LJUBLJANA: The Italian-born Slovenian director Martin Turk is in post-production with his third feature film Don't Forget to Breathe / Ne pozabi dihati. The coming-of-age drama is produced by an all-female Slovenian/Croatian/Italian coproduction team. The producer Ida Weiss introduced the project at the Works in Progress presentation of the Zlin IFF on 29 May 2019.
LJUBLJANA: Darko Sinko began filming Inventory / Inventura on 17 May 2019 in Ljubljana. This drama with elements of thriller and black comedy is Sinko's first feature.
LJUBLJANA: The Slovenian Film Centre provided a total of 420,000 EUR support to eight minority coproduction projects.
PORTOROŽ: The Slovenian/Croatian/Bosnian/Serbian coproduction Riders / Jezdeca began shooting on 19 May 2019. The road drama about two best friends in their mid-twenties is the first feature by 32-years-old Slovenian director Dominik Mencej.
LJUBLJANA: FNE spoke with 2019 Producer on the Move Rok Biček representing Slovenia. His feature directorial debut Class Enemy (2013, Triglav film) premiered and received the Feodora Award at the Venice Critics' Week in 2013 and was a LUX Prize finalist. Rok subsequently established his own production company Cvinger Film, which produced his award-winning documentary The Family (2017). He coproduced Olmo Omerzu's Winter Flies (2018, endorfilm), which was selected for the Karlovy Vary Official Competition in 2018.
LJUBLJANA: Vinko Möderndorfer started shooting the Slovenian/Serbian coproduction Deadlock / Zastoj on 22 March 2019. The story focuses on a tragic event which brings together two married couples from different social backgrounds.
LJUBLJANA: Zoran Poznič was appointed new Minister of Culture of Slovenia by the National Assembly on 8 March 2019. Among his priorities he stated the adoption of the so-called Law on Cultural Euro, the preparation and adoption of new media legislation and the adoption of the National Programme for Culture (NPK) for the period from 2020 to 2026.
LJUBLJANA: The Slovenian Minister of Culture Dejan Prešiček has resigned only four months after his appointment. During his mandate he promised a substantial funding increase for culture and film production from both the state budget and European funds.
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.
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