INDUSTRY PROGRAM: Overview of accompanying events (not only) for professionals


This presentation of film locations in the Košice and Prešov regions looks at communities, specific places and buildings that have served as sets for Slovak and international film and television productions. Attendees will be introduced to various areas and cultural landmarks that have provided filmmakers with exterior and interior backdrops, thus becoming a visual part of productions spanning a wide range of genres from works for children to action-packed movies and series. The extent of these locations’ use, any modifications they required for filming purposes, and particular locations’ popularity among film- makers will be presented, as well as their diversity and appeal, which also serves to highlight and stimulate their potential for the tourism industry. Mgr. Tomáš Galierik, a specialist in film tourism, will host the presentation. Following his studies of culturology and tourism management, he worked at a well-known travel agency, and he is also the author of the encyclopedia series Filmové miesta (2021) and Filmové miesta 2 (2022).


What opportunities to study film do Slovakia and Czechia offer Slovak students? What are the challenges they face in today’s educa- tion landscape, and what are their future prospects? Part of Art Film Fest’s industry programme, this event will present three different entryways for Slovak students into what may be these countries’ most important film schools. The Slovakia portion will be presented by Darina Smržová, dean of the Film and Television Faculty at the Acad- emy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (FTF VŠMU) and Peter Neveďal, an instructor at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica. The Film and Television School at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) will be presented by Dávid Čeněk, Vice-Dean for International Relations at FAMU.


Developments in the audiovisual industry are presenting contem- porary cinema with major challenges. The increase in production has given rise to a workforce crisis, specifically the shortage of film professionals. How can we support students’ training and subsequent employment in the audiovisual industry? How can we improve the functional infrastructure and expand the workforce? In this discussion, these questions will be answered by representatives of important institutions the Slovak Film Agency, the Creative Center of Radio and Television of Slovakia and an important production company.


How can sustainability measures be implemented in film, and what makes a film production truly sustainable or minimizes its carbon footprint? Júlia Tordai and Zsófia Szemerédy, founders of the company GreenEyes Production, specialize in sustainability in the film, television and media sectors, and they will reveal what is most important to know when it comes to sustainability on set. Tordai and Szemerédy have presented their success stories at numerous prestigious institutions, including Hungary’s National Film Institute, taken part in stakeholder meetings with EU commissioners, and have been invited by the European Film Forum to share their knowledge at San Sebastián and the BFI. The two guest speakers will be introduced by Zuzana Bieliková, head of the Slovak Film Agency.

20.6. at 11:00 ARTÉNA FROM RTVS

We’re powering up the domestic creative sector. It was clear to us that Slovakia’s creative talent deserved a more supportive environment, so we established a network of Arténa Creative Centres, where creatives can gain experience, hone their skills and seek inspiration. Who are these centres oriented towards? And which creative professionals will have access to these newly renovated centres complete with cutting-edge technology, including dubbing studios, colour grading, sound and graphics studios, a cinema, and other professionally equipped spaces? You’ll learn about all this, along with more about our programme portfolio, how the creative centres operate, and their benefits, at this presentation of Arténa by its representatives and RTVS.

20.6. at 15:00 (Aupark) SPECIAL EFFECTS – SFX

Since day one, practical special effects (SFX) have been a part of creat- ing cinematic illusions. Before the arrival of computer visual effects (VFX), they were the only way to bring the director’s vision to the screen. Special effects professionals can craft flawless illusions right on set, creating storms, fog, snow, frost, warfare, and anything else you can imagine. Their advantage over visual effects is that practical effects are directly visible during the film shoot, and they preserve the timeless magic of cinematic craft. The event will be led by Slovak Action Company, who will present actual examples of how cinematic illusions are created in a real setting.

21.6. at 14:00 VFX DAY – A STUDIO 727 PRESENTATION

Since its founding in 1997, the Slovak postproduction company Studio 727 has contributed to numerous projects in film, advertising and gaming. Led by the company’s founder Ladislav Dedík, this mas- terclass will focus on the subject of digital postproduction technology (VFX), including an interactive presentation of technologies that use special computer-generated effects to bring cinematic images to the screen. During the presentation, you will be among the first to see selected clips from late director Juraj Jakubisko’s upcoming final film: Perinbaba a dva svety (the sequel to the 1985 classic Perinbaba), which Studio 727 is currently working on in postproduction.

All events, with the exception of SFX EFFECTS, will be held in Kulturpark.

The complete program of the festival is available on the website

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