Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival

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The Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival is a Slovenian film festival specialized in genre movies, with emphasis on Horror and Fantasy. The festival takes place every year in mid-July in the town of Ljutomer, in the winegrowing Prlekija region.

The 14th edition took place from the 10th to the 14th of July 2018.


Festival was launched in 2005 on the 100th anniversary of Slovenian cinema in Ljutomer, where the first Slovenian motion pictures were made by the hand of Dr. Karol Grossmann. It was initiated by Film Practice Plan 9 and Development Agency of Prlekija with help from the European Structural Fund. It featured a selection of unconventional movies and brought to Ljutomer most of their authors, which was something quite uncommon for Slovenian conditions. This tradition was carried on successfully, program and accompanying activities were constantly upgraded and with time Grossmann became one of the most interesting film events in this part of Europe. Since 2006, the festival features a wine program with numerous free tastings of competing wines. The best wine of the festival is chosen by the film guests. Accompanying program features live concerts, exhibitions, book presentations and Zombie Walk.

Since 2010, Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival is an adherent member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation.


Currently, Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival presents following awards:

  • Vicious Cat - Best Feature Film Award
  • Slak's Vicious Cat - Best Short Film Award
  • Melies d'Argent - nomination for Melies d'Or, the Best European Fantastic Short Film Award given by the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation
  • Noisy Cat - Best Music Documentary Award
  • Vicious Cat Wine Champion - Best Wine Award
  • Honorary Vicious Cat - Lifetime Achievement Award

Award winners are selected by international juries. Festival also features a competitive film workshop (since 2008, it is the Roger Corman-inspired The Little Workshop of Horrors, where guerrilla movie crews have to shoot their films in two days and a night).


Year Vicious Cat Melies d'Argent Slak's Vicious Cat Noisy Cat Special Cat Honorary Vicious Cat Vicious Cat Wine Champion
2018 Errementari (Paul Urkijo Alijo) The Box (Dušan Kastelic) Wyrmwood: Chronicles of the Dead (Kiah Roache-Turner) Bunch of Kunst - A Film about Sleaford Mods (Christine Franz) Yellow Muscat, Kovačič
2017 Night of the Virgin (Roberto San Sebastián) Under the Apple Tree (Erik van Schaaik) Bon Appetit (Erenik Beqiri) Spit'n'Split (Jérôme Vandewattyne) Pinot Gris 2015, Vino Graben
2016 Scherzo Diabolico (Adrián García Bogliano) Pearlies (Pascal Thiebaux, Gil Pinheiro) The Disappearance of Willie Bingham (Matt Richards) Rejects of the Second Generation – Following the Traces of Punk (Dunja Danial) Jan Harlan Ranfol, Kos Winery
2015 Ghoul (Petr Jákl) Loose Ends (Stéphane Everaert) Dead Hearts (Stephen W. Martin) Morphine: Journey of Dreams (Mark Shuman) Udo Kier Revolution, Tourist Farm Hlebec
2014 Heavenly Shift (Márk Bodzsár) 24 Hours With Lucia (Miguel A. Carmona) Underground (Marcos Cabotá) The Right Man For Capitalism (Dušan Moravec) Djordje Kadijević Šipon 2012, Kos Winery
2013 Vanishing Waves (Kristina Buožyte) The Tale of the Wall Habitants (Andrej Boka) Antoine and the Heroes (Patrick Bagot) How We Entered Europe: SexA Case (Ines Pletikos) Franco Nero, Enzo G. Castellari Yellow Muscat Illuminati 2012, Tourist Farm Hlebec
2012 Sleep Tight (Jaume Balagueró), Inbred (Alex Chandon) Legend (Pau Teixidor) The Captured Bird (Jovanka Vuckovic) Fanzines from Mars (Siniša Dugonjić) Goran Marković Rhine Riesling selection 2009, PRA-VinO Čurin-Prapotnik
2011 The Last Circus (Alex de la Iglesia) A Day in the Country (Lucas Vossoughi) Attack of the Giant Brain Sucker Monster from Outer Space (Guillaume Rieu) 6 ft Hick: Notes from the Underground (Marty Moynihan) Carlos Areces (Vicious Best Actor) Christopher Lee, Menahem Golan Chardonnay Brand selection 2009, KZ Metlika
2010 The Life and Death of a Porno Gang (Mladen Djordjević) Fearful John (Daniel Romero) Until the Light Takes Us (Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewell) Jose Mojica Marins Šipon 2009, Jeruzalem Ormož
2009 Eden Lake (James Watkins) Deadspiel (Jay Molloy) Vlada (Rudi Uran) Jörg Buttgereit (Necro Cat) Ruggero Deodato Pinot Gris 2008, Jeruzalem Ormož
2008 The Living and the Dead (Kristijan Milić) Kiss of Death (Kristijan Vrtačnik) LP film Pankrti: Dolgcajt (Igor Zupe) Brian Yuzna (Re-AnimaCat) Roger Corman Rhine Riesling 2007, Dveri Pax
2007 Cold Prey (Roar Uthaug) Rockets (Vladimir Mančić) Lloyd Kaufman (Troma's Cat) Slobodan Šijan Šipon 2007, Tourist Farm Hlebec
2006 Sheitan's Warrior (Stevan Filipović) Sandwich (Tomaž Gorkič) Krsto Papić Sauvignon 2005, Vino Kupljen - Jeruzalem
2005 Bad Mother (Blaž Slana)

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Other Genre Film Festivals[edit]


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