Art Film Fest 2014 Dispatch: Enticing European Offerings Shine In Slovakia

Slovakia´s biggest film festival, Art Film Fest, recently wrapped up its 22nd edition.
The principal objective of the festival is to promote young cinema and, of course, the national one. The main competition is thus dedicated to feature debuts whereas other sections cover European cinema, cutting-edge films, a special section for East cinema, Late Night Show for genre and lighter fare, Slovak films and one section showcasing national cinema of a selected country (this year dedicated exclusively to works of Alan Clarke).

Furthermore, the programming was set up to present the latest crop from A-list festivals such as Venice, Berlin and Cannes. The festival scored a special position because it is actually the first place where audiences can watch compelling titles directly from La Croisette. In this way, Art Film Fest has stolen the sweet spot from Karlovy Vary Film Festival sneaking in between it and Cannes. The familial and informal atmosphere is refreshingly relaxed compared to the hectic Cannes and often restless Karlovy Vary.

Click to the right of the lovers from the much talked about The Tribe for a rundown of some A-list happenings and films (including that one) at the fest. 
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