Photo cover of the movie "Call me by your name "

With last night’s opening event, the 28th International Film Festival Liffe widely opens its doors to all lovers of European and international film production. The Liffe 2017 opening ceremony took place at Cankarjev dom, home to the CD Congress Centre Ljubljana, and included a short introductory event – a tribute to the giants of Slovenian cinema, auteurs who have created unforgettable cinematic moments. A walk through cinematic memories was accompanied by well-known musical passages, excerpts from film scores that have gone down in the history of Slovenian, European and Hollywood cinema. Thereafter, the film festival officially started with the screening of Call Me By Your Name by Luca Guadagnino.

Cankarjev dom, Slovenia’s main arts centre and organiser of the Liffe festival
Throughout its rich history, Liffe has become not only the biggest film event in Slovenia, but, with a variety of venues, also the broadest. Eight different venues will welcome movie enthusiasts from Wednesday, 8th November, to Sunday, 19th November 2017. Traditionally, the prestigious Cankarjev dom is the festival’s nerve centre: its Foyer II serves as the main festival meeting place, and the Kosovel and Linhart Halls host the finest examples from the latest European and international film production. Featuring prominent guests as well as a rich accompanying programme, festival’s other venues include the famous Kino Komuna Cinema, Kinodvor Cinema, Slovenian Cinematheque, Kino Šiška Cinema and, additionally this year, new movie theatres in Maribor, Celje and Novo mesto.

Simon Popek, Programme director of Liffe

Immerse yourself into cinematic emotions for 12 days
The colourful and diverse festival programme, running between 8 and 19 November 2017, will include 97 films and 17 shorts, together with a unique side programme, talks with festival guests and filmmakers, round tables, seminars and much more. Like every year, the Audience Award will be selected by the viewers voting for their favourite feature from the 10 festival sections. The international jury will present several other prizes: the Kingfisher Award, an international jury award to the best film of the Perspectives section; the FIPRESCI Prize, presented by an international jury of the International Federation of Film Critics; the Best Short Film Award and the Kinotrip Youth Jury Award.

Over the last years, the coveted Liffe tickets have been selling like hot cakes. Additionally, a number of screenings tend to sell out, as each year the renowned festival, traditionally held at and organised by Cankarjev dom, the iconic Slovenian cultural and congress centre, attracts more and more film buffs. Liffe has become a prominent international film festival, enjoying international recognition and bringing many guests and visitors to the Slovenian capital, thus enriching the lively autumn congress and festival season.