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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Croatia

Croatia funds new projects by Rajko Grlić, Radu Jude, Rusudan Glurjidze and Stevan Filipović

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- The Croatian Audiovisual Centre has announced the results of its funding competition in all categories, including minority co-productions

Croatia funds new projects by Rajko Grlić, Radu Jude, Rusudan Glurjidze and Stevan Filipović
Director Rajko Grlić (© Sasa Huzjak)

The Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) has released the results of its latest call for funding applications in all categories: feature-length and short fiction and documentary projects, animated and experimental, and minority co-productions.

In the feature-length fiction category, veteran director Rajko Grlić, whose last outing, The Constitution [+see also:
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, won a slew of awards in 2016 and 2017, including the Grand Prize of the Americas at the Montreal World Film Festival, where it world-premiered, received the largest amount, €657,361 (HRK 5 million), for It All Ends Here. Grlić is reteaming with The Constitution co-writer Ante Tomić for this Interfilm production.

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Vanja Juranić (Am I Happy or What?, Zagreb Capuccino) received €552,447 (HRK 4.2 million) for the Maxima Film production Closed to the Public, co-penned by Juranić and God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya [+see also:
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screenwriter Elma Tataragić.

In the feature-debut category, The Celebration by helmer Bruno Anuković and production company Eclectica got €433,942 (HRK 3.3 million).

In other categories, a total of €253,618 (HRK 1,927,500) was split between six feature-length documentaries, €241,447 (HRK 1,835,000) was allocated to six animated projects, €196,052 (HRK 1,490,000) went to five short fiction films, two short documentaries got a total of €57,895 (HRK 440,000), and four experimental projects received €82,895 (HRK 630,000). For the full list of winners in all categories (in Croatian and in HRK), please click here.

Among the minority co-productions, the highest amount, €92,011 (HRK 700,000), went to Antiques by Georgian director Rusudan Glurjidze, whose first film, House of Others [+see also:
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, triumphed in the East of the West section of the 2016 edition of Karlovy Vary. The script has been co-penned by Glurjidze and Andrey Zvyagintsev's regular screenwriter Oleg Negin, and is being co-produced by Georgia's CineTech, Russia's Viva Film, and Croatia's Avvantura and SSP Sergej Stanojkovski Production. House of Others actress Salome Demuria and DoP Gorka Gómez Andreu are again returning to work with Glurjidze.

The new project by super-prolific Romanian auteur Radu Jude, Sleepwalkers, co-produced by Bucharest-based Micro Film and Croatia's Kinorama, received €85,456 (HRK 650,000).

Serbian filmmaker Stevan Filipović's Next to Us, a follow-up to his 2015 local blockbuster Next to Me [+see also:
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, a co-production between Serbia's Hypnopolis and Cinnamon, and Croatia's Jaako dobra produkcija, was granted €42,713 (HRK 350,000).

In the feature-debut minority co-production category, the largest sum, €74,926 (HRK 570,000), went to Spas (lit. "Salvation") by Ukraine's Maksym Nakonechnyi, a co-production between his company, Tabor, and Croatia's 4Film.

Bosnian director Una Gunjak, winner of the 2015 EFA Award for Best Short Film for The Chicken, received €42,713 (HRK 350,000) for Excursion, co-produced by Sarajevo-based SCCA/Pro.ba, Croatia's Nukleus Film, Serbia's Baš Čelik and France's Maneki Films.

Finally, Spring Dreaming by Slovenia's Dominik Mencej, a co-production between Slovenia's Staragara, Serbia's Sense Production, Croatia's Antitalent and Italy's Transmedia, got €32,881 (HRK 250,000) as a project in post-production.

In addition, €63,152 (HRK 480,000) was split between three feature-length documentaries,€52,632 (HRK 400,000) went to two animated projects, and one fiction short got €23,026 (HRK 175,000). For the full list of minority co-production grant winners (in Croatian and in HRK), please click here.

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