The numerous activities are promoted under the programme, jointly named Na Otoku/On the Island as ‘Otok’ translates literally as ‘Island’ in English. This is also a crucial branding tool guaranteeing a continuity of presence that keeps the audience engaged during the entire year and culminates in their visiting the festival. These activities are designed to nurture and deepen years-long partnerships with numerous national and international cultural institutions in the film area and beyond.
There are five main strands of this programme:
The DarkoBratina “Homage to a Vision” Award is a seven-city/day chain of events whose main organizer is Kinoatelje of Italian Gorizia. It takes the form of monographic overview (beginning in 1999) in memory of Kinoatelje’s founder, who saw in film an exceptional tool for understanding one’s identity. This internationally renowned project connects the most important film institutions in the region and takes place in Ljubljana, Trieste, Gorizia, Nova Gorica, San Pietro al Natisone, Udine and Izola.We organize the Izola event and give promotional support for the whole chain of events.
The Silvan Furlan Open-Air Cinema is an open-air cinema in the Slovenian bordering municipality of Nova Gorica named after the renowned Slovenian personality in arthouse cinema. We joined forces with Nova Gorica to enhance the distribution of European film in the area and have since been bringing to this cinema festival film works after the festival as the events in Nova Gorica take place in July.
Topolo Station is a 22-year-long widely recognized festival in a village in the Italian bordering region of Venetia. This region was remarkably enlivened particularly because of this unique string of cultural events in July. With ourparticipationthe events broadened to include film evenings. We bring filmmakers to accompany film works, thus strengthening already forged cooperation ties and creating a visible promotion and presence of the festival.
Video on the Beach. We make a selection of best films by young international filmmakers from the Video on the Beach section and we present them at various other film festivals or independently. Thus we enable the circulation of works from young filmmakers and their presentation to new audiences.
Otok connects with fine literature. Kino Otok is expanding film into wider cultural areas. This year, a new partnership was made with the Slovene Book Days festival in Ljubljana, and with the 31. International Literary Festival Vilenica in Koper, two strongest festivals of the country in their fields, and the selected Kino Otok films were screened there.