DUBROVNIK: A semi-final round of judging for the 50th International Emmy Awards took place in Dubrovnik on Wednesday 14 September, hosted by the United Media and Nova TV. This is the first year Croatia is hosting an Emmy semi-final, for the category of the best telenovela, and the event attracted dozens of artists and media professionals.

DUBROVNIK: The third season of Vikings: Walhalla, produced by Ireland’s Metropolitan Films International, Canada’s History Channel and USA’s MGM Television for Netflix, will be filmed in Dubrovnik in late September of 2022. Croatia’s Embassy Films is servicing the production.

DUBROVNIK: The ruins of the abandoned Kupari military resort near Dubrovnik, which was heavily destroyed by shelling in the 1990s Croatian Homeland War, will serve as WW2 setting for the filming of Lee Miller biopic, directed by Ellen Kuras and starring Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Josh O'Connor and Marion Cotillard.

ZAGREB: TV crews have returned to Zagreb to continue the shooting of Hotel Portofino, a period drama created by Matt Baker, directed by Adam Wimpenny and starring Natascha McElhone. The producers are making use of Croatia’s 25% cash rebate for the second year in a row. With 60 filming days announced to the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, it is so far the biggest project filmed in Croatia in 2022.

SARAJEVO: Juraj Lerotić’s debut feature Safe Place / Sigurno mjesto will have its regional premiere in the main competition of the Sarajevo Film Festival on 18 August 2022. The film won three prizes at the Locarno Film Festival: a Leopard for best emerging director and best actor (Goran Marković), as well as the Swatch First Feature Award.

PULA: Sonja Tarokić’s The Staffroom / Zbornica won five Golden Arenas including the awards for best film and best director in the national competition at the 69th Pula Film Festival, which closed with an award-giving ceremony on 23 July 2022.

PULA: The 69th edition of the Pula Film Festival (16 - 24 July 2022) prepared an ambitious industry programme that is taking place 17 – 22 July 2022. Thirteen feature films and seven series in development will be presented.

ZAGREB: The total gross of Croatian cinemas surged from 5.9 m EUR in 2020 to 11.7 m EUR in 2021, mainly due to cinemas reopening after the lockdowns. Box office for Croatian films jumped from only 77,600 EUR in 2020 to 840,164 EUR in 2021, which is close to 1 m EUR in the pre-pandemic year 2019. The number of domestic releases in 2021 was 17, compared to 19 releases in 2020.

ZAGREB: The Croatian animation studio Recircle has started producing its new animated series Nutz / Krceki, created and produced by Denis Alenti and sold internationally by England’s Meta Media.

SPLIT: The short fiction film project Alone / Sama by Filip Dizdar was awarded at the Pitching Forum organised within the Mediterranean Film Festival Split (FMFS), taking place 16-25 June 2022.