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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.


Kustendorf 2018 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 author of fifteen books on cultural policies and French cinema. Some of his books include The Cultural Exception, From the exception to cultural diversity, The second roles of French cinema, grandeur and decadence, Actors of character, the unknown French cinema, The television of European, Towards the end of public television, etc.

He has worked as an expert with various professional film and government organizations in France, particularly for the cultural exception negotiations and for the UNESCO convention on cultural diversity.

Long time vice-president of the Cinémathèque de Toulouse, he also started and edited Cine-actors magazine. He has participated in the production of several films in various capacities. Member of the Academy of Caesar, he is also since 2015 president of the cultural and audiovisual commission of the Region of Occitania, and within this framework, animator of the Fund of support to the audio-visual creation.

Regourd is also President of the theatre company Tattooestablished by director Mladen Materić.

Petar Popović

Petar Peca Popović is a Serbian rock critic, journalist and publicist. He was born in 1949 in Belgrade, in Topčider, where he still lives in his family home. The courtyard of this house had the part in Serbian pop culture that Aristotle’s garden had in Classical philosophy. The idea about first open-air rock concerts was born here, like Bijelo Dugme‘s concert at Hajdučka česma in 1977 and the greatest Yugoslav pop star Zdravko Čolić’s concert at Marakana. The latter was part of the singer’s tour Travelling earthquakewhen the documentary I sing day and night was filmed, with Petar Popović’s nonintrusive interviews as part of it. The courtyard of Peca’s house saw the change of an influential new-wave band’s name from Dečaci to Idoli (Boys to Idols), the first performances of some epic pop and rock songs, and was even described in the book by Boban Petrović Rokanje (Rockin’). In 1984, Popović also came up with the name Instruktori, the name of Momčilo Bajagić’s band performing at this year’s Küstendorf. Peca Popović edited and wrote for magazines such as Džuboks and Rok (Jukeboxand Rock). He wrote the book Rokopisi (Rockscripts) and co-wrote Biti rokenrol (Being Rock rock’n’roll) with Mihajlo Pantić, joining this music genre and literature. Peca Popović made rock’n’roll part of the Yugoslav and Serbian mainstream culture. His view of these events was also shown in the film Trapped Time.

Vlastimir Sudar

Vlastimir Sudar was born in Sarajevo where he grew up and completed his secondary education. Since August 1992 he has lived in London, where he started studying at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in October 1993. He graduated in 1997 with his short lm Out, which was screened at an experimental lm festival at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.

After graduation, he directed a number of short lms, which were screened at various recognised festivals in London, Berlin and Madrid. He also made short promotional music videos, as well as promotional fashion videos. Of the latter, he made one in collaboration with the celebrated photographer Nick Knight and cult designer Peter Saville, known for his record sleeves for Joy Division. He also made two pop-videos Alone and You think it’s cool… for Bus 47, a London based hip-hop duo from Belgrade, and both were screened on Serbian television in late nineties.

In the autumn of 1999, he returned to Central Saint Martins. In January 2004, he started his PhD as part of a research project in Balkan Cinema. He submitted his doctoral thesis on the work of Aleksandar Saša Petrović in 2007 at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland. His book, A Portrait of the Artist as a Political Dissident: The Life and Work of Aleksandar Petrović, based on his doctoral thesis was published by Intellect in Bristol, in 2013. He has taught history and theory of cinema at Oxford Brooks University and the University of the Arts and Goldsmiths College in London. He currently teaches at Kingston University in London. He has published a number of essays mainly on Balkan cinema, and regularly contributes to Sight and Sound magazine. He is a co-author and co-producer of the film Borders, Raindrops.


Vilko Filač Award Jury


István Borbás

István Borbás was born in 1954 in Budapest, Hungary. The Swedish commercial and feature film cinematographer began his work with Roy Andersson in 1984. During the past 30 years that he has spent at Studio 24, they have created countless commercials and films of different lengths, from 15 seconds to 2 hours. He has also participated in the creation and shaping of books, exhibitions, commercial and billboard campaigns. All of these projects have had the ambition to portray human joy, sorrows and vulnerability in environments and situations we can all identify with. If shown in a specific way, even the most trivial situation (space, light, characters) can succeed in giving us a very precise description of human existence.

Most of these projects have received much attention both in Sweden and internationally. This confirms that it is possible and important to use images to influence our conditions in life and our view on existence. His most recent work with Roy Andersson, A Pigeon sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence received the Golden Lion at the 2014 Venice Film Festival.


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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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