On 3–6 October 2018, Piran hosted the Ninth European and Mediterranean Film Festival. The programme included 23 European films, 10 of which competed for the main awards in the finals.
A solemn start of the festival was held on Wednesday, 3 October 2018. The event was opened by the Piran Mayor, Piter Bossman, who addressed the guests and participants of the festival with a welcoming speech. After the official part of the ceremony, a documentary about the Slovenian punk-rocker Peter “Pero” Lovšin was shown in the Tartini Theatre.
The festival programme included free screenings of new European films in Piran and Portorož. Among the films competing for the Best Film and the Best Director awards were “Cold War” by Pawel Pawlikowski, “Spoor” by Agnieszka Holland, “Zama” by Lucrecia Martel, “Under the Tree” by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson and “Faces Places”, a documentary, by Agnes Varda. The festival also included several films for children and young people, as well as musical documentaries, including films about Mick Ronson and David Bowie, Maria Callas and Sex Pistols.
The Icelandic director and producer Friderik Thor Fridriksson became the event’s guest of honour.
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