An independent documentary about the alternative music scene in Slovakia

What makes a music scene? What is the state of Slovakia’s music industry? How does one define success? Can music earn you a living? In what ways can Slovak musicians contribute to the scene abroad? Rather than divide, we seek to connect and unify. We’d love to show you the scene we believe in. Thank you for your support!

Our vision

OSTROV HUDBY Film is a documentary that presents the contemporary alternative music scene in Slovakia to an international audience.

Our goal is to document the music scene outside of the mainstream, dramaturgically following the Ostrov hudby compilation and the idea behind it. It is an English-language film meant to appeal to the foreign viewer. We want to support the Slovak “island of music” by helping it gain a following beyond the borders of our small country.

We want to uncover the scene’s roots, introduce the festivals, club scene, labels and fans and create an audiovisual snapshot of the time we live in. We want to capture the scene that inspires us. The documentary took about 1,200 hours to make and its production began in the summer of 2017. The documentary was premiered in January 2019 at Eurosonic Festival in the Netherlands and now is available for free on YouTube. Let us all spread the word about Slovak music.

About authors

Martina Slováková

Martina Slováková

director and producer

Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, has been producing videos since 2007. She created several music videos and online documentaries about Slovak musicians and authored projects such as Slovak National Remix and Betke – a tribute to Bety Majerníková. As the next step in her successful freelance career, she founded her own creative studio Cukru production in 2012, acting as its executive and creative director. She lives and creates in Trnava. Find out more at

Richard Čermák

Richard Čermák

concept and production

Founder of the well-respected record label GERGAZ. Began as a musician in The Global Optimistic and performed at festivals such as Sziget or Pohoda. In 2016, Radio_FM and Dennik N awarded him a prize for his contribution to music for his project Ostrov hudby. He currently works as head of brand at the legendary WebSupport, as well as founder and ideamaker at the successful online medium Meet the Heroes.

Main partner of project

The creative studio Cukru production is the main partner of the project, handling production and post-production, providing the equipment and financing the direct costs related to the production and promotion of the documentary.

Media partners