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Bringing Slovenian film history into the light

  • In Slovenia, a museum celebrating national film history is taking shape, thanks to support from the Norway Grants.

    In the Slovenian Municipality of Divaca , the dwelling known as Škratelj`s homestead, with roots reaching back to the 17th century, is being transformed into a centre showcasing the rich history of Slovenian film. The works will result in an expanded and redeveloped museum for the works of Slovenian actors.

    The current project represents a continuation of previous activity on the site. The distinctive architectural environment of Škratelj`s homestead has housed a film museum dedicated to famed Slovene actress Ita Rina since 1998. Ms Rina was born in Divaca and was the first Slovene to achieve success on the European film scene in the 1920s and 30s.

    The Škratelj`s homestead was in critical need of renovation, however, something which the grant from Norway helps make a reality. Extensive renovation works are needed to develop the film museum into the desired state. The works are scheduled to be completed by 2011, and according to Mateja Maganja at the museum development are progressing according to plan.

    Upon completion the film museum will offer cultural and educational activities, which Ms Maganja believes have the potential to attract locals and tourists alike. At the renovated Škratelj`s homestead, visitors will be able to explore heretofore unknown archival material from Slovenian film.

    An important aim of the renovation project is to heighten the profile of the Municipality of Divaca and the wider Carst region, and the new and improved museum will contribute significantly to this end. In this way, the Norway Grants contribute both to the preservation and presentation of Slovenian and European cultural heritage, and to spurring increased economic activity in the region.

    The Norwegian Film and TV School in Lillehammer has joined forces with the Slovenian museum, providing professional advice on the development of the museum. Ms Maganja expects the partnership with the Norwegian school to prosper as the construction of the museum is completed. Scheduled collaborative efforts include workshops and study visits for students and faculty.

  • Country:


    Project title:

    Renovation of Škratelj’s homestead into Museum of Slovene film actors in Divaca

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Conservation of European cultural heritage


    € 1,234,845



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Municipality of Divaca

    Type of institution:

    Local authority

    Project website:

    Project duration:

    33 months

    Project cost:

    € 1,452,759

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    26 June 2008

    The purpose of the Project is to renovate the buildings of Škratelj’s homestead and establish a film actors’ museum and centre for cultural, educational and artistic activities, with the overall objective of increasing the quality of life in the region and of highlighting the importance of film as a form of cultural expression. Reference is made to the application dated 26 April 2007 and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - Škratelj’s homestead complex is renovated;

    - Škratelj’s homestead complex is equipped to function as a film actors’ museum and centre for cultural, educational and artistic activities;

    - Project management and publicity.

    The Project Promoter is the Municipality of Divaca. Subject to national law, the Project shall be implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia, the Slovenian Cinematheque, the Institute for Protection of Cultural Heritage in Nova Gorica, the Academy for Radio, Theatre, Film and Television (Ljubljana), the Norwegian Film and TV School in Lillehammer, and the Association of Slovene Film Makers.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Project Promoter shall provide at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible Project cost.