STIFF (Oct 18th – Oct 21st 2018) is an international festival dedicated to student and debutant films. Its purpose is to connect the audiences with the best works of the student and debutant film from all over the world. Its goal is to strengthen the local film production by creating networking opportunities and showing the work of film art which inspires new ideas.
The focus of the 5th annual STIFF is on DREAMS. Dreams of a better society, dreams about dreams and dreams exploring their own boundaries. The playfulness of this years’ programme (by Maša Drndić and Sanja Marjanović) will seem as embarking on a dreamworld roller coaster – from the moment we fall asleep until the waking hour, it will release fairy tales as well as nightmares.
This years’ STIFF programme brings 43 mostly short and medium-length films covering all genres (fiction, documentary, animation, experimental, hybrid), and coming from 22 countries worldwide. The films have been divided into ten selection slots.
In the past two years the festival has expanded its activities and created a variety of talks, discussions, educational and networking programmes under an ‘umbrella’ name STIFF FILM CIRCLE.
Some of the participants of this initiative have taken on important roles in growing the festival from one year to another.
This year for the first time, the audiences will see a programme – a real REM adventure titled “REWIND” and created by two young selectors previously engaged in STIFF FILM CIRCLE activities, Marta Ban and Sendi Bakotić.
The goal of the STIFF FILM CIRCLE is to open the public space towards a dialogue that extends outside the institutions i.e. the “safe zone” of the University – and to create a fresh, neutral space for learning through practice, communication and cooperation. The four main discursive programmes within the STIFF Film Circle are: On-the-field education, After screening discussion panels, the Film Critic Workshop and STIFF On the Road.
The late night discussions entitled “Dreamcatchers” follow after programmes: “TALES OF POSTMODERNITY”, “ROUND CORNERS” and “MIND THE GAP!” The creators of the programme and the moderators of the round tables are Greta Grakalić-Rački, Petra Bezjak and Natalija Stefanović.
The festival will take place in its usual venue, Art-kino Croatia in Rijeka and the entrance to all the programmes is free!