Country Focus: Croatia
HAVC splits €3.9m between eight feature-film projects
by Vladan Petkovic
- The Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) has announced the results of its competition for funding of film productions. A total of €5,165,005 will be granted to 62 projects. Of this sum, €3,946,586 will go to eight feature films, including one first film by its director and one 3D animation.
Fiction feature films
The Viper’s Glen Miracle, Director: Rajko Grlić, Production company: Drugi Plan - €556,222
The Reaper, Director: Zvonimir Jurić, Production company: Kinorama - €556,222
Butcher’s Heart, Director: Antonio Nuić, Production company: Propeler Film - €542,872
Dead Fishes Floating on the Back, Director: Kristijan Milić, Production company: Eurofilm Studio Ltd - €515,468
The Mysterious Boy, Director: Dražen Žarković, Production company: Kinorama - €515,468
2 i 2’, Director: Zrinko Ogresta, Production company: Inter Film - €357,564
Debut feature film:
Cowboys, Director: Tomislav Mršić, Production company: Kabinet - €370,783
Cricket and Antoinette, Director: Darko Bakliža, Production company: Diedra - €529,712
Commercially, this could prove to be one of strongest line-ups in Croatian cinema in years. The Mysterious Boy is a sequel to Koko and the Ghosts [+see also:
film profile], the local blockbuster children’s film that sold almost 80,000 tickets in 2011 and 2012. Cowboys is based on the hit theatre show by Saša Anoičić, while The Viper’s Glen Miracle is an adaptation of the bestseller by Ante Tomić. Cricket And Antoinette will be an animated family film in 3D.
As for other categories, nine feature documentaries will split $283,390. Among shorts, twelve animation films will get a total of $386,002; 20 experimental ones will share €239,693; six fiction shorts will receive a total of €195,997; and €116,365 will be split among seven documentaries.