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The Metod Badjura Award is presented for lifetime achievement in filmmaking as the most prestigious award in Slovenian film industry, and its announcement is always a very special event. In anticipation of the major event for everybody contributing to the Slovenian audio-visual landscape one way or the other, i.e. the Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož, it is our honour to announce this year’s recipient of the Metod Badjura Award: Franci Zajc, undoubtedly one of the most prolific and most successful producers working in audio-visual production in Slovenia.
“The list of films produced by Franci Zajc makes for a fascinating read, whether we consider the sheer range of over a hundred TV and cinema titles, or the titles as such. Many of them have helped shape and marked not only Slovenian cinema but also culture in general.” This is a part of jury’s commentary and it is hard not to agree. Born in Ljubljana in 1945, Franci Zajc began his career, having just started working for the national television as production manager, by creating together with his colleagues, particularly director Matjaž Klopčič, one of the unforgettable gems of Slovenian cinema, the feature film Blossoms in Autumn. Since 1990, when he founded his own production house, Arsmedia, the list of unforgettable works has only been growing longer: from almost alternative projects, such as Dark Angels, and modern classics, like the film rendition of the novel Chefurs raus!, which was adapted for the screen by author Goran Vojnović himself, to the swan song of one of the greats, director Matjaž Klopčič, whose creative path was drawn to a close with the film Ljubljana the Beloved. It was a daring and ambitious project, the likes of which are taken on by hardly anybody. Franci Zajc would always be the first one to do so.
The award will be presented on the day of the Festival’s opening night, 12 September, and preceded by the opening of an exhibition in Avditorij, Portorož, dedicated to this year’s award recipient.
V Ljubljani, 17. 8. 2017