The Card of Cankarjev dom
After the unfortunate 31st edition, held entirely in a virtual setting due to measures adopted to contain the COVID-19 epidemic, the Ljubljana International Film Festival (Liffe) returns to cinemas. In venues around the city, as well as throughout Slovenia (Maribor, Celje and Novo Mesto), films will be shown in their natural environment – on the big screen – between 10 and 21 November.
However, it never hurts to be prepared, which is why the festival will be held at least partially in a hybrid environment of both movie theatres and online streaming, also due to the exceptionally good response of Slovenia-wide viewers to Liffe’s VOD streaming last year.
Fresh, vigorous, and possibly inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme will again call attention to young, aspiring filmmakers. The "Banned Women" section will take a look at provocative filmmakers or controversial subjects featuring strong female characters, while Georgia’s new wave filmmakers constitute an incredibly vital cinema to whose representatives Liffe has long been giving prominence.
Perspectives, the official competitive section of young filmmakers competing for the Kingfisher Award sponsored by Telekom Slovenije, d.d.
Avant-premieres, a selection of the world’s finest films purchased for Slovenian distribution
Kings and Queens, films by notable and award-winning contemporary cinema virtuosos
World Film Panorama, five-continent festival favourites
Extravaganza, so-called late-night cinema of daring artists addressing idiosyncratic or sensual topics
Kinobalon, a selection of films for audiences aged between 5 and 14; in cooperation with the Kinodvor Cinema
Retrospective: Banned Women
Tribute: New Georgian Cinema
Europe in Short, competitive programme of short films
Talks with festival guests and filmmakers
Round tables, workshops
Kingfisher, international jury award presented by the general sponsor, Telekom Slovenije, d.d., to the best film of the Perspectives section.
Dragon Audience Award to best-rated film
FIPRESCI Prize, presented by the jury of the International Federation of Film Critics.
Best Short Film Award
Kinotrip Young Jury Award
Art Cinema Network of Slovenia Award
The Dragon Audience Award is presented to best-rated film that has not yet been purchased for Slovenian distribution. Choosing from Festival Director Simon Popek’s selection of movies, the spectators vote for their favourite feature film. Votes can be cast when exiting the cinema or via text-messaging at all 32nd Liffe venues, at Cankarjev dom, Kinodvor Cinema, Komuna Cinema and Bežigrad Cinema. The feature film with the highest average rating receives the Dragon Audience Award. The voting via text-messaging has been made possible by Telekom Slovenije, d.d., the Festival’s main sponsor.
Cankarjev dom (Linhart and Kosovel Halls), Kinodvor Cinema, Bežigrad Cinema, Komuna Cinema, Slovenian Cinematheque, Maribox, Metropol Cinema Celje and Anton Podbevšek Theatre Novo mesto
Main festival venue: Cankarjev dom’s Foyer II