Festival History

The International Film Festival Palić was founded in 1992 by the Municipality of Subotica. From the earliest small and unpretentious film screenings in Palić, through the persistent attempts to create a serious regional film festival in the hard times of isolation, and the first attempts at getting closer to the cinematography of the former Yugoslav republics then being at war, it has grown into an important spot on the map of the European film festivals.


In the year 2003, with its 10th edition, it became a European Film Festival and a member of the European Coordination of Film Festivals. This was a very brave move at that moment. A lot of questions were raised, mainly about how the audience and the media would react. However, the founder of the festival and executive producer took a firm stand and didn’t want to give it up. Soon, the success was obvious. This idea has been confirmed and improved over the following years and today the European Film Festival Palić is one of most important film festivals in this region and one of the few in the world with 100% European content.

Subotica and Palić have thus confirmed they really are leaders of the European idea in the whole country. During the seven festival days Palić becomes a true European capital of culture, and year after year Palić audience proves to be the audience of the highest renown.