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subota, 26. studenoga 2016.

Zagreb Film Festival Wraps Up It's 14th Season (+Videos)

Zagreb Film Festival official website:

I've been busy with a bunch of stuff and just realized I should a quick post about something. I browsed around and came across a number of interesting topics, but then decided fuck it, I'm going to do another film festival post. Even though I mentioned about this event before at my Kino Europa 90th Birthday post, I never actually did something specifically just about the Zagreb Film Festival, so here's some basic information, (this little known about art cinema Kino Europa recently even won the 2016 Europa Cinemas Best Programming Award from among 1078 cinemas, 644 cities and 41 European countries, so that's not too shabby, and it's also not to be confused with the Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival, which is another differently themed annual film festival at Kino Europa and other cool locations earlier in the summer, and with a different mascot too).

There's quite a number of similar film festivals that take place in Croatia throughout the year, too many to cover each one individually. Actually almost every major city and region in Croatia holds a film festival of some kind during the year, the most well known are in Zagreb, Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Motovun and Pula, but there's more. (Among the more well known ones even the Vukovar Film Festival has also been up and running every August since 2007). Many take place at open-air locations in the summer and its especially cool that even historic Croatian fortresses and buildings from the Medieval centuries and the Croatian Renaissance/Baroque period are included as part of the film viewing experience. There's much more information and media about this year's edition at the Zagreb Film Festival official website, and there's a bunch of related previous posts at the bottom

Zagreb Film Festival 2016 Finishes Another Sucessful Edition

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Zagreb Film Festival official website:

People getting ready to go to the cinematograph in Zagreb 1906, the precursor to today's Zagreb Film Festival

Here's some quick bonus information first, probably surprising to some the history of Croatian films had already started in 1896, that's when the first travelling cinematograph was set up in the "Kola building" in Zagreb, (and this just only a year after the very first public screening cinematograph film was shown in France, it was the new wonder of the civilized world, almost like the magics of the printing press from 500 years earlier), soon amateur enthusiasts filmed various historical events and short documentary film scenes of the surrounding area primarily in Zagreb, Šibenik, Rijeka, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Pula and Split. The first permanent movie theater in Croatia was then built in 1906 also in Zagreb, and a year later in 1907 the first permanent cinema theater was held by Josip Karaman in the city of Split at the Grand Elektro Bioskop (Grand Electric Cinema).

Later the very first Croatian produced and directed film was the silent film comedy "Brcko u Zagrebu" (Brcko in Zagreb) which played at the Metropol theater in 1917. Produced by Croatia Film k.d. and directed by Ante Masovčić it was a 30 minute silent film comedy typical of the the main character Brcko decides to leave his boring small rural home and nagging wife to go to the capital city Zagreb for a break and some adventure, there he meets a theater actress and then the fun adventure starts that's for sure, but things get even more interesting when his wife later also decides to travel to Zagreb to see what he's up to, well she finds him adventuring with the other actress woman alright and then things really get interesting when she sprays fizzy water in his face to really show him, so the jig was up, Brcko's face was wet and his goose was cooked...audience applause, stuff like that. (Interestingly and not known to many, the film's director Ante Masovčić was also a friend of Croatian modernist painter and artist Miroslav Kraljević, and he also went by the writing pseudonym Arsen Maas and Arsen Mazoff from the time they both studied and worked in Paris, (he also wrote for various Paris publications about theatre and play performance premieres), then later he also became known for his important work with the Hrvatska Narodna Kazališta/Croatian National Theatre, even that almost seems like an interesting movie plot). These preceding events signalled the birth and future of Croatian homegrown cinematography and were part of the new emerging movies and films industry in Central Europe.

A rare view of a scene from the very first Croatian produced feature film in 1917, the comedy "Brcko u Zagrebu" (Brcko in Zagreb). 

Poster from the very first Croatian language subtitle and Croatian produced feature film played in Zagreb in 1917.

Today in the 21st century the Zagreb Film Festival (Croatian; Zagrebački Filmski Festival) continues this long tradition as an annual film festival held since 2003. The festival focuses on promoting young and upcoming filmmakers and regularly features several international programmes for their first or second films made.

Each festival edition usually features three international competition programs (for feature films, short films, and documentary films), and one short film competition program for Croatian filmmakers. In addition, the festival often hosts non-competitive screenings, such as selections of children's films or screenings of debut works made by established film directors. The main festival competition has included directors like Anton Corbijn, Radu Jude, Xavier Dolan, Andrei Zviagintsev, Uberto Pasolini, Alexandros Avranas, George Clooney and has even been attended and promoted by Queen Margrethe II and Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark. (If the Queen of Denmark attends and supports the Zagreb Film Festival then you know it's not a shitty film event)

(I should note that "A Serbian Film" has never played at the Zagreb Film Festival, newborn porn isn't a Zagreb Film Festival kind of thing, hence the name). Here one of the mascots leads the cheers before the children's films event.

Since 2006 the festival's main award is called Golden Pram. From 2003 to 2005 the main award was called Golden Bib. Zagreb Film Festival is an annual film festival held since 2003 in Zagreb, Croatia and provides young and upcoming filmmakers and regularly features several international programmes for their first or second films made. Each festival edition usually features three international competition programs (for feature films, short films, and documentary films), and one short film competition program specifically for Croatian filmmakers.

Prizes are awarded in the following categories:

-The Zlatna kolica (Golden Pram, called Golden Bib until 2005) award is given in the following categories:
-Best Feature Film in the international selection
-Best Short Film in the international selection
-Best Documentary Film in the international selection
-Best Short Film by a Croatian author (introduced in 2005)
-The VIP Audience Award for best film overall, as voted by audience (introduced in 2005)

This historic Kino Europa theater is also the home of many cutting-edge film festivals such as the main venue for KinoKino - International Film Festival for Children, Animafest Zagreb, Days of Croatian Film, Subversive Film Festival, Human Rights Film Festival, Vox Feminae Festival, One Take Film Festival, Venice In Zagreb, Children's Rights Film Festival, Croatian Animation Festival, Subtitled Tuesdays - films screened with English subtitles along with Croatian subtitles, Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival, PSSST! Silent Film Festival, Israeli Film Week, Contemporary Polish Film Week, Czech Film Week, Kinolektra, Cinematographers Retrospective, FLaF - Festival of Lomography and Analogue Photography Festival and other films related events.

Art Cinema "Kino Europa" recently even won the 2016 Europa Cinemas Best Programming Award from among 1078 cinemas, 644 cities and 41 European countries, so it's not too shitty of a film festival probably.

In addition, the Zagreb Film Festival often hosts non-competitive screenings, such as selections of children's films or screenings of debut works made by established film directors at six different venues throughout the city. Zagrebački Filmski Festival is a venue not just for film buffs, but for many other visitors to whom the festival programme successfully opens up new horizons into the field of film art.

The Festival programme includes films that are not necessarily of a commercial character, but lean towards artistic creation. However, the films presented at the Zagrebački Filmski Festival invariably become hits among serious film audiences. As these are often films having no regular distribution, the festival also represents a unique opportunity to even see the films. Film screenings are accompanied by excellent concerts and entertainment so you are guaranteed a great time in addition to new films.

A mix of the old and modern new pretty well sums up the Zagreb Film Festival. (see related interesting Croatian folk clothes and folk costumes post).

Interestingly, even though the city of Rijeka already has their own local film festival events, recently the growing popularity of the Zagreb Film Festival has even expanded to the Art-Kino Croatia in the city of Rijeka, good to know and less traveling involved.

Mascots of the Zagreb Film Festival mugging one of the film buffs.

Like I briefly mentioned before, even the Danish royal couple Queen Margarete II of Denmark and her husband Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark, during an official visit to Croatia attended the Croatian premiere of the Danish-Croatian co-production "Itsi Bitsi". They could have easily said "There's no frikin way I'm going to the movies with a bunch of riffraff and peons", so that's a positive thing the way I see it.

Also good to know is that besides the general public being able to watch a whole bunch of films and awards handed out, there are a wide variety of social events, film and media related conferences, symposiums, lectures, interviews with the film makers, writers and producers, sometimes with actors also, probably a good option for those contemplating cinematography, acting and film making.

Besides the main Kino Europa, to make the films more easily accessible there's also a number of smaller theatres and viewing venue options located across the city during the film festival, here at the Zagrebačko kazalište lutaka (Zagreb Puppet Theatre).

At Room Frankopanska 22/Dvorana F22, at the Akademija dramske umjetnosti (Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb).

Another cool option is Dokukino Kic, which is one of the cozy smaller viewing venues used during the film festival, if you show up early you can probably get a bean bag chair seat.

The Muzej suvremene umjetnosti Zagreb (Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb) is one of the other film festival theatre venues, *foreign movies always have English and Croatian subtitles btw.

And the Kino Tuškanac is another theatre venue used also.

One of the numerous social gathering events that take place during the film festival (this would probably be a good time to sneak in with your movie script and talk to a film maker/producer..."Oh hey there, I didn't know you'd be here, I just happen to have a fantastic movie script in my pocket...etc").

Highlights of what went on, during the 9 days of the 2016 Zagreb Film Festival at 6 locations (Kino Europa and Tuškanac cinemas, Zagreb Dance Centre, Dokukino, Museum of Contemporary Art, Academy of Dramatic Arts), over 100 films were shown, 6 category awards presented and symposiums held including Croatian and other international directors, actors and producers.

Related previous posts: zagreb's-kino-europa-to-celebrate-90th-birthday






















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