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Pula, Motovun, Dubrovnik - Film Arts Under the Starry Sky
Lovers of the Seventh Art have long known of the Pula Film Festival, one of the oldest film festivals in Europe which is also one of the world's most attractive festivals in the open due to projections held in the historical sites of Kaštela and Roman Arena. In the last few years, it was joined by the Motovun film festival and Dubrovnik Libertas Film Festival, where projections are also carried out in the open among the old walls.

Few are the world film festivals can boast screenings in the ambience imbued with centuries of history.

A couple of years ago The Guardian included Pula Film Festival among one of the three best and most spectacular outdoor European festivals and this, 57th edition will offer to its visitors, lovers of cinematic art, a varied program of international and local film innovation in several categories.

The International Programme Europolis-Meridian will feature a series of films selected from the most prestigious film festivals like Venice, Cannes, Berlin, Rome and Karlovy Vary and will be held from 10th to 24th July.

The national program is planned from 17th to 24th July and film screenings will be held at the Arena. This is the best known and most significant monument in Puli where gladiator fights were staged during the Roman times. It was built in the first century AD, during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, at the same time as the biggest and most famous building of its kind - Coliseum in Rome.

Arena is located outside the city walls of old Pula because of its size and geographical advantages, and the road which takes us into the city and today represents one of the main city roads was established at the time of Vespasian, when it also got its name - Via Flavia.

Istrian town of Motovun will from 26th to 30th July host its 12th Film Festival, which has in a short time became a much appreciated gathering place for film fans. A rule has emerged in the recent years: every self- respecting movie lover must come to Motovun in late July, when this small Istrian town becomes the Croatian film Mecca. This picturesque town situated on top of a steep hill poses an idyllic setting for a festival which has persistently ignored the increasingly commercial nature of cinema and nurtures an independent film production which moves the boundries of innovation and artistic expression. In Motovun, one can watch professionally selected films from the current world production of various genres. The five day marathon of daylong screenings can satisfy even the most demanding film fans, and the Motovun Film Festival will also offer top entertainment in the moments when the eyes are not focused on the screen.

The festival partner country this year is Slovenia hence the the best films of the Slovene film industry will be screened, the two most recent ones and a dozen documentaryand experimental works. The most successful achievements in recent years will be presented with five films in the retrospective programme.

Dubrovnik's cultural offer is very rich, and it includes film industry under the auspices of Libertas Film Festival which brings to the Dubrovnik audience some of the most interesting films of independent production. Festival program includes full-length feature films, documentaries and short films but its uniqueness is certainly an environment in which it takes place because all film screenings are held outdoors among the old Dubrovnik walls.

The sixth edition of the Libertas Film Festival will be held from 2nd to 6th July and organizers are promising a rich and high quality program with which the festival established itself in recent years. In the competition part of the festival audience will have the opportunity to see some of the best films of the latest world productions and the critically acclaimed award-winning titles that come from major world festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, Venice and Toronto. As before, Libertas will also present lesser-known cinematic jewels, and this time the productions come from Vietnam is Iceland.

This year's guest of "The Focus Programme" is Russia, a country of great filmmakers and great films. Always interesting and often watched programme of short films will once again introduce young authors.

Istria County Tourist Board

Tourist Office Pula

Pula Film Festival

Tourist Office Motovun

Motovun Film Festival

Tourist Board of Dubrovnik-Neretva County

Dubrovnik Tourist Board

Libertas Film Festival

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