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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

2nd Annual Short Film Marathon Wraps Up In Croatia

This is sort of interesting and worth throwing in here, even if it already took place this past December. I like spreading the news about Croatian films or the movie scene in Croatia in general. You can never have enough film festivals or film marathons I say, and there's plenty in Croatia throughout the year. (Some readers may not have even known that Croatia has theatres and even a homegrown cinema industry also, see previous post links at the bottom)

During the colder winter months a film marathon/festival is definitely a good thing. This particular 2nd Short Film Marathon (Maraton Kratkometražnih Filmova) took place at various locations in Croatia just before the new year and featured 66 films that were shown in 29 cinemas and in 32 towns.

The interesting thing is it was not all just Croatian films being shown or themed around just one genre, some of the films were shorts for children and adults, from animation to experimental, dramas, comedies, philosophical, artsy, action etc. Films included as part of the film marathon were from Croatia as well as Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Ireland, and Spain.

On top of that, admission to watch the films in the theatres was....(drum role).... FREE! Yep, absolutely free, that's pretty cool. How often do you get to go see a a bunch of newly produced films for free? (You have to pay for your own popcorn and refreshments though) Some of the films can still be seen through the website of the Croatian Audio Visual Centre. (HAVC)

(I should add, you won't find at these kinds of film marathons films with lots of explosions, special effects, aliens, space ships, car chase scenes, jumping from alleyway fire escapes, superheroes etc. These films are more oriented about stories and revolve around plot and characters for the most part. Some you will like, some you won't like, just like your pizza toppings. Yet it is also through this type of film making that many of todays famous directors/actors actually got their first start and exposure, just too many to mention here. The Kino Europa (Cinema Europa) in downtown Zagreb regularly puts on various similar film festivals and out of the ordinary cinematic events also, but those go on throughout the whole year)

Anyway, as for this particular "Shortest Day" (Le jour plus court) as the event is called, it is a creativity day, celebrating the diversity of national and authorial cinematography and artistic expression, celebrating the wealth of short films in all it's forms and genres. The event was initiated by the French National Centre for Cinema in 2012, and now 14 European countries participate in these short film festival events. The text below I took from the website and explains more.


This year, for the second time, the Short Film Marathon takes place in Croatia, as an event paying homage to short film on 21 December, the shortest day of the year. The programmes take place in 29 cinemas across Croatia and two locations in Zagreb (ArtOmat and Advent on the European square), and some of the films will be made available on HAVC’s website. A total of 66 films will be shown, including a large number of recent Croatian films garnering awards at important local and international festivals. Admission to all the screenings and events is free of charge.

The second Short Film Marathon this year lasts for three days. In addition to Sunday, 21 December, the cinema screenings are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, 19 and 20 December.

This year’s cinema marathon features two children’s film programmes, and three programmes for grown-ups, including all genres – from animated to experimental. The youngest audiences are welcome to attend Balthazar: The Star Quartet Series by the legendary Zagreb School of Animation, and European short films from Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Ireland and Spain, intended for children between 3 and 6 years of age, to the choice of the Short Circuit organisation. This programme also includes the Croatian animated film Hidden Talent by Miran Miošić, about a singing cat Bjelobrk who is tone deaf but this does not stop him from constantly singing horribly.

I guarantee that popular Serb short films like and similar ones will not be shown during this or any other European Short Film Marathon, which is a good thing because frankly Serb culture songs suck shit, empty theatres guaranteed. (Terrible acting and lines all the way around)

The programmes for grown-ups feature recent European and Croatian short titles. Therefore, the audience has a unique chance to see one of the Croatian films that won most awards this year, Una Gunjak's The Chicken, on the big screen, as well as Boris Poljak’s Autofocus, the winner of Karlovy Vary festival. Why the past few years of Croatian short film can rightfully be called stellar, the audience will be able to discover through several titles like President Nixon’s Present by Igor Šeregi, Prettyboy by Saša Ban, The Box by Nebojša Slijepčević, The Little Raccoon by Barbara Vekarić, the animated films Koyaa 'Flower' by Kolja Saksida and Bla by Martina Meštrović, which could be seen by Zagreb's citizens and visitors last year on the facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Teaser trailer for the 2nd annual Short Film Marathon. (Translation: They're getting ready to go to the film marathon, making plans for the film marathon) Much more information about this film marathon and Croatian cinema in general at

There is also a selection of European fiction and experimental films from Germany, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and France, also as a result of collaboration with Short Circuit.

The screening schedule at 29 Croatian cinemas can be found attached or on the Croatian Audiovisual Centre’s website.

Next to cinemas, the Short Film Marathon this year takes place at two locations in Zagreb (ArtOmat and Advent on the European square) and on Croatian Audiovisual Centre’s website In these 48 hours, 16 films of different genres will be available – from experimental and documentary, to fiction and animated. The films are available online from midnight 20 December to midnight on Sunday 21 December. Also, Croatian Television’s Channel.

They will also join the short film celebration and in different slots on Sunday, broadcasting short films starring the legendary Charlie Chaplin, and the Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle duo, as well as short films by the masters of French cinema like Alain Resnais and Jean-Luc Godard.

The Shortest Day initiative (Le jour plus court) was launched in 2012 by the French National Centre for Cinema (Centre national du cinema et de l’image animée) in association with the Short Film Agency (l’Agence du court métrage) with the idea of a day-long promotion of the rich short film repertory in the entire country. After a great success in France, the initiative went international and now includes 14 European countries. The second Short Film Marathon is organized by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.

Discussion about the 2nd annual Short Film Marathon, the history and work of the Croatian film industry and it's place within European Cinema in general. Much more info at the Croatian Audiovisual Centre's website:

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