This summer the fairy tale location of Bled, Slovenia will host the first annual Bled Film Festival
The Bled Film Festival (BFF) is a major new festival on the international film scene, supported by leading filmmakers from southeastern Europe, Great Britain and USA. The festival, which runs from June 17-‐21, will include 8 feature films and 8 documentaries, which will be considered for juried prizes. The documentaries have a thematic focus: to raise awareness of environmental issues surrounding water. These exciting feature films and thoughtful documentaries will be complemented by a rich assortment of additional events, including talks with major stars and film world personalities, the free screening of four films in an outdoor theater beside the lake, special events, VIP after parties, and much more. This year, afternoon film sessions will be dedicated to the famous Serbian director, Srdjan Dragojevič. Feature film screenings will be held at Festival Hall on the shores of Lake Bled, while screenings of documentaries will be at the 11th century Bled Castle, perched high atop a cliff overlooking the town of Bled and the postcard-‐perfect lake beside it.
The BFF is run by two local cinematic legends with extensive Hollywood resumes: Rade Šerbedžija, President of the Board, and Branko Djurić – Djuro, the film festival’s Director. Other Board members include Slovenian actress Tanja Ribič, Serbian actor Nikola Kojo, American actor Armand Assante, British actress Vanessa Redgrave, American Casting Director/Producer Donna McKenna, Croatian producer Čedomir Kolar, and several other famous Slovenian actors. Bled Film Festival was founded by Marko Gajić, the BFF Business Manager, and Danijel Utješanović, BFF’s Executive Director. In addition to promoting the latest international and regional feature films, the theme of the documentary portion of the festival will be promoting environmental issues with an emphasis on water. “The Bled Film Festival strives to use the power of moving images in order to create a better world,” said Rade Šerbedžija, BFF President. “By launching a festival like this by Bled Lake – one of the most beautiful places on earth – we would like to become a part of the global environmental movement to save our planet. We are witnesses to catastrophic wars that are destroying this world through chemical warfare agents. We are also witnesses to unscrupulous global corporations who are polluting the air, sea, lakes and rivers with their factories, chemical gasses and industrial waste – all due to their desire to increase profits. For this reason, we do not wish our film festival to be just one of many, but rather, we want to initiate, here by the water, an important environmental campaign to clean our planet. We want to attract film-‐makers, both known and unknown, to the festival, who are eager to join our movement. I also need to stress that we are all initiators of a great humanitarian campaign that is starting here in Slovenia.” Festival prizes will be selected from the 8 competing films in each category by a three-‐member jury panel. This panel will give out “Wishing Bell” awards in five categories. Branko Djurić – Djuro, BFF Director, explained that the film selection process is already underway. He also noted that the final list of selected films will be released about a month or so prior to the Festival’s opening; a formula that is typical at prominent international film festivals. Noah Charney will play a main role in selecting the feature films for the competition, whereas Rada Šešić will focus on selecting the documentary films: ” Water in our selection of eight creative documentaries is approached from different angles: water as a savior among people who dig and look
for water meticulously; water as a destroyer that takes away lives, houses, hope; water as the embodiment of greed when appropriated by the rich and powerful while it belongs to all of us; water as a comforting element in everyday life; water as a friend that rejuvenates, preserves and nourishes; water that provides food, keeps the tradition and seeks love and companionship.” The program will later be published on our web page. Fall in love with film on the shores of Lake Bled, which has been called the most beautiful place on earth. Photographs can be downloaded from the website www.bledff.com/fileadmin/datoteke/fotogalerije/2014/press_1.z ip (Photo by: BFF) You can also follow us on the Bled Film Festival – BFF Facebook page, or on Twitter @BledFF. Public relations: Duška Žolger, +386 31 533 714 Jagoda Đorđevič, +386 41 708 485 firstname.lastname@example.org