At the turn of the year, the editorial team of the Slovak monthly usually brought an overview of the best and most interesting film events in Slovakia in the previous year and combined it with a rundown of upcoming films in the following year. The English edition of the magazine then served as a source of information that promoted Slovak cinema at festivals abroad, where our cinema is represented by the National Cinematographic Centre of the Slovak Film Institute. The Centre, in turn, used to prepare brochures What’s Slovak in Berlin / Cannes / Karlovy Vary?, that served to inform the audience and accredited professionals about the representation of Slovak filmmakers and screenings at each particular festival.

This year, for the first time, we have decided to join forces of the editorial team with the National Cinematographic Centre, and we gladly present you Berlinale Edition 2021. 

This special edition provides also the information previously contained mainly in the mentioned brochures, together with the evaluation of last year’s Slovak production, statistics of the success rate regarding distribution, as well as an overview of the most anticipated films this year. The filmmakers and their works are presented in several interviews, and it also draws attention to classic films from the archive which have been restored and released on DVD and Blu-ray by Slovak Film Institute. 

The edition offers a lot more. Despite the pandemic situation, we had more than enough material to put together. That is why, in the summer, we may be looking forward to Cannes / Karlovy Vary Edition 2021. For that: let’s stay negative but optimistic!

Veronika Krejčová, executive editor