The Summer Film School Šipan, organised on the island of Šipan near Dubrovnik every summer, will be held from August 6 to 14 this year. The school offers free film workshops for children, a film festival held at several open air theatres, and a variety of accompanying events. In the last decade, the Summer Film School has screened more than 100 films and hosted a variety of theatre and dance performances, literary evenings and concerts for thousands of visitors who attended the festival.
As part of the Summer Film School program, film industry professionals will introduce their young students to the art of filmmaking and mentor them as they produce films of their own. The Summer Film School is open both to children from Šipan and visitors, giving them a chance to create their first works and see them screened to a festival audience.
The program at the 12th Summer Film School Šipan will include workshops for film, animation and photography. The film workshop will be led by the Swiss film director Andrea Štaka, Croatian filmmaker Marko Mikšić and cinematographer Erol Zubčević. The animated film workshop will focus on digital animation, with Miran Dilberović, Croatian animator and previsualization artist, guiding students as they create their first animated characters. Led by photographer Đuro Margaretić, the photography workshop will encourage kids to play with various effects and colours, which is something they particularly enjoy doing.
The evening program at the film festival will include recent Croatian and regional hits, classics, and children’s films. All the films produced by the students will have their big screen premiere on closing night, August 14.
Šipan is the largest of the Elaphiti Islands, an archipelago situated just to the northwest of Dubrovnik. Known for its ecological diversity and pristine Mediterranean landscapes, the island is a popular destination for anyone looking to escape the crowds in the old city. The two towns on the island – Suđurađ on the eastern side and Šipanska Luka on the western – host a variety of events over the summer, including St. Stephen and Lady of Carmen festivities, a fishermen’s night, and the Elaphiti Waterpolo Cup.
Natural attractions are far from being the only thing Šipan has to offer to tourists. Inhabited since the times of the Roman Empire, the island has many sights that draw visitors each year, from ancient and medieval ruins to the summer residences of the old Dubrovnik aristocracy.
Like the other two inhabited Elaphiti Islands – Lopud and Koločep – Šipan is connected with the Dubrovnik port, the Port of Gruž, via daily ferry lines and easily reached from the mainland.
Where to stay on the Dubrovnik Riviera
Visitors looking to enjoy the charms of the Dubrovnik Riviera this summer can find 4-star accommodation for up to 4 people at Villas Mlini, a large complex situated in Mlini, a picturesque village near Dubrovnik. In addition to modern apartments that are ideal for family holidays and a stunning view of the Adriatic and the nearby islands, the complex offers a special discount for those who book at least 7 nights.
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