Take a walk through Bratislava filming locations


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.



Are you familiar with the corners of Bratislava where iconic and less famous sequences from Slovak film classics such as Fountain for Zuzana or Sun in the Net and even Hollywood productions such as Peacemaker were shot? What are the stories behind different films shot in Bratislava? What other interesting motion pictures have chosen Bratislava as their location? Why has it been doubled by other European metropoles in some other films? Your experienced tour guide, Ivor Švihran of the M_P_ Bratislava project that focuses on national history and geography, will be happy to answer these and many other questions during a unique multimedia tour across Slovakia’s capital.

Wednesday (14.00, in front of Kino Lumiére)

Tuesday (14.00, 17.00, in front of Kino Lumiére)





Gorila.sk Urban Space will host two interesting discussions today. In the afternoon, you can meet scriptwriter and cinema historian Štěpán Hulík who won the Magnesia Litera award for his first literary work, Cinema of Oblivion (Kinematografiezapomnění, 2011), which mapped out the condition of Czech cinema during the infamous normalisation period and the Czech Lion award for his screenwriting debut, Burning Bush (Hořící keř, 2013). In the evening, you are cordially invited to attend a moderated discussion that will explore the theme of the city’s multifaceted natureas a specificand dynamicentity. The latter discussion will be followed by the projection of music documentaries by Vincent Moonfrom his series, Les Petites Planétes, which forms part of this year’s leitmotif programme section entitled Topic: City.

Discussion: Štěpán Hulík (16.00, Gorila.sk Urban Space)

Discussion: City Visible – City Invisible (19.30, Gorila. Sk Urban Space)





The most recent laureate of the lifetime artistic achievement award and the latest holder of a memorial tile on the Film Walk of Fame in front of the Municipal Theatre of P. O. Hviezdoslavin Bratislava to be unveiled next summer is Martin Huba, one of the most accomplished Slovak actors of his generation. The decoration of Mr. Huba will take place during the closing ceremony at Kino Nostalgia.

(19.00, Kino Nostalgia)



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.