The founder of the Festival is the Municipality of Veliko Gradište, a small picturesque town on the bank of the Danube, located 115 km from Belgrade on land, and 130 km on the Danube. Besides the indisputable beauty of the longest European river that is almost 2 kilometers wide near Veliko Gradište, the host of SILAFEST can be proud of the old Fortress of Ram, the monasteries of Nimnik and Tumane, the nearby Fortress of Golubački grad, Viminacium and Lepenski vir. Nevertheless, the greatest tourist attraction of the Municipality is the famous Silver Lake, which Silver Lake Tourfilm Festival was named after.
The Festival is organized in cooperation with the partners who have direct interest in realizing such programmes: National Tourism Organization of Serbia, Tourist Organization of Veliko Gradište, the College of Tourism in Belgrade … The ambition of SILAFEST is to become an ever present and highly rated milestone for all filmmakers from the domain world- wide by quality of films, objectiveness of the jury, presence in media, a professional approach to organization of the festival and its related events.
SILAFEST has Ecology and Tourist film as its basic guideline, and according to the modern approach, the Festival Council interprets Tourism in the widest possible sense of the word, the Festival is open for Cultural Tourism films, films on wine, on big and famous holy places, Sports films, etc. Renowned museums, wine cellars, monasteries and holy places, spots events… nowadays attract as many tourists as spas, ski centers, the Mediterranean islands, and exotic destinations do. The development of tourism is nowadays related to ecologically clean areas, so a question is inevitably raised about the ecologically sustainable development of tourism worldwide. Therefore, there is a relation between these two important categories at the Festival.
This year’s SILAFEST will take place from August 27 to September 2, and besides the competition part of the program, which is expected to have about sixty films in the official selection, there will be a range of associated events organized, related to ecology and tourism. The film directors from the country and abroad, producers, journalists, directors of sister festivals from all around the world, tourist workers… will all have the opportunity to enjoy , a competition is cooking fish broth, fishhook and float fishing, slapstick fishing with the Danube fishermen…
Besides for TV companies, professional producers and directors, the competition part of SILAFESTis also open for local tourist organizations, non-governmental organizations and associations, individuals who practice ecology or tourism as a hobby or for the love of it…
And if you are just a movie lover, visit the Festival. All the Festival screenings and associated events are free and open for all the interested.
Come to the place where the Danube shines with silver!
It’s easy to arrive to Veliko Gradište,
The hard thing is to leave it.
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