Official Selection is dedicated to those European films that provoke issues about destiny of European man, pointing at the beauty and importance of diversity within European region, at the same time.

This kind of films easily get to the audience since the identification with their protagonists is so real and possible whether they are tragic or happy ending. Emotions from the screen get emotional response from the audience.

This year’s selection of 14 films made festival’s programmers Petar Mitrić and Szabolcs Tolnai and Art Director of the Festival Nikolaj Nikitin. The films are in competition for “Golden Tower” for the best film of the Festival and two “Palić Towers”, for the Best Director and Special Jury Award. The films are going to be judged by five-member international jury. The selection is going to be screened at the Summer Stage, Palić.


Competition programme “Parallels and Encounters” is dedicated to feature films from former Eastern European geopolitical region and deals with problems of transition of society, political systems, ethnic relations, identity and need for peace and co-existence, tolerance in the widest sense.

Quality of the films is going to be evaluated by three-member INTERNATIONAL CRITIC JURY composed of eminent European film critics.

Programmer’s team consists of Petar Mitrić, Szabolcs Tolnai and Nikolaj Nikitin. 10 films are going to be screened within this program in Jadran theater of Subotica’s National Theater.


“Young Spirit of Europe” program is the space of freedom opened for everyone. Age, social status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ideological bias, artistic sensuality are all – at least for the six days of the Festival – formally put aside.

The program consists of 15 new films selected by programmer’s team (Petar Mitrić, Szabolcs Tolnai and Nikolaj Nikitin) . The program is going to take place at the Abazija Cinema in Palić.


Culture is something you can always count on while seeking the way of understanding and acceptance. Traditional program “New Hungarian Film” has already been of a great help as a part of culture, trying, trough the art of film, to find those who are open to learn about Hungary. The program is inspired by the fact that there is a great population of ethnic Hungarians in the Province of Vojvodina, that hasn’t got opportunity to be in touch with the trends of contemporary Hungarian film production. Programmer of the selection is Zoltan Siflis.


In the last few decades European film experienced great changes. We cannot differ small and big national cinemas anymore. At the film scene of the Europe there are numerous changes and sudden happenings that put certain cinemas in the center of interest. This is why, nine years ago, we introduced “Cinema in Focus” program which every year presents some of the most important and most interesting film productions in Europe. So far Festival presented cinemas of Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Austria, Bavaria, Israel, Russia, Check Republic, Poland, Turkey and Georgia.

This year is reserved for Slovak cinema that, in a last few years, constantly delights audiences all around the world with its freshness and quality. Selection of the program has been achieved in a cooperation with Slovakian Film Institute.

  1. ECO DOX

We live in the world where we can clearly see dreadful impact of human deeds on natural environment and planet Earth in general and on the other hand we experience growing conscious for necessity of actions towards peace between human kind and nature. Referring to this, seven years ago, we started program that deals with ecological documentaries. In this program there are 6 films of the newest production. Program is being followed by a vivid debate as well as scientific conference during the Festival, where experts and activists in the field of environmental protection have an opportunity to contemplate various topics and issues. Program is taking place in Art Cinema Theater “Lifka”. Programmer of the selection is Igor Toholj.


European Film Festival Palić established award Aleksandar Lifka in 1999 for the exceptional contribution to the European cinema. So far, laureates were Lucian Pintilie, Krzysztof Zanussi, Jiri Menzel, Andrzej Wajda, Miklos Jancso, Margarethe von Trotta, Theo Angelopoulos, Ken Russell, Ken Loach, Costa Gavras, Jean-Marc Barr, Nikita Mihalkov and Claude Lelouch. The award of the same title every year goes to a national author as well. Some of the winners are: Dušan Makavejev, Eva Ras, Gordan Mihić, Milena Dravić, Puriša Đorđević, Živojin Mitrović, Velimir Bata Živoinović, Goran Marković, Predrag Miki Manojlović, Goran Marković, Goran Paskaljević, Srđan Karanović, Zoran Simjanović, Emir Kusturica and Mira Banjac. The Award got its name after one of the pioneers of regional cinema – Aleksandar Lifka who, beck in 1905, established first cinema theater in Subotica.


This program is introduction to the Festival’s happenings. It will be held from 13 to 117 July 2014 at the cinema that is going to be be constructed at the town square in front of Town Hall for the third time for these purposes. Citizens of Subotica and guests will be able to see five digitalized European cinema masterpieces.