Kratkofil International short film festival
|Kratkofil Plus International Film Festival|
|Location||Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
Kratkofil (also known as Kratkofil Plus) is an international short film festival that takes place in Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina in the summer. The first festival was held in 2007, followed by successful 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions, under the new name International Film Festival Kratkofil Plus.
About The Festival
Kratkofil promotes alternative film expression and is a project of Creative Artists Association "Lanterna", a Banja Luka-based NGO. It aims to be a film event where both professionals and amateurs involved with film art have an opportunity to enjoy, explore and support non-mainstream films, and in particular the short film genre which is popular among first-time film-makers.
Kratkofil screens feature, documentary, experimental and animation films. They are sourced from Bosnian, regional and international cinema.
International Short Film Festival “Kratkofil” appeared for the first time in Banjaluka in 2007. Since then, “Kratkofil” has shown a thousands of feature, animated, documentary and experimental short movies from all over the world. In cooperation with similar festivals such as Clermont-Ferrand, Tampere, Sidney, Dublin and Uppsala, audience in Banja Luka were provided with quality section of events regarding a world of short movies that includes some „evergreen“, avant-garde, controversial and experimental work. Festival's great uniqueness is the program called „Focus“, which is mainly concentrated on Grand Prix winning country from previous festival, thanks to which the guests of the festival had the opportunity to be so far more familiar with the cinema, and culture, art and traditions of Poland, Iceland, Finland and Belgium. Next edition's "focus" will be on Belgium, with a possibility of extending cultural and cinematic focus on several countries and regions, aside from the previous Grand Prix winner's country.
After only 6 years, Kratkofil Plus became no1 cultural project in Republic of Srpska and Banja Luka, in regards to attendance, scope of the festival and the media support it receives. It became well known for its main competition venue being at the Kastel, a medieval fortress, where the Open Air Theatre is held since 2010, which holds around 2000 spectators per screening, in the prime-time evening slots. Kastel is also used by the festival for a number of different venues, such as Secret garden, a lounge area for VIP guests and partners.
Kratkofil was founded in 2007 and was, at the time, the first film festival in Banja Luka and Republic of Srpska. The idea was to fill the gap in the film industry of the country, where short film form was not present at all, but was a starting point for most of the young directors of the country. It brought many significant film names to Banja Luka, for the first time, and gave young film-makers and the audience a chance to experience the international atmosphere, make contacts, educate in master class workshops and enjoy the additional entertainment and cultural programs.
For the best film in 2007. the five-member jury consisting of Gian Vittorio Baldi, producer and director, Jack Gerbes, director of the Maryland Film Office, Goran Dević, director, Pjer Žalica, director and Miroslav Momčilović, director, have decided to give Grand Prix to the film "Seed," by the Polish director Wojceha Kaspersky. According to the jury this film in the best traditions of the film documentary of Eastern conciliation manages to show a reconciliation with a personal tragedy, a film that does not waste any time feeling for nuance and its qualities retains also in things that are unsaid.
Gian Vittorio Baldi, producer and director from Italy, said that he was honored by the fact he was invited to the first International Short Film Festival "Kratkofil", which was held in Banja Luka, and he pointed the quality of the films shown, and also he wished a long life to the festival. Famous Croatian director Lordan Zafranovic had a Master Class for young film-makers.
At the second International Short Film Festival Kratkofil 2008 Grand Prix award won the film "Wrestling" from Iceland, directed by Grimur Hákonarson. The film is described as a simple, modest, perfectly formed portrait of hidden emotions in a remote part of Iceland, who told us a lot, with genuine emotions.
2008 jury of the festival were Heinz Hermanns from Interfilm festival in Berlin, Milorad Milinkovic, director, Đelo Hadžiselimović, producer, and Gaelle Jones, producer in Chateau-Rouge, Production Company in Paris and Wojcich Kasperski. Kasperski, director from Poland, was in the jury due to the new rule of the festival that the winning film director is a member of the jury in the next edition of the festival. " From Script to Screen Workshop" was held for Bosnian and international young filmmakers. Among many speakers there were Robert Nickson, producer and professor from New York, 2008, Carlo Varini, DoP and a professor at La Femis school in Paris, Alastair Thorne, writer and professor at UCLA,Todd Rohal, independent filmmaker from NYC, Kiril Dzajkovski, composer for LA and Skopje, Nikola Pejakovic, actor, writer and director from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
"All this is very nice. I think it's a good festival, especially as it brought so many filmmakers to socialize. I had the unforgettable experience while teaching and I tried to tell a lot about producing and how authors can persuade producers to open their wallets and fund projects," said Nickson.
In its 2nd edition, the festival, for the first time, introduced the Open Air Theatre, which was constructed by the festival in the very city center on the roof of the Boska mall. The festival further occupied all city center available venues, to satisfy the screenings of its growing number of program slots as well as a number of cultural side-program events and the organization.
The Finnish film director Jan Ijäs with the film “Ghosts” won the Grand Prix of Kratkofil 2009. Every day in newspapers and on television we face world full of suffering and pain, it is necessarily to create a certain emotional distance. This means that we are receiving unpleasant information, but they do not have any effect on us. The theme of this film is the sheer fact that is present everywhere in the world. In the third year the festival jury consisted of Grimur Hákonarson, Icelandic director, Jovan Todorović, director, Nikola Stojanović, director, Jukka Pekka Easier, director of Tampere Film Festival and director Evald Oterstad.
In 2009, the festival moved its Open Air theatre to the roof of the National Theatre of Republic of Srpska, with an attractive view of the city center. The third edition was promoted under the slogan Profit vs. Art, when the festival focused on industry's struggle to survive in the times of financial crisis. In accordance to this, the festival declared itself as a non-profit event, completely abolishing charging of entrance to any festival events.
Through a process of "reconstruction" which was the motto of "Kratkofil" 2010. there was a change in the concept of the festival. The International Short Film Festival "Kratkofil" has changed its name to International Film Festival "Kratkofil Plus". That year's festival did not have the competition program.
The new concept offers a rich festival program revue in which are screened feature films that are not available in local cinemas, and that have had significant success at European film festivals.
Through these changes, we wanted to offer the audience in Banja Luka new facilities that will enable them to see extraordinary performances of film, while not to be saturated with a single cinematic expression. During this year we introduced the new Open Air Theatre, which is now held at the Kastel fortress where feature films are screened that the audience didn’t have a chance to see in the cinema distribution. - said the festival director. Exclusivity on the festival in 2010 was "I Already Am Everything I Want to Have," from director Dane Komljen, which won third place at the Cannes Film Festival, in competition "Sinefondasion". One of the most independent film-maker Želimir Žilnik while opening Kratkofil 2010 wished that festival has many more successful years.
"The fact that the film that opens the festival, has achieved great success at Cannes, and that this is an author who is from Banja Luka says that 'Kratkofil' has a good basis to develop and improve. The enthusiasm of the team that prepared 'Kratkofil' and the audience that filled the fortress are the force upon which festival should grow and last. ", said Žilnik.
In 2011 the festival goes back to the thing which makes a festival, and that is a competitive program. It introduced a three-member jury: Iva Peer-Divjak, Belgrade producer, Ljubisa Savanović, actor from Banja Luka and Finnish filmmakers Jan Ijas awarded the film "Stardust", directed by Nicolas Provost from Belgium.
In the opinion of the jury, stated that the main prize went to the Provost "unique cinematic reflection of everyday life in the film where the characters are identified with common people and in return get a little stardust." Throughout the festival many local, regional and international filmmakers have appeared as guests and lecturers. Among others appeared: Želimir Žilnik, director, Lazar Stojanović, director, Robert Zuber, journalist and director, Boris Mitić, Iva Plemić Divjak, producer, Marko Vidojković, writer and many others.
International Film Festival Kratkofil Plus was held from 18 to 22 July and the main locations in the city for movie lovers were Youth Center and fortress Kastel. This year’s festival was be held under the motto “Motorso”, with the following explanation: Because, while trying to discover traces of all those tendencies that appear in man’s head and which set in motion its controlling activity, one gets the impression that those tendencies move from downward to upward. Triggered by driving force of your heart, stomach and genitalia, the tendencies flood from torso into the head. One could say that the moving complex inside your torso gives drive to the controlling complex inside your head, like a motor, like “motorso”.
In addition to over fifty short films from around the world competing for the Grand Prix award for best feature, documentary, animation and experimental film, and the best regional (in the former Yugoslavia), Kratkofil Plus featured very attractive films such as the BAFTA short film selection, The Artist is Present, Whore's Glory and many others.
Grand Prix Winners