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Amateur films compete

THE 22ND Oravská Osmička (Oravian Eight), a presentation of amateur films, concluded on November 24. In all, the competition, which dates back to 1963, screened 41 films by Slovak filmmakers. Its winners were announced in Nižná na Orave.

The main award went to Andrej Danóci from Trenčín for his animated film, Lady with an Ermine, Miroslav Žabenský from the Orava Cultural Centre told The Slovak Spectator.

The non-competitive sections showed films that had been awarded at the UNICA world film competition in 2007 and 2006, experimental works by film clubs in Bielska-Biala, Poland and student films from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava and the M. Hattala second school in Trstená.

Exhibition introduces Slovak world heritage

BRATISLAVANS and tourists no longer need to travel across Slovakia to see its national monuments. Some are now on display in photos and other documents presented at World Heritage in Slovakia, an exhibition at the Culture Ministry at SNP Square 33.

The display consists of two parts - world heritage and the nine locations Slovakia wants to have included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The preliminary list is a selection of culture heritage localities that focuses in particular on joint proposals created in cooperation with neighbouring countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Austria and Ukraine. Its objective is to introduce locations that document more than 2,000 years of European history and represent an extensive ranking of unique cultural heritage.

Visitors can see part of Limes Romanus, which has exclusive archaeological findings from the Roman period; the historical centres of Košice and Levoča, of which the latter is linked with the exceptional work by medieval woodcarver Master Paul; an extensive anti-Turkish fortress in Komárno; the unique collection of churches with medieval wall paintings in Gemer and Abov regions; the monument of the legendary Bratislava rabbi Chatam Sófer; and the church of Saint Margaret of Antioch in Kopčany, which is the most well-preserved church from the times of Great Moravia.

The exhibition is open daily except Mondays until December 9.

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