V-F-X: Gen.Z

V-F-X Ljubljana
19 – 22 May 2022
Slovenian Film Database

Selection of student production
Participating: Brina Perčič, Katarina Pogačnik, Zala Špende, Samo Pivač, Blaž Bergant, Ela M. Pirnat, Erin Pirc, Iva Suhadolnik Gregorin, Pavle Banović, Ivana Kalc, Jaka Komac, Arta Kroni, Klavdija Košir
Curators: Vesna Bukovec, Peter Cerovšek
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Explorations in various genres and styles reveal young people’s perception of themselves and their place in the world. The works were mostly created in the past two years, at a time which was particularly difficult for them due to the prescribed social isolation during the epidemic. Topics featured in the selection and addressed by the generation Z – individually or as a group – are loneliness, mourning, anxiety, environmental destruction, the experience of living abroad, housing hardship, identity, creativity, and working in adigital environment.

The program was created in collaboration with: Academy of Fine Arts and Design Ljubljana (Video, Animation and New Media) / ALUO; University of Nova Gorica School of Arts / AU UNG; AVA – Academy of Visual Arts / AVA; Secondary School for Design and Photography, Ljubljana / SŠOF; Secondary Preschool Education, Grammar School and Performing Arts Grammar School Ljubljana (Performing Arts Grammar School, Theatre and Film) / SVŠGUGL.

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Around the World (Okrog sveta)
Brina Perčič, Katarina Pogačnik, Zala Špende
(SVŠGUGL), Slovenia, 2022, digital format, 4′
In the film, the students metaphorically present various environmental problems and what will happen if the pollution continues. The globe represents the world and shows the possible future, which threatens with the negative consequences that ordinary people will suffer due to the indifference of world leaders.
Acting: Maks B. Golec, Katarina Pogačnik, Alina Šega, Gala Sučić, Matija Pevec, Nika Zavrl, Karlina Vester, Flora Ana P. Gorinšek, Tia Clea S. Podobnik, Lea Primc, Gaja Zudič; screenplay: Maks B. Golec, Edi Halilagić, Tia Clea S. Podobnik, Flora Ana P. Gorinšek, Matija Pevec, Katarina Pogačnik, Alina Šega, Gala Sučić, Zala Špende, Lea Primc, Brina Perčič, Maša Valte, Karlina Vester, Nika Zavrl, Gaja Zudič; directed by: Brina Perčič, Katarina Pogačnik, Zala Špende; camera: Edi Halilagić, Brina Perčič, Matija Pevec, Zala Špende, Karlina Vester; sound: Maks B. Golec, Alina Šega, Gaja Zudič, Lea Primc, Flora Ana P. Gorinšek, Gala Sučić, Zala Špende; editing: Zala Špende, Lea Primc, Flora Ana P. Gorinšek, Nika Zavrl Edi Halilagić.
Mentor: Ana Čigon
Inhale Exhale (Vdih Izdih)
Samo Pivač
(ALUO), Slovenia, 2020, digital format, 2′ 21”
The video shows the cycle of destruction and creation, birth and death. These are the two points, and the path between them is life or time. Everything on Earth and in the universe has its own rhythm, birth, life and death.
Mentor: Sašo Sedlaček
Loneliness (Osamljenost)
Blaž Bergant
(SŠOF), Slovenia, 2021, digital format, 1′ 1”
The protagonist finds himself in a situation where, despite constant checking, he does not receive any messages, as he has no friends. At some point, he then decides, stops waiting, and writes the first message himself.
Mentor: Nika Oblak
Window (Okno)
Ela M. Pirnat, Erin Pirc
(SVŠGUGL), Slovenia, 2020, digital format, 2′ 37”
A mysterious window invitingly calls a young man, who is in mental distress. We alternately follow his actions through the real and mental worlds. How will he decide? The film tells the story of the main character Sebastian, who is contemplating suicide. His fate is finally announced and sealed by the budding artist Maria, who appears in the story as a metaphor for the unconvincing. Throughout the film, Jolanda, wrapped in white, is also shown as a foreboding of the future, which is only the fruit of the protagonist’s imagination.
Acting: Maja Metelko, Nace Korošec, Katka F. Slosar, Maj Deu Marinšek; screenplay: Hugo A Košorok, Tjaša Pegan, Ela M. Pirnat, Erin Pirc, Katka F. Slosar, Blažka Šifrar, Ema Švalj, Karin Žerjal; directed by: Ela M. Pirnat, Erin Pirc; camera: Hugo A. Korošec, Blažka Šifrar; sound: Ema Švalj, Tjaša Pegan; microphone: Karin Žerjal, Katka F. Slosar; editing: Hugo A Košorok, Tjaša Pegan, Ela M. Pirnat, Erin Pirc, Katka F. Slosar, Blažka Šifrar, Ema Švalj, Karin Žerjal.
Mentor: Ana Čigon
Content warning: The film touches on the subject of suicide. If you are in mental distress, you can call: TOM, Telephone for children and adolescents – 116 111 (free of charge, every day 12 am – 8 pm); Samaritan confidential telephone – 116 123 (free of charge, 24 hours a day).
atteniton! attenzione! pozor! atenção! 주의! atención! ความสนใจ! achtung!
Iva Suhadolnik Gregorin
(AVA), Slovenia, 2021, digital format, 4′ 35”
The capitalist system convinces us again and again that we as individuals are worth only as much as we are productive. The fruits of this productivity are not important, it is only important that we are productive. Our lives become “projects” that we are constantly improving and upgrading. The system domesticates and tames us by commodifying our body and actions and perceives us as a product that always has room for improvement.The video intentionally has no story, climax, or obvious red thread. It is a set of shots where nothing happens and together they form a whole in which nothing happens. It focuses primarily on how hyperproductivism and patriarchy affect people who identify as women. How they affect them or don’t. It’s about atmospheres when there is only existence.
Acting: Lana Križaj, Alma Tana Jakoš, Eva Jurko, Gala Alica Ostan Ožbolt, Lana Berginc Predovič, Eva Gaberšek, Lara Matea Ivančič; music: Jaka Komac.
Tutors: Pepi Peter Sekulich, Miran Mohar
Moving spaces – video version
Pavle Banović
(ALUO), Serbia/Slovenia, 2020, digital format, 1′ 58”
The video consists of photographs and texts taken from the artist’s book of the same name – diary entries of a temporary stay in Ljubljana. What happens to identity, privacy, social and personal life by moving to another place and another country?
Mentor: Sašo Sedlaček
Ivana Kalc
(AU UNG), Croatia/Slovenia, 2021, digital format, 24′
You have stepped into a place that is like a dream. How to leave it? And more importantly – how to find a way out?
Mentors: Peter Purg, Rene Rusjan
Jaka Komac
(AVA), Slovenia, 2021, digital format, 2′ 59”
4sqm is a project that highlights the stark contrast between the limited space in the material world, especially in times of housing crisis, and the seeming infinity of digital worlds – how a person trapped in a four-square-meter room can create vast digital landscapes. It addresses the tendency to explore digital worlds and escape the hardships and limitations of the physical world.
Tutors: Pepi Peter Sekulich, Miran Mohar
Uncovering (Zbulimi)
Arta Kroni
(AU UNG), Slovenia, 2021, digital format, 6′ 39”
The author approaches her grandmother with questions she has never before asked. The distance does not allow them to have many honest conversations.
Mentor: Boštjan Vrhovec
He (On)
Klavdija Košir
(SŠOF), Slovenia, 2019/2020, digital format, 2′ 18”
The elderly widower lives alone and contemplates living with his deceased wife. He can’t get over her death, and not a day goes by that he doesn’t think of her. He prepares a bouquet of flowers every day and takes it to her grave. At lunch, he prepares cutlery in the place where his wife always sat down for lunch. Her clothes and shoes are still in the closet. The bed is made for both of them. The memory of the woman will remain until he joins her.
Mentor: Nika Oblak


Thanks: Ana Čigon, Rene Rusjan, Rok Govednik, Nika Oblak, Sašo Sedlaček, Andrej Kamnik, Sanja Vatić