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Zagreb Film Festival is one of the central cultural events in the country and the region. From its very beginning, ZFF has been dedicated to discovering, presenting and promoting debut films and new filmmakers emerging and positioning themselves on the global scene.
Festival main competition program is presented in three categories:
INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM
International feature and short film programs present exclusively debut directors’ films (first or second), while the Checkers present short films by Croatian directors who have not made a feature film yet.
Each year some of most prominent names of the film industry sit in two international festival juries who decide on the best films in the main competition section. One jury is deciding on the best feature films, while the other on the best short films. The winner in each category receives the Golden Pram and a money award.
There are two more competition programs, PLUS (films for young audience) and TOGETHER AGAIN (a line-up of new films by authors whose debuts screened in the main competition the previous years). There are no submissions for these programs as the films are invited directly by the Festival organizers. Final selection of films in PLUS program is decided by a selection jury of 10-15 high-schoolers.
Next to the competition programs Festival is also presenting side film programs, along with Industry, a unique training and networking platform which hosts an educational and practical program with numerous masterclasses, pitching sessions, workshops, panel discussions and round tables held by some of most respectful names in the film industry.