Martin Palúch became Art Film Fest’s artistic director

After a one-year break, the oldest and largest Slovak film festival will return to the capital of eastern Slovakia from 16 to 23 June 2023. Due to the extremely difficult economic situation in the field of culture, the organisers made the decision to hold the event only at the end of February. The 29th Art Film Fest will take place from 16 to 23 June in Košice.
After a two-year break, the oldest and largest Slovak film festival returns to the capital of eastern Slovakia.

Film fans can once again look forward to more than 130 screenings of feature and short films, which will be screened in at least six different cinemas in Košice. The programme will include two competition sections – the Blue Angel International Feature Film Competition and the International Short Film Competition, as well as the ceremonies popular with the audience and the media – the Actor’s Mission and the Golden Camera award ceremonies. A special tribute will be dedicated to the memory of Art Film Fest’s only president, Milan Lasica. The festival will also include an industry programme for film and audiovisual professionals.

Martin Palúch became the artistic director of the festival and the main film programmer of AFF 2023, who said: “I have great respect for the position of the festival’s artistic director because of the rich history of Art Film Fest. I would like to continue the tradition of the biggest film event in our country by maintaining the high artistic level of the programme. I will do my best to deliver an attractive offer of quality films to the visitors and to provide an attractive supporting programme with the participation of interesting guests and delegations to the films. The entire production team is working hard to achieve this goal. We are already looking forward to the reactions of audiences and invited filmmakers, the feedback from the media and the opinions of representatives from the audiovisual community.”

PROGRAMME SECTIONS of Art Film Fest 2023

  • International Competition of Feature Films (film programmer: Martin Palúch)
    Feature films with copyright after 1 January 2022
  • International Short Film Competition (Martin Kaňuch)
    Short films up to 30 min. with copyright after 1 January 2022
  • Panorama (Martin Palúch)
    a selection of the most remarkable films from the world in 2022 and 2023
  • Love and Anarchy (Martin Ciel)
    a thematically and formally provocative sample of independent films
  • To the Neighbours (Viera Langerová)
    different genre films from neighbouring countries of Slovakia
  • Slovak Season (Martin Palúch)
    an overview of the domestic audiovisual scene
  • Tribute to the President (Martin Palúch)
    what Milan Lasica would like to see
  • Tribute to Juraj Jakubisko (Martin Palúch)
  • 60 years of the Slovak Film Institute (Martin Palúch)
  • Children’s Movies (Ivana Petríková)
  • The Actor’s Mission (Martin Palúch)
    tribute to actors
  • Golden Camera (Martin Palúch)
    film professionals award

Organisation: ART FILM FEST s.r.o.;
Co-organizers: City of Košice, K13 – Košice Cultural Centres, ART FILM FEST, n.o., LGM, s.r.o.;

The festival was financially supported by: Audiovisual Fund and SPP Foundation;
The festival is co-financed by the Košice self-governing region from the Terra Incognita program;

Main advertising partners: CODES Brand House, FORLIVE, Lucka spring water;

Official vehicles: Auto Gábriel;
Official hotel: Hotel Yasmin;

Advertising partners: construction company Adefex, Jadrová a vyraďovacia spoločnosť, a.s., Oxyworld, U.S. Steel Košice, ANTIK Telecom, BARZZUZ, Cinema Úsmev, Aupark Košice, Fors-stav, R-media, Okno mé lásky;

Official contractors: NOV, ZEBRA, Best Press, SLOVNAFT, Central European Foundation, Spoločnosť pre skladovanie, a.s., DKC Veritas, Slávia Café, Tabačka Kulturfabrik, Ohnisko – Fire Dining & Brew Bar, Pub u Kohúta, El Nacional, Café de Paris, Maiko Sushi, DOMOS Slovakia, Pilsner Urquell, Macarons; Official wine: Kubbo Select and Ostrožovič;

Main media partners: TV JOJ,, Pravda, Eurotelevision;
Media partners: Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska, Kinosála, JOJ 24, Film Europe, TV spolok LOToS, Rádio KOŠICE, Korzár, Slovenka, Forbes, SITA, TASR, BigMedia, HomeMedia Production,, Košice City Guide,,, Visit Košice, Košice v Skratke;
Partners: JOJ Cinema, Millor – your partner in the energy sector, Košice Airport, Autocont, TelekomCLOUD, ECO Technologies, DELTA OnLine, MIHYRING, KAIFER law firm, Taper, Brother, GROTTO, CELIMED authorized OMRON representation, NR-holding, CPK Slovakia, Casa Trade – Casablanca cafe, easylog transport&logistic, Flowers Victor, Slovak Film Institute, Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics TUKE, Private Secondary Art School in Košice, Košice Transport Company, Tesco Stores SK, DEMI sport, CANON, SPI International, Arténa audiovisual workshop by RTVS, Creative Europe, KPK Reklama, HAIR FACTORY Košice

Festival restaurants and bars: JAZZ Club Café Restaurant, Hostinec Brewery, Papa Café, Camelot Restaurant, Veritas Café