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Concept and Theme 2022


The meta theme for this festival edition is LIGHT! – in all its ambiguity and exclamation. Not only is light a basic requirement for every film and for cinema per se, it is also a call for lucidity in a society that gets blinded by noise. Equally it refers to the dark side and the shadows, that we can enlighten at least in the cinema hall.


In the middle of December in Villach, Austria, the K3 Film Festival offers a lively experience of diverse cultures, a truly international meeting point.

With the focus on the regions of Carinthia (Southern Austria) Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Northern Italy), and Slovenia it offers a unique insight into the film-making of these regions, strengthens the filmic exchange and encapsulates intensive cooperation. The key objectives of the festival are building bridges, crossing borders and finding, channelling and supporting new film talents.

The festival is a “come-together” celebration after a hard year of work!

The annual theme of each edition varies according to the focus developed by the filmmakers of the three regions, a single frame that unites the different cinematographic choices.

What does K3 mean?
Over the last few years K3 has developed its identity over the three neighbouring regions of Austria, Italy and Slovenia.

“K” stands for Kino (at least in German and Slovenian), in Italian K is not officially used as a letter so we fill the gap of cinematic exchange also through letters.

“3” is the least necessary number of legs to create a solid table (up to now; progress hasn’t stopped) and it’s also the multiples of the cinematic experience and diversity of films from the three regions.

Therefore, K3 is a unique place to find undiscovered, diverse and innovative cinematic productions coming out Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

What does K3 stand for?
A fresh and challenging film programming selection.

A vis-à-vis festival experience, teaming up individuals from all levels.

An intercultural meeting point, an exchange of customs and point of views; a true Babylon of languages resolved by the lowest common denominator, English, which everyone and no one really speaks well. But everyone understands!

Relaxed but professional; spontaneous and surprising; linking and connecting; criticised and acclaimed.

All of this is K3.

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