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Kustendorf Film and Music Festival

Music, films and utopia by Emir Kusturica at home in his village promoting Serbian culture and folklore!
Under the patronage of multi-award winning director Emir Kusturica and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia the 12th edition of KUSTENDORF FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL (has been held at Drvengrad - Mokra Gora,Serbia from January 11-16, 2019)
Aimed at rewarding future generations of filmmakers as well as providing master classes with established talents, the festival is a by-invitation only event with 6 segments:

1. COMPETITION PROGRAMME (in which students films from all over the world will be awarded with a Gold, Silver or Bronze Egg, depending of the jury’s choice)

Students or self-taught non-released filmmakers can submit a film (under 45 minutes of duration) on any genre for consideration to the competition programme.

The films should be sent in a DVD with English subtitles (if the original language is not English) and on a separate CD the following shall be included:

In word format:
- short synopsis including film duration
- short director biography
- cast (director, editor, director of photography, editor, screenplay, producer)
- at least two (2) stills – one of the director and crew and one still image of the film in JPEG, GIFF or PDF.


SlideShow : Amazing Ambiance and Views from Kustendorf

I had a wonderful time in Kustendorf, Emir Kusturica's life projet, film and music festival! I could not resist putting the soundtrack from Time of the Gypsies which we presented in Cannes with Emir attending, his band and an amazing audience 's reception (and a Prix Special du Jury) when I was working for Sony. Enjoy some moments of Kal which performed at the festival Ederlezi - Goran Bregović, Emir Kusturica From the soundtrack of the film: Time of the Gypsies by Emir Kusturica Le ...

VIDEO: Emir Kusturica interviewed on Kustendorf, his festival, and the 2 villages he built

Interview with Emir Kusturica: Serbian (and a french national) director with many hats talks about Kustendorf and Andricgrad, villages which he built to promote the local and traditional culture. He is celebrating the 12th edition of his festival, at home in his town, with his friends and family and young filmmakers he has selected from800 shorts submitted to the festival.  This story all began while shooting (13 months) his movie (Life is a miracle). YES INDEED! ...

VIDEO: The awards bestowed at Kustendorf 2019: 3 eggs and two special mentions

The 12. International Film and Music Festival Kustendorf has ended with awards and a closing ceremony in The Damned Yard Theatre.  After performances by Svetozar Marković folklore ensamble and Svetlana Spaјić group, Professor Emir Kusturica was awarded by His Royal Heritage Zolani Mkiva and named as Peoples Artist of the Year. The official Kustendorf awards were then handed to the winners as decided by the jury. Ilaria Di Carlo and Saša Karanović received sp...

VIDEO: Traditional dance and music at the Kustendorf closing ceremony

Closing Ceremony from Kustendorf Film & Music Festival on Vimeo. ...

VIDEO: Walking up the stairs of the Belgrade Airport with Illaria di Carlo, Kustendorf winner with The Divine Way

Interview with Illaria di Carlo at Belgrade airport on the way out to Berlin after her win in Kustendorf (Special Mention) The short film is loosely based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, The Divine Way takes viewers along on the protagonist’s epic descent through an endless labyrinth of staircases. As the woman journeys deeper, the staircases mutate and she is trapped and pulled into their dangerous landscape, taking us through more than fifty magnificent locations. Ilaria D...

VIDEO: all about the eggs of the Kustendorf 12th edition, a perfect dozen indeed!

Opening Animation - Kustendorf 2019 from Kustendorf Film & Music Festival on Vimeo. We really love the animation, and the vision behind the concept. These animals were also reproduced on th ebadges, press were represented by the crocodile!     ...

Kustendorf fest attendees driven from Serbia to Bosnia to visit Andricgrad, Emir's second village

AndricGrad is inspired by the yougaslavian Nobel Prize (1961) Ivo Andrijc. Emir Kusturica built a city, village and cultural center and cinema multiplex. It regularly hosts exhibitions of arts and traditional culture assets of the region. It is another life investment of Emir Kusturicca who has put in these projects all the money he earned in film and music.     ...

Emir Kusturica honored in his own festival with the Champion of People's Culture with the Mkiva Foundation Award

Zolani Mkiva saluting Emir Kusturica's outstanding contributions with Champion of People's Culture Award from the Mkiva Foundation. The trophy was flown all the way from South Africa to snowy mountains of Serbia for this occasion, giving the chance to  Zolani Mkiva, his founder, to set foor on the Kustendorf village for the first time. As Emir Kusturica said in his acceptance speech, it is not the end it is the beginning of a new friendship. The prize kicked off the evening of th...

Zolani Mkiva introducing his foundation and the purpose of his trip to Kustendorf to award Emir Kusturica

  Meet our friend from South Africa: Zolani Mkiva an internationally acclaimed heritage practitioner and cultural activist, a poet,  actor and producer, known for Mandela: Un long chemin vers la liberté (2013), A Small Town Called Descent (2010) and Cultures of Resistance (2010).   He is the founder of The Mkiva Humanitarian Award and flew from South Africa to honor Emir Kusturica during the Award Ceremony, closing night...

VIDEO: Workshop with Brothers D’Inoccenzo for their film Boys Cry

  The first feature film by  Fabio et Damiano D'Innocenzo, Boys Cry (2018), was shown on the last day of the 12th Kustendorf festival, as a part of the Conteporary trends programme selection. After the screeinig, the authors joined the audience and discussed the film and their own views on cinema. The work process, as explained by the twin brothers D’Inoccenzios, consists of devouring films, but at the same time one needs to be aware of the influe...

VIDEO: Workshop with Andrea Gambetta for Wim Wennders movie on Pope Francis

The new documentary by Wim Wenders Pope Francis: The Man of His Word was shown on the fifth day of Kustendorf. After the screening, Andrea Gambetta, the producer of the film, held a workshop for the guests of the Festival. Gambetta has a long history with the Festival and with profesor Emir Kusturica. He was a member of the jury in the first year of Kustendorf, and is guilty, as professor Kusturica said, for the forming of No Smoking Orchestra. Also, Gambetta was a producer on ...

Never lost in Cinema City Kustendorf, the streets are named after film icons...

Squares Diego Armando Maradona Square Andrei Tarkovsky Square Streets Ivo Andrić Street Nikita Mikhalkov Street Jim Jarmusch Street Ingmar Bergman Street Novak Đoković Street Federico Fellini Street Matija Bećković Street Ernesto Che Guevara Street Nikola Tesla Street Bruce Lee Street Branislav Nušić Street Jean Vigo Street Abbas Kiarostami Street Sokaks Miodrag Petrović Čkalja Sokak, Bogdan Tirnanić Sokak ...

Music Programme at Kustendorf

    11/1 | 24:00 |The Advahov Brothers Orchestra   12/1 | 24:00 | Vinicio Capossela   13/1 | 24:00 |Jovan Pavlović and Marko Marković Brass Band   14/1 | 24:00 | Kal ...

VIDEO: Award for Future Films goes to Sergi Lopez Crazy! Emir announcing Sergi he will cast him for his next film

The Award for Future Films along with an homage have become somewhat of a Kustendorf tradition. This year, Professor Kusturica gave the honor of this award and homage to Sergi Lopez, celebrated Spanish actor. Professor Kusturica said that the number and quality of Sergi’s roles borders abnormal. Lopez, who was very moved, told the Professor that he cannot even imagine how crazy it was for him to come to this Festival and how important this award was. At the end of the a...

Kustendorf kicked off - First Evening of Competition Programme

  Tonight was the first part of the Competition Programme of the 12th International Film and Music Festival Küstendorf. The Jury who will be deciding on this year’s awards are Stana Katić, a Canadian-American film and television actress, Slobodan Despot, publisher, publicist, writer and photographer, Tancrède Ramonet, documentary author-director and an audiovisual producer. The Vilko Filač Award will be presented by cinematographer Michel A...

Map of the Wooden village

The Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival was founded in 2008 with the idea to bring together the icons of contemporary author’s cinema and young, future filmmakers. The festival takes place every year in January in Drvengrad in Mokra Gora, organized by “Rasta International” and under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia. The founder of this unique film and music festival is celebrated film director Emir Kusturica. Kustendor...

Meet The Kustendorf 2019 Jury

Stana Katić Stana Katić is a Canadian-American film and television actress of Serbian descent. Born in Hamilton, Canada, in the family of emigrants from Dalmatia, she studied at Toronto University and The Theatre School at DePaul University. Stana Katić further developed her acting technique at the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting... will attend and cover the Kustendorf Film and Music Festival

Bruno Chatelin, co founder and editor of the site founded in 1995, will spend a few days in Serbia's unique festival, launched by Emir Kustrurica in 2008 on the set of his film "LIFE IS A MIRACLE" ...

Emir Kusturica celebrates his 12th edition at Kustendorf

  KUSTENDORF INTERNATIONAL FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL 11 – 16th of JANUARY, MECAVNIK, SERBIA   Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival will be held from 11 to 16th of January in Mecavnik, Mokra Gora, Serbia. Kustendorf festival, whose founder and artistic director Emir Kusturica as in previous years will be dedicated to young filmmakers and world acclaimed authors.   The competition program of the 12th International Film and Music Festival Kustendorf will con...

The Kustendorf Egg Prizes, freshly laid, will be awarded January 16

For more information about authors, please visit: ...

The Kustendorf Film Complete Line up of events

Competition Programme     12/1 | 21:30 | Hasta Siempre, ComandanteFaisal Attrache   12/1 | 21 : 30 | To Hell With MarieLéopold Dewolf ...

Kustendorf 2018 Jury

Jury   Serge Regourd Serge Regourd is Professor at the University of Toulouse 1-Capitole, where he was Head of the Department of Law, Culture and Communication for a long time and the Head of a research laboratory in these fields.He is the auth...

21 short films selected for Competition programme of Kustendorf 2019

All Inclusive, Corina Schwingruber Ilić, Switzerland All These Creatures, Charles Williams, Australia Autumn Waltz, Ognjen Petković, Serbia, USA Being More Like Bagsy, Mikkel Storm Glomstein, Norway Costacurta, Saša Karanović, Republic of Srpska Elizabeth, Wojciech Klimala, Poland Five Minutes to Sea, Natalia Mirzoyan, Russia Hasta Siempre, Comandante, Faisal Attrache, Spain/Cuba/Syria How to Swim, Noa Gusakov, Israel I’ve Got Something For You Too, Iwo Kondefer, Polan...

Our friend Gary Lucas, guitar hero, to perform at Kustendorf

GARY LUCAS   Gary Lucas, a world class guitar hero, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and composer, an international recording artist with over 30 acclaimed solo albums in a variety of genres: jazz, rock, classical, folk, blues and world music, a soundtrack composer for film and television performed in over 40 countries. He starts his career as a member of Captain Beefheart’s band. Later, in 1988 he formed the band Gods and Monsters. In his ve...

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About Kustendorf Film and Music Festival

The Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival was founded in 2008 with the idea to bring together the icons of contemporary author’s cinema and young, future filmmakers. The festival takes place every year in January in Drvengrad in Mokra Gora, organized by “Rasta International” and under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia. The founder of this unique film and music festival is celebrated film director Emir Kusturica.

Kustendorf is a unique festival, without red carpet, billboards and advertisements, fully devoted to film, music, friendships and exchange of creative ideas and energy.

Drvengrad, the town made of wood, is the center of all festival happenings. It is a place where films are screened, concerts performed, where people meet, make friends, fall in love, work, learn, rest, sleep, eat, think and enjoy. Like any other town, Drvengrad has a central square with the church of St. Sava, a library, an art gallery, a market, a kindergarten, a “prison”, a swimming pool, a sauna, a hair salon, a pastry shop, a grocery shop, a sports area, cinemas, restaurants and many other facilities that make the visit to the Festival an unforgettable experience.

Film programme

The film programme at Kustendorf Festival is screened in several theatres. The Competition Programme and the Contemporary Trends Programme is screened at the biggest, Damned Yard theatre. Other films are shown in the Noam Chomsky amphitheater. After the projections of films,  workshops are held by renowned film authors.

Music program

Every night at midnight, after the screenings and workshops, various music stars perform on stage.


No two rooms are alike in Drvengrad, since each room contains uniquely painted and handcrafted furniture, a different view and a different path leading to it. The rooms are located in authentic log cabins and all provide a bathroom, TV, phone and Internet access. During the Festival,  accommodation in Drvengrad is booked for guests and participants of Kustendorf.  Guests are also accommodated in hotel Iver in a newly opened ski resort, and Vizitorski centar, in close proximity of the village.


Restaurant Visconti – local and international cuisine provided for the Festival participants and guests

Cafe The Damned Yard – a perfect place to meet people in a great atmosphere

National restaurant Lotika – a national cuisine restaurant

Pastry shop Kod Ćorkana – sweets and hot drinks

Kapor Bar – a place to enjoy jazz music


Kind and diligent staff at the reception of the Mećavnik hotel will provide you with all necessary information about the festival, accommodation and events, and give answers to all your questions.



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