iOTOK: New Interactive Documentary Project for Croatia’s Islands: Meet Bisevo

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A fascinating new interactive doumentary series about the winter lives of the 13 permanent residents of the Croatian island of Bisevo is set to go live on January 16, 2017. A fascinating project. 

The response to the first article in our new series, Discover the Inhabited Islands of Croatia – which focused on the island of Zirje – was exceptional, and a heartfelt thank you to all. It looks set to be a popular series, and with a lot more local input that I had dared envisage. 

Among the emails received was information about a VERY interesting interactive documentary which is about to start, and for those who have a love of the islands of Croatia and want to follow the realities of winter life away from the tourist beaches, this is a project for you. Let’s start with this spectacular video introduction. 

iIsland from miha celar on Vimeo.

And rather than me go on, a decription of the video, followed by more details of the upcoming project. Will you be tuning in?


iIsland is a cross media documentary that will follow an elderly Slovenian writer and passionate spear-fisherman Mate Dolenc, returning to the Croatian island of Bishevo. Mate dedicate 8 of his books to the island and now his planning to wright his last novel there. But this Adriatic paradise island, with its famous Blue cave and a cultish status in Mediterranean region now is dying and only 13 permanent residents still live there. A young couple Lucio and Lada are the last hope for the island’s future. Their goal is to re-establish the Bishevo’s community and re-gain its legal status back. Because every winter more and more people are living Bishevo, our crew will come to the island to stay and to report – live, for three winter month in a role. Our goal is to draw attention and engage the public to preserve this delicate community. To achieve this, we will launch an interactive web platform that will tell the winter story of Bishevo-live. platform will distribute twelve 18 web-isodes, which will be filmed and edited on the island and narrated by the writer. Lean more.

The upcoming project

The project developers are Tamara Babun and Miho Čelar, Slovenian producer, director and owner of Astral Film production company (based in Ljubljana) in partnership with Factum, a Croatian production company, and Quasar Multimedia, an Udine-based Italian production company.

iOtok is an interactive documentary series being made “live” throughout the winter of 2016/2017 on the island of Biševo and it is about the last 13 islanders, each fighting for survival on the island in their own way.

The islanders are trying to build a local community so that they could protect their interests and the island’s future. We would like to help them achieve this, so a small crew has been filming the winter adventures on Biševo since December 12th, 2016.

These stories are edited on the spot and will be broadcast on a weekly basis on the platform, starting January 16th, 2017. This way the viewers will be able to watch the events on the island almost “live”.

The aim of our project is to improve the quality of life on Croatian islands. Our intention is not finding sponsors, advertisements, or any kind of financial support, but merely the production means necessary for filming a documentary.

iOtok is an original, non-profit project with no paid distribution channels. To spread the word among the public, we need your support to attract people who love and appreciate Croatian islands.

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Want a little more? The video below has much of the same footage as the one above, but also with some gorgeous video of Bisevo in the past. Well worth a look.


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