With more than 73.000 visitors, the Pula Film Festival is the most popular cultural event in the Republic of Croatia. Running from July 14-28 at Kastel, Valli Cinema and the Arena, the festival is held under the high patronage of the President of Croatia, Mr. Ivo Josipovic. Eighteen films selected by artistic director Zlatko Vidackovic from world΄s biggest festivals will be presented in the international section.
France being the Friend Country of this year΄s Festival, the International Programme of the Pula Film Festival was opened with the French film Farewell, My Queen on July 14. The French ambassador to the Republic of Croatia Jerome Pasquier and the cultural attache of the French Embassy in Zagreb Ina Pouant attended the opening ceremony.
The 12th consecutive edition of the attractive International Programme will host a feast of cinematic delicacies from around the world. All screenings will represent Croatian premieres. Selected films from the International Programme will have their guest screenings at the art house cinema Croatia in Rijeka, at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, as well as at the Zagreb art house cinemas Metropolis, Gric, and KIC, and the Tuskanac summer theatre.
A Special Lifetime Achievement Golden Arena can be granted by the decision of the Festival Council. The first recipient of this award was the famous British actor Christopher Lee in 2008.
A jury composed of director
Milco Mancevski, actress Mirjana Karanovic
, and director and actor
Metod Pevec will decide on the awards.
The Pula Film Festival Council has already set the dates for the following editions of the Pula Film Festival:
60th Festival, July 13 - 27, 2013 (National Programme, July 20 - 27)
61st Festival, July 12 - 26, 2014 (National Programme, July 19 - 26)