The Ljubljana LGBT Film Festival is back for its 35th edition, officially starting Saturday, 23 November, and with events planned for Ptuj, Koper, Maribor, Bistrica ob Sotli, Idrija and Trst (aka Trieste, if you must), although the fun has already been going for more than week.
First put on back in 1984 as part of the Magnus Festival – back in the days of mystery VHS tapes showing films recorded from Britain’s Channel 4 to audiences who had no idea what was coming next – it’s the oldest LGBT film festival in Europe, as well as the oldest international film festival in Slovenia. As such it’s a valued part of the country’s cultural calendar, and a nice way to welcome in the festive season.
The list of films show include the following, and note that English and Slovenian subtitles will provided when needed
Film and video are the focus, but the programme has much more to offer, with panel discussions, readings, parties and so on. While the formal opening is 23 November, with an cocktail party hosted by Lady Galore at Kinoteka and then moving to Klub K4, the events have already begun and will continue until Sunday 1 December, World Aids Day.
Organised by ŠKUC and the Kinoteka (the Slovenian Cinemateque), along with Brane Mozetič, Jasmina Šepetavc, Luka Pieri, Miha Satler, Polona Černič, Simona Jerala and Suzana Tratnik, full details of the LGBT Film Festival programme can be found here, and there are also Facebook and Instagram pages.
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