Brewing Fun with Flicks, the VHS Marathon Has It All!

If you are one of those movie buffs who were raised in the video shops of the 1980s, you should definitely not miss out the film festival’s Saturday night that features a VHS Karaoke Battle and the subsequent Slippers Night.


Taking a cue from Animation Karaoke Battle, an original competition for inventive festival-goers introduced by the Fest Anča international festivalof animated films, the Bratislava film festival decided to organise the VHS Karaoke Battle, a competition in improvised dubbing of the most infamous action B-flicks of the 1980s.


The competition is open for anyone with enough courage to stand up and perform. All you need to do is to lend your voice and savvy to Chuck, Jean-Claude, Sylvester, Dolphor other action heroes and if you are any good, you won’t walk home empty-handed. Originality, creativity, ingenuityand quick wit are of the essence here. The best alternative dialogue ofa randomly chosen scene from a VHS cult classic will be awarded with a brand new sitting bag.


So, if you are looking for a new addition to your living room, come and be the best. If you yearn to learn more about Chuck Norris, you can win a book entitled WhatChuck Norris Is Really Like. Other prizes include a Star Wars 2016 calendar and Blu-Ray DVDs of Inglorious Basterds, Big Lebowski or Django Unchained. But even if you don’t want to compete and just keep fond memories of the 1980s VHS era, all you need to do is come to the Urban Spacefestival loungeat 22:30. If you have any questions, please visit


Our VHS theme evening will then move to the after-party at KinoMladosťwhere the ever-popular Slippers Night will kick off at sharp midnight. Loads of laughter and cases of cans –in our case Zlatý Bažant beer – await you there to help you relish the phenomenon that shook the world of cinema in the 1980s. The night will open with Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014), cult director Mark Hartley’s hilarious journey into the realm of B-movies produced by the legendary duo of Golan-Globus. Later, you can remember two of the studio’s classics that will be screened directly from original VHS tapes, namely The Delta Force (1986) by recently deceased Menahem Golan at 02.00 and Joel Silberg’s cult dance movie, Breakin (1984), asan early morning nightcap at 04.15.


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.