Küstendorf Film and Music Festival

Since January 2008 every year is held the Küstendorf Film and Music Festival.

Festival with no red carpet (even if great neames of the cinema are always invited), the festival is positioned as anti-commercial. The official competition shows student films from all over the world, and the winner receives a “golden egg”.

Organised by Rasta International, the festival is sponsored by the Ministery of Culture of Serbia.

Official website

The festival has its own official website : http://www.kustendorf-filmfestival.org


The festival has its own Twitter account : @Kustendorf_fest. Each year, you can there follow the news of the festival.

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8th edition - 21 to 26 January 2015

The 8th edition of the festival had a programme comprised of seventeen films coming from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Island, Romania, Israel, Croatia, Germany, Belgium, France, Hungary, Egypt, Russia, USA and Serbia will compete for the Golden, Silver and Bronze Egg.
The international jury comprises Amanda Nevill, the Chief Executive of the British Film Institute, Claudie Ossard, a French film producer and Alex Garcia, a US-based Mexican producer. The Vilko Filač Best Cinematography Award will be handed by István Borbás, a Hungarian-Swedish director of cinematography and Goran Volarević, a Serbian director of cinematography. As in the previous years, the selector for the competition program is Dunja Kusturica.

The jury decided about the winners:

  • The Golden Egg – Giacomo Abbruzzese for the film Stella Maris
  • The Silver Egg – Marko Sopić for the film The Bag
  • The Bronze Egg – Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson for the film Whale Valley

The Italian Abbruzzese made the winning film in France. Marko Sopić is a Serbian director and instead of the Icelander Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, the award was received by his director of photography, Gunnar Auðunn Jóhannsson.

The jury this year decided to give a special award. The winner is Omar El Zohairy for the film The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375. The Vilko Filač Award jury, which was made up of directors of photography Istvan Borbas and Goran Volarević, gave the Best Cinematography Award to the film Merry-Go-Round by Luka Popadić. The Vilko Filač Award went to Ana Maria Vijdea who was the director of photography in the film.

7th edition - 18 to 23 January 2014

The 7th edition of the festival had for theme “they shoot movies don't they ?”.

Amon the celebrities who came to this new edition, let's mention Paolo Sorrentino, Yuri Bykov, Zaz, Guillermo Arriaga, Janusz Kaminski, Alexandros Avranas and Thierry Frémaux.

The winners are :

  • Luka Popadić, for “Baits & Hooks” (bronze egg).
  • Julia Kolberger, for “The Easter Crumble” (silver egg).
  • Andrej Kolenčik & Peter Beganyi for “The Exhibition” (golden egg).

6th edition - 16 to 22 January 2013

5th edition - 17 to 23 January 2012

The jury, this year will be composed of Leila Hatami (actress, Iran), Pierre Edelman (producer, France), and Zoran Cvijanović (actor and producer, Serbia). They will choose the winner of the golden egg, silver and bronze egg.

Among the expected stars, let's mention Benicio del Toro, Isabelle Huppert, Asgar Farhadi and the Dardenne brothers. For the official selection more than 300 student films were screened and 20 will be in competition for the golden egg, representing Belgium, Great Britain, Estonia, Italy, Canada, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Mexico, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Russia, USA, Serbia, France and Spain. During the festival, films of Kim Ki-Duk and Nuri Bilge Ceylan will also be screened. Regarding music, let's mention the Trio Rosenberg (Netherlands), Stribor & the poisonners, or Boban & Marko Markovic…

Küstendorf 2012 - plan On the official site, we can find a map of the village with the new constructions, as well as the street names…

During the closing ceremony, the new short film of Emir Kusturica was screened : Our Life, produced by Guillermo Arriaga. Then, were given the names of the winners.

The third prize of Kustendorf 2012, the bronze egg, went to “Glasgow” by polish director Piotr Subbotko. The second prize, the silver egg, was given to a Serbian movie, “Boys Where Are You?”, by Jelena Gavrilović. And the winner of the festival, the golden egg, went to a Spanish film : “Alto Sauce”, by Fernando Pomares.

4th edition - 5 to 12 January 2011

KFF 2011 The guest of the fourth Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival will be celebrated Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. In his almost fourty year long film career, Kiarostami was a screenwriter, producer, editor, photographer, actor. He is also a poet, painter, illustrator and graphic designer.

Through his films, which revolve around ordinary people and stories from everyday life, he gained international fame and recognition both by the audience, and the critics. His recognizable poetics, documentary – narrative style and engaging in eternal human values won him many awards, including the Golden Palm at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival for his creation Taste of Cherry. He is considered as one of the greatest and most important directors of today, and thanks to his works, Iranian cinema has long been present at all major international film festivals.
Dunja Kusturica has declared : ”The Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal is coming, and the special guest of Kustendorf will be Otakar Vavra, formerly professor of my father, Milos Forman and Jiri Menzel,at their studies in Prague. Vavra is the founder of the famous film academy in Prague, now aged nearly 100,(born on Feb.28,1911) he has released more than 50 films, and “is to be blamed” for much of the world cinema”.

The closing ceremony started with a concert of Valjevo folk group “St. Gregory”. The presidents of the jury, Dubravka Lakic and Vincent Maraval, along with Emir Kusturica then gave the following awards :

  • The Press award : to the american-lebaneese film “The Fifth Column”, by Vatche Boulghourjian.
  • The Vilko Filač award for best cinematography : to the swedish film “Quan”, by Johann Holmquist.
  • The bronze egg : to the serbian film “Golden League” by Ognjen Isailovic.
  • The silver egg : to the polish film “Tomorrow I’ll be Gone”, by Julia Kolberger.
  • Then, the golden egg : to the Russian film “The Chance”, by Sonya Karpunina. Vincent Maraval, jury president, motivated his decision recognizing this film’s original and effective narrative style; and adding that it was a film that's filled with life and energy.

This year, the Kustendorf awards – the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Eggs – were the work of the artist, Vladimir Kravchenko.

3rd edition - 13 to 19 January 2010

For its third year, the festival will be held from 13 to 19 january 2010. This year, more than 300 films by young directors have been submitted. The officiel selection has 28 films, from 18 countries : Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, UK, and USA. The jury will be led by Marjane Satrapi, famous Franco-Iranian cartoonist and filmmaker. A retrospective will be dedicated to Johnny Depp, guest star of the festival.

On 22 december, Emir Kusturica held a press conference with Serbian minister of Culture. He announced that beside the presence of Johnny Depp, there will also be Jim Jarmusch, Christian Carion, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, the winner of the Award for Best Director (Silver Bear) at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, Fatih Akin, the winner of the Special Jury Prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival, the Palestinian director Elia Suleiman, the famous Russian director Pavel Lungin, as well as the young Tunisian director Raja Amari. Their films will be shown within the program “Contemporary Trends”.

Emir Kusturica said ”We want to emphasize a neglected aspect of cinematography- people who created it and who are preserving it. The destiny of films today is terrible, it is slowly disappearing as a form of communication, because a video-game can earn up to 370 million dollars in a week. The film can be preserved only if patrons of art help in this fight against these aggressive forms.

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The third Küstendorf Film and Music Festival closed with the victory of franco-israelian film “Lost Paradise”, a love story by Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun. The golden egg was given to them by Marjane Satrapi, president of the jury, as well as an invitation to stay one month in Küstendorf in order to write peacefully a new script.

The second prize, granted by the silver egg, went to the czech film “Baba”, directed by Zuzana Kirchnerova-Špidlova.

And finally, the bronze egg went to lithuanian film “Lernavan”, directed by Armenian director Marat Sargsyan.

2nd edition - 8 to 14 January 2009

This year, announced guests are Jim Jarmush, Oliver Stone, Ingeborg Dapkunaite, Zhang Yimou, Alain Delon and many others. The films in competitions will come from USA, Great Britain, Chili, Venezuela, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Italy and Serbia.

Pictures from the press conference :

Beside the official student films selection, the festival will also allow to screen a selction of contemporary of classical movies such as Maradona, Gomorrah, Hunger, W., Burnt by the Sun, and a Jim Jarmusch restrospective : Stranger than Paradise, Down by Law, Dead Man and Broken Flowers.

Program of the 2009 Festival :

The festival started with an opening ceremony as funny as last year. As you can see in the video below, a funerary procession went in tears to the cemetary of the “worst films ever”, where had been burried Die Hard 4 last year. When the fanfare started to play a solemn march, a Balkanic Bruce Willis carrying the name of Die Hard 5 raised from his coffin, took fire by the candles, and escaped away running ! As Emir said : ”As much as we try to destroy it or at least marginalize bad movies – which we depicted symbolically with this performance – it still persists, ever escaping the hawthorn stake

The rest of the festival was as festive as this opening ceremony, with concerts (La Mano Ajena, The No Smoking Orchestra, …) and workshops by Jim Jarmusch, Emir Kusturica or even Thierry Frémaux. The jury was headed by Serbian actress Anica Dobra, and the members were German producer Karl Baumgartner, and Italian director of Bologna cinematheque Gian Luca Farinelli.

Kokhi HaseiAfter a competition which everyone considered as of very good quality, the result were the following :

  • The Golden egg was given to Japanese director Kokhi Hasei, for his film “Godog”. This film represents an uncensored footage of the everyday lives of children working and playing in dumps of the Philipines, fighting for their lives. According to the jury : ”the film is a perfect and tragic metaphor of our civilization and its alleged successes.
  • The Silver Egg went to Nina Vuković from Montenegro, for her film Mickey’s Ballad, a poetic story in the German production.
  • US director Shih-Ting Hung won the Bronze Egg for her film Viola, about a seven-year-old girl taking a dreamlike journey.
  • French director Jean François Rouzé won a special award of the jury for his film 5 Seconds, shot in Spain, in which the main character, after having an accident, is suffering from a disturbance which makes him see only immobile sights that alternate in 5 seconds.
  • The press accredited at the festival gave their award to young author Dragan Mišić from Serbia, for his film „Muha”, about a Roma construction worker and a hip hopper, who is trying to change the stereotype about his people.

Let's mention that young Japanese director Kokhi Hasei - who recently got baptised as an orthodox in the saint Sava chapel of Küstendorf - will soon play in Mari-Eve Signeyrolle's movie Alice au pays s'émerveille. After receiving his prize, he said : ”I plan to spend some more time in Serbia, because I want to learn more about your country and people whose faith I have accepted as my own.

Emir Kusturica, during the closing ceremony, said ”After I saw your films, I talked to Tara and Zlatibor1). The mountains say that your films are good and that you are on the right way. I would like to congratulate the winners and to wish luck to other competitors for the next festival, because this is the jury’s decision. You can be satisfied because friendship, authorship, aesthetics, ideology, politics and love are the subjects that attracted the attention and that utopia called Küstendorf is possible

After Jim Jarmusch, Emir Kusturica promised Johnny Depp would be next year's guest…

1st edition - 14 to 21 January 2008

On 14 December, Emir Kusturica has announced during a press conference that he was creating a cinema festival in Küstendorf. The first edition of this festival will take place from 14 to 21 January 2008, in the Underground theatre of the village. He has also announced that it would be a festival without red carpet (even thought some big directors such as Nikita Mikhalkov and Fatih Akin are invited). The winner shall receive a “Golden egg”… (note the “biorevolutionary” juice bottles on the table of the press conference…)

Pictures of the first edition opening :

The First edition of the festival opened on January the 14th. In order not to make things like the others, the opening took place in a cemetery. Emir and his guests (among who Serbian prime minister Vojislav Kostunica and Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov) have solemnly proceeded to the burial of the ”worst Hollywood movie ever done” : DIE HARD 4. Emir first apologized not have had the time to send his condolences to the producer of this film, when Nele and Dejan were acting as priests… Then the music came in and the festival started. Emir then recalled the principles of the festival : it will allow young cinema students coming from all the countries (12 countries are represented) to show their short film, outside any kind of influence. The jury was headed by Austrian writer Peter Handke.

The winner of the first edition was the film “In Between”, a 17-minute existential take on love, solitude and the fear of commitment by Spanish director Jose Iglesias, a student at Poland's national film school. He took the golden egg, first prize of the festival. The silver egg went to British documentary filmmaker Martin Hampton for “Possessed”, his fascinating study of hoarders – people who are unable to thrown things away. The bronze egg was won by Colombian director Franco Lolli, a graduate of French film school La Femis for “Like Everybody Else”, the story of a teenager's relationship with his mother as he struggles to hide his relative poverty from rich school friends. Emir Kusturica has declared he found too many courageous and experimental young directors lose their way once they embark upon the many compromises of commercial or professional filmmaking. Emir Kusturica promised more films from Africa, Asia and Latin America, next year.

1) mountains near Küstendorf
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