Submarine: screenings and workshops

With a carefully curated line-up of films, this year’s Submarine focuses on the value of diversity. We all lead different lives. What makes someone happy might prevent others from living their dreams. Family situation or social background, personal traits, the desire to engage and be creative, or the desire for special adventures – all this enables us to broaden our horizons and increase our empathy. The selected films are about embracing diversity and overcoming the obstacles in life. Join us on this multifaceted journey exploring the beauty of life.


Sončna dvorana JSKD Izola


7. 6., 17:00
The Gruffalo 3+
Jakob Schuh, Max Lang, UK, 2009, 27′, In Slovene

A magical story of a mouse that goes for a walk through the dark forest, looking for a nut, and nearly ends up being eaten himself. After using all his wit and many clever tricks to outsmart a fox, an owl and a snake, the brave mouse comes face to face with – a real gruffalo! Based on the best-selling children’s book by writer Julie Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Free admission.


7. 6., 17.30
Art workshop: Little Monsters

Art workshop with Martin Zelenko with a focus on imagination, the planning process and the diversity of art techniques. Using different techniques, participants will plan and make their own little monsters and other imaginary creatures.

Free admission.


8. 6., 10:30
 1-2-3, Mury the Cat 3+
Boris Dolenc, Jernej Žmitek, Slovenia, 2013–2018, 33′, In Slovene

In the fictional world of animation, the mini-series brings to life the stories of Mury the Cat, Missy, and other inhabitants of the Cat City, based on a popular Slovenian children’s book by Kajetan Kovič. Set to legendary songs performed by Neca Falk, new twists and turns of the beloved characters guarantee plenty of fun for audiences of all ages.

Free admission.


8. 6., 11:00
Interactive musical storytelling: Boy, Animals and Rain

Lučka Joksič is an all-round non-professional artist whose life has always revolved around music (harp, piano, African percussion) and dance. In her performance, children play an active role, learning about interesting music instruments and trying their hand at playing.

Free admission.

All events in collaboration with JSKD Izola.


House of Culture


8. 6., 17:00
(Tolmin: 7. 6., 18:00)
Los bando 9+
Christian Lo, Norway, Sweden, 2018, 94′, In Norwegian with Slovenian subtitles

A teen comedy about a fabulous gang of misfits who embark on a road trip to fulfil their dreams. Grim and Axel are best friends and keen musicians with a rock band called Los Bando Immortale, featuring Grim on drums and Axel on guitar and terrible vocals. When they get accepted to the National Championship of Rock, the only candidate to audition to join the band is the 9-year-old Thilda on cello. This will be one crazy journey! The film was nominated for the EFA Young Audience Award 2019.

Screening with Fresh Film Catch, a film made by schoolchildren
Vstop prepovedan (izbirni predmet Vzgoja za medije OŠ Prežihovega Voranca v Ljubljani, RTV Slovenija, Zavod Na robu, 2019, 10′, In Slovene)


Young Programmers present: Moving Cinema at Kino Otok – Isola Cinema

9. 6., 10:30
(Kinodvor, Ljubljana: 8. 6. (17:00), 9. 6. (15:15), 16. 6. (17:15), 22. 6. (17:00))


Vitello 7+ (družinski film)
Dorte Bengtson, Denmark, UK, 2018, 72′, In English with Slovenian subtitles

Vitello is a perky boy who lives with his mum in a nice suburban house, enjoys being silly with friends and eats plenty of spaghetti. There is only one problem: he doesn’t know his dad. As his mum is no help, Vitello sets out in search of a father, only to find someone he isn’t quite expecting. Based on popular Danish children’s books, this is a tender tale peppered with wacky humour. In collaboration with Kinobalon.

Screenings are organised as part of Moving Cinema, a European project co-funded by the EU’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme.




House of Culture


Friday to Sunday during screenings

The Value of Diversity: Exhibition of posters and other works by young artists

The exhibition marks the grand finale of the creative campaign in which kids from schools across Slovenian Istria reflected on how they can contribute to making the world a more diverse place. The unique works that deal with this year’s Submarine message will only be on display during the festival. Organised by Otok.

Free admission.


6. 6.–9. 6.
Filmmaking workshop: Moving Cinema at Kino Otok – Isola Cinema

In a three-day workshop, the Submarine filmmaking team of 10 young filmmakers aged 12 to 15 led by Andreja Kranjec and Ana Trebše will explore the magical language of cinema and the specifics of filmmaking. Organised by Otok, the workshop is part of Moving Cinema, a European project co-funded by the EU’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme. More information and registration: Andreja Kranjec,, 00386 (0)68 121 183.


5. 6.–9. 6.
SHARPENING THE GAZE: Young Critics Workshop

In a relaxed festival atmosphere, a group of participants above the age of 16 will engage in in-depth discussions about the films, ply festival guests with questions, try their hand at writing and polish the texts through comments given by their trainer Maja Krajnc, editor-in-chief of KINO! magazine and head of the film education programme for students at Slovenian Cinematheque. The reviews will be posted on the festival and workshop websites. Organised by the Kino! Society for Expanding Film Culture and Otok. More information and registration:


Young Spectators: Moving Cinema at Kino Otok – Isola Cinema

5. 6.–7. 6.
Screenings for schoolchildren
A selection of the most exciting stories from all corners of the world:  Neverjetna zgodba o velikanski hruški/The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear, Lisička in druge zgodbe/The Teeny Weeny Fox, Zbogom, Berlin!/Goodye Berlin, Bekas, Preobrazba deklet/Girls Lost, Zeleno kolo/The Green Bike, Theeb

Screenings are organised as part of Moving Cinema, a European project co-funded by the EU’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme.


SUBMARINE for culture and education professionals

House of Culture

9. 6., 12:00
Vitello: Open discussion for education and film professionals
The screening of the animated film Vitello will be followed by an exchange of views on the subject matter and language of the film between education and film professionals. Teachers will get an opportunity to share their vision of cinema as a teaching tool, and their idea of good cinema when raising the subjects of family, diversity, and growing up.

The event will be in Slovenian and admission is free.