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COUNTRY REPORT 2016

You Carry Me by Ivona JukaAfter two lawsuits and two Ministers of Culture, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre is back to normal operations, HAVC director Hrvoje Hribar told FNE in November 2016. “We survived a seven-month onslaught.”

Looking back at 2016 he also said, “It was toughest to maintain the cash rebates, which come from the state. It put us in peril destabilising Croatia as a partner in international coproductions. Croatian producers were taking personal bank guarantees in their budgets during a six month period, until the 20% cash rebate was secured again,” Hribar said. He also said that, looking ahead to international productions planning to shoot in Croatia in 2017, the cash spend is expected to bounce back and well exceed 2015 levels.

 

Seven international productions came through the incentives programme compared to ten in 2015, including the eighth part of the Star Wars saga and the 10-episode series Knightfall produced for History Channel.

Hrvoje Hribar also told FNE, “Our new national strategy is to build the impact of Croatian films and art houses in small towns, by building up the network in smaller towns.” He noted that on the domestic scene Croatian comedies are performing well with audiences. Internationally, he said, “Croatian films were present at all the main festivals in 2016.” He explained, “We came onto the scene relatively late and there is some curiosity. Our films show the new face of Croatia.”

Admissions to domestic films decreased slightly by 6.5 percent, while total admissions increased by 13.5 percent.Knightfall created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner

Croatia was uniquely situated in the Oscar competition in 2016, with seven Croatian films vying for a nomination in the foreign language film category (thanks to Croatia’s position as a coproducer on six films from outside the country) and one short film eligible in the Best Short Film category.

PRODUCTION

According to HAVC, four feature films and an omnibus-film were shot in Croatia with HAVC’s support in 2016: Dead Fish / Mrtve ribe, directed by Kristijan Milić and produced by Eurofilm, Agape, directed by Branko Schmidt and produced by Telefilm, The Eighth Commissioner / Osmi povjerenik, directed by Ivan Salaj and produced by Alka film, The Mystery of Green Hill / Uzbuna na Zelenom Vrhu, directed by first-time director Čejen Černić and produced by Kinorama, and the omnibus-film Deep Cuts by Filip Peruzović, Filip Mojzeš and Dubravka Turić, whose first part was also shot in 2016.

The following documentaries were shot with the support of HAVC in 2016: Vanka, directed by Branko Ivanda and produced by Ars Septima, The Gentlemen’s League, directed by Silvio Mirošničenko and produced by Hrvatski filmski savez, Apnea, directed by Bojana Burnać and produced by Restart, and Neighbours, directed by Tomislav Zaja and produced by Gral film. I Want, I Can, I Know, directed by Antonia Dubravka Carnerdud and produced by Hrvatski film d.o.o., finished both shooting and postproduction in 2016.

The Eighth Commissioner by Ivan SalajNo long animated film was produced in 2016.

According to Filming in Croatia, the special department within the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, seven projects used the incentives scheme in 2016 and spent approximately 8,708,735 EUR in Croatia with an estimate rebate of 1,654,561 EUR.

These projects are: Space Bear by Rian Johnson aka Star Wars 8 (produced by Space Bear Industries Ltd with Croatia’s Formula Film servicing), Three Heists and a Hamster / Alle for Tre by Rasmus Heide (produced by Fridthjof Film, Spiritus Movens servicing), Knightfall directed by Douglas MacKinnon and produced by A&E Television Network (U.S.) and Stillking Films (Czech Republic) with PAKT Media servicing, Den bedste mand by Mikkel Serup (produced by Nimbus Film), All Inclusive by Karin Fahlen (produced by Avanti film), McMafia by James Watkins (produced by CPL Godman Limited), all serviced by MP Film Production, and Year Million by Mark Elijah Rosenberg (produced by PSYM Kft /Radical Media Limited, services by Embassy Films).

The shooting of the eighth film of the Star Wars franchise re-ignited the discussion around the opportunity of building a film studio in Dubrovnik. Local authorities are contemplating the idea and already have the support of the Ministry of Culture and Embassy Films, the Croatian company which provided services for several international productions, including HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Someone Dies Tonight, directed by Aurelio Toni Agliata and starring Eric Roberts, was also shot in Croatia in March 2016.The High Sun by Dalibor Matanić

Game of Thrones season 7 was also shot in Dubrovnik in 2016, but it did not apply for incentives.

In 2015 ten international productions benefitted of tax incentives and generated 20.498.310 EUR / 155,787,160 HRK in income.

DISTRIBUTION

A total of 217 films were released in 2016, compared to 200 in 2015. Nine domestic films were released in 2016 compared to eight in 2015.

The biggest domestic distributor is Blitz, which had revenues in the amount of approximately 16.6 m EUR / 126 m HRK and profits of almost 6 m EUR / 45 m HRK in 2016, according to Total Croatia News.

The second leading Croatian distributor is Continental Film.

Ivona Juka’s debut feature You Carry Me / Ti mene nosiš was bought by Netflix in 2016. You Carry Me was produced by Croatia's 4 Film in coproduction with Slovenia’s Vertigo, Serbia's Sloane Film Production and the Montenegrin Galileo Production.

Rest in Peace series produced by Ring MultimediaThe High Sun (Kinorama) by Dalibor Matanić was broadcast on HBO in 2016, as well as Žiga Virc’s Slovenian/Croatian/Georgian coproduction Houston, We Have a Problem!.

Britain’s Global Series Network purchased licensing for Rest in Peace at the end of 2016. This is the first time that a Croatian series will be broadcast in Great Britain. Rest in Peace was also acquired by the Belgian Flemish Radio and Television (VRT) in 2015, becoming the first series developed by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre to be broadcast in Western Europe.

The series created and produced by Dario Vince through Ring Multimedia, was also the first Croatian series to be sold to the US at the beginning of 2014 when Lionsgate bought remake rights.

Croatian/Danish drama Quit Staring at My Plate by Hana Jušić, which competed in Venice Days 2016, was acquired by New Europe Film Sales. It was produced by Kinorama in coproduction with Beofilm.

The Constitution by Rajko Grlić was acquired by Latido Films and Goran by Nevio Marasović by Wide Management.

Keshet International acquired the rights to the TV series The Paper / Novine, directed by Dalibor Matanic and produced by Drugi Plan for the Croatian Television.

Houston, We Have a Problem by Žiga VircZrinko Ogresta’s Croatian/Serbian coproduction On the Other Side has been selected as Croatia’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards. On the Other Side premiered in the Panorama section of the 66th Berlin Film Festival in 2016 and received a Special Mention from the Europa Cinema Label jury. The film was produced by Interfilm in coproduction with Serbia’s Zillion film and the Croatian Television. Cercamon is handling the sales. The film will screen in several European territories including the Benelux, Italy, France and Austria, and also in America and India starting January 2017. At the beginning of 2017 the film was already released in Turkish cinemas.

Cinema Mediterranean, the project of cinema revival in Dalmatia aiming to renew movie theaters and bring movie screenings to smaller towns, continued its activity in 2016. Cinema Mediterranean is a shared project of the Mediterranean Film Festival Split and all the host towns. According to Alen Munitić, the initiator of the project and the director of Mediterranean Film Festival Split, in 2016 a total of 102 films had 517 screenings and 23,561 visitors.

The caravan started in 2012 with 33 screenings in 11 towns and attracted 4,000 viewers. In 2015 the project screened 98 European and international films in 25 towns in 370 screenings with 19,500 visitors.

“We are even happier because 7,500 visitors came during winter time, when there are no tourists," Munitić told FNE. Some 70% of screenings were independent films, with huge focus on European and Croatian titles. 

Goran by Nevio MarasovićIn 2016 Cinema Mediteranean managed to equip three more cities: Supetar, Jelsa and Lastovo. “Together with the other five cities digitialised in 2015 (Bol, Hvar, Imotski, Komiza, Pirovac), we have now eight cities where we have returned cinemas for good", Munitić told FNE.

Also in 2016 Kino Mediteran became member of the Europa Cinemas network.

Robert Berberih, the CEO of Continental Film told FNE that VOD is not as strong in Croatia as it should be: “VOD still does not have a big share in our business; it did not continue the tradition that was set by video rentals. It has a solid income, but nothing too drastic. As long as the piracy problem exists, and it is still a big problem, I don’t see any big impact of VOD in near future”, Berberih said.

Croatia was uniquely situated in the Oscar competition in 2016, with seven Croatian films vying for a nomination in the Foreign Language Film category (thanks to Croatia’s position as a coproducer on six films from outside the country) and one short film eligible in the Best Short Film category.

Croatia, directly or indirectly, had eight candidates in the Foreign Language Film category. Croatia was not only represented by the feature film On the Other Side by Zrinko Ogresta, but also by a number of minority Croatian coproductions: Macedonia’s candidate The Liberation of Skopje by Rade and Danilo Šerbedžija (Croatian coproducer MP Film Productions), Georgia’s candidate House of Others by Rusudan Glurjidze (Croatian coproducer Embrio Productions), Romania’s candidate Sieranevada by Cristi Puiu (Croatian coproducer Spiritus Movens), Iceland’s candidate Sparrows by Rúnar Rúnarsson (Croatian coproducer MP Film Productions) Serbia’s candidate Train Driver’s Diary by Miloš Radović (Croatian coproducer Interfilm), as well as Slovenia’s candidate Houston, We Have a Problem! by Žiga Virc (Croatian coproducer Nukleus Film). The Beast by Daina O. Pusić was also eligible to compete for a nomination in the Best Short Film category.

On the Other Side by Zrinko OgrestaEXHIBITION AND BOX OFFICE

Kino Europa from Zagreb, Croatia, the main venue of Zagreb FF, was awarded for Best Programming 2016 by Europa Cinemas on 8 November 2016.

The Croatian Independent Cinema Network, comprising 35 cinemas, was founded under the auspices of HAVC in September 2014 and received a green light in February 2015.

According to Continental Film’s estimations, in 2016 total admissions increased by 13.5 percent from 3,969,040 in 2015 to 4,505,139 in 2016.

Total gross increased by 14.7 percent from 15,315,273 EUR / 115,403,887 in 2015 to 17,567,153 EUR / 132,372,288 HRK in 2016.

Quit Staring at My Plate by Hana Jušić
Total admissions Top Ten 2016 is composed of: Ice Age: Collision Course, Deadpool, The Secret Life of Pets, Suicide Squad, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Dirty Grandpa, Kung Fu Panda 3, Trolls, Finding Dory and The Angry Birds Movie.

According to HAVC, admissions to domestic films decreased by 6.5 percent from 143,378 in 2015 to almost 134,000 in 2016.

Admissions to domestic films were 124,453 in 2014.

Domestic admissions Top Ten in 2016 was topped by ZG80 directed by Igor Šeregi and produced by Kinoteka with 66,342 estimated admissions, followed by Shooting Stars directed by Ivan-Goran Vitez and produced by Inter Film in coproduction with Serbia’s Zillona film (released in 2015), with 54,660 estimated admissions in 2016, and The Constitution / Ustav Republike Hrvatske directed by Rajko Grlić with 32,481 estimated admissions.

Life Is a Trumpet by Antonio NuićThe top also includes: Gazda directed by Dario Juričan and produced by Udruga Blank, All the Best / Sve najbolje directed by Snjezana Tribuson and produced by Kinorama, Ministry of Love / Ministarstvo Ljubavi directed by Pavo Marinković and produced by Telefilm, Quit Staring at My Plate / Ne gledaj mi u pijat directed by Hana Jusić and produced by Kinorama, Goran directed by Nevio Marasović and produced by Antitalent, On the Other Side / S one strane directed by Zrinko Ogresta and Life Is a Trumpet / Život je truba directed by Antonio Nuić and produced by Propeler Film. It is worth noting that Croatian minority coproductions are not usually included in the domestic top ten.

The Croatian hit of 2015, The High Sun by Dalibor Matanić, had 42,815 admissions compared to the 2014 hit, Love and Death by Daniel Kušan, which sold 39,849 tickets.

Constitution by Rajko GrlićGRANTS AND LEGISLATION

The most important film institution is the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC), founded in January 2008. HAVC operated with an annual budget of 7.5m EUR in 2012 and had an annual support for film production of 7,54m EUR in 2013 and of 7.22m EUR in 2014. The Board of HAVC reappointed Hrvoje Hribar as Chief Executive for a second four-year term beginning in December 2014.

HAVC’s budget for 2016 was 10.7 m EUR.

On 1 June 2016 HAVC allotted 337,846 EUR / 2,537,050 HRK as development funding for feature films, documentaries and animated films, as well as for short films production. Four short films received 144,158 EUR / 1,082,550 HRK, while the rest of the funding went to animated films, documentaries and feature films script development, and also for documentaries and feature films project development.

In August 2016 HAVC approved 277,488.50 EUR as project development and script development grants for TV series and individual works for animated projects, documentaries and dramas. The third season of the acclaimed crime series Rest in Peace, the first series developed by HAVC broadcast in Western Europe, was among the winners.

On 23 September 2016 HAVC approved 556,730 EUR / 4,178,000 HRK for minority coproductions and animated films. A total of 308,880 EUR / 2,318,000 HRK was allotted to animated films and 247,850 EUR / 1,860,000 HRK to minority coproductions.

Train Drivers Diary by Miloš Radović with Croatia as coproducerOn 4 October 2016 HAVC allotted 1,436,403 EUR / 10,790,000 HRK for the production of three feature films, one debut feature and one experimental film. New feature films by Vinko Brešan, Antonio Nuić and Dejan Aćimović received funding, as well as the debut feature Zbornica by Sonja Tarokić.

On 28 October 2016 HAVC allotted 264,253EUR / 1,984,690 HRK for short film production grants as well as script and project development grants. Four shorts received production grants totaling 121,163 EUR / 910,000 HRK. Script and project development grants went to documentaries and animated films.

After two lawsuits and two Ministers of Culture, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre is back to normal operations, HAVC director Hrvoje Hribar told FNE in November 2016.

“We survived a seven-month onslaught,” Hribar said. The HAVC responded to a move to, in effect, dismantle the center and cut off funding for film industry, with two lawsuits. Hribar credited the endurance of HAVC to having a level of independence from direct governmental interference.

The first lawsuit, which addressed the refusal of the former Minister of Culture, Zlatko Hasanbegovic, to appoint a new board to oversee Croatia’s cash rebate system after the term of the previous board expired, was dropped after the outgoing Minister signed the necessary paperwork on his final day in office.

The second lawsuit is proving a bit more complicated to end on a graceful note. The lawsuit accused the Minister of what Hribar said were illegal findings, which stated that employees of HAVC were being overpaid by some 20 EUR per month. The new Minister of Culture, Nina Obuljen Korzinek, who assumed office on 19 October 2016, was also on the HAVC board of directors, which was the responsible body for overseeing the operations of HAVC.

In November 2016 Arben Papadhopulli of the Albanian National Center of Cinematography told FNE that the proposal for a Balkan coproduction fund is at the “handshake” stage, with plans to take it to an official level. The fund would include the former Yugoslav territories, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy. “Each country would contribute to the fund,” Papadhopulli told FNE, at a modest level of perhaps 30,000 EUR.

A second initiative, the Balkan forum, would be more of a networking platform for the Balkan region and Italy, which is becoming an important coproduction partner for its neighbors across the Adriatic. The two initiatives are courtesy of the Albanian National Center of Cinematography and would operate under one umbrella.

House of Others by Rusudan Glurjidze with Croatia as coproducerA film studio for Croatia is one of the priorities for the film industry. The new Croatian Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Korzinek told FNE in November 2016, “We’re looking at options for investment in a studio. There is some international interest.”

Croatia has been without a major film studio since the privatisation and dismantling of the past regional powerhouse Jadran Film. The Minister added, “One of our priority areas is to have all key stakeholders work together. We aim to stabilise the film industry to make sure our achievements are sustainable.”

Croatia has received 5.3 m EUR in grants from MEDIA since joining in 2008 as the first non-EU member country, bringing in at least four to five times as much as the country’s annual membership fee.

Croatia’s MEDIA Desk Head Martina Petrović said that through 2013 Croatia received 3.3 m EUR and for 2014-2016, it received just over 2 m EUR. Petrović noted that Croatia was easily able to apply for only six of MEDIA’s 14 funding calls, with the bulk of the funding going to single project development, festivals and distribution. As the first non-EU member of MEDIA, Croatia “was used as the example” for other countries in the Balkan region, according to Petrović.

A total of 34 foreign productions have used the tax incentives scheme since its launch in 2012: five in 2012, four in 2013, eight in 2014, ten in 2015 and seven in 2016.

Under the cash rebate scheme, projects can claim back 20% of their qualifying expenditure, which is based on the cost of the Croatian cast and crew working in Croatia, as well as goods and services purchased in Croatia, with a cap of around 2.6m EUR per project.

The Istria Film Commission was launched in July 2015, following the example of Zadar Film Commission in helping filming crews in location scouting, communication with public authorities and domestic producers and crew, obtaining filming permits, and accessing databases.

New film commissions are set to open in Rijeka and Varaždin in 2017.

Additional public support bodies are the Zagreb City Office for Education, Culture and Sport and the Rijeka City Office for Culture.

Quit Staring at My Plate by Hana JušićTV

As stipulated by the 2007 Croatian Film Act, Croatian public broadcaster, the Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT), as well as all other Croatian broadcasters with a national concession (Nova TVRTL) are obliged to contribute towards the funding of the HAVC in the form of a mandatory contribution.

As a public broadcaster, the Croatian Radiotelevision plays an important role in the promotion of national cinema through its two terrestrial and two digital channels and is legally obliged to invest a minimum of 15% of its programming budget in works by independent producers.

In November 2016 HBO Europe's executive producer Steve Matthew made a stop at the 14th Zagreb Film Festival industry programme to give a final push for the first ever call for scripts by HBO Adria, which had a 1 December 2016 deadline.

Matthew told FNE he’s looking for series pilots and the winning script will go into development for local production. The call went out for scripts from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

Matthew told the audience that HBO is seeking contemporary scripts, with the goal of having five or six projects written, one and a half series produced per year.

The TV series The Paper / Novine, created by Ivica Đikić, Nebojša Taraba and Miodrag Sila and directed by Dalibor Matanić, started shooting on 1 December 2015 and was broadcast in spring 2016. The 12-episode TV series focusing on the decline of the Croatian press and written by the famous journalist and scriptwriter Ivica Dikić was produced by Drugi Plan for the Croatian Television.

In 2016 the Croatian Television also broadcast the second season of the popular TV series Crno-Bijeli svijet directed by Goran Kulenovic, set in ex-Yugoslavia.

CONTACTS:

Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC)
Nova Ves 18
10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: +385 (0)1 6041 080
Fax: +385 (0)1 4667 819
www.havc.hr
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MEDIA Desk Croatia
Ulica Kralja Zvonimira 20
10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: +385 (0)1 4655 434
Constitution by Rajko GrlićFax: +385 (0)1 4655 442
www.mediadesk.hr
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Ministry of Culture- Directorate for Performing Arts and Audiovisual Affairs
Runjaninova 2
10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: +385 (0)1 4866 408
Fax: +385 (0)1 4866 438
www.min-kulture.hr

Report by Iulia Blaga (2017)
Sources: Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Continental Film


COUTRY REPORT 2015

It was a good year for Croatian cinema with domestic films like The High Sun by Dalibor Matanić and the short film Belladona by Dubravka Turić awarded at many festivals. International productions spent double the amount of 2014 shooting in Croatia. The Croatian Independent Cinema Network launched in 2015 aims at helping independent cinemas. Admissions and box office were on the rise.

PRODUCTION

Most of the feature films shot in Croatia in 2015 are supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre. Among them are Rajko Grlić’s The Croatian Constitution (Interfilm), Zrinko Ogresta’s On the Other Side (Interfilm) and Katarina Zrinka Matijević Veličan’s debut feature Trampoline (Interfilm).

Quit Staring at My Plate, the debut feature of Hana Jušić, a Croatian, Danish and French coproduction between Kinorama, Beofilm and Les Contes Modernes, was also shot in 2015 as the first majority Croatian coproduction and the first feature by a Croatian director to receive funding from the Danish Film Institute.

Anka by Dejan Aćimović, credit: Thomas KrstulovićDejan Aćimović's feature film Anka starring Eric Cantona started shooting in Croatia in June 2015. Dejan Aćimović is producing through DA Film in coproduction with Croatian public television HRT.

The list of Croatian minority coproductions includes Nicole van Kilsdonk’s children film When My Father Became a Bush produced by the Dutch company Lemming Film in coproduction with Croatia’s Nukleus Film and Minds Meet from Belgium.

Anja Kofmel’s Swiss/Croatian coproduction Chris the Swiss, which began production in Zagreb mid-June 2015, is the first animated film benefiting from the Croatian incentives scheme. The Swiss company Dschoint Ventschr Filmproducktion is producing in coproduction with Croatia’s Nukleus Film. The film’s production costs in Croatia amounted to approximately 1.1 m EUR/8 m HRK.

Croatian director Damian Nenadic shot Days of Madness, a documentary about patients suffering from mental disorders and the state of medical care in Croatia, in 2015. The main producer of this Croatian/Slovenian coproduction is Restart in Croatia, with Petra Pan FIlm Production as the Slovenian coproducer.

The tax incentives scheme for film/TV production has enabled the filming of ten projects in Croatia in 2015. They spent an estimated 22.2 m EUR / 170 m HRK on Croatian products and services, double the amount from the previous year and more than the total income of the previous three years together, since the programme was first initiated.

Under the cash rebate scheme, projects can claim back 20% of their qualifying expenditure, which is based on the cost of the Croatian cast and crew working in Croatia, as well as goods and services purchased in Croatia, with a cap of around 2.6m EUR per project.

Chris the Swiss by Anja Kofmel, credit: www.nukleus film.hrA total of 17 foreign productions have used the tax incentives scheme since its launch in 2012 (five in 2012, four in 2013 and eight in 2014).

Steven Quale’s action thriller The Lake, produced by Luc Besson through EuropaCorp was the most ambitious international production filming in Croatia in 2015. The project spent approximately 7 m EUR / over 50 m HRK in Croatia, and will get back approximately 1.3 m EUR / 10 m HRK. Pakt Media was providing services.

After shooting season 5 of Game of Thrones in new locations in Dalmatia in 2014, using again Embassy Films as local partner, HBO issued a statement confirming that the 6th season will not return to Croatia.

Also benefiting from the tax incentives scheme was Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey/ L'Odyssée (Fidélité Films, Wild Bunch, Pan-Européenne), a big budget French film about the life of Jacques Cousteau starring Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney and Audrey Tautou, the Winnetou trilogy by Philipp Stölzl with Alex Productions handling the services, and Marion Hänsel’s Upstream/En Amont du fleuve (working title), a Belgian/Dutch coproduction between Man's Films Productions and SNG Film, with Kinorama providing services.

Fan, an upcoming Indian drama directed by Maneesh Sharma and starring Shahrukh Khan, was partially filmed in Dubrovnik from 16 to 24 March 2015 with Formula Film providing services. Action adventure series Dig, produced by NBC and partly shot in Croatia in 2014, returned for 40 days shooting with Embassy Films providing services.

DISTRIBUTION

Robert Berberih, the CEO of Continental Film, one of Croatia’s largest distributors said that VOD is not as strong in Croatia as it should be: “VOD still does not have a big share in our business; it did not continue the tradition that was set by video rentals. It has a solid income, but nothing too drastic. Maybe one of the reasons for it liess in the fact that only one provider has invested in VOD promotion so far.”.

There are no high hopes for VOD in near future: “As long as the piracy problem exists, and it is still a big problem, I don’t see any big impact of VOD in near future”, Berberih said.

The Priest's Children by Vinko BresanVinko Brešan’s comedy The Priest’s Children (Interfilm ) was sold by Wide Management in 16 territories in 2015: Mexico, France, Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, Lithuania, Norway, Iceland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Turkey, United Kingdom and Ireland and the USA.

EXHIBITION AND BOX OFFICE

The Croatian Independent Cinema Network, comprising 35 cinemas, was founded under the auspices of HAVC in September 2014 and received a green light in February 2015. “Our main goal is programming cooperation and travelling programmes, education of cinema managers and cinema staff, lobbying for independent cinemas and independent cinematography in Croatia and, of course, audience development, which all of us need a lot”, Hrvoje Laurenta, president of Croatian Independent Cinema Network told FNE.

The network is expected to boost independent film distribution all the more since 20% of the total number of cinema admissions in 2014 were in independent cinemas.

Dalibor Matanić’s The High Sun was released by 2i Film in Croatia on 24 September 2015 with admissions of 12,019 and 43,187 EUR / 329,691HRK gross after its first weekend. The film is the third most successful Croatian opening since the restoration of the country’s independence, and topped the domestic chart with 42,815 admissions through November 2015.

The High Sun was produced by Kinorama in coproduction with Slovenia's Gustav film and in association with SEE Film Pro from Serbia. It represents Croatia in the Foreign Language category of the Academy Awards 2016.

In September 2015 Dubravka Turić’s first short film Belladona was awarded Best Short Film in the Orizzonti programme in the Venice Film Festival.

You Carry Me directed by Ivona JukaAccording to Continental Film, the top domestic films through November 2015 are: The High Sun / Zvizdan by Dalibor Matanić with 42,815 admissions, You Carry Me / Ti mene nosiš (4Film) by Ivona Juka with 8,050 admissions, These Are the Rules /Takva su pravila (Maxima Film) by Ognen Sviličić with 3,504 admissions, Zagreb Cappuccino (Maxima Film ) by Vanja Sviličić with 1,242 admissions, minority coproduction No One’s Child / Ničije dijete (Baboon Production, Kinorama ) by Vuk Ršumović with 736 admissions, The Reaper / Kosac (KinoramaForum Ljubljana) by Zvonimir Jurić with 512 admissions and the Bridge at the End of the World / Most na kraju svijeta (Artizana Film) by Branko Ištvančić with 352 admissions.

Two more domestic films are expected to open successfully in December 2015, Life Is a Trumpet / Život je truba (Propeler Film) by Antonio Nuić and Ljiljan Vidić’s Baptism of Fire /Narodni heroj Ljiljan Vidića (Interfilm) by Ivan Goran-Vitez.

According to the estimations of Continental Film there will be 4,035,000 admissions and 15,434,005 EUR / 117,590,000 HRK gross in 2015.

Admissions were 3,789,594 and box office was 14,651,818 EUR /111,630,606 HRK in 2014, representatives of Continental Film told FNE.

Continental Film also estimates that the Top Ten in 2015 will comprise: MinionsSpectreStar Wars: The Force AwakensFifty Shades of GreyFast and Furious 7Mad Max: Fury Road, Hunger Games: Mockinjay Part 2Jurassic WorldSponge Bob Movie: The Sponge Out of Water and Hotel Transylvania 2.

GRANTS AND NEW LEGISLATION

In January 2015 HAVC allotted production funding for projects applying in 2014: 217,999 EUR EUR / 1.68 m HRK for 10 documentaries, 1,179,900 HRK for six short animated films, 74,813 EUR /570,000 HRK for two short fiction films and 175,831 EUR /1,350,000 HRK for three minority coproductions directed by Miloš Radović, Runar Runarsson and Eva Cvijanović.

In March 2015 HVAC announced the last grants for 2014: 47,250 EUR /360,000 HRK for four experimental films and 1.05 m EUR /8 m HRK for two feature films directed by Rajko Grlić and Bobo Jelčić.

In April 2015 HAVC announced the results of the first session in 2015 and granted 39,375 EUR / 300,000 HRK to two minority coproductions. In July two experimental films received 35,438 EUR / 270,000 HRK and five short films received 196,384 EUR / 1,496,240 HRK.

Life Is a Trumpet by Antonio NuićA total of 2,336,291 EUR / 17,800,000 HRK was allotted for production of three feature films and two debut feature films in October 2015, including the zombie horror comedy Last Serbs in Croatia by Predrag Ličina produced by Kinorama, and Tereza33 by Danilo Šerbedžija, produced by Focus Media d.o.o. A total of 282,962EUR /2,155,870, HRK went to four minority coproductions: Vojvoda by Zornitsa Sophia, Ivan by Janez Burger, Izbrisana by Miha Mazzini and Dušan Joksimović, and Why Dragan Gathered His Band /Zašto je Dragan napravio orkestar by Nikola Spasić.

In its last session in 2015 HAVC granted 207,751 EUR /1,582,840 HRK to six short animated films, 108,283 EUR /825,000 HRK to three long documentaries, and 108,939 EUR /830,000 HRK to five short documentaries.

The most important film institution is the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC), founded in January 2008. HAVC operated with an annual budget of 7.5m EUR in 2012 and had an annual support for film production of 7,54m EUR in 2013 and of 7.22m EUR in 2014.The Board of HAVC reappointed Hrvoje Hribar as Chief Executive for a second four-year term beginning in December 2014.

Danilo Serbedzija has become the new president of the Croatian Film Directors' Guild in February 2015.

The Istria Film Commission was launched in July 2015. “We developed the idea of a film fund, but the implementation will depend on the financial capacities of our region, and also on the involvement of tourist boards,” said Aleksandra Vinkerlic, the head of the Istrian Cultural Agency.

The Istria Film Commission will function within the Istria Cultural Agency, following the example of Zadar Film Commission, helping filming crews in location scouting, communication with public authorities and domestic producers and crew, obtaining filming permits, and accessing databases.

Additional public support bodies are the Zagreb City Office for Education, Culture and Sport and the Rijeka City Office for Culture.

Peoples Hero Ljiljan Vidić credit Inter FilmTV

As stipulated by the 2007 Croatian Film Act, Croatian public broadcaster, the Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT), as well as all other Croatian broadcasters with a national concession (Nova TVRTL) are obliged to contribute towards the funding of the HAVC in the form of a mandatory contribution.

As a public broadcaster, the Croatian Radiotelevision plays an important role in the promotion of national cinema through its two terrestrial and two digital channels and is legally obliged to invest a minimum of 15% of its programming budget in works by independent producers.

TV channels also produce their own films and series. Dalibor Matanić (The High Sun) started shooting a 12-episode TV series entitled Newspapers / Novine on 1 December 2015, produced by Drugi Plan for Croatian Television and with the premiere set for March 2016.

The documentary TV series Slumbering Concrete/ Betonski spavači by Saša Ban about the modernist architecture of former Yugoslavia was also shot in 2015 with the premiere set for 2016. The series is produced by Hulahop for Croatian Television.

Rest in Peace series produced by Ring MultimediaCroatian dramatic TV series Rest in Peace has been acquired by the Belgian Flemish Radio and Television (VRT). This is the first series developed by HAVC to be broadcast in Western Europe. The series created and produced and by Dario Vince through Ring Multimedia, was also the first Croatian series to be sold to the US at the beginning of 2014 when Lionsgate bought remake rights. The series was financed by the Croatian public television HRT.

CONTACTS:

Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC)
Nova Ves 18
10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: +385 (0)1 6041 080
Fax: +385 (0)1 4667 819
www.havc.hr
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MEDIA Desk Croatia
Ulica Kralja Zvonimira 20
10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: +385 (0)1 4655 434
Fax: +385 (0)1 4655 442
www.mediadesk.hr
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Ministry of Culture- Directorate for Performing Arts and Audiovisual Affairs
Runjaninova 2
10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: +385 (0)1 4866 408
Fax: +385 (0)1 4866 438
www.min-kulture.hr

Report by Iulia Blaga (12 Dec 2015)

Sources: Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Continental Film

Fact box Croatia

Population: 4.22 m (2016)
Admissions: 4.5 m (2016)
Box office: 17.5 m EUR (2016)
Feature film production: 5 (2016)
Domestic releases: 9 (2016)
Admissions per capita: 1.06 (2016)
Admissions domestic films: 134,000 (2016)
State support for film industry: 6.15 m EUR (4.15 m EUR for programmes and 2 m EUR for Filming in Croatia)

Source: Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Continental Film

Croatia Admissions Top 10 (2016)

TITLE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN ADMISSIONS
Ice Age: Collision Course USA 150,844
Deadpool USA 136,143
The Secret Life of Pets USA. 114,722
Suicide Squad USA. 112,571
Rogue One USA 102,248
Dirty Grandpa USA 97,977
Kung Fu Panda 3 USA 94,659
Trolls USA 91,719
Finding Dory USA 88,665
The Angry Birds Movie USA 86,816

 

Top 10 in Europa Cinemas Network cinemas (2015)

1 country, 8 towns, 12 cinemas, 13 screens
  1. Zvizdan (Croatia), by  Dalibor Matanić
  2. Minions (USA), by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
  3. Le Petit Prince (France), by Mark Osborne
  4. Ti mene nosiš  (Croatia), by Ivona Juka
  5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (USA), by J.J. Abrams
  6. Takva su pravila  (Croatia), by Ognjen Svilicic
  7. Fifty Shades of Grey (USA), by Sam Taylor-Johnson
  8. Spectre (UK/USA), by Sam Mendes
  9. Imena višnje  (Croatia), by Branko Schmidt
  10. Bicemo prvaci sveta (Serbia), by Darko Bajic

 

Source Europa Cinemas

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Croatian Film Directors' Guild /
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Croatian Society / Association of Producers
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http://www.hrup.hr/

Croatian Cinematographers Society /
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http://www.hfs.adu.hr/

Croatian Association of Dramatic Artists /
Hrvatsko društvo dramskih umjetnika
www.hddu.hr

Croatian Society of Film Critics /
Hrvatsko društvo filmskih kritičara
http://www.hdfk.hr/

Croatian Society of Film Workers /
Hrvatsko društvo filmskih djelatnika
http://www.hdfd.hr/

Croatian Journalists' Association /
Hrvatsko novinarsko društvo
http://www.hnd.hr/

Croatian Freelance Artists' Association/
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http://www.hzsu.hr/

Academy of Dramatic Art /
Akademija dramske umjetnosti
http://www.adu.hr/

Croatian Film Clubs' Association/
Hrvatski filmski savez
http://www.hfs.hr/