The 13th edition of ZagrebDox international documentary film festival was opened last night. The first movie to be screened was Communion by Polish director and festival guest Anna Zamecka.
Festival director Nenad Puhovski greeted the audience before the movie and Zagreb mayor, Mr. Milan Bandić, officially opened the festival.
Coincidentally, last night was also the Academy Awards night, so Nenad Puhovski commented how everyone screening rooms have become a big hit because they enable people to watch all the latest movies from their own homes.
“We believe that people are just as important as the movies. We want people to meet, talk and discuss movies afterwards and not only that, we want ZagrebDox to be the place where members of the audience can meet the film crew, and where our Croatian filmmakers can meet their international colleagues.”
He also added the festival tries to put an emphasis on distributing Croatian documentary films around the world and help them become more noticed and more available. The international jury of the festival consists of professional filmmakers from the most famous documentary festivals around the globe, which will also help Croatian films become internationally recognized.
“This goes to show that not only is our festival becoming more esteemed, but the hard work of Croatian movies and filmmakers is becoming more globally recognized.” said Nenad Puhovski.
Mr. Bandić added that he has followed the development and the success of the festival with pride for 13 years and emphasized how important ZagrebDox was in making Croatian film production stronger and in enabling cooperation on local and international level. The fact that there are 120 titles in the festival’s line-up means that ZagrebDox is becoming the most important documentary film festival in this part of Europe, Mr. Bandić said, officially proclaiming ZagrebDox 13 opened.
The festival takes place at the newly opened Kaptol Boutique Cinema, 26 February – 5 March, when more than 120 from all over the world will be screened between 12 p.m. and 10 p.m.