VIDEO: Film About Croatian Filming Locations Wins 4 Awards at 3 Festivals

Lauren Simmonds

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Whenever someone talks about filming in Croatia, Game of Thrones (GoT) comes to most people’s minds instantly. While the hit series saw Croatia put at the top of the ”must visit” lists of many film and TV buffs, there are far more Croatian filming locations to be discovered and celebrated than that.

As Morski writes on the 16th of June, 2020, the promotional film called Croatia Your Next Filming Destination won second place in the “Region International” category back in March this year at the 20th edition of the prestigious Golden City Gate festival. It is a festival held during the ITB tourist fair in Berlin, Germany, but unfortunately the fair and the award ceremony weren’t held as normal due to the situation with the coronavirus pandemic.

”We’re extremely proud of the success of the film by which we’re promoting Croatian filming locations and additionally position Croatia as an attractive country on the map of world production centres. Despite the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has stopped the production momentum across the world and in our country too, we’re pleased that, due to the good epidemiological situation, our country is perceived in international production circles as a safe country to start film production,” said CNTB Director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that according to information from HAVC, the delayed filming of foreign projects in Croatia is expected to start at the end of the summer, while the filming of Croatian projects started last week, with the recommended precautions firmly in place and properly adhered to.

”This award from Berlin is a great success if we take into account the fact that the competition included films from all over the world and from famous international destinations, and they were judged by as many as 45 members of a jury made up of numerous professions. The festival awards films in eighteen categories, and the best are chosen by an international jury made up of representatives from various sectors – from business people to artists. Each international award makes us especially happy and puts a spring in our step, and since Croatian films have been submitted to several other festivals, we’re looking forward to the results of the autumn festivals,” said the screenwriter and producer of the film, Spomenka Saraga.

It’s worth adding that the promotional film Croatia Your Next Filming Destination, in addition to winning silver in Berlin, recently won two gold awards at the prestigious American festival The Telly Awards, which was held for the 41st time this year, while at the Riga International Film Festival in Latvia, the film which showcases amazing Croatian filming locations won the main award upon the jury’s choice.

Good trends on the Croatian filming scene have also been firmly confirmed by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, which says that the interest of foreign producers in filming in Croatia is really good, especially for locations on the coast, but also for “undiscovered” locations in Knin, Glina, Obrovac, Zir and Petrova gora, as well as in already very well-known locations such as Rovinj, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Trogir, Pag and Zagreb.

For more on Croatian filming locations, follow our travel page.


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