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The Croatian Audiovisual Centre’s (HAVC’s) 2015 Annual Report was presented to journalists and film professionals on 5 May in the Europa Cinema in Zagreb, detailing the Centre’s activities over the past year. Along with the Centre’s director Hrvoje Hribar, also speaking about the year’s activities were members of HAVC’s Board of Directors Nina Obuljen Koržinek and Romana Matanovac Vučković, film director and member of the Centre’s Council Zrinko Ogresta, film director and screenwriter Nevio Marasović, film director Hana Jušić, producer Diego Zanco, and Mario Kozina from HAVC’s Promotion Department.
Filming of the third part of the Danish comedy Three Heists and a Hamster (Alle for Tre) began on April 11 at numerous locations in Istria.
The Croatian minority co-production Houston, We Have a Problem! directed by Žiga Virc of Slovenia, will have its world premiere in the Viewpoints programme of the 15th Tribeca Film Festival. Tribeca is one of the most significant festivals of independent film in the USA. It was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro and his partners, and the 15th edition will run from April 13th to 24th in New York.
Zagreb’s Vanja Černjul wins Award for best TV series cinematography from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for Netflix’s Marco Polo episode “The Fourth Step”.
Tina Jasenković earned a Best Make-up nomination for her work in Itsi Bitsi, written and directed by Ole Christian Madsen. The film is a Danish-Croatian co-production. The annual Robert, Danish film awards, will be held on February 7th in Copenhagen.
The Croatian film industry in 2015 has been marked by appearances at important international festivals, ensuring global recognition of Croatian film.
Filming of the trilogy about the Apache Indian chief brought to life in Karl May’s books has successfully completed after a total of 67 days, at approximately 20 different locations. Production in Croatia was handled by Alex Productions, where 220 film professionals worked on set over the span of four months. Distribution is expected around Christmas 2016.
Two Croatian minority co-productions, Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows and Full Contact by David Verbeek, were awarded at the 51st edition of the Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest competition festival in North America. Furthermore, the Bulgarian-Croatian film Judgement, directed by Stephan Komandarev, was awarded Best Film at the 24th Heartland Film Festival held in Indianapolis from October 16 - 25.
A film project that has been shooting in Split and the surrounding area for the last few weeks – a German series of TV films Mordkommission Split (Homicide Unit Split), about witty super cop Branka Marić, a fictional employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Split, was presented to the media in the ACI marina in Split. Minister of Tourism Darko Lorencin, head of the HAVC Hrvoje Hribar, Deputy Mayor of Split Goran Kovačević, producer Lutz Wiedlich from Constantin Television and lead actress Neda Rahmanian attended the press-conference.
The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI), wrapped its 39th Cineposium Film Summit at the Disseny Hub Barcelona (DHUB) in Barcelona, Spain on the eve of World Tourism Day (September 27). Film commission offices and tourism bureaus from 28 countries along with executives from HBO and The Walt Disney Company where represented at this year’s three-day film tourism themed conference.