Cinema City (film festival)

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Ibis award, designed by Nikola Pešić

Cinema City is international film festival held annually in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Previous edition of the festival, which lasted from 5 to 12 June 2010, was marked with guest appearance of famous American actress and singer Juliette Lewis who opened festival’s film programme on June 5 and later performed at music opening of the festival at Petrovaradin fortress.


The programme concept of the festival covers film, music, and academic programme, which take place at more than 20 locations in Novi Sad.

Film programme presents 14 selections of domestic and foreign production, with three competitive selections and numerous retrospectives. Over 150 films, with more than 100 premieres are showing at 5 indoor and 4 outdoor locations, with festival giving 20 awards for domestic, international and low-budget film.

Music programme takes place in the Petrovaradin fortress, where parties are being held at the opening and closing of the festival.

Academic programme of the festival is realised through originally designed educational workshops where film artists, theorists, critics and representatives of film institutions contemplate on topics in film art and film industry.


National class (Serbian: Nacionalna klasa) presents achievements of national cinematography and premieres. All the films from this selection are competing for Cinema City awards. The festival will be host to many domestic film authors and film crews.

Exit Point is one of the main competition selections at Cinema City Festival is Exit Point. Exit Point presents current, brave and different film creations of world cinematography as well as the laureates of the most significant festivals around the world such as Cannes, Berlin, Tribeca, and Sundance. Each film will have its Serbian premiere right here, in Novi Sad, and will also compete for Cinema City awards.

Up to 10,000 bucks encompasses films made with the budget of less than $10,000. Authors from around the world have applied for this competition.


Logo of the premiere edition of the festival

Cinema City festival is based on the concept of a city festival, which was promoted at Film Festival of Serbia in 2007 which was the foundation of its formation. By introducing significant programme changes, Exit Association took over the organisation of the festival.

During 2008 and 2009, Cinema City has developed into an international film festival.

Since 2010, Cinema City is independently organised by Citizens’ Association „Cinema City”. The organising structure, as well as the team of associates and friends who work on developing and organising the festival throughout the whole year, have been presented through the management board and the council of the festival.


Guests of the festival in 2008 and 2009 were Guillermo Arriaga, who won the award for best screenplay at Cannes in 2005, winner of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York – Lance Hammer, the first Serbian winner at Sarajevo Film Festival – Vladimir Perišić, as well as domestic and regional film icons such as Miki Manojlović, Goran Paskaljević, Emir Kusturica, Pjer Žalica, Despina Mauzaki... A special guest of the 2010 Festival was the famous American actress and singer – Juliette Lewis, who performed with her bend at Cinema City music opening on June 5, 2010. Over 80,000 people visited Cinema City, and clear skies, warm weather, and quality programme certainly contributed to a great number of visitors at open-air cinemas, which are one of the strongest points of the Cinema City festival. The audience was also greatly interested in the guest appearance of the Iraqi director, Mohamed Al-Daradji. Cinema City 2011 presented some of the most significant contemporary authors from the world of independent film. Guests of the Festival, in whose honor Cinema City organized screenings of a number of retrospectives, were the Hungarian director Béla Tarr, Lithuanian author Šarūnas Bartas, and Polish director Dorota Kędzierzawska. Domestic film authors also caused great interest, as well as young film artists, the future of domestic cinematography. In 2011 over 80,000 guests from all over the world visited the Festival.[citation needed]


  • 2011:
  1. The Jury Exit Point: Dorota Kędzierzawska, Sergey Lavrentiev, Ana Maria Rossi, Igor Sterk, Visar Vishka
  2. The Jury National Class: Philippe Azoury, Sharunas Bartas, Jan Cvitkovič, Eva Hubert, Beki Probst
  3. The Jury Up to 10,000 bucks: Nikola Ljuca, Vladimir Paskaljevic, Damir Todorovic
  • 2010:
  1. The Jury Exit Point: Canan Gerede, Guy Jacques, Ninos-Fenek Mikelidis, Steffen Wink, Kalina Kovacevic
  2. The Jury National Class: Dejan Acimovic, Thure Munkholm, Kirill Razlogov, Jelka Stergel, Albert Wiederspiel
  3. The Jury Up 10,000 bucks: Gauthier Morax, Ognjen Glavonic, Dunja Kusturica
  • 2009:
  1. The Jury Exit Point: Tuncel Kurtiz, Martin Blaney, Ivan Fila, Labina Mitevska, Ellis Driessen
  2. The Jury National Class and Up to 10,000 bucks: Pjer Zalica, Ludovic Chavarot, Srdjan Koljevic, Iliana Kitanova, Padraic Delaney
  3. The Jury FIPRESCI Serbia: Sandra Perovic, Vladimir Crnjanski, Stasa Jamusakov
  • 2008:
  1. The Jury Exit Point and National Class: Radan Popovic, Despina Mouzaki, Dom Rotheroe, Peter van Bueren, Thomas Poulard
  2. The Jury Up to 10,000 bucks Jury: Igor M. Toholj, Marija Perovic, Sasa Radojevic


Besides money, award includes a stainless steel award-statuete called Ibis, made by Serbian sculptor Nikola Pešić.


  • Grand Prix ("National class" program): "Tilva Ros" by Nikola Lezaic
  • Best directing ("National class" program): Oleg Novkovic "White White World"
  • Best screenplay ("National class" program): Nikola Lezaic "Tilva Ros"
  • Best actor ("National class" program): Nikola Rakocevic "Skinning"
  • Best actress ("National class" program): Jasna Djuricic "White White World"
  • Best photography ("National class" program): Dusan Joksimovic "The Enemy"
  • Best editing ("National class" program): Aleksandra Milovanovic "Cinema Komunisto"
  • Best original score ("National class" program): Boris Kovac "White White World"
  • Best scenography ("National class" program): Zorana Petrov "The Enemy"
  • Best costume ("National class" program): Lana Pavlovic "The Enemy"
  • Special award ("National class" program): omnibus "October"
  • Best film ("Exit Point" program): "Kawasaki's Rose" by Jan Hrebejk
  • Best directing ("Exit Point" program): Bogdan George Apetri "Outbound"
  • Best actor ("Exit Point" program): Brian Brown "Limbo"
  • Best actress ("Exit Point" program): Ana Ularu "Outbound"
  • Special award ("Exit Point" program): "Cerro Bayo" by Victoria Galardi
  • Best film ("Up to 10,000 bucks" program): "March 9th" by Irena Skoric
  • Special recognition for the best acting performance ("Up to 10,000 bucks" program): Visnja Obradovic "Golden League"
  • Special recognition for socially significant documentary ("Up 10,000 bucks" program): "Trials, Tribulations & Sustainable Growth of a Cock" by Vladimir Perovic
  • Special recognition for a funny and provocative documentary ("Up to 10,000 bucks" program): "Reality, fuck off" by Nemanja Vojinović
  • Honorary Award for his outstanding achievement as actor: Bata Živojinović
  • Audience Award: "Cinema Komunisto" by Mila Turajlic
  • FIPRESCI jury awards:
  • the best feature ("Exit Point" program): "Tamara Drewe" by Stephen Frears
  • the best film ("National class" program): "How I Was Stolen by the Germans" by Miša Radivojević
  • FEDEORA jury awards:
  • film "The Enemy" by Dejan Zecevic ("National class" program)
  • film "Mothers" by Milcho Manchevski ("Balkan Box" program)
  • The Serbian branch of FIPRESCI awards:
  • film "The Show Must Go On" by Nevio Marasovic
  • special mention "Abandoned" by Adis Bakrac


  • Grand Prix ("Exit Point" program): "Winter’s Bone" directed by Debra Granik
  • Best directing ("Exit Point" program): Chuan Lu "City of Life and Death"
  • Best actor ("Exit Point" program): Emir Kusturica "Farewell"
  • Best actress ("Exit Point" program): Lola Duenas "Me Too"
  • Special recognition ("Exit Point program"): Mohamed Al-Daradji "Son of Babylon"
  • Best film ("National class" program): "The Woman with a Broken Nose" by Srdjan Koljevic
  • Best directing ("National class" program): Sasa Hajdukovic, "32nd of December"
  • Best sreenplay ("National class" program): Srdjan Koljevic, "The Woman with a Broken Nose"
  • Best actor ("National Class" program): Nebojsa Glogovac, "The Woman with a Broken Nose"
  • Best actress ("National Class" program): Nikolina Djorodjevic, "32nd of December"
  • Special recognition for artistic contribution: Vlastimir Velisavljevic, "Devil's Town"
  • Best film ("Up to 10,000 bucks" program): "Thursday" by Nikola Ljuca
  • Special recognition for directing ("Up to 10,000 bucks" program): Dane Komljen, "I already am everything I want to have"
  • Special recognition for original approach ("Up to 10,000 bucks" program): Louise BotkayCourcier, "Useless Landscape"
  • Special recognition for a promising director ("Up to 10,000 bucks" program): Zoran Tairovic, "Little Red Riding Hood"
  • Audience award for best film: "The Woman with a Broken Nose" by Srdjan Koljevic


  • Best film ("National class" program): "Obični ljudi" by Vladimir Perišić
  • Directing ("National class" program): Srđan Dragojević "Sveti Georgije ubiva aždahu"
  • Script ("National class" program): Miroslav Momčilović "Čekaj me, ja sigurno neću doći"
  • Editing ("National class" program): Petar Marković "Sveti Georgije ubiva aždahu"
  • Cinematography ("National class" program): Aleksandar Ramadanović "Jesen u mojoj ulici"
  • Leading male performance ("National class" program): Lazar Ristovski "Sveti Georgije ubiva aždahu"
  • Leading female performance ("National class" program): Mirjana Karanović "Tamo i ovde"
  • Special prize ("National class" program): „Jesen u mojoj ulici“ by Miloš Pušić
  • Up to 10.000 Bucks category: "Živan Pujić Jimmy" by Ognjen Glavonić
  • "Exit Point" program Grand Prix: "Toni Manero" directed by Pablo Lareno


  • Grand prix of the festival: "Ballast" (director: Lance Hammer)
  • Best film (Serbian film): "Ljubav i drugi zločini" Stefan Arsenijević
  • Directing (Serbian film): Dejan Zečević "Četvrti čovek"
  • Script (Serbian film): Nebojša Romčević "Na lepom plavom Dunavu"
  • Editing (Serbian film): Marko Glušac "Četvrti čovek"
  • Cinematography (Serbian film): Miloš Kodemo "Miloš Branković"
  • Original music (Serbian film): Boris Kovač "Na lepom plavom Dunavu"
  • Leading male performance (Serbian film): Nikola Kojo "Četvrti čovek"
  • Leading female performance (Serbian film): Ana Franić "Na lepom plavom Duvanu"
  • Up to 10.000 Bucks category: "Uspavanka za dečaka" by Miloš Pušić
  • Special contribution to contemporary film expression: "The Amazing Truth About Qeen Raquela" by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson


  • Best movie - Grand prix: "Bel epok" (director: Nikola Stojanović)
  • Best directing: Sabolč Tolnai
  • Script: Uglješa Šajtinac/ Dejan Nikolaj Kraljačić
  • Cinematography: Milad Tauk
  • Original music: Arsen Dedić
  • Leading male performance: Kenedi Hasani
  • Leading female performance: Vita Mavrič
  • Supporting male performance: Petar Božović
  • Supporting female performance: Milena Vasić Ražnatović
  • Editing: Aleksandar Rajković
  • Sound design: Lukas Grgozevski
  • Scene design: Miodrag Nikolić
  • Costume design: Jelena Petrović
  • Make- up: Milena Stefanović/ Tamara Spasojević
  • Best movie - Eurimages programme: "Trans" by Tereze Vilaverde

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