Kinotrip, a festival created by young people for young people, kicked off in Ljubljana
by Paraskevi Karageorgu
- 22 young film buffs, under the guidance of Kinodvor Cinema, have been responsible for the festival’s film selection, side events, image and promotion
The first edition of Kinotrip (held between 24-27 March) has been organised by 22 young film buffs aged between 13 and 19, under the guidance of Kinodvor Cinema. The youngsters have been responsible for the festival’s film selection, side events, image and promotion. The festival includes eight titles from different parts of the world with various topics and genres. What unites them is that all their leading characters are young people as well. In order to better guide audiences in deciding which films to watch, the organisers have also come up with new film categories, such as Friendship, Dreamy, and Summerish.
In line with Kinotrip’s theme, the official guests of the event are young actors and actresses. The screening of the Festival’s opening film – Italian work Short Skin [+see also:
interview: Duccio Chiarini
film profile], was attended by leading actress Francesca Agostini. On Friday Marlon Boess will attend the screening of Beautiful Girl [+see also:
film profile], while the director, Dominik Hartl, will talk to the audience via Skype. Then Ilayda Akdogan and Tugba Sunguroglu from the Oscar nominee Mustang [+see also:
interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
film profile], will be in Ljubljana on Saturday. Among the films selected by the young festival organisers is also politically engaged documentary The Amina Profile by Sophie Deraspe, which tells the story of a young Syrian-American blogger who is kidnapped during the Arab uprising. Kinotrip’s closing film is Prince [+see also:
interview: Sam de Jong
film profile], a coming-of-age tale from the Netherlands that will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Sam de Jong (live via Skype).
Audiences can also participate in the activities that are being held during the festival, designed especially for young people in order to make their film experience even more exciting. Among them are graffiti workshops, hair and make-up salons that will transform visitors into demonic creatures for the screening of the horror movie Deathgasm, and a Japanese breakfast and manga library to accompany the Japanese animation When Marnie Was There.
“We have chosen films, that represent the way we are, without condescension or moralisation. We were attracted, above all, by films that demonstrate a unique visual style and heartfelt narration”, said the young organisers. Kinotrip is part of the Kinodvor Cinema initiative to encourage young people to preserve and develop urban cinema-going habits.