Friday, 20 May 2022

The Guardian Names Mediterranean Film Festival Split One of Europe's Best!

May 20, 2022 - The Guardian has included a Croatian film festival on the list of the 10 best European summer film festivals! The Mediterranean Film Festival Split (FMFS) starts in less than a month. 

"Croatia’s second-largest city has plenty of historic sights, museums and nightlife, and its stunning coastal setting makes for a particularly scenic film festival. During the day, screenings are at a cinema inside the walls of the 1,700-year-old Diocletian’s palace, a perfect base for sightseeing. As the name suggests, they focus on Mediterranean films that might be hard to access elsewhere. This is a festival that prides itself in its positive, friendly vibe and its parties, many held at the open-air cinema on Bačvice beach," writes The Guardian, which names Split in the company of other cities such as Venice, San Sebastián, Locarno, Annecy, and Karlovy Vary.

FMFS announces the biggest festival so far, with new programs and locations. The jubilee 15th edition of the favorite Dalmatian cultural event brings more films than ever screened at the Bačvice Open Air Cinema, Zlatna Vrata (Golden Gate) Cinema, on the plateau in front of the Youth Center and a new location - the northeastern bastion of Gripe Fortress.

FMFS is held from June 16 to 25. Split designer Karlo Kazinoti presented its visual identity.

"I wanted this year’s poster to be different in design from the previous years, but I wanted it to still tell its Mediterranean story. The poster is dominated by beach sand, a great inspiration to kids and grown-ups. It’s a fun material with which one can play games, build castles, and it can be mischievous if you let your hair down. The most popular activity is to bury ourselves in the sand and then emerge like a troublemaker, and since FMFS always covers us in films, like the sand, it will be a great pleasure and a challenge to see the entirety of this year’s program," said Kazinoti.

The Mediterranean Film Festival Split is held with the support of Creative Europe and its strand - MEDIA, for the first time, which the European Commission uses to support film festivals. 

"It is extremely important to us that this support is multiannual, and that means we have financial support for 2022 and 2023, which allows us to expand our program. So we have created “Parangal,” a program for films outside of the Mediterranean area, and we will offer films for all ages in our program for kids and young adults. Thanks to the support from Creative Europe, we will strengthen the industry program with a series of workshops and lectures for film industry professionals that are coming to Split for FMFS. All of this is guaranteed to bring back the ‘hubbub’ we have missed for the past two years," says director Alen Munitić who thanked FMFS partners, the Croatian Audiovisual Center, the city of Split, and the Split Tourist Board.

Festival tickets with access to multiple screenings can be purchased from May 26. Individual tickets will be released once the program is announced at the beginning of June. All ticket info can be found at

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Thursday, 13 June 2019

Everyone to Bačvice: Summer Cinema Season Begins, 12th FMFS Opens Tonight!

This year's Mediterranean Film Festival in Split begins tonight at 9:30 pm at the always beautiful Bačvice Summer Cinema, reports Dalmatinski Portal Portal on June 13, 2019.

The favorite festival opens with the Italian film ‘Piranhas’, a silver medalist at the last Berlinale. The film is an adaptation of the novel 'Paranza dei bambini' by Roberto Saviano, who has been under strict police protection for a long time due to his astonishing books about the infamous Mafia organization 'Camorra'.

During the first evening, the audience in Split will also have the opportunity to watch the film ‘Dok je trajao Roland Garros’ directed by Snježana Tribuson, which will be screened as part of 'Ješke’, a short film program by Croatian authors.

In the 12th FMFS program, which traditionally opens the outdoor cinema season in Split, there are 70 titles from 32 countries. The people of Split and their guests will be the first in the region to see the films featuring the most famous French actresses - ‘Celle que nous croyez’ with Juliette Binoche and ‘Une jeunesse dorée’ with Isabelle Huppert, while the real treat for the audience is 'Loro' by Paolo Sorrentino.

It is important to note that in the competition for the best feature film is the latest addition by the recently deceased European filmmaker Agnes Varda, the winner of the second FMFS. Furthermore, this year's festival program is abundant with several exciting thrillers and documentaries from the Mediterranean countries, as well as South America and Sweden, which have won the prizes at the most important international film festivals.

Like every year, FMFS gives special attention to Croatian short films in the "Ješke" program, which is shown before the top feature titles and gives the directors a rare opportunity to show their work to a large number of viewers. Also, not only did these films get a prime time spot, but 15 of the shorts are fighting for 12,000 kuna, the most significant prize money a Croatian film festival has awarded in this film genre.


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All this is more than enough reason to kick off summer at the FMFS, by the sea, under the pines, until June 22 - and don’t forget, the after parties are the best! 

Individual tickets are sold at a price of only 25 kuna for the films in the Bačvice summer cinema, and 20 kuna for screenings at 'Golden Gate'. Projections at the third location of the festival, which opens on Friday besides the Youth Center, are free of charge.

You can find the full program for FMFS here

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Friday, 25 May 2018

Mediterranean Film Festival Split Announces Program for 11th Edition!

The Split Mediterranean Film Festival returns to Bačvice and Golden Gate Cinema next month. 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Sign the Petition, Protect Kino Bačvice!

Did you know that the outdoor summer cinema Kino Bačvice is the last remaining one in Split?

Saturday, 10 June 2017

What's Going on in Split Tonight?

A look at what’s going on in Split this Saturday evening, June 10, 2017.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Full Program Announced for 10th Mediterranean Film Festival!

The special jubilee edition of the Mediterranean Film Festival (FMFS) in Split will show 85 films from 26 countries.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Visual Identity Unveiled for 10th Mediterranean Film Festival

The Mediterranean Film Festival is just around the corner...

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

9th Edition of the Mediterranean Film Festival Split: June 3-11!

The ninth edition of the Mediterranean Film Festival Split (FMFS) will be held from June 3 to 11 across three locations around Split. 78 films from 39 countries will be shown, with tickets in very high demand for this year’s festival. There are five regional and five Croatian premieres this year, and FMFS is quickly becoming the center for film in the whole of the Mediterranean.