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Submissions to Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival 2014 Are Now Open

From today and until the 6th of June, Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival is calling all fantastic filmmakers to submit their feature films, shorts and music documentaries to the 10th edition of the festival which will take place from the 15th to the 19th of July in Ljutomer, Slovenia. You can also enter our Little Workshop of Horrors, submission deadline is the 1st of July. Selected feature films will compete for Grossmann’s most prestigious award, the Vicious Cat 2014. S...

Grossmann Festival Voted One of the „5 Coolest Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festivals in the World“

Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival is among the „5 Coolest Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festivals in the World“ as voted by the readers of MovieMaker Magazine from the USA, the world's most widely read independent film magazine. Each year, MovieMaker Magazine publishes a list of „Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World“. This year, for the first time ever, their readers were also able to vote for five coolest fests in 10 new genre-specific categories. Grossmann ...

The Awards of the 9th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival

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On Saturday, the 20th of July, the 9th edition of Grossmann Festival came to a magnificent conclusion. At the Closing Ceremony, we paid homage to recently departed director, scriptwriter, film expert and a dear friend and supporter of the festival, Dinko Tucaković, whose final feature film Doctor Ray and the Devils was successfully premiered at the 2012 Grossmann Festival.   The following awards were given:   Honorary Vicious Cat, received by Franco Nero and Enzo G. Castellari, t...

9th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival Starts on Monday with Slovenian Premiere of Byzantium

The 9th edition of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival starts on Monday, July 15 in Ljutomer, Slovenia. The opening film will be Neil Jordan's Byzantium. Prior to the screening there will be a presentation of wines in competition, accompanied by the opening of exhibition Red Bodies by illustrator Blaž Porenta and photographer Matjaž Tančič. This year's Guests of Honour are Italian film legends Franco Nero and Enzo G. Castellari. The main guest of the wine program is ...

Franco Nero at Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival 2013

With much joy we announce that Italian acting legend Franco Nero will attend this year's Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival to receive our honorary Lifetime Achievement award. He is one of the most instantly recognizable European film stars, having made more than 150 movies, in Europe as well as in the USA, in high-budget as well as independent productions, from western, action and comedy to historical epic, drama and even musical. The festival program will feature a special retrospe...

Enzo G. Castellari at Grossmann Festival 2013

The legendary grand master of European action cinema Enzo G. Castellari is coming to this year's Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival, where he will receive the honorary Lifetime Achievement Award. In his amazing body of work he has treated the audiences with numerous westerns, crime, postapocayptic and war films, as well as comedies and horror films. He is renowned for tense action scenes, innovative camera work and editing, and use of slow-motion, while all of his films possess ver...

Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival: Call For Entries 2013

Attention fantastic filmmakers! From today and until the 7th of June you can submit your feature films, shorts and music documentaries to the 9th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival which will take place from the 15th to the 20th of July in Ljutomer, Slovenia. You can also enter our Little Workshop of Horrors, submission deadline is the 1st of July.Feature films will compete for Grossmann’s most prestigious award, the Vicious Cat 2013.Besides the Slak's Vicious Cat 2013 award for Be...

Awards of the 8th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival

At the closing ceremony of the 8th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival that took place from the 16th to the 21st of July in Ljutomer, Slovenia, the following awards were given: Vicious Cat for Best Feature Film Sleep Tight (Mientras duermes) by Jaume Balagueró (Spain) Inbred by Alex Chandon (UK) The Jury, comprised of Slobodan Šijan, Phillip Bergson and Christian Hallman complemented the 8th Grossmann Fantastic Film & Wine Festival for its rich vintag...

Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival 2012 Starts on Monday

The 8th edition of Grossmann, taking place from the 16th to the 21st of July in Ljutomer, Slovenia is just around the corner! The festival will begin on Monday at 18h with the opening of the Fear Manifesto art installation and presentation of the competing winemakers. At 19:00 our film program will begin with the regional premiere of Serbian film Doctor Ray and the Devils, director Dinko Tucaković's new drama/comedy about famous Hollywood rebel Nicholas Ray's stay in Yugoslavia during the 60...

Jaume Balagueró at Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival 2012!

It is a great honour to announce the arrival of Spanish director Jaume Balagueró to this year's Grossmann Film and Wine Festival in Ljutomer, Slovenia, where he will present his thriller Sleep Tight. After the bloody mayhem of Rec 1&2 which will be screened in a special retrospective, one of the leading authors of European fantastic cinema takes a different approach with a sublime and creepy thriller which horror is placed in everyday life and that is guaranteed to make you feel ...

Dr Ray and the Devils to Open Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival 2012

With much pride we announce that the opening film of Grossmann 2012, taking place from the 16th to 21st of July in Ljutomer, Slovenia,  will be Serbian drama Doctor Ray and The Devils, directed by Dinko Tucaković. The film is based upon a real-life story about famous director Nicholas Ray’s stay in Belgrade in the mid-sixties. With a perfect blend of reality and fiction and with plenty of humour, Doctor Ray and the Devils offers a unique insight into the mystery which surrounds this particul...

Goran Marković to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Grossmann 2012

With enormous joy and pride we announce that the 8th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival, taking place from the 16th to the 21st of July in Ljutomer, Slovenia, will be visited by director, scriptwriter and playwright Goran Marković who will receive this year's honorary Vicious Old Cat award for lifetime achievement. His films such as Tito and Me, Deja Vu, Variola Vera, The Meeting Point and National Class have achieved a cult status and became a part of popular culture in the ex-Yu regio...

Grossmann Festival Vicious Cat Wine Champion 2012: Pre-Evaluation is Done

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On Friday, the 8th of June, the Vicious Cat Wine Champion Pre-Evaluation, organized by Cultural nad Educational Society Kelih (Chalice) and Grossmann Festival, took place at the Ljutomer City Hall. The winners in respective categories have entered the competition program of the 8th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival which will take place from the 16th to the 21st of July in Ljutomer, Slovenia. 35 wine samples were submitted by 18 winemakers. The jury consisting of Dr. Mojmir Wondra, Mr. ...

Grossmann Returns to Cannes

Thanks to kind invitation of the Slovenian Film Centre, Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival is once again heading for Cannes International Film Festival where our already traditional film and wine party will take place on the 17th of May at 17h at the South-East European Pavilion. We will merily great you with sweet sounds of our ferocious DJ program and even more merrily toast with you with excellent wines at our special wine tasting. We are looking forward to meeting our old friends an...

Grossmann Festival Wine Champion 2012: This Year Open to International Entries!

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Dear winemakers! It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the 8th Grossmann International Fantastic Film and Wine Festival in Ljutomer, Slovenia, which will take place from the 16th to the 21st of July. This year, for the first time ever, our Vicious Cat Wine Champion competition is open to international entries. All winemakers who wish to participate in this prestigious competition are welcome to submit their wine samples until (including) the 1st of June 2012. All submi...

Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival Call for Entries 2012: Submit Your Film for the Vicious Cat!

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Attention fantastic filmmakers of the universe! Until the 22nd of June you are most welcome to submit your gut-wrenching masterpieces to this year's Grossmann festival which will take place from the 16th to the 21st of July in Ljutomer, Slovenia! Get ready for a vicious fight for our vicious awards! This year, for the first time ever, you can submit your feature films for Grossmann's most prestigious award, the Vicious Cat! Do not hesitate to participate! You can also submit your short films f...

The Winners of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival 2011

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In front of a dedicated vampire crowd, we have announced this year's winners of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival in Ljutomer, Slovenia. Without further ado, let us list them: VICIOUS CAT International jury consisting of Dinko Tucaković, Phillip Bergson and Lars Nilsen has decided that Vicious Cat (Best Feature Film award) goes to: THE LAST CIRCUS /BALADA TRISTE DE TROMPETA Spain/France; 2010 Directed by: Alex de la Iglesia Genre: comedy The award was taken by acto...

Vampire's Ball Time at the Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival

It's the final day of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival in Ljutomer, Slovenia. Preparations for this evening's grand Vampire's Ball are already taking place at the Main Square! Numerous vampire candidates are being transformed into nocturnal ghouls by the experts of Mad Squirrel FX team. Our merry program will continue until the night when the stage at the Main Square will be thoroughly shaken by UK psychobilly legends The Meteors, along with Hungarian rockers Yellow Spots and Hollywood...

Christopher Lee Master Class Today at Grossmann Festival

Today at 19:00h at Ljutomer Main Square, Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival will feature a special event indeed: Master Class with Christopher Lee, hosted by Phillip Bergson. Naturally, today's program features films from the Vicious Cat, Slak's Vicious Cats, Melies d'Or nomination and Noisy Cat competitions, as well as numerous accompanying attractions, such as Hungarian masterpiece Taxidermia (20:00h at the Culture House Cinema) and ultra-rare Shaw Brothers splatterfest The Boxer's O...

Menahem Golan has arrived at Grossmann Festival!

Legendary producer, director and script writer Menahem Golan, receiver of this year's honorary Vicious Old Cat award, has arrived at Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival in Ljutomer today. Before his Master Class, taking place tomorrow at 20:00h at the Culture House Cinema, he will address Grossmann's audience prior to the screening of his film today at 20:00h at the Culture House Cinema. Already at 19:30h at the same location, ninjutsu master Andrej Jasenc will demonstrate his deadly sk...

Christopher Lee has arrived at Grossmann Festival!

We have sensational news: Sir Christopher Lee has just arrived in Ljutomer, Slovenia! At this year's Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival he will receive our Lifetime Achievement Award. We are deeply honoured and tremendously happy to host this legendary actor who has given us countless unforgettable roles. His visit is also our special surprise and gift to all of our dear visitors. Sir Christopher Lee is one of the most remarkable and versatile actors in the history of cinema. In...

Grossmann 2011: A Successful Opening is Behind Us

The Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival week in Ljutomer, Slovenia has started with a blast: Sensorium Expo and the presentation of competing wines have filled the Culture House with many visitors. Among them were many well-known smiling faces: Minister of Internal Affairs of Slovenia Katarina Kresal, Mayor of Ljutomer Olga Karba, president of the Vicious Cat Jury Dinko Tucaković and film guests Jonas Žnidaršič and Ludvik Bagari were just some of them. Our opening film The Plagiarize...

7th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival begins today

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Vicious time is here! Today at 18:00h at the Culture House Cinema the 7th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival will officialy begin in Ljutomer, Slovenia with the Sensorium Expo featuring the works of illustrator Blaž Porenta, Laibach Kunst collective, experimental music instruments by Dizzy Strings and heavy metal installation by Shlosart. At 18:30h the opening of the symbolic wine road will take place, introducing this year's Vicious Cat Wine Champion candidates: Vinakoper, KZ Metlika...

Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival: Vicious Cat Line-up Announced

The official selection of films competing for the main festival award the Vicious Cat (Best Feature Award) at this year's Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival, taking place from July 25 to July 30 in Ljutomer, Slovenia, is hereby announced. The films in competition are: CHOP USA; 2010; Trent Haaga MASKS Germany; 2010; Andreas Marschall SKINNING Serbia; 2010;Stevan Filipović THE LAST CIRCUS Spain/France; 2010; Alex de la Iglesia TRANSFER Gemany; 20...

Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival Short Film and Music Documentary Selections

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Here is the official selection of short films and music documentaries for this year's Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival, which will take place from July 25 to July 30 in Ljutomer, Slovenia. More information about other film program sections, music program and other features of this year's Grossmann can be found on the official site. SLAK'S VICIOUS CATS (Best Short Film Competition) 108.1 FM RADIO Italy; 2011; 15 min; Angelo & Giuseppe Capasso ATTACK OF THE GIANT B...
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