Croatian producers will get a financial boost from streamers – C&E Europe News in Brief

The Croatian film and TV sector is set to receive a financial boost of more than HRK 5 million ($697,200) from international streaming platforms thanks to Croatia’s Electronic Media Law, which has come into force in October 2021, the Croatian Audiovisual Center (HAVC) said. New Europe movie.

Netflix is ​​expected to participate with HRK 3 million and other contributors will include HBO Max, Disney+ and Amazon Prime.

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According to the new law, streamers will have to invest 2% of their income generated in Croatia in local production or acquisition. Network operators will invest 10% of the revenues generated by their own services. Private broadcasters will spend 5% of their annual income on independent productions in Croatia.

“With our new law, we have introduced a series of interrelated measures to promote independent production in Croatia. The law is not prescriptive as to how new funds will be invested. Of course, there was resistance as the law took shape, but now it seems there is a very positive attitude to make the most of the new environment. Finally, international streamers will now join their Croatian counterparts in contributing 2% of their Croatian income to bolster the funding provided by the Croatian Audiovisual Center,” HAVC chief Chris Marcich told FNE.

This is the first time that video-on-demand platforms and operators have participated in the financing of national audiovisual production, underlined the Minister of Culture and Media Nina Obiljen Koržinek in a press release last week.

In a new attempt to promote European cinema, on-demand film and television services must guarantee at least 30% European works in their catalogues, and broadcasters must ensure that European works represent more than 50% of their annual broadcast time, at least half of which must be Croatian works.

Upcoming local productions include ‘The Uncle’ (pictured), a feature debut from director duo Andrija Mardešić and David Kapac and an Eclectica production, which will have its world premiere in the Proxima competition program at the 56th Karlovy Vary Intl. Film festival.

Laura Gonçalves - Credit: Courtesy of Samir Ceric Kovacevic/Animafest

Laura Gonçalves – Credit: Courtesy of Samir Ceric Kovacevic/Animafest

Courtesy of Samir Ceric Kovacevic/Animafest

“My Sunny Maad” wins the Animafest
The Grand Prix of the World Animation Film Festival – Animafest Zagreb (June 6-11) was awarded to the Czech-French Slovak co-production “My Sunny Maad” by Michaela Pavlátová.

The jury of the Great Short Films Competition awarded the Grand Prize to the Portuguese film “Garbage Man” (“O homem do lixo”), directed by Laura Gonçalves.

The best film in the Croatian Film Competition was the short film “11”, produced by Vuk Jevremović. He is also entitled to a financial award of 1,000 euros awarded by the Croatian Directors Guild.

The combined jury of the Student Film Competition and the Croatian Film Competition has decided to award the Dušan Vukotić Award for Best Student Film to the Franco-Taiwanese short film “Butterfly Jam” (“Butterfly Jam”) by Shih- Yen Huang.

The Zlatko Grgić prize for the best first film made outside an educational institution went to the French-Israeli short film “Letter to a pig” by Tal Kantor.

The next edition of Animafest Zagreb will be held from June 5 to 10, 2023.

Serbian director Emilija Gašić shoots her first feature film “78 days”
Young Serbian director Emilija Gašić, a recent graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, began filming her first feature film “78 Days” on June 7. Production, supported by Film Center Serbia, began at locations around the Serbian spa. town Vrnjacka Banja.

Gašić also wrote the screenplay. In a small town in Serbia, three sisters record their daily lives on a home camera during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. The monotonous days are interrupted by the sudden arrival of town children at a neighbor’s house.

The roles of the three sisters are played by young Milica Gicić, Tamara Gajović and Viktorija Vasiljević, while the rest of the cast includes Jelena Đokić, Goran Bogdan and Pavle Čemerikić.

The film is produced by Andrijana Sofranić Šućur and Miloš Ivanović through their Belgrade-based production company Set Sail Films.

- Credit: Courtesy of FNE

– Credit: Courtesy of FNE

Courtesy of FNE

Film Center Serbia supported the project with RSD 17.5 million ($155,975) in May 2021.

The project was selected for the Biennale Cinema College workshop at the Venice Film Festival, and the project was also presented at the Franco-Serbian co-production market in Paris in October 2021.

Filming for “78 Days” is set to wrap in early July.

This article is published in partnership with the online news service Film New Europe, which covers news from the film and television industry across Central and Eastern Europe.

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