We are very happy to announce that this year's guest of honour and president of the Vicious Cat jury is legendary action director Sam Firstenberg. At the closing ceremony on Saturday, he will receive the Honorary Vicious Cat, award for outstanding contribution to genre cinema.
It is impossible to imagine the 80s action cinema without Sam Firstenberg and his films, such as Revenge of the Ninja, Ninja III: The Domination, Avenging Force and, of course, American Ninja, a classic which is still regarded as one of the best martial arts films of all times. In the time when Cannon Group ruled the low budget action cinema, Sam Firstenberg was the studio’s most important collaborator. He has made 22 films in 22 years, all the time remaining true to the independent production. Besides action movies, he successfully worked in virtually all genres, from drama, comedy and musical to thriller, science fiction and horror.
In our retrospective section we will screen two of his films, martial arts classic American Ninja and action thriller Avenging Force, of course in the presence of our guest who will also conduct a Master Class during the festival.
This year, the festival will on Friday for the first time take place in Ormož as well, where American Ninja will be screened in the presence of the director.
More info coming soon, in the meantime here is a message from Sam Firstenberg: