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Cinema programming

A meeting of the Slovenian Art Cinema Association (AKMS)

Which films to programme? When? On which screen? For whom? Do we invite the director? … The Slovenian Art Cinema Association meeting will focus on the commonly ignored art of cinema programming. An insight into this blend of craft and creative skill that results in quality programme at your nearest arthouse cinema will be provided through presentations of local and international good practice examples, case studies, and by broadening the horizons with everything that is not cinema but could still end up on the big screen.

Viviana Carlet, Piattaforma Lago: The role and unexplored possibilities of programming short films in art cinemas contexts
Presentation and discussion as part of AKMS meeting

Short films can be used as a tool for reading contemporary life and stimulating an active interaction with the audience, as a work of art on its own and as a means of stimulating debate and dialogue. Through examples of good practice, one can understand how to create programmes of short films and how to use programming to reach new targets – short films have greater malleability and facility than feature films to create thematic and dedicated screenings for different audiences.

Which partners can support art cinemas on developing strategies, researching films, and screening fees, making contacts and partnerships, creating a dialogue with directors and distributors, and maintaining the quality of programming?

How can art cinemas programming benefit from collaboration with film festivals in order to stimulate dialogue with local communities, build new connections with children and families, and create a new culture of cinema-going?

Viviana Carlet is the founder and director of Piattafoma Lago, which includes Lago Film Fest (since 2005), Rodolfo Sonego Award (2006), Formentera Film Festival (2011), 30_____70 Doc Fest (2020), and Lago Film Residency (2023). She collaborates with different local entities, municipalities and associations for the coordination and development of cultural strategies. The projects she has been following over the years always have an experiential and relational approach, focusing primarily on independent cinema and short films, which are also used as a tool for the development of cultural and social projects.

The event will be in Slovene and English. Free admission.


Location: Manzioli Palace, Izola
Date: 09. June 2023
Time: 10:00
Program category: Pro Otok
Section category: Pro Otok