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Oscar-Nominated Film ‘Virunga’ Part of Upcoming 11th ZagrebDox

Virunga_Andre_With_Gorilla_Virunga_National_ParkThe International Documentary Film Festival ZagrebDox this year begins its second decade…

The 11th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival ZagrebDox will take place from 22 February to 1 March 2015 at Cineplexx Kaptol Centre in Zagreb. Along with a series of recognisable and well-attended programmes, the 11th edition of the Festival features a few novelties trying to bring the documentary form as close to the audience as possible.

This year’s rich International Competition programme offers many surprises, among others, the Oscar and BAFTA nominee ‘Virunga’, a film about a ruthless fight for Congo’s natural resources, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel.

Virunga is an incredible tale of a group of brave individuals putting their lives in jeopardy to build a better future for Africa. Situated in the vast forests of eastern Congo, Virunga National Park is one of the areas with the greatest biodiversity in the world and the last remaining mountain gorilla habitat. In this wild and magical landscape, a small but feisty team of rangers is guarding the UNESCO-protected world heritage from armed militia, poachers and oil companies trying to take control over Congo’s natural resources.

The film has its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival 2014, and until now has won 23 awards, including the best new talent at the prestigious Canadian HotDocs and Tribeca Festival’s innovation award. Virunga is the current Oscar and BAFTA nominee in the documentary film category.

In addition to the International and Regional Competition, ZagrebDox features a series of its trademark official sections like Biography Dox, Musical Globe, Happy Dox, Controversial Dox, Masters of Dox, State of Affairs, Teen Dox, Factumentaries and ADU Dox. They will be joined by two retrospectives of Croatian documentarians, and some new categories trying to intensify the audience’s documentary experience.

Numerous interesting guests from the region and all over the world are arriving at ZagrebDox again this year, and the training programme ZagrebDox Pro’s 11th edition is gathering film professionals at a series of workshops and the only regional documentary pitching forum.

Over the past ten years, ZagrebDox has been visited by over 200,000 viewers, and more than 15,000 films were shown at around 2,000 screenings. Over 150 films and a large number of festival guests are expected from around the world at this year’s festival.

I ♥ NY Logo Designer Milton Glaser to Exhibit in Croatia

300px-I_Love_New_York.svgAn exhibition from one of the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States will open in Zagreb next week…

Milton Glaser’s ‘Drawing is Thinking’ exhibition will be held at the Izidor Kršnjavi Gallery in Zagreb from 27 January – 6 February. Glaser, who was born in 1929, is best known for the I ♥ NY logo,his Bob Dylan poster, the DC bullet logo used by DC Comics from 1977 to 2005, and the Brooklyn Brewery logo. He also founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968. Glaser’s work is displayed in the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Milton Glaser (85)

Milton Glaser (85)

In 2004, Glaser won a National Design Award Lifetime Achievement from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and in 2009 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.

Croatian Wins Europe’s Sexiest Journalist Title

FaniFor the second year in a row Croatian journalist and television presenter Fani Stipković has been named Europe’s Sexiest Journalist by Mediaset Italia…

Originally from the island of Korčula on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, Stipković had an accomplished career in Croatia as a model and television journalist, interviewing famous people from the worlds of sports,movies, music and fashion, including exclusives with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Rio Ferdinand, Fernando Torres, Rafael Nadal, John McEnroe, Roberto Cavalli, Paris Hilton, David Furnish, Vin Diesel, Russel Crowe and Natascha Kampusch.

Fani now based in Madrid

Fani now based in Madrid

Fani moved to Madrid two years ago and currently has her own TV show in Spain called ‘Fani TV’.

British Pop Sensation Coming to Croatia

ea40143b-0d9d-470b-862f-23c510a7d291_640x640Popular British singer-songwriter and actress Paloma Faith (33), whose style has been described as a cross between Amy Winehouse, Debbie Harry, Mae West and Bjork, will perform a concert in Croatia for the first time this summer…

Known for her unique, retro and eccentric style, Faith will perform at the famous Pula Arena on 14 July.

Faith released her debut album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? in 2009, featuring the top twenty singles “Stone Cold Sober” and “New York”. The album reached number nine in the United Kingdom, and was later certified double-platinum in the country.

In 2012, Faith released her second studio album, Fall to Grace, which reached number two in the UK and has since been certified double-platinum. The album produced her first top ten single, “Picking Up the Pieces”, and the top twenty cover version of INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart”, featured in the 2012 John Lewis advertising campaign. Faith’s third album, A Perfect Contradiction was released in 2014 and has become her most successful album to date. The album included the top ten singles “Can’t Rely on You” and “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”. The latter became Faith’s highest-charting single in the UK.

World Premiere of Kaley Cuoco’s New Film in Croatia

weddingringerPeople in Croatia will be the first to see the new hit comedy blockbuster ‘The Wedding Ringer’ at the cinema when the film makes its world premiere on Thursday in Croatia of all places…

The film, starring The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco and Kevin Hart, starts at cinemas across Croatia today and with it becomes the first official cinema distribution of the film, which the film’s official website confirms.

The Wedding Ringer is about socially awkward Doug Harris (Josh Gad), who is two weeks from marrying the gal (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) of his dreams, but he has a problem: He doesn’t have a groomsman for the occasion. Desperate and running out of time, Doug calls upon Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and operator of Best Man Inc., a company that provides attendants for grooms in need of them. As Doug tries to pull off the con, a bromance unexpectedly blossoms between Jimmy and himself. (photo / Continental Films)

YAHOO!: Food and Drink You Must Try in Croatia

Croatia39Croatia has ranked a respectable 7th in Yahoo!’s ranking of 48 European nations by food and drink

As with most ‘ranking’ lists floating around on the internet, the list is incomplete and just an opinion a couple of people – although Yahoo! does have a massive global audience. So what was the criteria?

“The biggest factor had to be the indigenous cuisine (in other words, Ireland doesn’t get extra credit just because Dublin has a spectacular Indian restaurant), the food and drink culture within its cities and towns, and the variety that exists within each place. Sure, some countries may cook up one thing extraordinarily well, but what else can they do? As my Grandfather used to say, just because you can juggle doesn’t mean you can dance. Gastronomically speaking, we want the places that can juggle AND dance. And maybe cook too,” Yahoo! wrote.

So this was the assessment on Croatia and its food and drink.

7. Croatia
The mix of influences here — whether they’re Italian, Mediterranean, French on the coasts, or Slavic in the interior of the country — helps set up a delicious mish-mash of foods. They have fantastic olive oil, and the oysters in the small town of Ston are considered some of the best in the Adriatic. Their Babić, Malvasia, prosecco, and Vrbnička žlahtina wines used to be underrated, but are getting more international cred each year. And, perhaps their most famous dish — roasted lamb “under the bell” — is worth the hype, considering the meat cooks from both sides (with a domed clay bell covered in hot charcoal on top, and a coal BBQ below) slowly in its own juices.

The Top 5 Ranked European Nations by Food and Drink:
1. Italy
2. France
3. Spain
4. Georgia
5. Germany

(photo: Tim Ertl)

Croatia’s Top 10 Best Rated Hotels

2014 was another record year for tourism in Croatia. With 12.9 million tourists visiting last year hotels up and down the coast were again very busy with tourists from all over the globe. So which hotels in Croatia were rated the best by those that mattered the most – the tourists? Poslovni Puls have collected data from leading travel website TripAdvisor, which has more than 250 million unique monthly visitors and operates in 39 countries around the globe, and this is how the tourist rated Croatia’s hotels…

Best Rated Hotels in Croatia for 2014 According to TripAdvisor

10. Kempinski Hotel Adriatic Istria Croatia (Savudrija)

9. Esplanade Zagreb (Zagreb)

Hotel 'Oscars' for Esplanade

8. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Zagreb (Zagreb)

Hotel Exterior
7. Hotel Lone (Rovinj)

6. Hilton Imperial (Dubrovnik)

5. Hotel Split (Podstrana)

4. Aparthotel Tamaris (Tučepi)

3. Royal Princess Hotel (Dubrovnik)

2. Hotel Miramar (Opatija)

1. Hotel Monte Mulini (Rovinj)


Screenings with English Subtitles in Zagreb’s Cinema Europa

unnamedCinema Europa, located in downtown Zagreb, enters the new year with a new programme: every Tuesday, one of the films from their regular repertoire will be shown not only with Croatian, but also with English subtitles…

Our Subtitled Tuesdays programme begins on 13 January with Volker Schlöndorff’s film ‘Diplomacy’, with subtitles in two languages. It is the latest film of one of the most prominent directors of the so-called New German Cinema. The screening starts at 7 pm.

A week later, on 20 January, Subtitled Tuesdays will present Swedish film ‘Force majeure’ by Ruben Östlund, the winner of the jury award at Cannes Film Festival and Swedish candidate for an Oscar, currently nominated for Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Placebo to Headline Zagreb’s INmusic Festival

PlaceboBologna2009English alternative rock band Placebo have been named as one of the headline acts for the jubilee 10th edition of Croatia’s INmusic festival…

Formed in London in 1994, the world-famous Placebo have reached the top 20 in the United Kingdom with all seven of their studio albums, and have sold around 11 million records worldwide. Placebo now join Californian rockers Eagles of Death Metal and UK’s rising hopes, new electro soul duo We Are Shining, at this year’s festival.

INmusic festival, which was nominated recently for a European Festival Award, will be held from 22 – 24 June 2015 on the Island of Youth at Zagreb’s Lake Jarun, while the even bigger and better festival camp site will be located on two adjoining islands at lake Jarun – Tresnjevka Isle and the Univerzijada Isle. More acts will be named over the course of the next few months in the lead up to the jubilee festival.

Tips in Designing a Successful Casino Mobile Game

1Tips in designing a successful casino mobile game

Perhaps it’s true to a certain extent that mobile games have become much more successful than console and PC titles. For one, mobile sales can earn revenues everyday because of in-app purchases, while console and PC games can only rely on after-sales and DLCs. Because mobile games are becoming more and more lucrative, game developers are focusing most of their efforts in releasing titles for the smartgadget platform.

Casino gaming is one of the most popular genres in the mobile market right now due to the fact that it caters not only to the adult demographic but the young adults as well. InterCasino, quite possibly the longest-running casino website in the world, not only has the classic 5-reel fruit machine type of slots but also superhero-themed games in order to appeal to the younger market. As the casino-playing demographic increases, the chances of game developers making a casino-based game at one point of their professional lives increases.

If you’re a game developer and find yourself designing a casino-themed mobile game someday, keep these tips in mind.

Integrate an original gameplay

The competition in the mobile casino market is cutthroat. If you think that you can compete with big names like Zynga by imitating their games, well, you’ll most likely fail. Don’t just create games that are similar to the popular ones. Instead, make yours unique. There are literally thousands of slot machine and table games title today. If you want your game to stand out, add some fresh elements to it like an RPG theme or perhaps integrate a new game play for casino games (aside from hitting the spin button on slot machines). Remember that no matter how popular a genre is, if you’re competing with thousands of others, your chances of success are slim. However, if you’re different from the others and have a unique game to offer, your chances of success will be high. Just take a look at the game Flappy Bird. No matter how simple the mechanics are, if you’re the only game that offers that particular style of game play, people will notice you.

Use the latest technology

The reason why casino games are still popular even if they first came out several decades ago is because they’ve evolved with technology. If everyone is using HTML 5 now in the development of games because of its amazing features, don’t create your slot games using Visual Basic. Go with the flow because as technology evolves, so does the possibilities of being able to offer new elements of gaming.

Don’t launch a game without first receiving feedback

If you want your game to be successful, find casino gaming forums or pages and ask the most ardent players what they want to see in a future casino title. Releasing a beta phase of your game and letting others play and provide feedback for it is the best way to assess whether or not a game will be successful after its launch. Remember, your customers will determine whether or not the game’s popularity will last so always give customers whatever they want.