This year's International Film Festival - FEST is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and will be held from February 25 to March 6 in Belgrade, produced by the Belgrade Festivals Centre. The slogan presented at the visual solution of this year's festival, which reads ‘New Brave World’, is a word play in relation to the slogan of the first FEST held in 1971, which read ‘Brave New World’.
The audience of our largest film festival will be offered over 80 premiere films in various programme selections, and screenings will be held in 12 cinemas across Belgrade.
We are very pleased that FEST will show the films that won major awards at the two most important world festivals, in Cannes and Venice last year - the film TITANE, directed by Julia Ducournau, the winner of Palme d'Or in Cannes, and the film HAPPENING directed by Audrey Diwan, which earned the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at the 78th Venice Film Festival.
At the opening of the 50th FEST on February 25 in the Kombank Hall, the film Strahinja Banović, directed by Stefan Arsenijević, will be screened. This will be the Serbian premiere of the film that won numerous awards, including the Crystal Globe for Best Film at the prestigious 55th Karlovy Vary Film Festival, as well as Best Actor Award (Ibrahim Koma) and a Special Mention for Director of Photography (Jelena Stanković) at the same festival.
The Belgrade Victor Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film Art will be given to eminent personalities from the Serbian film industry - director Emir Kusturica and actor Predrag Miki Manojlović.
On the occasion of the jubilee 50th edition of the Festival, post offices of Serbia are preparing a collector's set of postage stamps for each decade of FEST's existence.