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Stana Katić Completes Kustendorf Jury

Stana Katić, the Canadian-American film and television actress arrived at Mećavnik, where she will be a member of the jury at the 12th Kustendorf Film and Music Festival. Together with two other colleagues, Katić will have the tough task of choosing which movies deserve to get the Golden, Silver and Bronze Eggs this year.

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Ramonet Arrives for Kustendorf

The documentary film maker Tancrède Ramonet arrived in the village of Drvengrad, where he will be a member of the jury at the 12th Kustendorf Film and Music Festival held under the slogan The Perfect Dozen. Ramonet will take part in the decision-making process concerning thefor this year’s festival awards.

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Amathieu Arrives in Drvengrad

French Director of Photography Michel Amathieu arrived to take part in the opening ceremony of the 12th Kustendorf Film and Music Festival held under the slogan The Perfect Dozen. Amathieu will grant the Best Photography Award Vilko Filač. This year’s Kustendorf runs from 11 to 16 January. The competition program comprises 21 films that have been selected out of 718 entries.

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Despot Reaches Kustendorf

The writer Slobodan Despot arrived in the village of Mećavnik, where he will be a member of the three-strong jury at the 12th Kustendorf Film and Music Festival held under the slogan The Perfect Dozen. Despot translated the works of great Serbian authors such as Dobrica Ćosić, Miloš Crnjanski, Momo Kapor and then moved on to write his own novels that garnered wide critical acclaim in France. The jury will have to select the best movies out of 21 shortlisted films, which will receive this year’s festival awards – the Golden, Silver and Bronze Eggs.

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Serbian Film Icon Slavko Štimac Arrives at Mećavnik

The actor Slavko Štimac, one of the most iconic figures of Serbian cinema arrived to be a guest of honor at the opening ceremony of the 12th Kustendorf Film and Music Festival held under the slogan The Perfect Dozen. Štimac, whose acting career is closely intertwined with Emir Kusturica’s oeuvre, will declare the festival open. The festival-goers will also have an opportunity to watch the films The Lone Wolf and Do You Remember Dolly Bell? featuring Slavko Štimac within the program unit dubbed The Retrospective of Greatness.

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Serbian Minister of Culture Arrives for Kustendorf

Serbian Minister of Culture and Information Vladan Vukosavljević arrived on Friday at Mt. Mokra Gora, where he will take part in the opening ceremony of the 12th Kustendorf Film and Music Festival held under the slogan The Perfect Dozen. Professor Kusturica welcomed Minister Vukosavljević with salt and home-made flatbread. In the press conference held ahead of the event, Vukosavljević called Kustendorf a workshop of spirit, adding that it is a tectonic cultural event, whose reverberations are felt in the region, Europe and the entire world. The festival is held under the auspices of the Ministy of Culture and Information of Republic of Serbia, and this year it will run from 11 to 16 January, serving as a vibrant meeting point for aspiring film makers and well-established professionals.

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Competition Programme Selection

It’s December 21st, the shortest day of the year. We’re eager to present you 21 short films selected for Competition programme of Kustendorf 2019:
All Inclusive, Corina Schwingruber Ilić, Switzerland
All These Creatures, Charles Williams, Australia
Autumn Waltz, Ognjen Petković, Serbia, USA
Being More Like Bagsy, Mikkel Storm Glomstein, Norway
Costacurta, Saša Karanović, Republic of Srpska
Elizabeth, Wojciech Klimala, Poland
Five Minutes to Sea, Natalia Mirzoyan, Russia
Hasta Siempre, Comandante, Faisal Attrache, Spain/Cuba/Syria
How to Swim, Noa Gusakov, Israel
I’ve Got Something For You Too, Iwo Kondefer, Poland
Kapital, Ivan Perekatov, Russia
Manila is Full of Men Named Boy, Andrew Stephen Lee, Philippines/USA
Mitosis, Halit Ruhat Yildiz, Germany
Satan, Carlos Tapia González, Switzerland
Slaughter, Saman Hosseinpour, Ako Zandkarimi, Iran
The Last Tale about Earth, Magdalena Seweryn, Igor Polaniewicz, Poland
The Divine Way, Ilaria Di Carlo, Germany
The Fold of the Cowards, Xabier Alconero, Spain
The Monk, Zharko Ivanov, Macedonia
Titanyum, Gökçe Erdem, Turkey/Canada
To Hell with Marie, Leopold Dewolf, USA, France
The Competition Programme of 12th Kustendorf consists of 15 fiction films, 3 documentaries, 2 animated and one experimental short film. We wish to take the opportunity to thank all the authors who submitted their work. After seeing 718 short films from around the globe, we can conclude that it was a great year in the world of shorts, and that we could have screened even more films if we had more festival nights on our hands.The festival will take place between Friday 11 January and Wednesday 16 January 2019.
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We Want Your Films

The 2019 Küstendorf International Film and Music Festival is coming in January and we are now open for film submissions.

Our Competition Programme showcases short films and is open to filmmakers around the world. The only limit is runtime. As long as your film is under 45 minutes, fill in the application form, include a streaming link and send it to kustendorffestival@gmail.com.

Here is the application form.

Selected films will compete for Festival prizes and their authors will be invited to take part in Festival programmes.

Submission deadline is 1 December 2018.