Film selection: Zagreb Film

Zagreb film – House of animation

In 1953, the Croatian Film Workers Association founded Zagreb film, specialized in documentaries and short feature films, rising to fame at international film festivals during the 1960s. The establishing of the animated film studio in 1956 marked the start of the unstoppable rise of the Zagreb artistic animation with talents from the previous period (Dušan Vukotić, Nikola Kostelac, Vjekoslav Kostanjšek…) joined by young forces (Vatroslav Mimica, Branko Ranitovic, Pavao Štalter…). The artistic film animation helped this production house become famous and animated films from Zagreb won countless awards and accolades (among others, Dušan Vukotić won the Academy Award with his animated film Surogat/The Substitute in 1962, as the first non-American Oscar winner). 

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Film selection: AJB DOC Film Festival

Al Jazeera was launched in 1996 as the first independent Arabic news channel in the world. Ten years later, Al Jazeera has launched a program in English and in November 2011, a program in the Balkans. Al Jazeera Balkans is owned by Al Jazeera Media Network – multimedia and multinational conglomerate that owns all news channels of Al Jazeera, several specialized programs (from documentaries to children’s programs) and a network of global prestigious sports programs. News programs of Al Jazeera currently have 82 centres across the world, making this network the largest in the world after the BBC.

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Film selection: Drama International Short Film Festival 

Running its 43 edition, the International Short Film Festival in Drama is the major Greek short film festival. Over the last 25 years, the films that have received awards and distinctions at Drama ISFF  have been taking a long voyage in order to meet with the movie-going audience.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina / 2020. / 53’/ Documentary

Written and directed by: Boris Balta

Produced by: Boris Balta, Aid Berbić, Ajša Balta

Production company: RSD Sloboda, Magic Factory, Eventus

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Seven Thousand Souls 

The Czech Republic / 2020. / 58′ 50″ / Docudrama 

Directed by: Sanjin Mirić

Produced by: Sanjin Mirić, Jelena Ćirić, Petr Bergman

Cast: Jelena Ćirić, Lordan Zafranović, archpriest Srđan Jablanović, Vid Luković, Milorad Luković, Zuzana Hrušková, Natali Želinska, Jan Risavy 

Narrator: Tihomir Stanić

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Nun of Your Business

Croatia, Serbia / 2020. / 71’/ Documentary

Directed by: Ivana Marinić Kragić

Written by: Ivana Marinić Kragić, Ivana Vuković

Produced by: Ivana Marinić Kragić, Miloš Ivanović

Cast: Maruška Aras, Mia Anočić Valentić, Iva Mihalić, Ana Maras Harmander, Sanja Milardović, Jadranka Elezović, Asja Jovanović, Vlasta Ramljak

Production company: Marinis Media (HR), Set Sail Films (SRB)

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Hrvatska / 2020. / 78’ / Dokumentarni 

Scenario, režija, kamera, montaža, produkcija: Danilo – Lola Ilić

Koprodukcija: Anna Gaspotić, Studio Lux

Glavni lik: Erik Balija

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New Wave – 40 Years After

Croatia, Serbia  / 2021. / 101’ / Documentary

Directed by: Nikola Knežević & Olga Kepčija

Written by: Nikola Knežević

Cast: Srđan Gojković, Zdenko Kolar, Srđan Sacher, Darko Rundek, Vlada Divljan, Dušan Kojić, Siniša Škarica…

Production company: CMC televizija

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Film selection: Cinematheque of Republic of North Macedonia 

The Cinematheque of North Macedonia is a national cultural institution founded in 1974, and it started its official activities in 1976. The main goals and aims are acquisition, collecting, preservation, cataloging, research and presentation of films and audio-visual materials of special artistic, cultural, scientific, historical and other social significance, with special emphasis on the national audio-visual cultural heritage. It manages a fund of over 16 000 film copies, over 82 000 pieces of propaganda material, photos and posters, as well as over 200 length meters of written documents. It has a specialized library with over 4 500 books and international magazines on film history and theory. In 2011, the Cinematheque started a long-term project to digitize and digitally restore the national film heritage, making it more easily accessible to the broader public. The Cinematheque is a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) and the European Cinematheque Association (ACE). 

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Aleksandar Saša Petrović was the first post-WW2 student of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) from the former Yugoslavia, but he dropped out in 1948, after the Tito-Stalin split. The next were Srđan Karanović and Goran Marković, who enrolled in this prestigious film school in 1965. It’s 55 years since the moment when Goran’s father Rade brought the two of them to Prague, got in his car, and went back home. This was the beginning of the Prague school, although their representatives disagree with this term, while Goran Marković bluntly stated in the title of his book that the Czech School – doesn’t exist!

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