IDEA: WHAT IS BAŠTA FEST
Bašta Fest is an international short fiction film festival held in Bajina Bašta. It is an annual event that takes place during the first weekend of July and lasts for four days. This year, the festival will be held for the 6th time, from the 4th until the 7th of July 2019. Due to the profession of the founders (actors Jovan Jelisavčić and Maja Šuša), the festival focuses on the collaboration between directors and actors. The focus on quality acting interpretations has had a great influence on Bašta Fest positioning itself positively among short film festivals. Bašta Fest is of great importance for the decentralization of culture, since it has brought a diverse film, musical and off programme to this beautiful region. Since its very inception, the idea was to show the incredible natural beauty of Bajina Bašta and its surroundings to a large number of visitors, but we also aspire to turning this festival into a cultural oasis, which primarily promotes local and international young artists, putting emphasis on short fiction films with authentic acting performances.
FILM PROGRAMME: SCREENINGS, JURY AND AWARDS
The main film programme is competitive and the people responsible for it are the festival’s selectors – Film director Nikola Ljuca and Artistic Director Maja Šuša, while a three-member jury of prominent film authors and artists hands out the prizes. The awards – statuettes in the shape of conifer cones – will be handed out for: Best Film (Golden Imagination), Best Director (Golden Indication), Best Actor and Best Actress (Golden Interpretation), Best Screenplay (Golden Inspiration), as well as two special awards. A youth jury consisting of high-school students from Bajina Bašta also hands out an award for Best Film. Their participation in the programme encourages a critical attitude among the youth, and they accept this position with great responsibility. At the 3rd edition of Bašta Fest, we included a new award for Best Camera (Golden Visualisation) supported by the rental house “Cineplanet”. Bašta Fest also hands out the “Bašta Honour” award for outstanding contribution in promoting Bajina Bašta and the entire region.
All screenings at Bašta Fest are free and most of them are held under the night sky, currently at three locations: Borići Park, Perućac Lake and the „Vlaja“ cinema.