About the Festival
Liburnia Film Festival (LFF) is the first documentary film festival in Croatia and the only festival screening only the latest in Croatian documentaries. It takes place in open air in late August. This year LFF will be held, for the 14th time, from August 22 to August 26 2016 at The Open Air Theatre in Opatija. LFF is organized by Association Liburnia Film Festival from Rijeka, in cooperation with Restart from Zagreb, and in partnership with Filmaktiv and Festivals Opatija. In 2014, Institute of documentary film (IDF) from Prague and Balkan Documentary Centre also became partners of the festival.
During five days of the festival, numerous audience enjoys between 15 and 20 documentaries every year, selected for the main and regional cimpetition. Special program consists of the films made by Restart label production. Films are selected by Oliver Sertić since 2007, and the awards are decided by a jury and the audience.
Festival has a competition character since the beginning (jury awards, audience awards and special mentions), while in 2013 industry awards were introduced for the first time in Croatia - for best director, best cinematographer, best editor and sound editing, in the attempt to point out the value of individual members of documentary film crews.
Liburnia Film Festival’s program so far included documentaries from almost all major Croatian documentary productions: Fade In, Factum, Hulahop, Hrvatski filmski savez, Nukleus Film, Maxima Film, Pulska filmska tvornica, Olimp, 4film and HRT... Each year several interesting amateur achievements also find their place in the program. Competition is open to documentaries made in minor Croatian coproduction, if Croatia is at least the second country in the production.
Ever since its 3rd Edition, Liburnia Film Festival organizes free education program – Documentary Film Workshop in cooperation with Filmaktiv from Rijeka, and Fade In and Restart from Zagreb. In 2016, two education workshops are taking place: “Prvi put snimam” (“My First Filmmaking”) for amateurs and a "Filmmaking spelling book" for the children.
From its beginnings, LFF hosted numerous filmmakers, directors, producers and festival selectors from the region and the world, with the aim to present the best Croatian documentaries to foreigners, and thus to support their future distribution.
In cooperation with Festival Opatija, LFF organizes a documentary program in the Open Air Theater of Opatija composed of documentary hits. Also, to a spread a story about good Croatian documentaries across the country, winning films from the previosu edition of the festival take a tour trough Croatian cities, in a program called "Liburnia sails."
Liburnia Film Festival also hosted over 40 different music performers so far, mostly from Croatia.