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, Mira Banjac and Želimir Žilnik. The Award got its name after the regional pioneer of cinema – Aleksandar Lifka who, beck in 1905, established first cinema theater in Subotica.
This year’s laureates of the prestigious Aleksandar Lifka Award Award, assigned by the European Film Festival Palić, for the exceptional contribution to the European cinema, are famous Serbian actor Slavko Štimac and British writer and director Christopher Hampton.