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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.


Awards of the Fourteenth Kustendorf handed

The final day of the Fourteenth Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival wrapped up with a closing ceremony held at the Stanley Kubrick theatre in Mećavnik. Members of the jury joined professor Emir Kusturica in a teleconference, to present the Festival awards –Golden, Silver and Bronze Eggs and the Vilko Filač Award for Cinematography.   Miki Manojlović, Alice Rohrwacher and Bruno Tarrière have unanimously decided to award not one but two film authors. The G...

The fourteenth Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival starts today

  The fourteenth Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival starts tomorrow and will last until January 25, 2021. This year, the festival is held online and can be followed via a digital platform, at the web address "". REGISTER   The festival starts tomorrow, 22.01. from 6 pm and it will be officially opened by the founder of the festival Emir Kusturica. Young filmmakers and greats of world auteur film will be the focus of this year's Kusten...

Winter is here and with it the Competition Programme of 2021 Kustendorf

Competition Programme 2021 Selection We’re eager to present you 23 short films selected for Competition programme of Kustendorf 2021: All That’s Left, Hugo Salvaire, Belgium Birt Right, Inbar Horesh, Israel Blue Frontier, Ivan Milosavljević, Serbia Consuming Contemporary, Ana Aleksovska, North Macedonia Development, Nikola Vučinić, Montenegro Dévier, Oona von Maydell, Germany Elusiveness, Marija Vulić, Serbia Home Sweet Home, Agata Puszc...

Awards of the Kustendorf 2020 edition were handed out at the closing ceremony

Most poetic film Home Far Away, Dimitar Kutmanov, Bulgaria Special mention of the jury Havana,Cuba, Andrei Hutuleac, Romania Best cinematography The Other, Saman Hoseinpuor, Ako Zandkarimi, Iran Bronze eggc Beef, Ingride Santos, Spain Silver eggLake of Happiness, Aliaksei Paluyan, Belarus Golden egg award The Christmas Gift, Bogdan Muresanu, Romania       ...

VIDEO: interview with Paolo Virzi on Kustendorf and Kusturica

Paolo Virzì was for the time in Kustendorf where he served as jury, he told Bruno Chatelin about this unique experience of beeing in Kustendorf  ...

Click Here: what a great energy for their concert which had everyone dancing all night

CLICK HERE Pioneer of the Global Bass scene, Dj Click keeps exploring Roma music by bringing together artists from various cultures. The band is made up of experienced musicians from Moldova, Romania and French. Click Here is mixing the heat of popular music with the confident convulsions of new wave sounds, applying a great reinforcement of analog synthesizers,TR-707 Roland and guitar chorus. Imagine New Order playing with the Taraf de Haidouks ! Depeche Mode enjoying a...

VIDEO : In conversation with Quentin Dolmaire the actor from Synonyms by Nadav Lapid

Quentin with his moderator interpret Bojana Andjelkovic Quentin Dolmaire who played opposite Tom Mercier and Louise Chevillotte in SYNONYMS (by Nadav Lapid Israel/2019 ) attended a Q&A session after the screening at Kustendorf. A young Israeli man, aided by his trusted Franco-Hebrew dictionary, travels to Paris to flee his nationality. Screenplay Nadav Lapid Haim Lapid Director of Photography Shai Goldman Film Editing Net...

VIDEO: In conversation with Johnny Ma for his film to Live to Sing

TO LIVE TO SING China, France/2019 Johnny Ma Zhao Li is the manager of a small Sichuan Opera troupe, living and performing together in a rundown theatre located in the outskirts of Chengdu, China. When she receives the notice of demolition for the theatre, Zhao Li hides the news from everyone else, fearing that this could spell the end of her opera troupe: besides the physical demolition of their space, it’s the life of her “family” that...

VIDEO: Frédéric Sojcher in Kustendorf 2020

We stood up against the cold in Kustendorf to discuss Frédéric Sojcher's passion, experience and impressions on the festival circuit. Frederic is a recogfnized director, his films have premiered in the most influential festivals in the world like Cannes, Venice, Berlin Montreal and Karlovy Vary. He is also a teacher running the Master section in France(la Sorbonne) was born on May 11, 1967 in Brussels, Belgium. He is a director and writer, known for Hitler à ...

Video - Workshop with Paolo Virzi

Excerpt From the Workshop With Paolo Virzi held during Kustendorf 2020     ...

Interview with Régis Delicata and Arnaud Bruttin for the world premiere of their short film Nowhere under the Rainbow

We met with Régis Delicata (writer and director) and Arnaud Bruttin (producer)in Kustendorf following the world premiere of NOWHERE UNDER THE RAINBOW, which I trust will travel the festival circuit shortly. Hollywood, 1938. Panic stations at the MGM. Filming starts in two days for the Wizard of Oz, and the Trade Union for Little People are on strike. Their demands are beyond belief…The producer, Abraham Grossman, a tyrannical Tycoon who is little inclined to negotiat...

VIDEO Karim Aïnouz' "Invisible Life" (Un Certain Regard winner) opened Kustendorf 2020

Q&A followed the screening which moved the audience a lot. Karim discussed festival strategy his experience in Cannes and much more. Moderated by Bojana Andjelkovic.         Director Karim Ainouz Screenplay Mario Hauser (screenplay) Ines Bortagaray (co-screenplay) Karim Ainouz (co-screenplay) Martha Batalha (based on the book by: “A vida invisivel de Euridice Gusmao”) Director of Photography Helene Louvart Film Editing Ar...

Opening the festival with celebration of the Orthodox new year's eve: yes two weeks later...

Kustendorf is like a trip in time showcasing the serbian culture at its best. Kusturica had invested his personal savings, earned in film, music...into villages and experience that can give back glory, fame, attention to Serbia. The opening ceremony included the outdoor celebration of the 3Old New Year3 or the Orthodox New Year which is an informal traditional holiday, celebrated as the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar. In the 20th and 21st centuries, the Old New Year fa...

Black Cat White Cat as Theme and Opening animation of Kustendorf 2020

Well black then white!... Emir Kusturica, his jury and the minister of culture painted it live during the opening ceremony. And it s not about superstition commented Emir (after all he named one of his films like that in 1998)   ...

Homage to Puriša Đorđević at Kustendorf opening ceremony

Mladomir Puriša Đorđević (born 6 May 1924) is a Serbian film director and screenwriter. He has directed 62 films since 1947. His 1966 film The Dream was entered into the 17th Berlin International Film Festival. Emir Kusturica in his speech wished he could do a few more films before he turns 100, at least one :-) Selected filmography  Girl (1965) The Dream (1966) The Morning (1967) Noon (1968) ...

A bit of history with past Homages from the International Film and Music Festival Küstendorf

Homage to Andrei Konchalovsky Kustendorf 2015 Andrei Konchalovsky - Hommage from Kustendorf Film & Music Festival on Vimeo.   Homage to Zhang Yimou  Kustendorf 2013 Homage to Zhang Yimou from Kustendorf Film & Music Festival on Vimeo.   Homage to Asghar Farhadi Kustendorf 2012   ...

2020 Kustendorf Film and Music Film Festival announces its Jury Members

Paolo Virzì He started to work as a screenwriter at a very early age and then made his directorial debut with La Bella Vita, premiered at Venice in 1994, straightway displaying an unmistakable style, a mix of melancholy, irony and social drama. It can be said that Virzì has created, with his fourteen films peopled by starry-eyed antiheroes and vuln...

Short Films competing at Kustendorf 2020

  Competition Programme Selection We’re eager to present you 21 short films selected for Competition programme of Kustendorf 2020: Adult, Zhanna Ozirna, Ukraine All Cats Are Gray In the Dark, Lasse Linder, Switzerland All the Fires the Fire, Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis, Greece Beef, Ingride Santos, Spain Documentary Movie, Piotr Pawlus, Katarzyna Warzecha, Poland Havana,Cuba, Andrei Hutuleac, Romania Home Far Away, Dimitar Kutmanov, Bulgaria...

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. ...


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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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