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Croatia111One of the most popular film festival’s in Croatia – Motovun Film Festival – gets underway this weekend in the beautiful Istrian town of Motovun, and Croatia Week caught up with filmmaker Dean Leon Anderson, whose short film “Grace” will be making its international premiere there…

Hello Dean, if you could tell our readers a bit about yourself, and how you got into filmmaking?

I was born and raised in London, England. I became a director by buying a camera, and filming small projects on top of my work, like music videos and performances for friends and bands I knew. I eventually focused my attention on making fiction films. After graduating from University, I was lucky enough to get an internship at MTV for 9 months. I stayed at the company for many years after. I eventually decided I would follow my initial dream, which was to make movies, so I sat down and started writing.

Dean Leon Anderson (photo credit: Ernest Simons)

Dean Leon Anderson (photo credit: Ernest Simons)

What interests you as a director?

I grew up watching a lot of films, but I had no idea what a director actually did until I studied Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ in college. I realised the visual decisions and the way the story unfolded on-screen were made by Hitchcock and directors in general. Even subtle things, such as Janet Leigh’s character in ‘Psycho’ wearing black in the hotel room when she has the stolen money, and white when she has decided to bring the stolen money back, were little things I’d notice more when I actually started studying films. I loved the idea of having a creative job too. I also enjoy collaborating. I’ve collaborated with pretty much the same crew on the last couple of short films. Cinematographer Steven Heycock, and my producer Shereen Billings to name a few. The crew have all grown together from our experiences throughout the films.

Any particular influences on your work?

I’m enjoying a lot of coming-of-age films at the moment, so a few of these have influenced me. Boaz Yakin’s film ‘Fresh’ has influenced my last two short films. Also ‘Submarine’ by Richard Ayoade is a film I’ve watched repeatedly. Some directors who have influenced me in general are Alfred Hitchcock, Spike Lee, Luca Guadagnino with ‘I Am Love’, and more recently, Clio Barnard with ‘The Selfish Giant’.

What’s your latest short film ‘Grace’ about?

‘Grace’ is a coming-of-age story, about an isolated 17-year-old girl, played by Natasha Kendall. Grace has a brief sexual encounter with an older stranger, who is equally a very lost individual. She finds the man’s lost wallet with a home address on his driving licence. She then decides she wants to see him once again, by visiting his address and returning the lost wallet. Her idea doesn’t go to plan. The rest, you’ll have to see!



We see you also work as a producer. On your Vimeo channel there is info that you produced a Q Mag promo with Lilly Allen, what was it like working with her?

Yes, I produce promos and videos for a few companies. I’ve worked with Lily Allen in the past, and she’s always great to work with. You never know what she’s going to say, and she is always in a good mood (around me anyway). I should be posting more work on my vimeo soon.

Do you plan to make a feature film?

Yes, I am. Currently my fourth short film is in production, but I spent the first half of this year writing a feature film. The first draft is done, so I’m going to crack on with it after this new short is finished. The feature film is similar to a short I made recently called ‘Jasper’. I’m looking forward to making feature-length movies in the near future.

Will you be in Motovun presenting your film?

I certainly hope to be in Motovun. I’ve always wanted to travel to Croatia, so this would be a great opportunity to see the country. I can’t wait!

Grace is screening at Motovun Film Festival on Sunday 27th July.

Duchess of York ‘Fergie’ Enjoying Dubrovnik with her Croatian BFF

CroatiaThe ex-wife of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is back for a holiday in her homeland, and she has bought a high-profile friend with her…

Slavica Ecclestone has arrived in Dubrovnik with close friend Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and former wife of Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Slavica and Fergie met with Dubrovnik Mayor Andro Vlahušić as they strolled around the popular tourist destination.

“She does more than the Minister of Tourism, she always comes back to her country, she is a real ambassador,” Fergie said about her good friend, before adding that what she had seen so far in Dubrovnik was ‘beautiful’. (screenshot)

1,000 Things to do in Croatia…#54

Croatia is not just about the beaches. There are plenty things to do in the spectacular country, well at least 1,000 things, according to photographer Tim Ertl, who explains with the help of his camera via his popular blog ‘1000 Things to do in Croatia – A journey through Croatia in 1,000 pictures‘. Each week we will feature one of Tim’s suggestions, accompanied by one of his stunning photographs…

#54 Enjoy some of the delights served up on plates all around the country…including the famous palačinka (pancake) with the topping of your choice


Catherine Zeta-Jones Spotted in Croatia

CroatiaKeira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Ellen DeGeneres and Serena Williams are just a few celebrities who have been spotted already this summer enjoying Croatia’s beautiful coastline, and now Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has been seen relaxing on the Adriatic coast…

The 44-year-old star was spotted on board a mega yacht near the islands of Ilovik, which are situated south of the island of Lošinj on the northern Adriatic coast, on Thursday by a Croatia Week reader. It is not the first time that Zeta-Jones has holidayed in Croatia, the former Darling Buds of May Welsh star has cruised Croatia’s coast with husband Michael Douglas on more than one occasion.

Serena Williams in Croatia

CroatiaThe best women’s tennis player currently in the world, and one of the best of all time, Serena Williams, is taking some time away from the spotlight in Croatia…

Williams, who pulled out of her Wimbledon doubles match earlier this month due to a mystery illness, is spending seven days in the Istrian town of Novigrad, the town’s official website reported. Williams is using the Croatian holiday as a chance to relax and also to start preparing for the next Grand Slam – the US Open.

According to Novigrad town, the 17-time Grand Slam winner is in the pretty seaside town thanks to her long-time friend and hitting partner Saša Bajin, who spent a lot of time there as that is where his family lived.

“Saša doesn’t often come to Novigrad, he just spends part of his holiday’s here, and this time he bought Serena with him, to show her first hand the natural beauty and all the other attributes which Novigrad and Istria are renowned for.” said the site.

DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb Awards Selfie

Croatia11DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb, part of Hilton Worldwide hotels, has at the begging of July started selfie contests on Instagram & Facebook for the guests of the hotel and OXBO Urban Bar & Grill restaurant…

The award for 2 winners is a weekend for 2 at this top Zagreb hotel and winners will be chosen by a jury of 3 from the hotel. Guests can find out about the contest from customized post-it notes on bathroom mirrors or from adverts on the hotel’s displays in elevators, in the lobby, and other public areas. To enter is easy: just by using hashtag #dtzagreb on Instgram or posting a picture on hotel’s Facebook page. Detailed Terms & Conditions can be found in room or on web and this way DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb is joining the brand as a leader in social media trends.

“Our wish is to offer fun activity and raise a smile from our guests since we noticed they are very active on social media. Judging by present entries we have suceeded in doing just that and I am delighted that by this initiative, we’re bringin additional content for visitors of Zagreb. Our guests photgraph their selves, rooms or food aynway so selfie was the next logical choice and its popularity is still high.“, said Karin van den Berg, General Manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb.

World’s Top Modelling Agency to Scout at Croatian Music Festival

CroatiaA Belgium beauty was plucked out of the crowd by L’Oreal and offered a modelling contract at the football World Cup in Brazil recently, and the same might happen to those partying at the upcoming New Yorker Fresh Island Music Festival in Croatia….

The popular music festival, which will take place on Zrće on the island Pag from 23 – 25 July, has announced that one of the biggest and most successful modelling agencies in the world – Next Model Management – will be there scouting for the next big ‘face’. Those guys or girls fortunate enough to make an impact on the scouts will have the opportunity to work in London, says Cro Moda.

NEXT represents such notable models as Anja Rubik, Malgosia Bela, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Suvi Koponen, Ana Beatriz Barros, and Arizona Muse, and has also has a “Special Bookings” division which manages the fashion projects for celebrities like Kelis, Jessie J, Alice Dellal, Les Twins, Bonnie Wright and Lana Del Rey. They have offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Paris and Milan. (pic: Screenshot)

61st Pula Film Festival Opened

CroatiaThe longest-running Croatian film festival, in its 61st year, opens again

The 61st Pula Film Festival opened this weekend and will screen 55 feature films and 31 short films before it closes on 26 July in the Istrian city. The festival, which has become a traditional feature in the summer cultural calender, will also host two workshops for the youth, seven workshops for film followers, and two roundtables.

Jimmy’s Hall, a film by acclaimed British director Ken Loach, opened the international programme this weekend. In the competition section there will be 21 feature films and 28 short films competing for awards. This year’s Jury of the Croatian Programme will be comprised of Amra Bakšić Čamo, producer (BIH), Nataša Dorčić, actress (CRO), Ivana Fumić, editor (CRO), Nick Holdsworth, film critic (The Hollywood Reporter, UK), and Antonio Nuić, director (CRO). This year’s Jury of the International Programme will be comprised of Leo Barraclough, film critic, Variety, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, director, producer and actor (to whom we have dedicated this year’s Retrospective) and Stanislav Tomić, director.

World’s Best DJ’s Thrill 50,000 in Split as Ultra Europe Kicks Off

CroatiaFlags from all over the globe could be seen waving in the crowd of over 50,000 which turned up for the first day of Ultra Europe Music Festival at Split’s Poljud Stadium last night..

Day one of the 3-day electronic music feast saw party-goers from all over the world, including USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Norway, France, Sweden, Pakistan and more, jam into Poljud stadium to party to the sounds of some of the best DJ’s in the world. It was the turn of DJ superstars such as Hardwell, Nicky Romero, and Fedde Le Grand to set the mood on Friday night, with more big names, such as Carl Cox and David Guetta performing tonight. The Ultra Beach party moves to the island of Hvar on 15 July. (pic: Ultra Europe Facebook)

1000 Things to do in Croatia…#54

Croatia is not just about the beaches. There are plenty things to do in the spectacular country, well at least 1,000 things, according to photographer Tim Ertl, who explains with the help of his camera via his popular blog ‘1000 Things to do in Croatia – A journey through Croatia in 1,000 pictures‘. Each week we will feature one of Tim’s suggestions, accompanied by one of his stunning photographs…

#54 Greet the sun at [Pozdrav suncu] in Zadar...

Popular gathering point Pozdrav suncu (meaning Greet the Sun) in Zadar consists of three hundred multi-layered glass plates placed on the same level with a stone-paved waterfront in the shape of a circle 22 meters in diameter. The meeting points looks at the sun from the west and is a perfect spot to see it set and rise.