International Film and Music Festival Kustendorf is a non-comercial event taking place since 2008 in Drvengrad, the ethno-village on Mećavnik hill in Mokra Gora. The founder, director and selector of the festival is a renowned film director Emir Kusturica.
Drvengrad is located in western Serbia, between Zlatibor and Tara mountains, as part of the Nature Park "Šargan - Mokra Gora", at about 250 kilometers away from Serbia's capital, Belgrade.
The creator of this unique ethnic settlement is famous Serbian film director Emir Kusturica, who gained the inspiration for this extraordinary project while filming his movie "Life is a Miracle" in Mokra Gora. This village was created with the idea to live far away from gray city walls, surrounded by nature and tradition, while preserving the connection with contemporary moment.
The authentic wooden cabins originating from this area were used to build Drvengrad. They were transported, restored and placed upon stone pedestals, with the basements built into the hillside. Many of the houses are up to hudred years old. The town itself is of a rectangular shape, having the main entrance gate on its longer (main) side, with the main street running from it and extending to the square, dominated by the Orthodox log church with the bell tower. The church is built following the Russian tradition of wooden churches and is dedicated to St. Sava. The square is paved with carved wooden cubes and railroad sleepers and is surrounded by log cabins. Each of them contains the touch of modern – a library, an art gallery, a pastry shop, a souvenir shop, a kindergarten, a swimming pool, the Mecavnik hotel, restaurants and cinemas...
The expert jury of Brussels Foundation for Architecture "Philip Rotie" proclaimed Drvengrad (Wooden City) the best European architectonic achievement in 2005.
The ambiance and position of Drvengrad, its surrounding magnificent nature and atmosphere, make that every visitor of this unique town feels as in a fairytale.
Mecavnik Foto Gallery