Sonja Prosenc selected among “8 up-and-coming female directors that deserve your attention”

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“Sonja Prosenc is one of the most prominent young directors in Slovenia and has received considerable international recognition for her first feature, The Tree – Slovenia’s selection for the 2016 Oscars. The Tree is a gripping drama about a mother and her sons who live cloistered in their home, fearing the outside world. The film had its world premiere at Karlovy Vary IFF in 2014 and was the big winner at the Slovenian Film Festival.”

New Award for The Tree and Mitja Ličen

At the MeCEEF – 6th edition of Mediaş Central European Film Festival (MeCEFF) MItja Ličen received the best cinematoghraphy award for The Tree. The festival, which took place from 1 to 3 September 2016, is the only festival in Romania dedicated to films from CEE.

The jury was composed of: James Ulmer, Ileana Popovici, Mihai Fulger and Călin Stănculescu.

Son of Saul by László Nemes was awarded Best Film. You can read more here.

Mitja Ličen awarded by Cinematographers Guild of Slovenia

For the first time Cinematographers Guild of Slovenia has awarded cinematographers for their accomplishments. Mitja Ličen received an Iris award for his work in a short film Impromptu, produced by Monoo and directed by Sonja Prosenc.

Marko Brdar was awarded in a feature film category, Jure Černec documentary, and Sašo Štih in the student film category. Žaro Tušar, Ivan Marinček, and Ivo Belec were honoured by life achivement awards.

Congrats to all!

Photo by Luka Matijevec.

WEMW Trieste: 2 days, 3 awards for History of Love

“Slovenia was the big winner at this year’s edition of the When East Meets West (WEMW) co-production forum with Sonja Prosenc’s second feature History Of Love picking up three awards.

The film’s producer Rok Secen, one of the co-founders of Ljubljana-based Monoo, was presented with the EAVE Scholarship Award to participate in the European producers’ training programme.

In addition, Film London’s Helena Mackenzie and Rome New Cinema Network’s Alexia di Vito chose Prosenc’s contemporary psychological drama to receive their prize of a guaranteed place at the London Production Finance Market and Rome’s New Cinema Network next October.

Moreover, History of Love, which is currently structured as a Slovenian-Icelandic-Croatian co-production, was one of six projects to receive support from RE-ACT Co-Development Funding Scheme launched by the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund with the Slovenian Film Centre and th Croatian Audiovisual Centre last year.” – SCREENDAILY, 

UK premiere of The Tree

The Tree, Slovenian official Oscar entry 2016, will be presented in the official selection at Leeds International Film Festival.  The Tree is an acclaimed and awarded debut feature from the director Sonja Prosenc. You can read more about the film here: “The Tree / Drevo”.


About the festival: “In 1888, the world’s first moving images were created in Leeds. In 1987 the Leeds International Film Festival was founded and has become renowned as a dynamic event with a reputation for challenging and innovative programming. … Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) is one of the UK’s biggest public film events and the largest in England after London. LIFF is a portal for audiences to discover the real world of film that exists beyond the limitations of mainstream film exhibition. LIFF primarily supports the work of outstanding, fresh new talent in fiction and documentary filmmaking (in both features and shorts) and in world genre cinema – and work from existing talent that has not received deserved exposure in the UK.”

The Tree will be screened on November 6th, 7th and 9th.

You can check out The Tree screenings times and tickets here.