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Otok – Institute for the Development of Film Culture

Otok, Institute for the Development of Film Culture is a non-profit organisation established in 2003 and the main producer of the Kino Otok – Isola Cinema international film festival, which has been held annually every June in Izola and Ljubljana, Slovenia, since 2004. It is also the organiser of numerous film-related events during the year and a leading institution with film literacy projects in the south-western region of Slovenia.

As part of the Kino Otok festival, the special Submarine programme was developed for children and youngsters between 4 and 18 years of age in 2013 in order to offer them a comprehensive film education activity. It is based on a selection of high quality films for children of different age groups, on workshops, exhibitions and accompanying film-related activities. Every screening is accompanied by film discussions where children are encouraged to think critically and exchange their views. We implement both educational approaches, ‘in the arts’ and ‘through the arts’. These highly diverse film literacy events are organised in collaboration with film education institutions on a national level.

For several years now, Otok, as a national representative, has been a part of the Young Audience Award day, which is organised by the European Film Academy. This all-European one-day children’s event held in the beginning of May is intended for youngsters between the ages of 12 and 14. The Slovenian event takes place at Izola’s art cinema Odeon, where participants discuss the themes and challenges of the three nominated films as a real film jury, and at the end vote for the winner of the European Young Audiencce Award.

The latest project, Arem, was embraced by Otok as an exciting opportunity to strengthen the network of international partnerships and enhance cooperation with schools that will enrich the offer of activities in the field of film literacy.

Otok’s team for AREM project

From Otok’s previous educational events