Each year, Slovenian film-lovers eagerly await the Ljubljana International Film Festival, whose programme takes its visitors on a cinematic voyage around the world. This year’s edition, marking the 25th anniversary of the festival, is again about to attract numerous cinema-goers.
Liffe is a festival with a competitive element, where awards are given by a professional jury and visitors alike. But it is not an event where one might expect to meet the big stars or encounter the latest Hollywood productions. Rather, the festival banks on young artists who are striving to establish a foothold in the world of film and who may one day become its next big stars, regardless of which part of the real world they come from.
In the words of festival director Simon Popek, the festival offers something for everyone. It is important, he adds, that “this does not necessarily mean conforming to the popular majority or arbitrary indecisiveness, but rather a tendency to select the finest works from as diverse parts of the world as possible”.
The festival takes place at several venues, with the Cankarjev Dom cultural centre being the hub of events. Other venues include various cinemas in Ljubljana and Maribor as well as the Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture.
This year’s Liffe programme features 98 feature films and 21 short films.
More information and programme available at Liffe