It is located in the Zlatibor District near the city of Užice two hundred kilometers southwest of Serbia's capital Belgrade. Since 2008 the village hosts the annual Küstendorf Film and Music Festival which showcases films and music from all around the world. In 2004 The Prix de l'Education nationale (National Education Prize) honored Emir Kusturica and his film Život je čudo (Life is a Miracle).
He had portions of the historic village reconstructed for the film. He has been recognized for several internationally acclaimed feature films as well as his projects in town-building. .