New Plitvice Film Festival Focues on Valuing and Conserving Nature

Daniela Rogulj


September 6, 2019 – To celebrate 70 years since Plitvice Lakes was declared a national park and the 40th anniversary of its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage List, a new film festival has been created. Thus, the Plitvice Film Festival will be held at the Korana Camp, from September 19 to 22, with a program that focuses on nature and its conservation.

T.portal announces that the Plitvice Film Festival strives to engage children and young people in the process of raising awareness of the importance of nature and its preservation for generations to come, and its educational film program is aligned with this idea. The works of already established directors, as well as new talents, will be shown – and part of the program brings films made by children that were elected for a short film competition of up to five minutes on the topic of nature conservation

Twelve selected films will be available for viewing on the last day of the festival, when the winner will be announced, which will be decided by the viewers. Details are available on the Plitvice Lakes National Park website.

The program also includes a film by nature documentary pioneer Sir David Attenborough, who has announced his arrival in Plitvice Lakes to film a new BBC project that could coincide with the festival’s dates. There are also films by Oscar-winning directors or nominees, such as Wim Wenders, Louie Psihoyos, Luc Jaquet, Frédéric Backo, and even ‘Ice on Fire’ by Leila Conners, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and starring Croatian scientist Stasa Puškarić.

Another local scientist, biologist Goran Šafarek will present the movie ‘THE Green Bloodstream of Croatia’. The festival will hold the Croatian premiere of ‘Honeyland’ by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has won three awards.

The German documentary film ‘Intelligent Trees’ has also been announced, inspired by Peter Wohlleben’s bestseller ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’, and as the only feature film, the masterpiece ‘Walkabout’ from 1971, by the recently deceased British director Nicolas Roeg.


“As never before, when the red alarm went off to preserve our only planet, there was no need to re-emphasize the richness and beauty of nature and warn of the importance of preserving it. We hope that with this festival we will stimulate ecological awareness and actions and thus help Plitvice Lakes, in its beauty, celebrate many more. anniversaries like this,” the organizers point out.

The film screenings each night will be accompanied by a music program by bands committed to nature conservation – Kazan, Cinkushi, Picksiebneri, and J.R. August.

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