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Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival 2020 Awards

    On Saturday, the 18th of July, the 16th edition of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival came to a magnificent conclusion. This year, there were screenings of 28 feature films, 7 music documentaries and 30 short films from 27 countries. with 5 features, 7 music documentaries and 25 short films being shown in the competition program.   At the closing ceremony, the following awards were given:     VICIOUS CAT for best feature fi...

The 16th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival is Approaching

All the fans of fantastic films and divine wine are invited to the 16th edition of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival, Slovenia's first and largest fantastic film festival. In the idyllic landscape of the region of Prlekija, eight days of festival events will take place from the 10th to the 12th July in Ormož and from the 14th to the 18th of July in Ljutomer. Once again the audience will be able to enjoy the best current fantastic films and music documentaries in our competition ...

Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival 2020: Enhanced Edition

  This year's 16th edition of the Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival will offer even more cinematic delicacies and divine wine as usual, for it will take place from the 10th to the 12th of July in Ormož and from the 14th to the 18th July in Ljutomer.   After last year's successful expansion of the festival events to the nearby town of Ormož, this year's edition will begin with three days of film and wine celebration in Ormož, followed by five ...

Film Program for the 15th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival is Online

  This year's Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival, taking place from the 16th to the 20th of July in Ljutomer and Ormož, Slovenia, will treat genre cinema lovers with no less than 36 feature films, 12 documentaries and 43 short films from 38 countries.   This year's guests of honour are director Sam Firstenberg, the absolute legend of 80s action cinema, and actress Christina Lindberg, one of the most remarkable icons of 70s exploitation cinema. At th...

Sam Firstenberg is Coming to Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival

We are very happy to announce that this year's guest of honour and president of the Vicious Cat jury is legendary action director Sam Firstenberg. At the closimg ceremony on Saturday, he will receive the Honorary Vicious Cat, award for outstanding contribution to genre cinema. Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival will take place from the 16th to the 20th of July in Ljutomer, Slovenia.   It is impossible to imagine the 80s action cinema without Sam Firstenberg’s and...

Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival 2019 Call for Entries

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Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival is calling all fantastic filmmakers to submit their feature films, shorts and music documentaries to the 15th edition of the festival which will take place from the 16th to the 20th of July in Ljutomer, Slovenia. Deadline is the 6th of May.     Selected feature films will compete for Grossmann’s most prestigious award, the Vicious Cat.     Selected short films will compete for the  Slak's Vi...

Reviewing Slovenka (Slovenian Girl)

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by Jared Feldschreiber  A bit brutal, a bit familiar and also even sly in the various twists and turns it takes, Slovenian Girl find itself in its own genre. It's something renowned Polish director Krzystof Kieslowski would be proud of it, since it incorporates female interiority to a protagonist who is both a liar and an empathic rustic student trying to get by in a big city. The story of a call girl by night and sweet and demure country-girl by day suggests that first glances ...

Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival 2017 Awards

On Saturday, the 15th of July, the 13th edition of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival came to a conclusion with a magnificent closing ceremony. In our competition programs, the following awards were given: -VICIOUS CAT for best feature film: THE NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN (La noche del virgen; Spain; 2016; directed by: Roberto San Sebastián) Special mention: RON GOOSSENS, LOW BUDGET STUNTMAN (Netherlands; 2017; directed by: Steffen Haars, Flip Van der Kuil) -NOISY CAT ...

The 13th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival Starts Today

The 13th edition of Grossmann Festival, taking place in Ljutomer, Slovenia, will begin today at 18.00h with the Creatures of Fashion performance and the the presentation of winemakers that take part in this year’s Wine Champion Vicious Cat competition.   The film program begins at 19.00h with Fritz Lang’s science fiction masterpiece Metropolis, accompanied by live music by Mitja Reichenberg.   At 22.00h, Harry Kümel will address the Grossmann audienc...

Metropolis at the Opening of the 13th Grossmann Festival

The opening of the 13th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival on Tuesday, July 11th will feature a special screening of Fritz Lang's sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis, accompanied by live music by Mitja Reichenberg.   There are several reasons for presenting Metropolis at this year's edition of the Grossmann festival. The first, and most obvious, is that Metropolis is a classical science-fiction film and as such needs no special excuse to be screened at a festival dedica...

Harry Kümel is coming to Grossmann Festival

With much joy we announce the arrival of the eminent Belgian director Harry Kümel to this year's Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival, taking place from the 11th to the 15th of July at Ljutomer, Slovenia.    To the fans of horror and fantasy, Harry Kümel is best known for his unforgettable masterpieces Daughters of Darkness and Malpertuis, which will be screened in a special retrospective section. We will also screen the fascinating documentary Forgotten ...

George A. Romero's Visit to Grossmann Festival 2017 is Unfortunately Cancelled

Much to our regret we must inform you that George A. Romero unfortunately had to cancel his visit to this year's Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival. The reason for that is health-related, supposedly nothing too serious, but it still prevents him from trans-Atlantic flights for the time being. The whole crew of Grossmann Festival, as well as George, is sorry for this cancellation. We send George our best wishes to get well soon, and he already promised to come to Ljutomer next year...

George A. Romero Will Be the Guest of Honour of the 13th Grossmann Festival

We proudly announce that the greatest and most important contemporary horror director George A. Romero is coming to the 13th edition of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival that will take place between the 11th and the 15th of July in Ljutomer, Slovenia.     His influence on contemporary cinema cannot be overestimated. He made history already with his first feature Night of the Living Dead (1968) which has caused a revolution within genre cinema. With thi...

Grossmann fantastic Film and Wine Festival 2017 Call for Entries

From today and until the 15th of May, Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival is calling all fantastic filmmakers to submit their feature films, shorts and music documentaries to the 13th edition of the festival which will take place from the 11th to the 15th of July in Ljutomer, Slovenia.      Selected feature films will compete for Grossmann’s most prestigious award, the Vicious Cat.   Selected short films will compete for the  Slak'...

Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival 2016 Awards

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On Saturday, the 16th of July, the 12th edition of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival came to a conclusion with a magnificent closing ceremony.   Honorary Vicious Cat award for lifetime achievement was given to the legendary producer Jan Harlan.   In our competition programs, the following awards were given: -VICIOUS CAT for best feature film: Scherzo Diabolico (Mexico, USA; 2015; Adrian Garcia Bogliano) Special mention: Attack of the Lederhosenzombie...

The 12th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival Begins Today

Grossmann Festival starts today at 18.00h at the Culture House with the opening of the photographic exhibition by Tone Stojko entitled Yellowed Photographs. Marija Skočir, senior curator at the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, will share some words about the exhibition and its author prior to the opening.   After the presentation of the winemakers competing for this year's Wine Champion Vicious Cat award this year's film program will begin with our opening film, Sloven...

Jan Harlan is the Guest of Honour of Grossmann 2016

We are very happy to announce that producer Jan Harlan, long-time collaborator of Stanley Kubrick, is this year's guest of honour and receiver of the Lifetime Achievement award at Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival, taking place from the 12th to the 16th of July in Ljutomer, Slovenia.   Lasting for 30 years, Harlan's collaboration with Kubrick started with a project about Napoleon that would never be realized. It continued with A Clockwork Orange, where Harlan was...

11th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival Awards

On Saturday, the 18th of July, the 11th edition of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival came to a conclusion with a magnificent closing ceremony. Honorary Vicious Cat award for lifetime achievement was received by the legendary German actor Udo Kier.   In our competition programs, the following awards were given: -VICIOUS CAT for best feature film: Ghoul (Czech Republic, 2015, Petr Jákl)  Special Mention: Idyll (Idila, Slovenia, 2015, Tomaž Gorkič) ...

Simon Boswell at Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival 2015

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With much joy we announce the arrival of film score composer Simon Boswell to this year's Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival where we will together celebrate 30 years of his work in cinema. The festival starts on Tuesday, July 14th and will last until Satrurday, July 18th. Simon Boswell (born in London in 1956) has left an indelible mark on horror genre through numerous memorable and now-classical scores from the 1980s and 1990s in which he combined electronic elements with orchestr...

Richard Stanley to Head Feature Film Jury at Grossmann Festival 2015

We are very happy to announce the arrival of director and screenwriter Richard Stanley to this year’s Grossmann Festival where he will head the feature film jury. Richard Stanley is one of the last true mavericks of horror cinema. He tested his craft in several shorts and in music videos for Fields of the Nephilim and Public Image Limited before he brought a fresh and uniquely apocalyptic vision in his feature debut, Hardware (1990). Its success led to Dust Devil (1992), a true mast...

Udo Kier to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 11th Grossmann Festival

With great pride and joy we announce that this year's guest of honour and receiver of Honorary Vicious Cat award at Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival will be the legendary German actor Udo Kier, one of the most iconic faces of world cinema. In his amazing career he appeared in over 200 films, from low-budget horror and erotic films to celebrated arthouse films and Hollywood blockbusters. He collaborated with directors such as Dario Argento, John Carpenter, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, ...

10th Grossmann Festival awarded Heavenly Shift and honoured Djordje Kadijević

On Saturday, the 19th of July, the jubilee 10th edition of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival came to a conclusion with a magnificent closing ceremony.   The following awards were given:   Honorary Vicious Cat, given to Serbian director Djordje Kadijević, author of numerous cinematic masterpieces, to celebrate his brilliant pioneering work in the field of fantastic film in Yugoslavia.   Vicious Cat award for best Best Feature Film was given to HEAVENLY SHIFT (Isteni...

Saturday at Grossmann Festival: The Day of the Vicious Cat

At today's Closing Ceremony we will reveal this year's award winners, but first there will be many film and wine adventures.   The final day of the 10th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival is upon us, a day full of excitement and delights. The question of the day will be: who will receive the Vicious Cat? But let's go nice and slow. Already before noon the Main Square will host the Subculture Fair, offering new and second-hand records, CDs, DVDs, books,comics, movie po...

Friday at Grossmann Festival: Djordje Kadijević Master Class Today

Friday at Grossmann will be in the sign of Djordje Kadijević Master Class, taking place at 20:00h at the Main Square. It will be hosted by Dejan Ognjanović. Master Class will be followed by a screening of Kadijević's cult 1973 film She-Butterfly, the first Yugoslavian horror. She-Butterfly was screened as a part of Tales of Mystery and Imagination series, and it stirred up controversy upon its first broadcasting due to literally scaring one viewer to death. At this year's Grossmann ...

Grossmann, Day 3: The Raid 2 and Torture Garden

The 3rd day of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival will start already at 13:00h, when the gates of Torture Garden shall open within the dark dungeons of Alcatraz Cinema. It will feature five extremely fierce genre extravaganzas, brought to us in a steel cage by our last year's short film jury member Julian Richards, co-founder of Jinga Films, our partners in this year's B-marathon of blood, laughs and weirdness. Two of these films he also directed – found footage shocker The...
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