The Subversive Film Festival (also called SFF) is an annual, no ordinary, competition film festival. In 2010 it took place from 1 May -25 May in Zagreb (Craotia). SFF is a joint project of various disciplines and media: film, visual arts and critical theory, aiming to explore and understand recent cultural history. Each annual edition is specifically themed, addressing key historical processes or turning points and subsequent politically, economically and socially relevant issue(s). These festivals are exposed both through cinematic and artistic practices, but also through critical commentaries given on the conference alongside thus bringing together leading intellectuals of various disciplinary profiles and social identities.
The first edition, published in 2008, marked the 40th anniversary of the revolutionary protest events of May 1968. The second edition was published in 2009 and under title “China in the global cultural imaginary”, 60 years from the Chinese Revolution. The Subversive Festival 2010 assesses the meaning of Socialism, marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe and 65th anniversary of the victory over fascism.
Slavoj Žižek was the art director of the conference of SFF; participants were: Zygmunt Bauman (GB), Samir Amin (SN), Michael Lebowitz (VE), Michail Ryklin (RU), Boris Buden (CRO), etc. Noam Chomsky (US), Michael Hardt (US), etc. participated via video-links. The conference was supported by the film program which includes: the grand retrospective of ex-Yugoslav cinema, the selection of the Latin American revolutionary cinema of the 60s and 70s; the selection of Eastern European modernist cinema of the 60s and 70s. etc.