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The good people, organizers of the 2019 Grossmann fantastic film & wine festival in Ljutomer, Slovenia were kind enough to present me with the festival’s Honorary VICIOUS CAT AWARD for outstanding contribution to the field of genre cinema. I am proud and thankful to Marko Mehtsun and his gang of tireless friends for the honor they bestowed upon me. Thank you for all the great fun, for the generous hospitality, for the well planned events, and for the wonderfully executed, high quality screenings of the nostalgic movies I directed “American Ninja” and “Avenging Force” on giant screens. Thanks for the rivers of wines flowing everywhere, and for a climactic closing ceremony with the award presentation. It was a blast.





15th FANTASTIC FILM AND WINE FESTIVAL / 16 - 20 July 2019 / Ljutomer / Slovenia / EU

On July I was a guest of the 15th GROSSMANN Fantastic Film and Wine Festival in Ljutomer, Slovenia.

The festival, dedicated to genre cinema, features a selection of unconventional movies.

In the nostalgic section, the festival screened two of the most popular actioners I directed: the famous American Ninja and much appreciated Avenging Force both starring Michael Dudikoff and Steve James.

I introduced the films and answered audients questions. In addition I served as a juror on the feature film competition and conducted a master class.

At the closing ceremony I was presented with An Honorary VICIUS CAT WAWRD for outstanding contribution to the field of genre cinema.