The oldest international film festival in the Republic of Croatia, Split Film Festival / International Festival of New Film, returns this year for its 20th edition, from 12th to 19th of September. For this special anniversary, we have prepared an exquisitely varied programme divided into 8 sections, comprising the best from our recent world production. A total of 91 films from 42 countries are to be screened, nearly all as Croatian premieres.
The official programme of the 2015 Split Film Festival includes the following sections: Competition Features and Competition Shorts, Forum 4, Libido, Frame Extended, Reflections, Croatian Films, as well as the Special Programme.
This year, a special attention is paid to cinemas lesser known to the Croatian audience, including films from Tanzania, Afghanistan, Peru, Marocco, Egypt, Viet Nam and others. The Competition Features comprises a total of 9 titles, while the Competition Shorts includes 41 films, divided into 6 programmes. The opening night is set for September 12, at 21.30, at Kino Central, with Jorge Forero’s tour de force VIOLENCE, also screened in this year’s Berlinale official competition.
Another title worthy of special mention is a very peculiar film from this year’s Special Programme – ROAR by Noel Marshall. It is the story of producer and director Marshall (The Exorcist) who—together with his wife Tippi Hedren (The Birds) and their kids, including young and at that time unknown Melanie Griffith—lived, ate and slept in the company of 150 lions, tigers, cheetahs and jaguars for 11 long years.
Furthermore, the Special Programme shall also include engaging workshops and lectures on this year’s Festival theme, which is the Year of Light.
In addition, a two-day colloquium shall be held on the topic THE STEFANO SHIPWRECK 1875 – 2015, organized by dr. Joško Petković, Director of Murdoch’s National Academy of Screen and Sound Research Centre. It is a 19th century narrative about the shipwreck of an Austria-Hungarian barque that had a Croatian crew, lying by the remote Western Australia Ningaloo Coast.
The Festival locations are the following: Central Cinema, Karaman Cinema, and the Zlatna vrata Cinematheque (film programme); the Marko Marulić City Library and the Arts Academy (Year of Light programme); the Ethnographic Museum (the Stefano shipwreck colloquium); the Museum of Fine Arts (E(d)U Kino Programme); including installations and open-air projections.
All additional information on the official Festival website: http://20th.splitfilmfestival.hr/hr/