CDFG Campus – organised by CDFG or Croatian Film Director’s Guild – is an educational program for students taking place during the festival. It includes workshops and film screenings. This 8th edition of Campus offers two workshops examining the tools and techniques of the trade that every young filmmaker should acquire and a number of interesting lectures by top film professionals. Like every year, Campus will showcase film schools from the region and beyond, and screen films made by their students.
The case study will explore how to make a zero-cost series and explain why we embarked on this endeavour. We’ll discuss the process of coming up with the idea for the series, the making of individual episodes and the writing process. We will also touch upon the future of series; for example, is it possible for a nobudget series to show up on Croatian small screens? Is there an audience interested in youth content created by young people? How important are social networks for promotion and creating visibility? How to start a profile with zero followers? We will also look at the actual television audience in Croatia and the key components for attracting a young audience. We will also touch on the topic of absolute no-budget production, in which people participate solely for their love of film. Participants will be able to find answers to these and many other questions and discuss the future of these new forms with series creators Marko Bičanić, Karlo Vorih, David Bakarić and Ivor Lapić.
Nevio Marasović will share with the participants of the CDFG Campus his experience in shooting the low-budget feature film Vis-À-Vis, which cost less than five thousand euros, won a number of major international awards, and was named one of the three best European films of 2013 by the prestigious film magazine Cineuropa.
Nevio Marasović graduated in directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. His feature debut The Show Must Go On won a number of awards at the Pula Film Festival including the Breza Award for Best Debutant and the Oktavijan critics’ award for best film. Famous for directing the films Vis-À-Vis, Goran and Comic Sans, he also shot and directed the comedy series The Instructor.
Movie trailers are a challenging format because they need to present the content and the aesthetics of the film to potential audiences to get them interested in it, in a short timeframe of one to two minutes. Film editor Tomislav Pavlic will talk about his experience of working on trailers, and in a conversation with students analyse their structure and the way they communicate an idea, emotion and message of the film.
Tomislav Pavlic graduated in film editing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. His filmography includes about thirty feature films and several shorts and TV series. His work has received five Golden Arenas at the Pula Film Festival and two awards at Croatian Film Days. He is the vice-president of the Croatian Film Editors’ Association and a member of the European Film Academy.
This two-day filmmaking workshop is an opportunity for young filmmakers to discover the secrets of achieving a “Hollywood look” on a budget. The first day includes a presentation of works and the screening of films, along with practical exercises on using in-camera effects, back projection, lighting and textures. On the second day, we focus on the theory of shooting mock-ups, analyse frames and final composites, and do a practical shoot of test shots. Both days include screenings of the films Slice of Life and Splashback accompanied by making-of materials and the practical application of the tricks used in these films. The workshop is ideal for everyone wanting to expand their knowledge of film production and achieve high-quality results with limited resources.
Slice of Life is a short sci-fi thriller created by Dino Julius and Luka Hrgović. It wowed viewers with its dystopian visuals, dialogue-free narrative, and use of miniatures and models in place of big-budget effects. Splashback is set at NASA during the first moon landing. The story follows a depressed warehouse supervisor, George Losser, who comes up with the world’s first urinal screen.
Dino Julius worked on more than 300 domestic and international advertising projects and directed and wrote several short films. The film Slice of Life – which he co-directed with Luka Hrgović – won numerous awards at prestigious film festivals.
Luka Hrgović graduated in 2011 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Department of Animated Film and New Media. He directs, does visual effects and post-production on commercials, music videos and films.
The Debate Club has been part of the festival’s daily program for years. It is a daily discussion session in which guests and visitors, moderated by critics and film professionals, discuss the titles screening at the festival. Every year, the Debate Club is hosted by film critic, writer and journalist Jurica Pavičić, with the support of another colleague from the profession. Since the launch of the Campus, the Debate Club has naturally become a part of that program, while workshop participants join in the discussion every day during the festival.
Jurica Pavičić is a film critic and columnist for various newspapers. He made his fiction debut with the novel Plaster Sheep, which was made into a film directed by Vinko Brešan. The novels A Sunday Friend, Minute 88, Her Mother’s House, etc. followed, as well as the short story collections Boat in a Courtyard and The Snake Collector, while an award-winning crime miniseries directed by Zvonimir Jurić was based on the story of Highway Patrol. The novel Red Water won numerous domestic awards and was widely popular in France, where it won awards for best foreign crime novel and best crime novel by a European author in 2021. Pavičić is also one of the selectors of Cinehill’s Main Program.
THE ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ART, ZAGREB
My Nikola, Martina Marasović (22’)
Aleksandar, Vida Skerk (29’)
TOI WHAKAARI: NEW ZEALAND DRAMA SCHOOL, WELLINGTON
La Petite Mort, Louis Sutherland (11’)
The Manifesto, Louis Sutherland (6’)
The Usher, Louis Sutherland (11’)
Orbit, Charley Draper (6’)
Marching, James Ashcroft, Hayley Sproull (14’)
VERN UNIVERSITY, ZAGREB
A Rock and a Hard Place, Korina Husnjak (R.), Dora Kvež (P.) (17’)
Nemo in Search of His Parents, Max Kostelac (R.), Matej Lesi (P.) (18’)
Motels and Other Things, Patrizija Karadjole (R.), Nikolina Tucman (P.) (17’)
FACULTY OF DRAMATIC ARTS (FDU), BELGRADE
This World Alone, Petar Lakić (11’)
Postcards to My Mother, Maya Janković (12’)
Mammoth, Đorđije Petrović (19’)
Just Like You, Neda Živanović (13’)
UMJETNIČKA AKADEMIJA U SPLITU (UMAS)
Roommate, Jadran Parunov (24’)
Incubus, Tomislav Miletić Rottoloni (9’)
Nature and Society, Julio Juraga (10’)
ACADEMY OF THEATRE, RADIO, FILM AND TELEVISION (AGRFT), LJUBLJANA
Jogi and a Box, Aron Horvath (18’)
Ottawa, Lana Bregar (15’)
And the Night Remained, Anže Grčar (9’)
Ines, Alen Rivić (18’)