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Awards of the Fifteenth Kustendorf Handed

The 15th Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival Kustendorf has ended with the awards and closing ceremony in The Damned Yard Theatre. The official Kustendorf awards were handed to the winners as decided by the jury.

Veronica Echegui received special mention for Totem Loba, for delivering a powerful story in a very mature cinematic language. 

The winner of this year’s Vilko Filač award for best cinematography is Pablo Serret de Ena, for the film Useless Opera Singers that he also directed. The award was decided by Ivan Šijak, who also announced it, saying: The author of this film takes the audience on a philosophical journey through his camera work, which makes his film stand out from the rest. 

Bronze Egg Award was then given to Vanja Victor Kabir Tognola for Danzamatta. Mariam Abu Ouf announced the decision, saying that the film was awarded for being able to effectively tell an impactful story in five minutes. Out of the many beautiful films we enjoyed in this festival, this film stood out as the one that stuck most successfully to the short film format while leaving us to think about it with a big smile.

Silver Egg Award went to Jannis Alexander Kiefer for Good German Work/Colleagues. Brigitta Portier handed the award, describitng the film as the one that  tells a story subtly and takes the audience on an unprecedented journey while gradually revealing different aspects of the whole picture that leaves a huge impact. Also for succeeding in making us laugh about one of the most sensitive political and human issues in history.

The main award, the Golden Egg, was given to Igor Tzoy and Andrey Zamoskovny, co-directors of Clear Sky. Dušan Milić announced the award, saying: Every aspect of this film was perfect. The story, the camera work and the acting all worked together to form this nostalgic yet sarcastic piece of art. 

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Kustendorf 2022 Schedule

Festival schedule is here.


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Kustendorf 2022 Postponed

As we were gearing up for the 15th edition of Kustendorf International Film and Music festival, scheduled as an in-person event for later this month, the latest surge of COVID-19 infection and it’s highly transmissible Omicron variant forced us to change our plans. As our festival is focused on the gathering of filmmakers from the global community, and depends on direct encounters between the artists, audiences and festival goers, we have decided to postpone the upcoming festival until a later date. It was a tough decision to make, but we feel it would not be safe to gather hundreds of filmmakers, artists, employees, volunteers, friends and cinephiles, with the epidemiological situation and the rise of the number of infected people, both in Serbia and globally. Also, the ever-changing traveling and quarantine rules and regulations in different countries were seriously preventing us from organising Kustendorf 2022 as an event we envisioned. We believe that the situation will improve and plan to organize Kustendorf 2022 with the planned line-up in May. We’re sorry for the inconvenience caused, but we believe that this decision is the best possible one, both for the safety of our guests and for maintaining the spirit of Kustendorf festival as intimate and in-person event.

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Competition Programme Selection

We are pleased to announce Kustendorf 2022 Competition Programme selection:

Carmela, Alfonso Villanueva Garcia, Fabiola Villanueva Bernal, Spain
Clear Sky, Igor Tsoy & Andrey Zamoskovny, Russia
Danzamatta, Vanja Victor Kabir Tongola, Switzerland
Elephant in the Mall, Ziv Mamon, Israel
Good German Work / Colleagues, Jannis Alexander Kiefer, Germany
How I Beat Glue and Bronze, Vladimir Vulević, Serbia, Germany
In Shallow Water, Marek Mouchka, Slovakia
Love stories on the move, Carina-Gabriela Dașoveanu, Romania
North Pole, Marija Apčevska, Serbia, North Macedonia
Real News, Luka Popadić, Switzerland, Serbia
Terminal Happiness, Eric Romero, Portugal, Estonia, United Kingdom
The Ceremony, Tadeusz Kabicz, Poland
Tótem Loba (She Wolf Totem), Verónica Echegui, Spain
Useless Opera Singers, Pablo Serret De Ena, Denmark
We’re Not Animals, Noé Debré, France

We wish to take the opportunity to thank all the authors and distributors who submitted their films. After seeing 522 films submitted for the upcoming Kustendorf, we believe that fifteen films selected for the Competition Programme represent the trends within the recent short film production well and at the same time stand out by the authenticity of their authors visions and filmmaking skills displayed.  Competition Programme will be screened between Saturday 22 January and Wednesday 26 January 2022, along with the other festival programs, in Drvengrad in Mokra Gora, Serbia. Film directors competing for the awards of Kustendorf 2022 are invited for the festival. 



Submit your film for Kustendorf 2022

Kustendorf International Film Festival Competition Programme is dedicated to showcasing short films. Submissions for Competition programme at Kustendorf 2022 are now open. We are looking for narrative, documentary, animated or experimental films under 45 minutes.

Submit your film by filling out the application form. Please include streaming/download links for the film, director’s portrait and film stills. Send it all to kustendorffestival@gmail.com not later than 1 December 2021.


Awards of the Fourteenth Kustendorf Handed

The final day of the Fourteenth Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival wrapped up with a closing ceremony held at the Stanley Kubrick theatre in Mećavnik.

Members of the jury joined professor Emir Kusturica in a teleconference, to present the Festival awards – Golden, Silver and Bronze Eggs and the Vilko Filač Award for Cinematography.

Miki Manojlović, Alice Rohrwacher and Bruno Tarrière have unanimously decided to award not one but two film authors. The Golden Egg goes to both Özgür Anil for The Verdict in the Case of K and Inbar Horesh for Birth Right.  The names of the prize winners were announced by Miki Manojlović: It wasn’t easy to make decisisions but we made it unanimously. Our decision is to award two films that are in our opinion the best. They have stories, nice stories, they are directed, filmed, edited and acted very well. We think that 22 young directors, filmmakers, and crews that made 22 movies are all very talented. Directors of these films will, we hope, become great directors in the near future!

The Silver Egg Award went to the film Rain directed by Piotr Milczarek from Poland. Bruno Tarrière announced the decision, saying: We all loved this short film, only five minutes long, that created such a vertiginous emotion, using both humor and beautiful mastery of drawing and sound. With its universal language it stimulates the imagination and reflexion. You can see this film once, think about the problems of the society, and see it again on another day and think completely the other way.

 The Bronze Egg went to Ana Aleksovska from North Macedonia for Consuming Contemporary. Alice Rohrwacher announced the recepient, saying: This award goes to film that talks about art and hunger. The director presented us with an unforgettable character, with a lot of tenderness, joy… (While watching) this movie we thought she is a a beautiful human being and I think it is always important to remember the connection between human beings and good directors, good movies. You can feel the relation between the director and the character.

 FThe Vilko Filač Award for Cinematography went to Cesary Stolecki for Home sweet home directed by Agata Puszcz from Poland. The award was announced by Michel Amathieu: I was impressed by the strong direction and very precise lighting that is very esthetical and it pictures well what director wants to say.

Jury has also decided to award a Special Mention to Baizak Mamataliyev’s On the Boat. The award was announced by Alice Rohrwacher: Special award goes to the director who used very few elements, a river, a woman, a man and a baby, in a movie with a lot of humor and intensity. The movie is realistic, but also a parable. Even in fairy tales you know the end but you are happy to see it again and again.

See the winners in the photo gallery.

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Awards Time!

The fourteenth Kustendorf Film and Music Festival will be wrapped up tonight with a closing ceremony in the Stanley Kubrick theatre in Mećavnik. Our jury members will announce the winners of festival awards. The Golden, Silver and Bronze Egg laureates for 2021 will be decided by Alice Rohrwacher, Bruno Tarrière and Miki Manojlović, while Michel Amathieu will determine the receipient of the Vilko Filač Award For Cinematography.

Kustendorf 2021 awards are redesigned in the style of medal and they will be handed together with a distinctive ribbon bar to be worn by the award-bearer in appropriate situations.

You can see the awards in this photo gallery.

Join us at the watch party at kustendorf.online and find out the winners of Kustendorf 2021 tonight at quarter past nine.


Competition Programme 2021 Selection

We’re eager to present you 22 short films selected for Competition programme of Kustendorf 2021:

All That’s Left, Hugo Salvaire, Belgium
Birt Right, Inbar Horesh, Israel
Blue Frontier, Ivan Milosavljević, Serbia
Consuming Contemporary, Ana Aleksovska, North Macedonia
Development, Nikola Vučinić, Montenegro
Dévier, Oona von Maydell, Germany
Elusiveness, Marija Vulić, Serbia
Home Sweet Home, Agata Puszcz, Poland
Meatophile, Farid Haji, Iran
Nina, Hristo Simeonov, Bulgaria
On The Boat, Baizak Mamataliev, Kyrgizstan
Parade, Lena Milović, Denmark
Pipo & Blind Love, Hugo Le Gourrierec, France
Rain, Piotr Milczarek, Poland
Return, Rustam Khalikov, Uzbekistan
Rio, Zhenia Kazankina, Russia
Sand, Bartosz Tryzna, Poland
Swarm, Stefan Koutzev, Germany
The Uncertain ONE, Vera Suratel, Moldavia
The Verdict in the Case of K, Özgür Anil, Austria
To Vasota, Petar Pešut, Serbia
Towards Evening, Teymur Hajiyev, Azerbaijan


We wish to take the opportunity to thank all the authors and distributors who submitted their films. After seeing 439 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. Kustendorf Competition Programme will be streamed between Friday 22 January and Monday 25 January 2021, along with the other festival programs.