Thursday, 11 November 2021

30th Octavian Awards Now Open for Submission of 2021 Croatian Films

November 11, 2021 - The Octavian Award is the only Croatian film award that continuously follows the entire domestic cinematography, which makes it the most relevant and representative Croatian film award. Films competing for the 30th Octavian Awards are all premiered in Croatia during 2021 in Croatia, from January 1 to December 31.

As reported by tportal.hr, the Croatian Society of Film Critics is organizing the 30th Octavian Awards. Since 2019, HDFK has decided to award prizes independently in order to ensure greater media visibility for the awarded films and also for the activities of the film society as such. The Octavian Award is the only Croatian film award that continuously follows the entire domestic cinematography, which makes it the most relevant and representative Croatian film award. The list of previously awarded films and authors can be found on the official website of HDFK.

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All filmmakers and production companies are invited to submit their films for the 30th Octavian Awards via this APPLICATION FORM.

All submitted films will be watched and evaluated by a ten-member selection group of HDFK, and then the ten best films in each category will be evaluated by the remaining, pre-registered, members of the Society. Films in all categories are rated with a score of 1 (one) to 5 (five) via a ballot with a list of all competing films, and then the average score is calculated. The film with the highest average rating is the winner of Octavian, but this rating must not be lower than 3.50. In order for Octavian to be awarded in each individual category, at least ten (10) critics must vote. Ratings are published on the official websites of the Company www.hdfk.hr and zonafilma.com.

The ratings will be made public during the awards ceremony for the authors of the best films in early 2022.

Films competing for the annual Octavian Award are all Croatian premiered and publicly shown during 2021 in Croatia, from 1 January to 31 December.

The annual Octavian Award is given in these categories:

  • Octavian for a feature film
  • Octavian for a feature-length documentary
  • Octavian for (short and medium-length) feature film
  • Octavian for (short and medium-length) documentary
  • Octavian for (short, medium, and feature) animated film
  • Octavian for (short, medium, and feature) experimental film
  • Octavian for (short, medium, and feature) feature film
  • Octavian for best minority co-production

The Octavian Prize film application process will run until November 30, 2021.

The Octavian Prize Regulations can be found HERE.

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Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Vukovar Film Festival Includes 40 Excellent Films in This Year's Edition

August 24, 2021 - The Vukovar Film Festival will start tomorrow in its fifteenth edition and highlights a program full of must-see films and documentaries.

As reported by Večernji list, this year's 15th Vukovar Film Festival from August 25th to 29th brings a total of 41 film screenings with five documentaries, which will be shown at several locations in the city.

The artistic director of the festival, Dean Sinovčić, said at the press conference that the Vukovar festival is best known for its program, according to which no festival in Croatia "can compete" with it.

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Vukovar Film Festival Official Facebook Page

He stated that a dozen films from the festival program are classic comedies to get people back in a good mood and that five films from the recently concluded Cannes Film Festival and several films from the Berlin and Venice festivals will be screened.

''Thus, we keep the quality that the Vukovar festival has offered in all previous years'', Sinovčić pointed out.

Festival director and executive director of Discovery film Igor Rakonić said that the festival opens with the film "Blue Flower", directed by Zrinko Ogresta, as the winner of this year's Pula Film Festival. He added that due to the announced cooling in the coming days, the screenings of films scheduled for screening on the terrace of the Agency for Waterways and the park of Eltz Castle will be moved to Hrvatski dom and Cinestar.

''The idea of ​​this year's festival is to stay strong in film, we hope that next year the pandemic will pass and that we will start living normally'', he added.

Regarding the implementation of epidemiological measures, Rakonić said that epidemiological measures would be respected at the festival, with a reduced number of spectators, but that vaccinated persons would certainly not be separated from unvaccinated ones.

Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava expressed satisfaction that the festival has maintained continuity, as well as because this year's, unlike last year's, which was held in a closing atmosphere, is now returning to a more normal atmosphere.

Considering that this year's festival is being held in the conditions of a pandemic, the organizers point out that this year there will be no usual awards ceremony, as well as accompanying entertainment and music activities.

They note that this does not apply to the traditional festival workshops that will be held, namely the Danube screenwriting workshop, the one-minute film workshop in one frame and the film workshop "From idea to realization".

The organizers of the Vukovar Film Festival are the company Discovery film, the City of Vukovar, and the Hrvatski Dom Vukovar.

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Sunday, 22 August 2021

The 19th Liburnia Film Festival Kicks Off in Opatija

August 22, 2021 - The 19th Liburnia Film Festival starts tomorrow in Opatija, with 44 Croatian documentaries on the program, 22 of which are in competition for awards.

Documentaries in competition for festival awards: the best film is chosen by the jury and the audience, the best direction, photography, editing, sound design, and the best regional film, will be shown on the small Summer Stage in Opatija, writes HRT Magazin.

The five-member international jury consists of art historian and curator Branka Benčić, editor and director Vladimir Gojun, director and artistic director of Beldocs Marko Grba Singh, organizer of film programs and representative of the Kinedok network Szabolcs Szyrony and film critic Višnja Vukašinović.

The festival awards the best film and the audience award with a cash prize and Restart with a technical service for making DCP.

For the first time, AVC Zagreb is awarding authors for the best photography and best sound design with a voucher for the purchase of film equipment in the amount of 700 euros, and ACER Croatia will award the prize for the best editing.

As in previous years, the IDF Documentary Film Institute and the Balkan Documentary Center award the best director and the best regional film. All winners will receive an original statue of the Kastav artist Saša Jantolek.

On Friday, August 27, before the announcement of the best, the audience will watch two documentaries produced by the co-organizers of the Liburnia Film Festival of the Zagreb association Restart "Letters to Nicholas" Dunja Ivezić and "More than 35" by Timy Šarec.

The festival will close with the world premiere of Relje Dušek's film "Enrico Marotti: This is my voyage" about the world champion in windsurfing from Volosko.

The accompanying program includes a case study of Đuro Gavran's film "One of Us", as an introduction to the panel discussion "When Violence Lives at Home".

The festival continues the afternoon conversations of the audience with the authors of the films shown the previous day.

The accompanying film program includes the program of the Regional with documentaries from the Primorje-Gorski Kotar and Istria counties and a retrospective of films by Đuro Gavran.

The 19th Liburnia Film Festival is organized by the LFF Association, co-organized by Restart, and partnered by the Opatija Festival. It is supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Center, the City of Opatija, the County of Primorje-Gorski Kotar, the Society of Croatian Film Directors, AVC Zagreb, ACER Croatia, and other supporters.

Learn more about the 19th edition of the Liburnia Film Festival HERE.

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