The promotional film Croatia Your Next Filming Destination, shot in cooperation between the Croatian Tourist Board and the production company Balduci film, won second place in the "Region International" category in March this year at the jubilee, 20th edition of the prestigious The Golden City Gate festival. It is a festival held during the ITB tourist fair in Berlin, and as the fair and the award ceremony were not held due to the situation with the coronavirus, Balduci film director Spomenka Saraga presented the award from Berlin to the Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic.
-We are extremely proud of the success of the film, which promotes Croatian film locations and additionally positions Croatia as an attractive country on the map of world production centers. Despite the fact that the corona virus pandemic has stopped the production momentum in the world and in our country, we are 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 the 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 domestic projects started last week, with the recommended precautions.
-The award from Berlin is a great success if we take into account that the competition included films from all over the world, from famous world destinations, and they were evaluated by as many as 45 members of the jury of various professions. The festival awards films in 18 categories, and the best are chosen by an international jury made up of representatives from various sectors - from business people to artists. Every international award makes us especially happy and gives us the wind in our backs, and since our films have been submited to several other festivals, we are looking forward to the results of autumn festivals - said the screenwriter and producer of the film Spomenka Saraga.
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, also check out soap2day, which was held for the 41st time this year, while at the Riga International Film Festival the film won the main jury award.
Good trends on the Croatian film scene are also confirmed by the Croatian Audiovisual Center, which says that the interest of foreign producers in filming in Croatia is really great, especially for locations on the coast, but also for "undiscovered" locations in Kijevo, Knin, Glina, Obrovac, Zir and Petrova gora, as well as in already known locations such as Rovinj, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Trogir, Pag and Zagreb.