DukaFest started out in memory of Dusko Dukic “Duka”, a student of Film and TV directing at the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka. The festival was initiated by his friends from the film studies and it was named after him.

The first edition, “DukaFest 2008”, was a single all-day retrospective of films made by film students from Serbia and Bosnia and Hercegovina. In 2009, the drama department students at the Academy of Arts, University in Banja Luka founded an citizens’ association KROV (an organization for incentive and development of culture and art) and with cooperation of Academy of Arts, organized an international student film festival “DukaFest 2009”, which became competitive since that year.

Along with the screenings, our program also includes film workshops for all students and visitors of the festival, mentored by professionals and renown regional filmmakers. Apart from the film program, an important part of the festival is the music program which takes place after daily screenings and hosts up-and-coming or already affirmed bands from the region.
The last edition of “DukaFest” was held in 2013. and now, after five years of absence, we are back as the only film festival in Banja Luka and with the intention to be even better than before.
The whole idea of this festival is to promote student films and their authors for whom festivals like these are a stepping-stones in career and an opportunity to meet colleagues and professionals from the film industry. All screenings and workshops during “DukaFest” are free to attend.

The festival is awarding students in the best fiction, the best documentary, the best directing, the best editing and the best cinematography categories.

The film, with which the author is applying, is shot during the studies, whether the author is still a student or he graduated.
The film cannot be older than 2018.
Films outside of English speaking territories have to be provided with subtitles in English.
The application is considered complete if it’s filled out till October 15.
Films that have arrived in due deadline will be sorted into competition or revial program.
The festival will award the best fiction and the best documentary films, as well as the awards for the best directing, cinematography and editing.
The festival has the rights to use the arrived films, or parts of them, for the purpose of promoting the festival, the authors and their work, in printed, internet and broadcaster media.
Feature films that are directors’ debut films, or second films and are shot in the past two years, are to be screened as a part of revial selection.

Overall Rating
  • Daria Binevskaya

    It was very cool, fun and very good program and placement, many thanks to the organizers for the choice and the award !!!

    December 2019
  • David Jovanović

    Great festival, lovely people, great atmosphere!

    December 2019
  • Aglaja Filipović

    Unfortunately I was not able to attend festival in person but I had amazing communication with the team. :)

    December 2019
  • One of the best student film festivals in this region!

    December 2019