Europe's oldest gay and lesbian film festival


Only about a week after the closing of the Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe), Ljubljana will host the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, a regular fixture on the city's alternative scene. The festival, credited with being Europe's oldest event of its kind, will be held in Ljubljana and four other Slovenian cities from 23 November to 1 December 2013.


When Slovenia was still part of the former Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, Ljubljana's Student Cultural Centre (ŠKUC) founded its gay section, called Magnus. In 1984, Magnus organized the first Ljubljana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which has been held every year since. Next year, the festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary and it has already been announced that 2014 will see an extended, marathon edition of the festival.

Also this year, the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will offer a fairly packed programme of events. Audiences in Ljubljana, Ptuj, Celje, Koper, and Maribor will be able to see forty feature, documentary, and experimental films, both full-length and short ones. The programme of screenings will be accompanied by a programme of 'off events' held at the Metelkova mesto alternative culture centre's Tiffany club.

The festival programme is available on the festival's official website.

The Year of Cinema in Ljubljana

The current vibrancy of the film scene in Ljubljana is also due to two major anniversaries, one celebrated by the Kinodvor cinema and the other by the Slovenian Cinematheque. The art cinema Kinodvor celebrates being housed in a cinema building which first opened its doors ninety years ago, on 15 October 1923, while the Slovenian Cinematheque marks fifty years of continuous activity.

Since 15 October 2013, the Kinodvor cinema has been the venue for a year-long project entitled The Year of Cinema – Kinodvor 90, a celebration of film and cinema featuring a vast and varied programme of special screenings and events revolving around film. The programme of events was created in collaboration between the two institutions.