The Dubrovnik Film Festival (DUFF), the annual film festival for the children and youth of Mediterranean countries, runs from Thursday, October 15, to Sunday, October 18, in Dubrovnik. The festival welcomes filmmakers aged under 20 every year to encourage children and young people to be creative and to promote the art of film to the younger generation. The films screened at DUFF are made by individuals and regional clubs, schools and associations, and they all have a runtime of up to 20 minutes including credits.
Established in 2012, the Dubrovnik Film Festival aims to enable young amateur filmmakers from Croatia and other Mediterranean countries to take their first steps behind the camera and it promotes their works to their peers and general audiences. The event was launched to bring creative young people together for a few days of fun, creativity and socializing. In the last several years, the festival has welcomed filmmakers, mentors and other guests from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, France, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Palestine and Algeria.
The best works screened at the festival get special recognition every year. Awards for best films are presented in four categories: animated, documentary, fiction, and open category. The best film at the festival is awarded the Grand Prix, and two audience awards are also presented for best animated film (Kid’s Choice) and best film (Audience Award).
The Dubrovnik Film Festival is organized by the Dubrovnik Cinemas (Kinematografi Dubrovnik), the Luža Media Culture Promoting Association, and the Summer Film School Šipan. The Dubrovnik Cinemas, a member of the Association of European Cinemas, is a cultural institution that supports the work of associations that work with children and young people. Luža is an association with a mission to provide young filmmakers with technical, professional and financial support and to create a free creative environment to encourage them to explore their talents. The Summer Film School Šipan offers free workshops for film, video and photography for children on the island of Šipan every summer.
DUFF 2015 program
The 4th Dubrovnik Film Festival will feature 42 films in the category of up to 15 years, 28 films made by authors aged up to 20, and 9 films in the open category. The films selected for DUFF 2015 will include features, documentaries and animated films, and the festival will welcome young authors from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Israel and Egypt.
Where to stay in Dubrovnik
Visitors looking for 4-star accommodation on the Dubrovnik riviera can book their stay at Hotel Mlini, a luxury hotel located in the village of Mlini, not far from Dubrovnik. Opened in 2015, the hotel offers spacious rooms with balconies overlooking the sea, easy access to secluded beaches, and premium dining experiences at the hotel’s restaurant and bars. Guests looking to take a day trip to Dubrovnik or any other local destination have rent-a-car service and transport by boat or mini bus available to them. Other services at the hotel include a fitness and wellness centre, an outdoor and indoor pool, and organization of meetings for guests travelling on business.
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