The first FEST, under the slogan "A Brave New World" was opened on the 9th of January 1971 in Dom Sindikata, with the screening of Robert Altman’s Mash. Envisioned as the annual review of the best films of the season, the Belgrade International Film Festival - FEST – evolved to become one of the most important festivals on the continent and a pillar event of Belgrade's cultural life and an indispensable element in the coming of age of many generations of film fans. Since its inception, the main film programme of FEST has always been enriched with diverse accompanying ones, the quality of which often exceeded their supporting role. One should also mention numerous publications, as well as exhibitions and symposiums held during the Festival. To date, FEST boasts four million visitors and nearly 4000 relevant international films, which have had their Yugoslav/Serbian and often regional premiere on the Festival.
International film festival - Belgrade
The upcoming 47th FEST will be held from February 22 to March 3, 2019. In over ten programmme parts this year's festival will screen 130 premieres.