It is with immense pleasure that we announce that this year’s national recognition for life’s work in the field of filmmaking, the Milka and Metod Badjura Award, will be given to our long-time lecturer, close colleague and dear friend – Rado Likon.

This time, the expert commission for awarding, consisting of Špela Čadež, Andrej Košak, Lija Pogačnik, Sonja Prosenc and Milena Zupančič, decided that the Milka and Metod Badjura 2023 award will be given to director of photography Rado Likon, the first Slovenian graduate of the prestigious Prague film academy FAMU, who marked the Slovenian cinematography and television world with his immense talent and dedication.

“In the second half of the 70s, together with a generation of directors that included Rajko Grlić, Lordan Zafranović, Goran Paskaljević, Goran Marković and Emir Kusturica, he radically changed Yugoslav film /…/ His discipline and creativity are key in complex shots that range from play of light and shadow to dynamic shots in which the camera crosses the shooting axis and captures the actors from different angles. Likon is a master of creating artistic shots that capture the landscapes, customs and faces of the Slovenian people. His film photography always coincided with the narrative, regardless of subject or filming technique, and his influence extended to both cinema and television audiences.” — from the commission’s explanation.

Read the full explanation of the commission HERE.

As every year, the Milke and Metoda Badjurje award will be presented at the Slovenian Film Festival in Portorož, at the opening of the 26th edition of the festival, this time on October 3 in the Main Hall of the Portorož Auditorium.

Congratulations, dear Rado!

Rado Likon, born on January 13, 1949 in Ljubljana, after his master’s degree in film and television camera at FAMU in Prague, immediately got involved in the professional production of Slovenian films. His work spans two time periods: classic film recording on tape and modern digital production. In his role as director of photography, he contributed to more than 70 films – features, shorts, documentaries and television works. He left his mark as a director of photography in legendary feature films such as Summer in the Shell I and II, Years of Decision, The Displaced Person and Christophoros. Among the television works, the serials Primož Trubar and Julius Kugy stand out, and Likon also showed his versatility in the field of puppet films, especially with the popular Zverinice from Rezije.

Rado Likon, in addition to his dedicated involvement in film, also lectured for several years at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana, and he still teaches his knowledge of video technology at the School of Arts of the University of Nova Gorica.

He is the owner of the Cebram agency, which deals with the production and restoration of films. In addition, he is a member of the Association of Cinematographers of Slovenia (ZFS), the professional advisory body of the Institute for the Enforcement of the Rights of Authors, Performers and Producers of Audiovisual Works of Slovenia (SPOT AIPA).

Source: Festival of Slovenian Film