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The first results show that Slovenian cinema admissions in 2018 increased by around 4% and the total box office increased by 8%. Admissions for domestic films decreased by almost 20%, although more titles were released, and the box office dropped by more than 31%.

LJUBLJANA: The Slovenian Film Center (SFC) expects a substantial rise in state funding in 2019 and in the years to come. The budget is expected to increase by approximately 6 m EUR in the next three years. The final film budget for 2019 will be announced by the government by the end of January 2019.

LJUBLJANA: Admissions for domestic films decreased by almost 20% in Slovenia, although more titles were released. Total admissions increased by approximately 4%, while total box office increased by 8%.

LJUBLJANA: Prešeren Award 2019, the top Slovenian accolade for arts, will go to filmmaker Filip Robar Dorin and costume designer Bjanka Adžić Ursulov. Only two filmmakers have been awarded the Prešeren Award since Slovenian Independency in 1991 - directors Matjaž Klopčič in 1995 and Karpo Godina in 2006 for their lifetime achievements.

LJUBLJANA: The Slovenian parliamentary Culture Committee has voted unanimously to call on the Culture Ministry to gradually increase the annual budget for film production from 4.5 m to 11 m EUR by 2022.

LJUBLJANA: Urša Menart's debut feature My Last Year as a Loser / Ne bom več luzerka, which was awarded Best Film at the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film in Potoroz, will screen in the competition of the 29th Ljubljana IFF, running 7 – 18 November 2018.

LJUBLJANA: Damjan Kozole began production on the Slovenian/Macedonian/Serbian/Croatian coproduction Half-Sister / Polsestra on 27 October 2018. The 32 days of filming are taking place in Ljubljana and the Slovenian fishing village of Izola, and will be completed on 14 December.

LJUBLJANA: Italian director Davide Del Degan has started shooting on a Slovenian minority coproduction Paradise with Katarina Čas, in the Slovenian town Grosuplje. The 30-day shoot, which will also take place in Piran and in Sauris (Italy), will wrap on 30 November 2018.

LJUBLJANA: Darko Štante’s debut feature Consequences / Posledice, which won four Vesna Awards and the Slovenian Film Critics’ Jury Award at the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož, has been sold to France, Germany, the UK, Ireland and North America. The sale is considered an impressive achievement for the first feature film produced by Temporama, a company established in 2012 with the goal of encouraging young filmmakers.

LJUBLJANA: Katja Lenarčič from EnaBanda is representing Slovenia at Jihlava IDFF's Emerging Producers programme. FNE spoke with Lenarčič about the current situation for documentary filmmaking in Slovenia.