Since 1999, Kinoatelje, Gorica/Gorizia, in coproduction with the Kinoatelje Institute, Nova Gorica, has organised the annual cross-border film festival, taking place in the inter-regional space between Slovenia and Italy, thus connecting audiences and film institutions in 7 different cities (Gorizia, Nova Gorica, Trieste, Izola, San Pietro al Natisone, Udine and Ljubljana). The physical distances might not be great, but the colourful cultural variety imparts a unique enrichment in a shared cross-border space.
The centrepiece of the festival is the Darko Bratina Award along with a complete presentation of the winning author’s filmography. Previous recipients of the award include Srdan Golubović, Kim Longinotto, Peter Mettler, Mario Brenta, Dalibor Matanić (Croatia), Villi Hermann (CH), Ruth Beckermann (Austria), Laila Pakalnina (Latvia), Karpo Godina, Franco Giraldi, Želimir Žilnik (Serbia), Miroslav Janek (CZ), Harutyun Khachatryan (Armenia), Petra Seliškar, Demetrio Volcic (Italy), Aljoša Žerjal (Italy), Maja Weiss, Jan Cvitković, and Srdjan Vuletić (BiH).
The festival is home to the ever-growing film platform First Crossings, developed as an inherent part of the festival and dedicated to the research of new film languages, focusing particularly on younger authors and audiences.