42 years! How many festivals can live up to that? Festival has established more than 5000 partnerships in more than 58 countries. It is the largest festival of its kind within the Slovak Republic. More than 1 million of visitors had attended. On one platform, Festival accomplished to connect public, private, and third sector through sustainable development themes. It has become on of the largest and most visited event. Since 1974 we apply the principles of sustainable development that has been declared officialy in 1992 by World Summit in Rio de Janeiro.


Festival is an extraordinary platform that connects two originally parted groups: scientists – technicians and environmentalists. We connect people through partnerships, friendships with ideas and common visions and projects.

Festival by means of attractive documentary films educates broad target group in a popular way. Through film premieres we bring the newest and best from all around the world annually.

B R I N G  S O L U T I O N S
Festival is an all year ongoing interactive event, which not only addresses the issues, but also help to come up with solutions. Thanks to accompanying activities, presentations, lectures, we assist to real solution to current affairs.

Festival by means of protocol program invites diplomatic body of Slovak Republic to active participation. We connect public sector, municipality deputies, environment professionals, scientists, cultural professionals, etc.

Festival is a fiesta, which means entertainment. Thanks to all day screenings and accompanying activities is this event a week-long happening on a high cultural and social level.

Festival is a competitive event. The Selection Commission and the International Jury award films in competitions in each category annually. Those awards are one of the most prestigious in the world.

F I L M  P R O G R A M
Each year there are about 200 film entries from all over the world. The Selection Commission selects relevant entries, in compliance with the Festival Statute, into the Festival Contest. The selected titles are then technically processed, translated and equipped with voice-over or subtitles. Prior the Festival the International Jury selects the Award Winners. Each title in the Contest is screened at least once within 5 day Screenings. The film program is divided into respective segments and theaters. Junior program and evening program for the public are tailored.

A C C O M P A N Y I N G  P R O G R A M
Apart the film program there is a special accompanying program offering its space for professionals and also for the public. It constitutes of presentations, workshops, discussions, presentations stands where we can present activities and ideas of our festival partners, filmmakers and festival guests. We always focus, apart from the so called perpetual themes, on one key theme to determine the selection of home and international festival guests. The festival visitors can thus discuss the themes with the filmmakers and guests, or buy relevant products such as new technologies, food, services, etc.

J U N I O R  F E S T I V A L
A unique part of the Festival. The project with special agenda for elementary and secondary schools. We focus on relations with regional schools and plan their participation on festival activities in order to satisfy the highest number of schools possible. Those schools which fail to attend the festival for capacity reasons get our films with promotion messages of festival partners after the end of festival. The key of the project is the film program divided into special blocks according to themes and age groups. After the film program there is a rich accompanying program in form of competitions, games and creative workshops aimed to educate the children, e.g. in the field of waste separation and recycling. This is a real environmental education of the young generation. Junior festival provides an excellent space for active participation of festival partner. What makes it special is its own Junior Jury to award one of the festival prizes. Junior festival educates through experience.

T O U R  –  R E G I O N A L  A N D  D I S T R I C T  T O W N S
After the end of the 5 day Festival Contest starts the Festival Tour for selected regional and district towns. It showcases the best of festival – selection of awarded films. We aim, in cooperation with the local government, to focus on particular issues related to the region. These are 1-2 day film screenings. We make use of multifunction festival venues enabling the combination of screenings and other festival activities under one roof. It is our objective to move our Junior Festival towards regional and district towns. It is an all year ongoing project of educational, cultural and humane nature.

F I L M  S E L E C T I O N
The International Jury decides on the best documentary films. Authors of the films focused on sustainable development can submit to the following categories:

Films that explain the role of science and technology in maintaining a sustainable environment. These films should inform viewers about new trends, technologies, and materials that are being developed to address the challenges of sustainable development.

Films intended to inform and entertain by creatively exploring ecological systems and their inhabitants (people, flora, fauna). The goal of these films is to show viewers how earth’s inhabitants interact within their environment and how each one attempts to maintain their position and continue to thrive.

Films about individuals (or groups) who have used science or technology to successfully address a specific ecological problem. These films should describe the technological activities that are improving local sustainability issues, and that may have global applications.

Films about how individuals (or groups) have addressed sustainability issues through changes in the attitudes and behaviors of the people involved. Entries should explore any new activities or processes that are successfully resolving ecology and quality of life issues.

Films about contemporary ecological sustainability issues and crises, and their impact on global or local environment or culture. These issues can be the result of natural events such as climate change, drought, storms, floods, or earthquakes; or the result of human activity, such as population growth, habitat destruction, misuse of natural resources, or waste mismanagement.

Films for school age children, those focus on environmental education (recycling, endangered species, endangered environments etc.).

This category is for short films addressing ecology, natural science, environmental issues and sustainability in thought-provoking and inspiring way.

H O N O U R  O F  E K O T O P F I L M
Since 1998, the Honour of Ekotopfilm award is presented annually. This prestigious tribute shall be awarded to an outstanding domestic or foreign personality for his or her efforts achieving sustainable development, scientific inventions, humane and cultural activities or a lifework in favour of the development of humankind. These personalities honour the festival by their presence, thereby creating a good reputation abroad. In 2006 Prince Albert II collected the award in person and attended the festival.