Side events on Monday include scrutiny, special screening and striptease


Don’t say you don’t like Mondays because Monday at the festival offers manyways of having fun.


A programme section entitled Flashback: U.S. Presidential Elections is BIFF’s contribution to the discussion on perhaps the hottest political event of this year. Just days after the grand finale of the Battle for the White House, moderator BranislavOndrášik and his guests will try to review the final months of election campaigning and grasp them through the prism of media coverage and the way the media create and construe the public image of political candidates. The discussion will be followed by the projection of Primary (1960), a pioneering documentary film that has been called a canonical work of “direct cinema”.

Discussion: Elections and Media (19.30, Urban Space)

Primary (21.00, Urban Space)






As part of Slovak-Austrian Art Bridges, Astorka Theatre organises anevening of poetry, music, film, and literature.This multi-genre culture event will be followed with aspecial screening of an Austrian film, The Dreamed Ones (Die Geträumten, 2016), which has been part of official selections at international film festivals in Berlin and Toronto this year. The film screening has been dedicated to commemorating ŠtefanVraštiak, a film historian, journalist, and a passionate organiser and promoter of Slovak cinema.

(18.00, Divadlo Astorka – Korzo 90)






To cap another festival day, we cordially invite all cinemagoers to the Fuga music club to experience an evening of improvisation and hilarity. We start out with Film Striptease,a one-of-a-kind-one-man-show by Peter Gärtner, a VŠMU veteran and a stubborn stalwart of art in Bratislava as well as in the countryside. His uncompromising show on the subject of how (not to) make a film will be followed by a truly rare DJ set as the club’s mixing console will be occupied by Slovak filmmakers (e.g. Robert Kirchhoff, DarinaSmržová, JurajJohanides) and theoreticians (KatarínaMišíková) but also some of the festival’s foreign guests.

(20:00, Fuga)






Dear film fans and supporters of the art of cinema, dear festival visitors, colleagues and friends, With great regret, we must report that the Bratislava International Film Festival will not be held in 2019. Believe us, we were the last ones to want to make this decision, but at the same time, we wanted to
be the first to announce it.

Based on votes cast by the visitors, the Bratislava IFF Viewers’ Choice Award went to Wanuri Kahiu’s second feature film Rafiki (2018) about forbidden love in Kenya.

Awards of the 20th Bratislava IFF 2018

“If you’re lucky enough to make living of something you really love, there is a downside – you don’t do it for fun, it’s a job.”


Tomáš Hudák. He studied Film studies (criticism) at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (VŠMU). He’s a fan of film, music, literature and the art as such. He’s a freelancer, writing film reviews and co-organizing several Slovakian film festivals.

“It’s nice to step out from the bubble of social networks – the binary world of likes/unlikes to be part of the group of totally different people, who are connected only by the skateboards.”


Šimon Šafránek. – director, journalist, DJ – multi-genre artist with the sensation of music and word. He’s a freelancer, writing for the Denník N, Hospodářské noviny, Reflex, Magnus etc.

“Films make us better, braver, more romantic and free”


Bibiana Ondrejková. A popular theatre and voice actress and presenter. The general public knows her as the Slovak voice of Phoebe Buffay from the TV show Friends. Upon seeing her, viewers will associate her with the Slovak TV series The Defenders (2014), Red Widow (2014), Homicide Old Town (2010) or Block of Flats (2008).

“Actors infuse film with emotion and give it a soul”

Daniel Rihák. A fresh graduate of film directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava under the leadership of prof. Martin Šulík. A director of (so far) student films and a number of commercials. His graduation film The Trip recently won the Best Director and Best Sound awards at the Áčko Student Film Festival.

“All women have the power to change things”


Ivana Hucíková belongs to the generation of young Slovak filmmakers. She studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, from which she graduated in 2015 with her film Mothers and Daughters. A Bratislava citizen from Orava, living and creating in Slovakia and the USA. So far, she has made several short documentary films: Into My Life (2018), Connie & Corey (2017) and is currently working on the development of several film projects as their director, producer or editor.

“Cinema is a great medium for sharing common European values”


Dominika Jarečná was born in 1999 in Bratislava. She currently studies Theory and History of Arts at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic). She was a member of the Giornate degli Autori jury at this year’s Venice IFF and is a LUX Prize ambassador for the years 2018 and 2019.

Film festival: “It’s a bit like a vacation full of stories”

Alena Sabuchová is a young Slovak author and screenwriter. For her debut collection of short stories Back rooms, Alena was awarded the Ivan Krasko Prize for the best Slovak-language debut as well as the Tatra banka Foundation Young Artist Award in the category of literature. She writes scripts for television and radio, and is currently working on her second book, which will be published next year.

“These films were among the most awarded debut films at this year’s leading festivals”


Nenad Dukić. Serbian film critic, who has been collaborating with the team of people preparing The Bratislava International Film Festival for 8 years now. This year (the 20th anniversary of the festival’s existence), he is again the compiler of the Fiction Competition and co-compiler of the section Cinema Now.

The popular section Cinema Now brings an overview of the most remarkable films of the season. Its curators, Nenad Dukid and Tomáš Hudák, have assembled the most interesting movies that have stirred the waters of world’s major festivals. For 20 years, the Bratislava IFF has been supplying the Slovak film public with names, which often become stars of the screen.