Coming back from Berlinale, where I was attending a lot of events still as coordinator of Prix Lux of the European Parliament, I have to say, that I was often adressed by participants of many different countries on behalf of the actual situation in Croatia in the area of film.
As an eye witness myself of the dynamic development of Croatian cinema in recent 5 years, both on the festival screens as well as in international film business, I can not help being disappointed in face of the crisis that fell upon Croatian funding system and its modern audiovisual model.
This cultural concept has the name: HAVC, Croatian audiovisual Centre, one that bares essential credits for such a sudden rise of national audiovisual industry in Croatia. It is a well known fact that film making communities of Eastern Europe and their national film funds regard HAVC as a a row model and admired blueprint. In december last year I could realize this in a conference in Zagreb, organized by EU.
Let us prevent the harmful changes that may damage its essential concept!
The freedom of artistic expression and cultural diversity of creation are essential values. A society can hardly secure those values, unless by such a tool as independent institutions, put at arms length to Government, yet fully uninfluenced in their creative decision making by politicians, political priorities or personal interest of the politicians.
I am sure, that the actual government understands well how important this topic is. The audiovisual industry is also one of the cornerstones of our economies- in Craotia as well as in Germany. Many SMEs , supplier industries, tourism are profitting of activities in this field.
Therefore I sincerely expect that Croatian Prime minister and his Government will commence a substantial dialogue with filmmakers, lawmakers and experts as soon as possible.
It seems necessary to put an end to the present Crisis, with a clear objective to safeguard the European path of enthusiastic Croatian Cinema, and its ongoing development.
Two Croatian films just got awards in Berlin. Let us beeing proud of it and continue the way on which this results were possible.