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Saturday, 26 November 2016

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







Zagreb Film Festival official website: zff.hr.





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) There's much more information and media about this years edition at the Zagreb Film Festival official website zff.hr, and there's a bunch of related previous posts at the bottom. 






Zagreb Film Festival 2016 Finishes Another Sucessful Edition




More information and media at the Zagreb Film Festival official website: zff.hr




Sources: croatia.hr/Zagreb-Film-Festival

croatiareviews.com/zagreb-film-festival

www.facebook.com/ZagrebFilmFestival

www.total-croatia-news.com

www.croatiaweek.com

www.filmneweurope.com

www.kinoeuropa.hr

Zagreb Film Festival official website: zff.hr



Probably surprising to some, the history of Croatian films already started in 1896, that's when the first travelling cinematograph was set up in the "Kola" building in Zagreb, (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), 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 era...eg: 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, the film's director Ante Masovčić was 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, later he also became known for his work with the Hrvatska Narodna Kazališta/Croatian National Theatre). These preceding events signalled the birth and future of Croatian homegrown cinematography.




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)




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 for Croatian filmmakers.

The historic Kino Europa theater is also 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, 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.









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.









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: zagrebs-kino-europa-to-celebrate-90th-birthday

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3rd-annual-mediterranean-film-festival

2nd-annual-short-film-marathon-took-place

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