Behind the scenes: Nenad Dukić

The programmer of the Fiction Competition, Nenad Dukić has been with the International Film Festival Bratislava (IFF BA) for six years now. In the following flash interview, he explains what makes a cinema masterpiece and how he works when selecting motion pictures for his own programme section.




AG: Is there any “recipe”of how to make it to your final selection of competing films? What are your criteria and what are the makings of a good competitive festival film in your opinion?

ND: Just as there is no “recipe” to making films, there is no “recipe” to judging them, no matter whether it is for the purpose of reviewing a film or selecting it for the festival. Therefore, there are no dominant criteria for marking a film as a “good film”. Sometimes it is the form that makes the film a good piece of work; another film may deal with a very strongsubject;yet other times it is the visual aspect that makes the film unique. The combination of all these aspects makes the film a masterpiece. But these days, there are no too many such films.


AG:Do you see any trend –perhaps in terms of themes or topics –that connects recently debuting filmmakers in any way?

ND: Young filmmakers around the world are dealing with so many different topics and filming them in so many different manners.  If there is anything young filmmakershave in common, it is the concern for the future of a young generation in their country or their part of the world.


AG: Can you describe the process of how you work on your competitive selection? 

ND: It is a long process, a process of watching so many films. Basically, my job is to watch and select films from three different sources: leading world film festivals (i.e. Cannes, Venice, Berlin), official and direct submissions to the Bratislava festival and then films from the cataloguesof world sales and distribution
companies. But my selection of films is limited by two things: first, I can’t choose films that have already been shown at any other Slovak film festival; second, we can’t get some films because their producer or distributor have other plans with them or the sales company sometimes asks for such a high festival fee we can’t afford to pay. There’s always a “wish list” and “possible list” of films.


AG: You have been working with BIFF for quite some time. How do you view the changes and innovations that have been made to its structure since you first arrived? Are you happy with them or do you see some space for improvementin the future?

ND: There is always room for future improvements but they always have to do with money, i.e. the festival’s budget. Right now we are doing our best to provide solid program with minimum financial backing, seeking the optimumquality-to-cost ratio. But making a good or a very good festival costs a lot of money.


AG: Is there any film in this years competition that you are particularly proud to have?

ND: It wouldn’t be fair to point out one film among the others. Besides, all films in competition have different qualities and it would be very difficult to pick one.



Alexandra Gabrižová



As a traditional part of the festival programme, three finalists of the LUX Prize will also be introduced.


The 19th edition of the Bratislava International Film Festival will revolve around and explore film acting, emerging stars of the contemporary film scene as well as time proven festival hits.


From October 16 till November 7, 2017 you can purchase online Festival Pass or favored Student Festival Pass only at


One of the most distinctive European actors and a unique director Jean-Marc Barr will receive the festival’s own Award for Artistic Excellence in World Cinema on the 19th edition of the Bratislava International Film Festival. 


19th Bratislava IFF will host yet another star of North American independent film. Following last year’s guest Alex Ross Perry, this year’s Profile will be dedicated to Canadian Denis Côté who will also personally present principal pieces from his filmography.


At its closing ceremony, the 18th Bratislava International Film Festival announced the winners of all competitive categories including three international competitions. The main awards went to Tramontane (2016) in the category of fiction films, Communion (Komunia, 2016) in the category of documentary films and Adaptation (Adaptacja, 2016) in the category of short films.

18th IFF Bratislava has the winners. Closing Ceremony was yesterday on 16 November in cinema Kino Nostalgia. The festival program continues today in two cinemas – Cinema Lumière (K2), and Youth Cinema and also in the festival’s official Lounge Urban Space.

Even though the festival was festively and officially concluded last night, there are still some celluloid gems to be discovered in the darkness of cinema theatres. Besides, the only competition that has not yet been decided is Viewers’ Choice Competition, so you can still use your chance to vote for your favourite films.


Of all the films vying for the Grand Prix in the Competition of Fiction Films, perhaps the most vivid response from the Bratislava audience received Worldly Girl (La Ragazza del mondo) that tells a story of Giulia, a young member of Jehova’s Witnesses community whose strict life and ascetic set of values is suddenly turned upside down after her meeting with a young drug dealer of a symptomatic name, Libero. Director Marco Danieli who attended the festival screening yesterday shared with us some behind-the-scenes information from the making of his first feature-length motion picture.



On Wednesday, the Bratislava International Film Festival prepared for all avid cinemagoers a commented sightseeing tour, two open discussions related to filmsand a decoration of this year’s laureate of the lifetime artistic achievement award and the newest holder of the memorial tile on the Film Walk of Fame.



While Hungarian director Szabolcs Hajdu is not unknown to Slovak cinemagoers, his latest picture, It’s Not the Time of My Life (Ernelláék Farkaséknál), has been a surprise in many ways, particularly in the context of his past. It was made on a €5,000 budget and the director made it in his own apartment with members of his own family. The film premiered last summer at the Karlovy Vary IFF where it claimed the main prize, the Crystal Globe, and Hajdu underlined its success by snatching the Best Actor award. Two weeks ago, Hajdu won a special prize for directing at the Cottbus IFF.


For the third consecutive year, the Bratislava International Film Festival in cooperation with the Red Nose(Clowndoctors) civic association decided to organise a charity projection. This time, they chose My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette), a Swiss-French family film by director Claude Barrasthat will be screened tonight at Kino Mladosť.