European Film Festival Palić established Aleksandar Lifka Award in 2000 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 same award is annually assigned to a national author as well. Some of the laureates 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 the one of the pioneers of regional cinema – Aleksandar Lifka who, beck in 1905, established first cinema theater in Subotica.
This year’s Aleksandar Lifka award laureates are renown Swedish director Roy Andersson and Serbian filmmaker Želimir Žilnik. „Homage to the Lifka Award Laureates“ program presents their most successful works.