20th Documentary Film Festival
20 Years of Testimonies
DFF, the only regularly established and long-standing event of its kind in Slovenia, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018. Originally one of LIFFE's sections, DFF turned into an independent Cankarjev dom festival after 1998, and has since then continued to expand, grow and develop.
For the past twenty years DFF has offered a diversified insight into contemporary documentary film production, which is becoming increasingly more incisive and topical, deeply stirring the nucleus of major social and political issues and probing all walks of life. Within the context of mass culture, documentary film has gained in popularity after 2000, when from a specialised, niche cinematic aesthetic this genre turned into a distinctive cinematic form, mostly owing to commercially-oriented American and West European productions. As socially-critical documentaries thrive most convincingly in times of crisis, the number of documentary film festivals has grown dramatically and virtually matches the number of fiction film festivals.
In 2009, DFF introduced a competitive section that has become a permanent feature of the festival; the competitive documentary film selection continues to focus on human rights. The Best Film Award is presented by Amnesty International Slovenia, DFF's partner since 2010.
Running at its traditional venues, CD Kosovel Hall, Kinodvor Cinema and Slovenian Cinematheque, the 2018 festival's accompanying programme will feature talks with filmmakers, a film workshop as well as international seminars and lectures (as part of the EU Media programme).
The Best Human Rights Film Award is bestowed in association with Amnesty International Slovenia.