The Zagreb Film Festival was held from November 11th to 18th in 9 locations across the Croatian capital, from the Cinema Europe to the Museum of Contemporary Art. This year, its 17th, the extended festival was also present in 15 other towns, including Split and Dubrovnik. Dedicated to emerging film-makers, the festival had 5 categories:
– feature films,
– international short films,
– “Checkers”, a competition for Croatian films,
– “Plus”, films made by high school students, with an award chosen by a high school jury,
– “Together again” for film-makers whose first film was presented at the festival.
The Golden Pram Awards, created by Nedjeljko Mikac, are for the Best Feature (from 11 films in competition), Best Short and Best Croatian Film. The jury judging the feature film category included the young Serbian director Maja Milos, Canadian actress Deborah Kara Unger and Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen, whose film Olli Mäki won the main award in Un Certain Regard at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
In addition to hundreds of public screenings, there was a section for film professionals, the Zagreb Film Festival Industry, which included a series of conferences, round tables and workshops dealing with different aspects of film production.
The festival closed Sunday, November 18th at the Europa Cinema with a screening of “Anchor and Hope” by Spanish director Carlos Marques-Marcet, shown out of competition.
All the programme can be found here: http://zff.hr/en/festivalski-program/