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Sunday, 2 August 2009

Pula Film Festival Showcases Growing Croatian Film Production: Pula Festival Winners & Motovun Film Festival Celebrates 10th Year






Croatia's longest running film festival concluded just last week, and from what I've read it's the best one yet. About twice as many Croatian produced films were presented this year compared to the previous decade or so. It must be a pretty cool experience to be able to watch these films outside but also inside of a perfectly preserved Roman amphitheater on a massive screen.

This event is definitely on my list of things to do/attend when in Croatia in the future. For those not in the know this time of year there are plenty of festivals and events going on in Croatia. Another popular film festival is the Motovun Film Festival, which also wrapped up just 2 days ago. In it's 10th year the festival is getting so popular that it's almost becoming too big for the location. I shake my head when people ask me ""Why would you want to move to Croatia?" Well, because dagnabit if Shania Twain can do it then so can I. Anyway here's a brief rundown...









Source: www.filmneweurope.com

Official Pula Film Festival Website: wwwfilmfestival.hr




28 July 2009 By Anna Franklin in Pula


The 56th edition of the Pula Film Festival in Croatia (18-25 July) presented a programme that highlighted the first crop of new films produced under the new funding scheme that also saw the creation of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) (www.havc.hr).

Film production in Croatia had hovered around 4-6 feature film a year for most of the past decade but Pula FF was able to present a programme of 10 Croatian feature films produced this year. Most screenings as well as the awards ceremony took place in the Pula Arena, an ancient Roman arena overlooking the Mediterranean and for those lucky enough to be there it was an unforgettable experience.




While some of the films being screened were still produced under the old funding system the those films benefiting from the new funding scheme showed a courageous willingness to take on serious social problems and strike out in new directions. With just around 3.5m Euros annually for film funding in this country of 4.5m people the Croatian filmmakers have obviously done a lot with very little.

Grand Prix winner Metastases (Metastaze) directed by Branko Schmidt and produced by Telefilm (www.telefilm.hr) had already screened in this year's Moscow International FF and was also the favourite of foreign critics and film professionals attending the Croatian Film Focus which was organized for the first time this year as a special event to showcase Croatian Film. Another film that caught the eye of foreign critics was The Blacks (Crnci) directed by Zvonimir Juric and Goran Devic and produced by Kinorama, Zagreb (www.kinorama.hr)

The Pula programme also included a presentation by the HAVC of projects in progress which gave visiting professionals a chance to see clips from projects that would have their debut at the end of 2009 or in 2010. Of special interest was an unfinished project Bella Biondina directed by veteran Croatian director Daniel Marusic who passed away before the film could be completed. The film is now being completed by his colleagues.




There is also a full length animated feature film Duga / The Rainbow directed by Josko Marusic. This is the first animated film produced in Croatia in 20 years although the country was formerly famous for its animation. With less than 50 animated features produced annually worldwide there is sure to be major international interest in the film which will be in Croatian cinemas in December of this year.









Pula Film Festival Prize Winners of the Golden Arena: National Competition

 



Best Film:
Metastases (Metastaze) directed by Branko Schmidt
Producer: Telefilm, Zagreb
www.telefilm.hr

Breza Award for Best Debut:
Zagreb Stories (Zagrebačke priče), omnibus by a group of directors
Producer: Propeler Film, Zagreb
www.propelerfilm.com

Best Director:
The Blacks (Crnci) by Zvonimir Juric and Goran Devic
Producer: Kinorama, Zagreb
www.kinorama.hr

Best Script: Antonio Nuic
Donkey (Kenjac) by Antonio Nuic
Producer: Propeler Film, Zagreb
www.propelerfilm.com

Best Cinematography: Mirku Pivčeviću
Donkey (Kenjac) by Antonio Nuic
Producer: Propeler Film, Zagreb
www.propelerfilm.com

Best Actress: Dijani Vidušin
Love Life of Sluggard (Ljubavni život domobrana), by Pavo Marinkovic
Producer: Alka Film, Zagreb
www.alka-film.hr

Best Supporting Actress: Leni Politeo
The Land of Wonders (U zemlji cudesa) by Dejan Sorak
Producer: Interfilm, Zagreb
www.interfilm.hr

Best Actor: Reneu Bitorajcu
Metastases (Metastaze) by Branko Schmidt
Producer: Telefilm, Zagreb
www.telefilm.hr

Best Supporting Actor: Nikši Butijeru
The Blacks (Crnci) by Zvonimir Juric and Goran Devic
Producer: Kinorama, Zagreb
www.kinorama.hr

Best Sound: Dubravki Premar
The Blacks (Crnci) by Zvonimir Juric and Goran Devic
Producer: Kinorama, Zagreb
www.kinorama.hr

Best Makeup: Jasni Rosini
Metastases (Metastaze) by Branko Schmidt
Producer: Telefilm, Zagreb
www.telefilm.hr

Best Costumes: Doris Kristić
The Land of Wonders (U zemlji cudesa) by Dejan Sorak
Producer: Interfilm, Zagreb
www.interfilm.hr

Best Art Direction: Velimiru Domitroviću
Love Life of Sluggard (Ljubavni život domobrana), by Pavo Marinkovic
Producer: Alka Film, Zagreb
www.alka-film.hr

Best Score: Srđanu Guliću Gulu
Donkey (Kenjac) by Antonio Nuic
Producer: Propeler Film, Zagreb
www.propelerfilm.com

Best Editing: Dubravku Slunjskom
Love Life of Sluggard (Ljubavni život domobrana), by Pavo Marinkovic
Producer: Alka Film, Zagreb
www.alka-film.hr

Audience Award for Best Film
I Believe in Angels (Vjerujem u andjele) by Niksa Svilicic
Producer: Proactiva
Zagreb www.proactiva.hr





Vatromet u Puli (Fireworks at Pula Film Festival)




Pula Film Festival venues locations and highlights.







Motovun Film Festival Celebrates 10th Year









Motovun, Croatia. 27-31July 2009

Official Website: www.motovunfilmfestival.com

Source: www.independent.co.uk





Held in a mountain village in the central Istra region of Croatia and with just 531 residents, the Motovun Film festival is now in its tenth year. A small event in a small village, Motovun is dedicated to showing small films but has become massively popular in the cult film scene drawing hundreds of visitors who camp out in the hills for the grand sum of £1.

Motovun is also locally known among today's population of the Istra peninsula as the city of Veli Jože, the good gentle giant who represents the Croatian people of Istria through the centuries.





The remote hillside medieval town of Motovun.



 
Lining up for tickets









Motovun Film Festival promotional trailer from 2008




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