Zagreb Film Festival 2011

time: 16.10.2011. - 23.10.2011.
place: Zagreb, Croatia
The nineth edition of the Zagreb Film Festival is going to be held from October 16th-23rd 2011. This year the programme is going to be shown on several locations in Zagreb – at the cinemas Europa, Tuškanac, and Dokukino Croatia as well as the Zagreb Dance Centre, which is going to function as a cinema for a week for the purposes of the festival.

A part of the programme is going to be screened in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU) in Novi Zagreb. With its expansion over the banks of the river Sava, the Zagreb Film Festival is going to blend in with the city life more than ever and it is going to remain the biggest and most important film festival for the inhabitants of Zagreb. The festival is going to host about 90 films in seven different programmes!

The main programme (at the cinemas Europa, Tuškanac, and Dokukino Croatia) is, again, going to present new film debuts – there will be 12 feature films, 10 short films, and 16 documentaries. Films in the competition are going to compete for the festival's award – the Golden Pram.

Checkers (at the Tuškanac Cinema) is a programme in which Croatian short films compete for the prize. Its aim is to promote and stimulate Croatian film-making.
Bib for Kids (at the Europa Cinema and MSU), for the fifth year in a row, is going to make the youngest audience satisfied by screening five films, five titles from the world's cinematography, intended for children of different age. The aim of this programme is to familiarize children with films and encourage them to become cinemagoers.

My First Film (at the Zagreb Dance Centre), a programme which is inspired by the homonymous book by Stephen Lowenstein, is celebrating its fifth edition this year. Selector of this programme is Nenad Polimac, film critic and editor.  The programme My First Film is going to be focused on Danish directors, whose film debuts are going to be screened at the Dance Centre.

The Great 5 (at the Tuškanac Cinema and MSU) is a programme which includes movies from five important European cinematographies, and which has conquered the hearts of the Zagreb audience and become one of the most attended side programme. It presents new European films from Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and Great Britain + guest country Austria.

The program Sexual Education on Film (Zagreb Dance Centre), a selection by film critic Daniel Rafaelić – presents films made in various parts and social circumstances of the 20th century which tend to educate the audience about sexuality.

Red Westerns (Zagreb Dance Centre), program presents the films of the specific Communist western genre made in Eastern Europe in the 1960s and 70s as a response to the decadent genre of American western. The latter program has been realized in cooperation with Ludmila Cvikova and Rotterdam Film Festival.

Special programs of this year's ZFF include presentation of a couple of relevant European festivals: goEast from Wiesbaden, a festival of Central and Eastern European film, and Tampere Film Festival, one of the leading short film festivals in the world. Also, in the spirit of international cooperation, this year we have organized a side program called Red Westerns, in cooperation with Rotterdam International Film Festival.

With the elections coming up in Croatia, ZFF will show selected political clips from Croatian election campaigns. Acclaimed British photographer Nick Wall will be a guest of the festival and his works will be shown on a special exhibition.

In the Modern Art Museum, a retrospective of the short films of Bosnian artist Šejla Kamerić will be shown. As part of the special programs of the 9th ZFF, 'Street Kids United', a film by director, journalist and writer Tim Pritchard will be shown. Pritchard is a member of this year's documentary film jury. ZFF will also present Casanovafest, a festival of love and erotica that has recently taken place in Vrsar for the third time. As every year, the screenwriters' workshop Palunko will be organized by Croatian Film Association. Stella Artois film parties, organized in numerous downtown clubs, will again contribute to great atmosphere at ZFF.  

(Source: ZFF)


(D.H., 07.10.2011)