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Croatian films at 16th Go Short festival in the Netherlands

Four Croatian titles are screening in official competitions, and three more films in non-competitive programmes at the 16th Go Short International Short Film Festival, held 3rd – 7th April in the Dutch city of Nijmegen. 

Animated short Butterfly created by Sunčana Brkulj will have its world premiere in the European Competition.  

Butterfly, which is produced by company Adriatic Animation, portrays a community of creatures living in a garden. Each member contributes to community life in their own way, while everyone uses water from a fountain. When a butterfly gets stuck in the fountain and cuts off the water supply, they must pull together to face the unprecedented situation.

The film’s producer is Draško Ivezić, together with co-producer Lana Tankosa Nikolić (Late Love Production, Denmark). The film will have its Croatian premiere at the World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb.

The same competition will also feature the experimental short Rule No. 5: Shadow Your Man Closely directed by Miro Manojlović and produced by Vedran Šuvar (Film association Šuma). The film premiered at the 26th Guanajuato International Film Festival, going on to win the Green DCP Award for Best Croatian Film at last year’s 25 FPS festival held in Zagreb.

Also competing for the title of Best European Film is Sara Jurinčić’s experimental documentary short Valeria, produced by the company Restart (with producer Vanja Jambrović) and Studio Nomad (with Sara Jurinčić as producer). Valeria had its world premiere at the 30th Sheffield DocFest and has since garnered accolades at numerous festivals around the world.

In the New Arrivals competition devoted to up-and-coming young directors, director Jan Krevatin’s student film The Last Day of Spring (Academy of Dramatic Art) will have its international premiere. The film’s producers are Juca Bonaca and Josip Gregov, while the film has so far appeared at the Zagreb Film Festival.

The section featuring the highlights and favourites from the audience and juries of other film festivals, International Highlights, will screen Lea Vidaković’s stop motion The Family Portrait, which premiered at last year’s Animafest Zagreb and has since scooped up 13 awards at recognitions at international festivals worldwide. The film’s producer is Draško Ivezić (of Adriatic Animation), with co-production partners Vivement Lundi! (France) and Biberche productions (Serbia).

The thematic special Late Night: Weird Animation will also showcase Aleph created by Slobodan Tomić, which has to date screened at the Aye Aye International Film Festival Nancy, Ottawa International Animation Festival and FEKK in Ljubljana, among others. Its producer is Vinko Brešan (for Zagreb Film). 

Go Short is the central short film festival in the Netherlands, taking place in the city of Nijmegen, 3 – 7 April. In addition to film screenings, Go Short also offers a rich side program that includes lectures, workshops, informal get-togethers and meetings for the film industry. Find out more details about the festival at official website

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