who makes films from an animal perspective as a professional veterinarian.

In addition to the European short film classics and nominations screened in the EFA Short Program, the festival will also feature a curated series of discussions with film guests. For the first time this year, there will also be Cinemini: Secret Life, a program for children and families.

For professionals, PROFeKK organizes lectures, panel discussions and workshops at the Scucu gallery. British-Danish screenwriter Christian Gamst Miller-Harris, who wrote his 2014 Oscar-winning screenplay for Helium, will lead the workshop.

As part of an accompanying programme, an exhibition on the theme of Nature is Healing by last year’s FeKK Grand Prix winner Sara Bezovsek will open on Tuesday in Metelkova’s Project Room SCCA.

An opening screening of four films at the Kinodvor Cinema will be followed by a concert by young Slovenian band Masaž.

Besides Kinodvor, there are also summer stages at the Slovenian Cinematheque on the Museum Square in Metelkova, the Slovenian Cinematheque, and other venues around the city. Short Film Festival kicks off in Ljubljana

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