The Zagreb Film Festival wraps up yet another diverse industry programme
- A wide and varied selection of industry events, addressing topics ranging from film and television to video games and ecology, formed this year's rich industry programme
The 19th edition of the Zagreb Film Festival presented a wide and varied selection of industry events, mixing the staple diet of workshops such as My First Script, My First Video Game and Industry Youth! (pitching workshop and forum) with master classes and panels held by established professionals. This year's choice of topics continued spreading the focus from strictly cinema to other branches of the audiovisual industry, such as television and video games, while also paying attention to education aspects regarding film-watching and ecology.
The My First Script workshop has established itself as a precious educational platform, especially for up-and-coming filmmakers from the West Balkans. This year's edition was mentored by filmmakers and scriptwriters Antonio Nuić, known for his films All for Free (2005), Donkey [+see also:
film profile] (2009), Life Is a Trumpet [+see also:
interview: Antonio Nuić
film profile] (2015) and Mali [+see also:
interview: Antonio Nuić
film profile] (2018) and Pjer Žalica, known for Fuse [+see also:
film profile] (2003), Days and Hours (2004) and Focus, Grandma [+see also:
film profile] (2020), as well as his script work on Elmir Jukić's The Frog [+see also:
film profile] which was developed through the workshop previously and screened at the festival in 2017. British script consultant David Pope also appeared as the guest lecturer this year as a part of a collaboration with MIDPOINT. Six projects from Croatia, Spain, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey were selected (see the list below).
Creative Europe – MEDIA's offices in Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Slovenia organised the pitching and pitching prep workshop devoted to TV series called 'Series Rough Pitch – The Balkan Way.' The workshop was mentored by Swedish producer Helene Granqvist and consultant, scriptwriter and producer Valeria Richter from Denmark. The projects were pitched to the online jury of experts consisting of Martina Bleis (Head of Co-Pro Series at Berlinale Co-Production Market), Cia Edström (Head of TV Drama Vision at Göteborg FF), Francesco Capurro (Head of Series Mania Forum), Ines Huet (writing program coordinator), Susanne Spellitz (TV Editor at ÖRF) and Gaia Tridente (Head of Scripted Division at MIA) under the moderation of Martina Petrović (Head of the CED – MEDIA Office Croatia).
Three masterclasses also took place as part of ZFF industry. Romanian actress Katia Pascariu (of Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn [+see also:
interview: Radu Jude
film profile]) shared her experiences of working with Radu Jude who is known for mixing fiction and documentary in his newest films, and who filmed during the pandemic which needed a lot of constant adaptation. Serbian filmmaker Stefan Arsenijević shared his thoughts on merging the two worlds, the contemporary migrant crisis and the traditional Serbian folk epic for his KVIFF Crystal Globe-winning film As Far as I Can Walk [+see also:
interview: Stefan Arsenijević
film profile] with the goal of better understanding both worlds. Both masterclasses were realised in collaboration with the Croatian Association of Film Workers (HDFD) and moderated by Croatian producer Tamara Babun. The third masterclass was given by award-winning Croatian cinematographer Vanja Černjul, best known for his work on American independent films and high-profile TV series. The president of the Croatian Cinematographers Society Mario Sablić served as the moderator.
The event dedicated to video games consisted of a lecture titled 'How Are Video Games Different' delivered by French educator Stéphane Natkin (professor emeritus at CNAM, Paris and the member of the group Mobility Interaction and Media at the Research Laboratory CEDRIC) followed by the panel 'From Film to Games: The Future of the Creative Media' where Natkin was joined by Thierry Baujard (co-founder of SpielFabrique), Mario Čelan (of Inkubator Pismo), Christopher P. Marcich (Head of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre – HAVC) and Davor Švaić (Dean of the Academy of the Dramatic Arts – ADU in Zagreb). Another panel called 'Spotlight Italy' aimed at presenting the minority co-production potentials of Italy and strengthening the cooperation between the audiovisual sectors of Italy and Croatia. Under the moderation by Tina Hajon, the panellists were Maria Giuseppina Troccoli (Head of the Cinema and Audiovisual Department of the Italian Ministry of Culture), Roberto Stabile (Head of ANICA International Department and ITA Audiovisual Desks Coordinator), Alessandro Gropplero (Head of international relations at FVG), Christopher P. Marcich, Ines Vasiljević (producer) and Vanja Jambrović (producer).
At the traditional Industry Youth! Workshop and Pitching Forum, students of the six academies from the six ex-Yugoslav countries polished their pitching skills under the mentorship of producer Čedomir Kolar, communications trainer specialised in pitching Sibylle Kurz, script consultant David Pope and the producer of ZFF Industry Inja Korać. On the final event, they pitched them to the jury composed of Jovan Marjanović (Head of Industry at Sarajevo FF), Goran Turković (of Studio Šesnić&Turković) and Tomislav Vujnović (of Poster). The two companies also provided the awards. See the full list of participants below.
Other educational events also took place as the part of ZFF industry, like the traditional My First Video Game Creative Workshop for Children (this year mentored by IT specialist Nika Tilić), and less traditional ones like the workshop called 'From Cinema to Classroom: Short Film Teaching Method' (under the mentorship of film scholar Ana Đordić and screenwriter Uroš Živanović), ZFF Film Club for Cinephiles 54+ (mentored by the film critic Nino Kovačić) and the film and literature critical thinking workshop 'Read What You Watch' (mentored by Kovačić and filmmaker Marina Andree Škop). The online workshop 'How to Reduce Personal Waste' mentored by Ana Marija Mileusnić of Green Action showed the dedication of the Zagreb Film Festival to the green agenda.
My First Script workshop projects and participants:
14th March – Alberto Gross Molo (Spain)
Indian Summer – Lana Kosovac (Croatia)
The Wake – Michał Chiechomski (Poland)
White as Snow – Dario Bevanda (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The Passage – Dino Pešut (Croatia)
The Sun, the Moon and the Eleven Stars – Emir Külal Haznevi (Turkey)
Industry Youth! Pitching Workshop and Forum projects and participants:
9 Months – Petar Vukičević (ADU Zagreb, Croatia)
Slovenian Fairy Tales – Petar Bizjak (AGRFT Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Dead Knot – Ismira Mašić (ASU Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Grumpiness – Milica Spasojević (FDU Belgrade, Serbia)
Yellow Wave – Tamara Pavićević (FDE Cetinje, Montenegro)
The Painter – Kristijan Kostadinovski (FDU Skopje, North Macedonia)
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