Winners of the 18th Liburnia Film Festival

Saturday, 29.08.2020
Winners of the 18th Liburnia Film Festival

Liburnia Film Festival, festival of Croatian documentary film just finished its mature and the first Covid edition, held from 24th until 28th of August at the Opatija Summer Stage. The Jury Miljenka ČogeljaDina PokrajacAndrej KorovljevVuk Perović and Hrvoje Franjić on the last day handed awards, chosen among 21 films screened in the competition: Best film of 18th LFF is 'Porvenir' by Renata Poljak (produced by REA), which also won awards for best photography (Boris Poljak) and sound design (Iva Ivan). 'That other Village' by Jadran Boban (produced by Fade In) won special jury mention. Karmen Obrdalj is the best director, and her colleague Aleksandar Jurić best editor, both awarded for the film 'Why is Mom Always Crying?' (co-produced by Art Academy in Banja Luka and Karmen Obrdalj). The best regional film is 'Faceless' (produced by Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb and Zebra Creative Network) by David Lušičić from Rijeka, while audience awarded 'Storkman' by Tomislav Jelinčić (produced by Antitalent in co-production with Slovenian Tramal Films and Italian Transmedia Production). The film received very high marks of 4,75 out of 5. Restart's tutors Ivana Pipal and Vanja Babić held another workshop for kids First steps in Filmmaking.

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Cordon won DOK Leipzig Co-production Award

Tuesday, 11.08.2020
Cordon won DOK Leipzig Co-production Award

Our feature documentary in development, 'Cordon' by Anton Mezulić, won a DOK Leipzig Co-production Award at just finished pitching forum that was part of the second session of development workshop BDC Discoveries. Usually, BDC Discoveries is happening 'live' during DokuFest festival in Prizren, Kosovo, but due to Covid reasons, 2nd session and pitching were held online. An award means direct entrance to one of biggest documentary industry markets in Europe happening in October during the festival DOK Leipzig, where it will present on individual meetings with commission editors, distributors and possible co-production partners. The project was pitched by the director and executive producer Suzana Erbežnik.  

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18th Liburnia Film Festival program announced

Sunday, 09.08.2020
18th Liburnia Film Festival program announced

Liburnia Film Festival, festival of Croatian documentary is 18 this year and will happen at the same place as usual, in Opatija from 24th till 28th of August 2020. An audience will be able to see 21 Croatian film in the competition (with seven world and two Croatian premieres), seven films in special international program 'State of Emergency' and four additional films produced by our partners Filmaktiv. The festival is organized by association Liburnia Film Festival, co-organized by Restart

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Cordon at BDC Discoveries workshop

Tuesday, 02.06.2020
Cordon at BDC Discoveries workshop

Restart's new documentary project in development, 'Cordon' by Anton Mezulić, is selected among seven projects of the new edition of the program for the development of feature documentaries from the Balkans, BDC Discoveries. As the Covid measures are still actual, the first session will, instead in Sofia (BG), hold online between 1st and 12th of June 2020. Organizer of the training is a Balkan Documentary Center and lecturers and tutors are Rada ŠešićMartička BožilovaBoris MitićPaul PowelsTonislav HristovIlian MetevDimitra KouziSimone BaumannMelody GilbertCarol DysingerMridu Chandra and Alex Pearson. Along with individual meetings with tutors, the program is consisted of special thematic masterclasses, film screenings and Q&A's. BDC Discoveries are organised in three sessions with the final pitching forum. If the measures would allow it, second and third one will happen in Prizren (Kosovo) in August and Leipzig (Germany) in Ocotber. The project is developed by the director Anton Mezulić and executive producer Suzana Erbežnik.

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Liburnia Film Festival winners available online

Wednesday, 20.05.2020
Liburnia Film Festival winners available online

A selection of 2018 and 2019 documentary winners of Liburnia Film Festival, the oldest documentary festival in Croatia are available online at VOD platform volimdokumentarce.net. Unfortunately, not all of them worldwide, but here is a chance to check some of the winners of the previous two editions, until 26th of May free or with discount with the code: LIBURNIA-UPLOVLJAVA. Films available worldwide are 'Our Daily Water' by Vlatka Vorkapić (Audience Award 2018), 'A Cat is Always Female' by Martina Meštrović and Tanja Vujasinović (Special Mention 2019), 'Meat' by Elvis Lenić (Best Film, Best Regional Film and Best Sound Designer 2018) and 'Pluf!' by the same author (Best Regional Film 2019). If you are in ex-YU countries, you can check 'Neighbors' by Tomislav Žaja (Best Cinematographer 2019) and 'On the Water' by Goran Dević (Best Director, Best Sound Designer 2019). Next Liburnia Film Festival will happen from 23rd until 28th of August 2020 in Opatija, Croatia.

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The school of documentary film

Škola dokumentarnog filma
The school of documentary film is taking place in Zagreb once a year and it is conceived as an intensive programme held by international tutors as well as those from Restart. They will be teaching the participants about basic and advanced skills needed to make their own documentary film.

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Film Catalogue 2020

Institutional Support

Nacionalna zaklada za razvoj civilnog društva

Restart label - Distribution of Documentary Films