The biggest high school film events will once again paint Karlovac yellow this year! The best films by young filmmakers will shine on the screens of the Edison Cinema, as well as in the most beautiful cinemas in the world – the banks of the four Karlovac rivers, from September 10th to 14th, 2024.
The Croatian Film Association and Cinema Club Karlovac are opening applications for the new editions of the Youth Film Festival and the Four River Film Festival! Filmmakers between the ages of 14 and 20, whose films were completed after January 1st, 2022, can submit their works until June 1st, 2024 at this link: https://filmfreeway.com/FourRiverFilmFestival.
The competition program includes four categories – fiction film, animated film, documentary film, and freestyle film. The selection committee consists of Ana Đordić, PhD, a professor of Croatian language and philosophy, film critic Boško Picula, PhD, and director of photography Dinka Radonić.
The number of submissions to the Festivals continues to grow each year, clearly indicating the importance of these events for young filmmakers. Last year’s editions of the Youth Film Festival and the Four River Film Festival broke our previous viewership records in both digital and physical settings, with a total of 353,686 viewers from around the world! Another impressive statistic is that in 2023 we received a staggering 1,447 films from high school authors representing 98 countries worldwide. In the final selection, we enjoyed 63 outstanding film titles from a total of 22 countries, and after a long time, we returned the Festivals to a proper cinema – the Edison Cinema!
The Festivals’ adventures don’t end with leaving the cinema! In addition to screening high school films in the competition program, in September our visitors’ days are filled with practical workshops and masterclasses, roundtable discussions and debates, presentations by Festival partners, excursions, musical performances, and evening screenings of feature-length films.
Many winners of previous Festival editions are now successful film professionals, confirming that these events serve as excellent stepping stones for a future career in film. Preparations for the new edition of the Festivals began immediately after the conclusion of last year’s events, and the entire team of our Festivals eagerly anticipates new authors and cinematic achievements appearing on the yellow carpet!
We look forward to seeing you from September 10th at the Edison Cinema and the four Karlovac rivers for the 29th Youth Film Festival and the 17th Four River Film Festival!
The Festivals are sponsored by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the Croatian Association of Technical Culture, the Ministry of Science and Education, the “Kultura Nova” Foundation, City of Karlovac, Karlovac County, the Tourist Board of the City of Karlovac, the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Technical Culture Community of the Karlovac County and City and Turbing d.o.o.
All relevant information can be found on the official website https://frff.com.hr.