In addition to full festival access, students will also be offered free camping space in Trenčianske Teplice.
“The organizers have a commitment to bringing Slovak audiences back to cinemas and fostering a new generation of film fans,” says Art Film Fest’s Program Director, Peter Nágel. This is how he expects the festival to bring in new blood, the 18-to-30-year-old “backpacker” set who are a part of every major film festival’s atmosphere, drawn above all by the art of cinema.
Students who don’t manage to complete the website’s form will be able to purchase a discount Cinepass at the festival box offices for 5 euros. Discount Cinepasses will also be available holders of Teplice cards, 2009 ASFK Film Club membership cards, EURO 26 cards, ITIC cards and ZŤP cards for 10 euros through Ticketportal from 1 April to 19 June and at the festival for 15 euros.
Standard 8-day permanent passes will be for sale on Ticketportal at the reduced price of 16 euros until the end of May, from 1 June until 16 June for 23 euros and at the festival for 30 euros.
Guests above 62 years of age will pay 5 euros for a Cinepass onsite, except those with permanent residence in Trenčianské Teplice or Trenčín, who will pay only 2 euros.
A three-day Cinepass will cost 20 euros, a one-day pass 5 euros, and a single-admission ticket to a festival cinema will cost 2 euros.
This year, Art Film Fest will offer an even richer bounty of films than ever before, including pictures from world-famous festivals like Berlin, Cannes, San Sebastián, Toronto, Venice and Locarno, cult classics that have made film history, upbeat dance films, classic comedies and premiering Slovak films.
Already a festival tradition, the programme’s centrepiece will be the International Competition of Feature Films, which will present the work of talented filmmakers from the world over. The winner will receive the Blue Angel Award.
Leave your worries behind and have some fun with the section Dancing 80’s, personally presented by Slovak dancer and choreographer Ján Ďurovčík. The festival’s president, actor and comedian Milan Lasica, has prepared some entertainment as well, in the form of the section Best of Comedy.
European Corner will present old-world films which have been receiving increasing attention around the world. Festival cinemas may also screen the latest legend of the bloodthirsty countess Alžbeta Báthory, The Countess, created by and starring the distinguished French actress and director Julie Delpy.
The section Cult! will again feature films which have made cinema history. The selections span the genres of war film, musical, horror, as well as science fiction. The section with the compelling title Love & Anarchy surveys the latest trends in European, American and Asian cinema. The special section Late Night Show will present a yet another sampling of unique and shocking works.
New to Art Film Fest will be a section of new Slovak films, which will even feature several premieres.
As in previous years, the festival will bestow the distinctive Actor’s Mission Award, as well as the Golden Camera, whose laureates have already achieved fame.
This year the award goes to one of the most distinguished directors in Europe, Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová, who has recently celebrated her 80th birthday, and whose accomplishments include cult classics such as A Bagful of Fleas, Daisies, The Apple Game, Panelstory, Wolf’s Lair, The Jester and the Queen, Traps and The Inheritance. Her films have also been featured at the Cannes, Berlin and Venice festivals.The second award recipient will be Italian director Ettore Scola, who made his name with the film Le Bal, where he portrayed significant moments in 20th century French history through dance and music. His films include performances by stars such as Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren and Ornella Muti, and his previous honours include prizes from Cannes and Berlin.
This year’s festival screenings will take place in six projection locations: in Trenčín – the Cultural and Methodological Centre of the Slovak Military, ArtKino Metro, Cinemax, and the open-air Bažant Cinematograph on Štúr Square; and in Trenčianske Teplice – Prameň Cinema (200 seats) and the Tatra Banka Cinema Tent (200 seats) in Spa Park.
Organizers: ART FILM, n.o., FORZA Production House
Co-Organizers: The Town of Trenčianske Teplice, The Town of Trenčín, Health Spa Trenčianske Teplice
Main Media Sponsors: Slovenská televízia, Slovenský rozhlas, Pravda, Zoznam.sk
Media Sponsors: televízia Markíza, FilmBox, Televízia Central, Rádio Okey, Rádio FM, Rádio Regina, Rádio GO Dee Jay, Rádio Hit FM, týždenník Markíza, Žurnál, Pardon, Trenčianske Echo, Kam do mesta, port.sk, superobed.sk, SITA, ISPA, Q-EX