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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.
Filming of the children’s film When my Father Became a Bush (Toen mijn Vader een Struik werd), directed by Nicole van Kilsdonk, began on September 21st in Zagreb.
The Odyssey, which has been filming on three different Dalmatian islands the last seven days, is a biopic about the legendary French oceanographer and undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau. The setting is the South of France, and the location is being played by Hvar, Vis and Biševo islands, where Cousteau first dove.
In the village of Breze, on the outskirts of Novi Vinodolski, Minister of Culture Berislav Šipuš, head of HAVC Hrvoje Hribar, producer Aleksandar Črček, lead producer Christian Becker (Rat Pack Productions) and the media visited the set of the Winnetou trilogy. They had the opportunity to watch the filming of the Indian wedding scene, in the new version of the cult films about the Apache Indian chief and his friend Old Shatterhand, based on the books by German author Karl May.
German star producer Christian Becker (“The Wave”, “Suck Me Shakespeer”) brings a myth back to life: The stories of Karl May’s Apache chief Winnetou and his companion Old Shatterhand. 50 years after the last Winnetou adventure kept a whole generation glued to the screen, director Phillip Stoelzl (“North Face”, “The Physician”) starts shooting the three-part high-budget drama for Germany’s RTL in Croatia and Cologne/ Germany.
The Toronto International Film Festival, running from September 10th to 20th, has announced 12 films selected to be screened in the Platform programme – a new juried competition which presents global film productions. Among the selected is the Dutch-Croatian coproduction Full Contact, as well as films by Pablo Trapero, Joaquim Lafosse, He Ping and Fabienne Berthaud.
The French film, The Lake, officially finished shooting on 25 July. The action-packed thriller is directed by Steven Quale and is produced by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp. The movie was shot in Croatia thanks to Croatian Audiovisual Centre's production incentive. ‘We enjoyed filming there, the crew is professional, flexible and dedicated to the film. We can not ask for more’, said producer Raphaël Benoliel.
On July 20th, the Pula Film Festival’s Pula PROfessional Programme introduced the Istria Film Commission, founded as a unit within the Istrian Cultural Agency (Agenzia Culturale Istriana).
Millions of people watch Julkalendern (The Advent Calendar) in Sweden. Last year for the first time it was filmed outside Sweden, mostly on the island of Brač. Thanks to the scenes filmed on one of Croatia's most beautiful islands, raised an interest for the island. Journalist Av Ida Thunberg shared her extremely positive impressions of Brač for the Swedish newspaper Expressen.
The Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) presented its 2014 Activity Report on June 17. The publication provides detailed info on HAVC's numerous activities in the past year. Besides the last year results, the audience had a chance to see trailers of new feature fiction films by Antonio Nuić, Dalibor Matanić, Zrinko Ogresta and Ivan-Goran Vitez.