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Awards for short films by Croatian female directors at festivals around the world

Croatian female directors of short films of different genres and types win awards at festivals in Poland, Austria, Turkey and Egypt over the past several days.

Animated short created by duo Ivana Bošnjak Volda and Thomas Johnson Volda, Remember How I Used to Ride a White Horse, has won a Special Mention at the recently concluded International Film Festival ZOOM-ZBLIŻENIA running until 10th March in the Polish city of Jelenia Góra. This is its sixth award to date, after premiering at the Ottawa International Animation Festival and having screened at more than 50 festivals across the globe. Last year, Remember How I Used to Ride a White Horse also ran for the European Film Award. The animated short is produced by Creative Sindicate, with Igor Grubnić as producer.

The International Film Festival Tricky Women/Tricky Realities held in Vienna 6th – 10th March awarded its main festival prize to Lea Vidaković’s stop motion animated short The Family Portrait. The jury’s statement upon awarding it the best film award, worth 4,000 euros, may be read in full on this link. In addition, The Family Portrait also won the Best Animated Film Award at the 25th Ismailia International Festival for Documentaries and Short Films held in Egypt 28th February to 5th March. The same festival in Ismailia also screened the short experimental documentary Chasing the Sun: El Shatt directed by Ana Bilankov (producer Vedran Šuvar, for Film Association Šuma). The Family Portrait had its world premiere at last year’s Animafest Zagreb, going on to screen at over 50 festivals worldwide and winning a total of 15 awards and recognitions.

Short student fiction film directed by Sara Horvatić, Keep it Quiet, on the other hand, scooped up the award for Best Short at the 7th International Women Filmmakers Festival in Izmir, Turkey. So far, the fiction short has appeared at the Valjevo Film Festival and the 55th Revue of Croatian Filmmaking. Keep it Quiet is the author’s graduation film, produced and directed at VERN’s graduate programme in film studies.

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