ZAGREB: The Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) has planned a series of international events as Croatia holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union from January to June 2020, for the first time since its accession in the EU in 2013. Among them is the Eurimages assembly in Zagreb from 17 to 20 March 2020 and the meeting of the European Film Agencies in Zagreb on 1 April 2020.

ZAGREB: The Zagreb Film Festival has launched a unique online platform as an extension of the Checkers, the festival’s competition of short films made by young Croatian filmmakers. The access to 118 films is free of charge.

ZAGREB: Domestic box office surged from 204,763 EUR in 2018 to 1 m EUR in 2019, with a total of 22 domestic releases in 2019, compared to seven in 2018.

ZAGREB: The largest distributor of film and audiovisual content in the region, Blitz Group has acquired the Croatian distributor 2i film. Last year the two companies combined share of the total Croatian box office was more than 70%, which amounted to 20.9 m EUR / 156.6 m HRK with 4,866,144 admissions in 2019.

ZAGREB: The award-winning Croatian director Hana Jušić is in development with her second feature film God Will Not Help, produced by Kinorama in coproduction with Gustav film from Slovenia and TICO Film Company from Italy.

ZAGREB: Domestic films' box office surged from 204,763 EUR in 2018 to 1 m EUR in 2019, with a total of 22 domestic releases in 2019, compared to only 7 in 2018. Croatian films had 268,817 admissions in 2019, compared to 53,968 in 2018.

ZAGREB: Filming for The Death of the Little Match Girl, based on a novel by famous Croatian writer Zoran Ferić, will start in the autumn of 2020. This Mediterranean noir is directed by Goran Kulenović and produced by Livada Produkcija with support from the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.

ZAGREB: Director Petar Orešković is preparing a feature film for children Young Tesla and Idea Poachers about Nikola Tesla, with the shooting set for 2020. The film is a Croatian/Slovenian/Austrian/Serbian/Czech coproduction.

ZAGREB: The jury of the 17th Zagreb Film Festival awarded the Golden Pram for Best Feature Film to the Romanian/Serbian fictional autobiography Ivana the Terrible directed by Ivana Mladenović. The film previously won the Jury Award in Locarno and had a regional premiere at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

ZAGREB: The 17th Zagreb Film Festival will be held over the course of a record 11 days, from 7 to 17 November 2019. Around 100 films will be screened in 12 film programmes at eight locations in Zagreb and another 20 Croatian cities. For the first time in 10 years, the recently closed cinema Europa won’t be the central festival venue.