Croatian and foreign filmmakers to decide on best feature and short films 

As usually, after five days of enjoying films and side events in a casual atmosphere, Motovun Film Festival will be awarding the best films. Its main prize – Propeller of Motovun – is given to Best Film in the international competition of the main program. This year, the main program jury consists of film directors Andrea Štaka, Bojan Vuletić and Jure Pavlović

Andrea Štaka is a Swiss director of Croatian origin, whose feature-length documentary Das Fräulein won her Best Film awards in Locarno and Sarajevo. Mare, her third film, received acclaim last year. It follows a woman who puts her life to a test when a handsome stranger moves in near her. Marija Škaričić was awarded at Sarajevo Film Festival for the title role. 

Bojan Vuletić is a Serbian film director and writer whose Requiem for Mrs. J. was one of the most awarded Serbian films in the past decade. He is also known by the TV series The Family, about the last three days preceding the arrest of Slobodan Milošević. All the five episodes that caused commotion in the region will be shown in Motovun. 

Croatian filmmaker Jure Pavlović scored a big success with his short film Picnic, which won him a European Film Award. His debutant feature-length film Matriarch also received a number of awards last year. It will be screened in Motovun this year.

The winner of Motovun Shorts program will be decided by the following jury: Sigrid Hadenius, producer of Uppsala Short Film Festival (Sweden), Katarina Rešek – Kukla, filmmaker and musician (Slovenia) and Jelena Paljan, screenwriter and editor (Croatia). The jury will also select Best Film by European Director, which will then be shortlisted for the European Film Awards. This year we will also present the newly established Corto Montonese award for Best Croatian Short Film. 

FIPRESCI award is given by a three-member jury according to the rules of the International Federation of Film Critics. This year, its members are Hrvoje Pukšec from Croatia, Muanis Sinanović from Slovenia and Igor Angelkov from North Macedonia. This award is given at more than 40 acclaimed international festivals. 

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