Cinematik is an international film festival that takes place in Piešťany, Slovakia, and it’s one of the largest film events in this country. The festival was founded in 2006, and after its fast growth, over 16,000 visits were recorded during the festival’s 4th volume. Over 70 feature films and many short films with an emphasis on European and Slovak cinematography are screened every September.
Young talents vs. great filmmakers
At the Cinematik film festival we’re striving to discover new talents, but also draw attention to great filmmakers who are not much talked about in Slovakia. Our visitors have seen Nicolas Winding Refn, or Alain Resnais’s retrospectives. Peter Strickland, Ben Wheatley, Jaime Rosales, György Pálfi, Veiko Õunpuu, Ventura Pons, or Luis Miñarro have attended the festival.
The larger part of the festival’s programme is devoted to European cinematography. The best European feature films of the year are featured in the main competition section – Meeting Point Europe. The jury for the section consists of 15 film critics from 15 European countries. The movies selection usually consists of festival hits and lesser-known progressive films.
Slovak documentary filmmaking
One of the Cinematik’s goals is to support Slovak cinematography. This is one of the reasons why the competition section of the Slovak documentary films Cinematik.doc was created. Cinematik festival is also a co-organiser of Dox In Vitro, an international seminar focused on documentary development and co-production in Europe.
The spa town of Piešťany predestines the festival to have an informal atmosphere. The festival center is located in the city park, which is a great place to relax after a movie. Cinematik’s ambition is to offer a “movie holiday” for its visitors.