Kresnik: The Lore of Fire

A short film set in the 70s delves into the mysterious secrets of forest creatures and explores what it takes for Peter to become a man.

There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.
— J. K. Rowling

Year of production: 2014
Producer and director: David Sipoš
Actors: Cene Skrt, Aljaž Šimunić, Domen Jančič, Dare Valič, Assija Sultanova
Screenwriters: Jernej Kastelec, Brandie Coonis
Director of photography: Marko Kočevar, ZFS
Music: Tim Žibrat, Danilo Kapel

"Kresnik: The Lore of Fire" is a short teen film, directed by the young director David Sipoš and independently produced by Haritude Ventures during the summer of 2013. The 20-minute film is set in the Slovenian countryside during the 70's and talks about three boys on holidays at their grandpa's that decide to explore the nearby forest on the bonfire night. A mysterious experience of a fairyland full of fairies, elves, fire and slavic god Kresnik awaits the youngest among them as well as a test where he has to show his courage and take the first step towards maturity.

The main roles were cast by young talented actors Cene Skrt, Aljaž Šimunić and Domen Jančič with legendary Slovenian actor Dare Valič cast as their grandfather. Over 100 volunteers helped either in front or behind the camera in various ways during the 7 days of production.

The film is mainly aimed at teenagers since we believe that its content and visual storytelling serves as an interesting and important contribution to the cultural development of our youngest generation. It addresses them with themes of growing up, independence, friendship, self-confidence and courage. Through the genre of fantasy the story also deals with motives of Slavic mythology, through which the authors are reviving our almost forgotten historical heritage and draw attention to the highly unfulfilled potential of fantasy film in Slovenia.

On April 10th “Kresnik: The Lore of Fire” became the first Slovenian movie to appear on Kickstarter, the largest crowdfunding platform that also became very popular in Slovenia in the past year – Slovenian authors and designers have raised almost 2 million Euros with the help of crowdfunding by now.


End of Night (theme song from the movie)

Music: Tim Žibrat, Danilo Kapel
Lyrics: Maja Keuc, Tim Žibrat, Danilo Kapel
Vocals: Maja Keuc
Production: Blaž Vrečko (Reconceal)
Digital art: Rok Kleva Ivančič

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