Ideja o filmskem festivalu se je izoblikovala v natrpanem avtomobilu (na 35 stopinjah) petih članov filmske ekipe na poti iz Sarajeva do Slovenj Gradca. Pot z avtom se je v tistem primeru neizmerljivo bolj splačala kot pa potovanje z letalom – na dolgi poti se je namreč rodila ideja, ki je spremenila naša življenja. V približno šestih urah smo si v avtu že razdelili naloge in si izmislili prvotno ime za festival, ki je bila kombinacija vseh slovenjegraških elementov (od Venetskega konja pa do glasnika mesta miru). Osnovno idejo smo dali počivati za kakšen mesec, nato pa se je postavilo resno vprašanje: “Kdaj in kako bomo to izpeljali?”
Od ustanovitve leta 2016 si festival prizadeva, da v mesto prinese nove kreativne koncepte, ki preko filmskih projekcij in delavnic posegajo v prostor ter ga s tem na novo ovrednotijo. SHOTS daje možnost novodobnim filmskim avtorjem, da se v Slovenj Gradcu izrazijo, gledalcem pa nudi priložnost, da se s filmi in njihovimi ustvarjalci povežejo. Kritično razmišljanje ter vidik filmskega izobraževanja so temeljni koncepti festivala, ki s svojo pestrostjo filmskega izbora v okolje vnaša nove izzive, Slovenj Gradec pa postavlja ob bok vsem velikim filmskim mestom.
A festival doesn't need to exist for many years to be able to receive people (audience, directors) with cordiality. This year was a success, good energy, good programing, kind team... Only happiness ! That was a wonderful experience.
The best festival I’ve ever visited. Great organisation and excellent movies every night.
A lovely festival with very hospitable organisers who love films and want to present film works in a way to show them utmost respect. A very well organised event. One can see much thought and careful planning is put into it. I was very happy that my film got selected. Especially when I saw how good the others were.
The most prominent festival because of the ambition of its founders. A team of new directors who loves cinema and with a great sensation of hospitality.
Nice people, warm hospitality, friendly and high-quality team, super organisation. Simply Great!
One of the greatest film festivals I have ever been privileged to attend. The hospitality was something out of this world. We were never hungry! This was very different to any film festival I have been to. They treated you as a creative family and took care of you as their own. The showings were done in a great cinema and an open top public house which was fantastic. Watching films under the stars, need I say any more. I thank the organizers for re-sparking my passion for film with the humility shown by these guys. I would recommend this film festival if you are looking for more than just a commercial out reach, and more of a family and professional atmosphere, where your work is appreciated by everyone.
Great festival, very friendly hosts, splendid environment.
Shots established itself as one of the most exciting, forward-thinking and innovative festivals around. The festival team is fantastic: They are friendly, warm and hospitable, making it an unforgettable experience for attending filmmakers. The festival attracts a large number of visitors, who are attentive and excited about watching the programme every evening.
One of the best festival experiences so far! The communication was perfect from the beginning on. Tomo and his team sent us a great schedule and we were very excited about traveling to Slovenia. Everything they planned turned out to be a great opportunity for us to see the city and experience the Slovenian life and food. That food was amazing! The team members were friendly, funny and warmhearted and trying to make you feel welcome at all time. Tomo has a very good sense of films and their diversity. I have seen some beautiful films there. Thank you for everything and hope to see you very soon!
Great people, great time, great films!