Slovakia´s biggest film festival, Art Film Fest, recently wrapped up its 22nd edition.
principal objective of the festival is to promote young cinema and, of
course, the national one. The main competition is thus dedicated to
feature debuts whereas other sections cover European cinema,
cutting-edge films, a special section for East cinema, Late Night Show
for genre and lighter fare, Slovak films and one section showcasing
national cinema of a selected country (this year dedicated exclusively
to works of Alan Clarke).
Furthermore, the programming was set
up to present the latest crop from A-list festivals such as Venice,
Berlin and Cannes. The festival scored a special position because it is
actually the first place where audiences can watch compelling titles
directly from La Croisette. In this way, Art Film Fest has stolen the
sweet spot from Karlovy Vary Film Festival sneaking in between it and
Cannes. The familial and informal atmosphere is refreshingly relaxed
compared to the hectic Cannes and often restless Karlovy Vary.
Click to the right of the lovers from the much talked about The Tribe
for a rundown of some A-list happenings and films (including that one) at the fest.
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