After a very successful Croatian Film Festival in 2004 - the first such a festival in the UK for almost 40 years - there is another one in October. As young Croats of London paved the way and got the winning formula, it's essential to repeat the experiment - this time with more support and more partners.
`Closer Croatia` festival will run until Sunday, October 14 and a total of 18 films will be shown (8 feature films, 7 animated films, 2 experimental films and a documentary). The festival was opened by Rajko Grlic`s `Karaula`in the crowded hall.
The second edition of the Closer Croatia festival was opened by Croatian Ambassador Josko Paro who pointed out the exceptional significance of film in cultural promotion of a country
Wit numerable representatives of the diplomatic and business world, as well as respectable cultural artists, the reception and the screening were attended by Croatian film directors Arsen A. Ostojic, Ognjen Svilicic and Dalibor Matanic.
After the screening, they answered questions in front of the interested London audience, while the organisers of the Filmhouse programme in Edinbourg have expressed interest to present a similar programme in January next year.
With sponsors and associations in Croatia and Great Britain, the festival was organised by Croatian Embassy in London, International Cultural Co-Operation Department of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Croatian Culture Ministry, City Department for Culture and Multimedia Research Centre of Zagreb University Students` Centre