The idea of organising a film festival started on a scorching hot day in a crowded car on the road from Sarajevo to Slovenj Gradec. That car ride definitely paid off – five members of our film crew laid the foundations of something that has changed our lives. In those six hours on the road we managed to delegate the necessary tasks and agreed on the initial name of our festival – a combination of all possible elements defining our home town Slovenj Gradec (the Venetic horse, membership of the UN Peace Messenger Cities Network). After that we put the initial idea to bed for a while, but soon we started asking ourselves »When and how are we going to implement this?«
Od ustanovitve leta 2016 si prizadevamo, da v mesto prinesemo nove kreativne konpcete, ki preko filmskih projekcij in delavnic posegajo v prostor ter ga s tem na novo vrednotijo. SHOTS daje možnost novodobnim filmskim avtorjem, da se v Slovenj Gradcu izrazijo, obiskovalcem pa nudi priložnost, da se z njimi povežejo in preko filmov vstopijo v bogat svet raznolikosti.
V želji po združevanju vseh generacij ob filmskem platnu, smo z ekipo v letu 2018 ustanovili festival animiranega filma ZEBRA.
Druženje in gostoljubnost, vnašanje kreativnih sprememb ter izobraževanje na področju filma so naši temeljni koncepti. S festivaloma in pestrostjo filmskega izbora vnašamo nove izzive v okolje, Slovenj Gradec pa postavljamo ob bok vsem velikim filmskih mestom.
Ever since our inception in 2016, we have been striving to bring new creative concepts to our hometown. Through film screenings and workshops, SHOTS is trying to re-evaluate the public space in Slovenj Gradec.
Our mission is to give contemporary film authors a chance to express themselves and to bring them closer to the spectators. This way they can connect and enter the wonderful realm of diversity through films.
With the wish to bring together all generations in front of the big screen, we started the ZEBRA animated film festival in 2018.
The basic pillars of our work are hospitality, companionship, creative changes and film education. Both festivals and the variety of film screenings make sure that Slovenj Gradec keeps getting confronted with new questions, while finding its place among the big film cities of the world.
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.
Nice people, warm hospitality, friendly and high-quality team, super organisation. Simply Great!
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.
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!
The best festival I’ve ever visited. Great organisation and excellent movies every night.
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.
Great festival, very friendly hosts, splendid environment.
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.
SHOTS was an immense pleasure to work with. Their communication is swift and kind. They were very clear and gracious. The group of people behind this festival should be very proud.
Just one word, PERFECT! Good films, good people, good city.