8th Student International Film Festival begins next Thursday

Offline STIFF celebrating body in Rijeka’s Art-kino

In exactly seven days, on Thursday 4th of November at 19:00h 8th STIFF begins – a celebration of student and debutant films from all over the world gathered around this year’s festival theme – the body. Our selectors Maša Drndić, Sendi Bakotić, and Marta Ban have chosen 38 films from 17 countries, and following the films a rich supporting program awaits – from the international exhibition In Transmission curated by Elena Apostolovski (Gallery SKC) to Stitches – a discoursive program engaging regional authors and the audience in interesting discussions (Art-kino foyer). Saturday at 14:00h we’ll discuss animation with Kata Gugić, Sunčana Brkulj, and Natko Stipaničev; the same day at 21:30h Anja Koprivšek, Bojan Radanović and Sara Grgurić will join us on a talk about intimacy, and on Sunday at 15:00h we will talk about documentary filmmaking with Jasmina Beširević and her protagonist and Nikola Stojanović.

As every year, films are organized in ten curated program slots: I: THUNDERS, II: AMNESIA, III: GLITCH, IV: SPRINT (a program suited for children and teens), V: LITTLE CHANCES, VI: STRETCHING, VII: STROBE LIGHT, VIII: SHIFTING, IX: TRACES, X: LOOPS.

Our three-member jury teams will choose the best films in the fiction category (Sanjin Stanić, Tomislav Šoban, Matija Zanoškar), documentary category (Goran Devič, Bela Bračko-Milešević, Sara Huskić), and animation category (Ivana Pipal, Auden Lincoln-Vogel, Ana Klepo), and the audience will give out an Audience Choice Award.

Book your extended film-lovers weekend from Thursday, 4.11. to Sunday 7.11. and don’t miss out on an amazing selection of student films in Art-kino cinema.

The program is free for all the visitors and will be carried out by current epidemiological standards that proscribe wearing a protective mask in all the closed spaces and during the screenings, limited seatings in the cinema hall, keeping a physical distance between visitors, and using hands sanitizer.

STIFF is Croatia’s first International Film Festival dedicated entirely to student films. Established by the SKC Rijeka (Student Cultural Center) and organized in collaboration with Filmaktiv – the purpose of the festival is to strengthen the student film and video industry by allowing an insight into the work of other fellow student filmmakers, encouraging the development of new ideas and establishing international collaborations in the field of media production.

The Student International Film Festival – STIFF – is supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, City of Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski kotar County, University of Rijeka, the “Kultura nova” Foundation,  and National Foundation for Civil Society Development.