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A short film set in the 70s delves into the mysterious secrets of forest creatures and explores what it takes for Peter to grow up.
A short film set in the 70s delves into the mysterious secrets of forest creatures and explores what it takes for Peter to grow up.
A short film set in the 70s delves into the mysterious secrets of forest creatures and explores what it takes for Peter to grow up.
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When we think about mythology we think about our link to understanding the far away past, our emotional connection to the lives of our ancestors, our relationship with the culture and the tradition we inherit. We think about the resilience of human spirit and its ability to overcome hardship and to be courageous and noble in face of grave dangers. We might think it’s primarily set in fiction, though mythical tales have much more to do with the absolute reality of human character - which is in no way fictional.

Our short film Kresnik tends to look at mythology in quite the same way. Its power lays partially in the mystery of dark forests and unbeknown secrets that hide within them but the true nature of this setting is merely a mise-en-scène in which our young protagonists discover their fate. Peter, Igor and Štefan are adventurous 12-year-olds who are spending their summer vacations at the countryside with their grandfather. They decide to spend the shortest night of the year, the bonfire night, camping outside, yet they don’t truly expect what kind of ordeals they are about to go through even before the morning sun rises.

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Kresnik is a short movie that feels most comfortable inside the teen fantasy genre without minding its limitations. Although this specific part of fiction has gained enormous popularity in the past decade, we still believe it still has much room to develop - especially in our homeland of Slovenia with its many forests, mountains, rivers and lakes serving as a perfect backdrop for movies such as ours. Slovenia also doesn’t have to look far for some original source material since we have a rich mythology stemming from our Slavic origins, full of gods, mythical creatures and mysterious spirits. We believe this cultural heritage can be vastly explored in contemporary art which is one of the main reasons we decided to make this movie. We also think this is a great opportunity to expand the knowledge of our folklore way beyond our borders - that’s why we decided to present Kresnik on Kickstarter!    

Slovenia is a small country with only 2 million inhabitants therefore making a film in our native tongue can severly limit the scope of our audience, yet we remain certain our language and culture is rich and interesting enough to moviegoers all around the world. We believe we’re able to expand the borders within which our films can be unterstood and welcomed and we think Slovenian film can finally be put on the map of the so-called “world cinema”.

We have been working long and hard on making this movie a reality. We filmed it over this past summer in the beautiful Slovenian countryside. A group of up to 100 friends and supporters helped us out with this project and without them we would be having a really hard time doing this the way we imagined it. The core of our group was of course our brilliant young cast with legendary Slovenian actor Dare Valič as their grandfather.

The film was independently produced by Haritude Ventures, founded in 2012 by young filmmakers David Sipoš and Tim Zibrat who have since included a number of other young creatives of various talents to their team. We’ve been producing successful short films and web series but “Kresnik: The Lore of Fire” is definitely our most ambitious project to date.

The film is now completely shot, but the work is not nearly done yet. We’re currently finalizing the final cut of the editing process, but in order to deliver a high quality product we still have to work with professionals in the fields of music, sound and visual effects. In addition to that we need to cover the costs of distribution so we can get the movie out to the world for everyone to see it. Kresnik will be our first movie featuring music recorded by a live orchestra to give it a more organic and natural dimension. This and all of the other expenses shown in the graph are required to finish Kresnik with such level of quality as we had in mind when we first started it.

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Fully illustrated hard-cover book based on film's original story.
Fully illustrated hard-cover book based on film's original story.
Beautiful hand-made elf costumes featured in the movie's bonfire scene.
Beautiful hand-made elf costumes featured in the movie's bonfire scene.
A very special bonfire weekend experience, exploring the filming locations together with the crew.
A very special bonfire weekend experience, exploring the filming locations together with the crew.
  • Neža Peterle
  • Andraž Jerič
  • David Sipoš

Risks and challenges

Although we already finished shooting "Kresnik: The Lore of Fire" last summer and are now finishing its editing phase, we still have a lot of work to do. Most of it falls under post-production, which involves tasks as color-grading the final image and recording the film's official soundtrack. This requires the knowledge and skills of many talented proffesionals which we are already in final talks with.

We also need to prepare the film for its premiere and subsequent distribution. The former requires renting a venue and covering all promotional and organisational costs while the latter includes preparing the movie for Video on Demand distribution and applying for various international film festivals.

You can see the way all of the raised funds will be spent in the graphic representation of a budget breakdown above. We don't really expect any other special challenges or setbacks since everything is already set in motion. Now we only need some additional help to do these things as professionally and perfectly as possible and to be able to do them in time for the premiere in late June 2014.

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    THEME SONG - Get an exclusive download of the film’s theme song by the popular Slovenian singer and our great friend Maja Keuc!

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    "KRESNIK" LIMITED EDITION DVD / BLURAY - We’re also making a limited series of 100 discs (you have a choice of either DVD or Blu-ray) for those of you who are fans of the physical medium. This disc will include special material and a behind-the-scenes segment not featured in the later editions. The reward also includes the Digital Download Pack above.

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    "KRESNIK" LIMITED EDITION DVD / BLU-RAY + HARDCOVER BOOK - We're offering this combo for our biggest fans; receive both a DVD or Blu-Ray disc AND a hard-cover book to watch, read and enjoy over and over. The book comes in either Slovenian or English. Also includes the Digital Download Pack.

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    MUSIC SHEETS FOR PIANO & VIOLIN - For all the musical spirits out there we’re also giving out the music sheets for original music composed by Tim Žibrat and Danilo Kapel especially for this movie. This includes a digital download of a PDF file together with the Digital Download Pack.

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    ORIGINAL ELF COSTUME FOR BONFIRE NIGHT - If you want to be a part of a traditional bonfire night experience, you might be interested in the original costume designs used in the movie. We only have a limited amount of these available, but the costumes come in all shapes and sizes for both children and adults so you will be asked to specify your height and size after the campaign ends. Also includes the Digital Download Pack.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - Get one of the few Associate Producer credits in our title and ending sequences as well as an official credit on the film’s IMDb page. You will also be elligible for a Skype session with David and Tim to talk about the movie. Also includes the Digital Download Pack.

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    ORIGINAL MUSIC BUNDLE - If you like the music from the trailer you might also be interested in attaining all commercial licenses for final music cues used in the film as well as a PDF download of all original orchestra sheet music for the film’s score. You’ll also be able to chat with David and Tim via Skype where they will dance for you on any song of your choosing. Also includes the Digital Download Pack.

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    BONFIRE WEEKEND - Join us for a weekend of camping in the countryside of Slovenia and exploring various filming locations. We’ll take you to some of Slovenia’s most beautiful and pristine places where we’ll be experiencing local culture and cuisine together. The weekend will end with the official premiere of “Kresnik: The Lore of Fire” for which you will get a VIP pass. Travel expenses to Slovenia are not included, but all other costs and accomodation will be taken care of. Also includes the Digital Download Pack.

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