Diversions International Short Film Festival started in 2014 as a Revue of Croatian Short Films - Kratki na brzinu.

In the beginning, only Croatian shorts were selected for competition yet other diverse programs included varied national and international friends, partners, collaborators, and guests.

Sveti Ivan Zelina is a small town in Zagreb County with cinema which was closed down for almost a decade. Festival initiation gave birth to fully digitalized and operating cinema which permanently attracts visitors.

Without any experience and knowledge in the field, we devoted ourselves to promoting shorts and young filmmakers truly from passion and love.

Fast-forward to 2018 - we are approaching our biggest test in our short history.

Thanks to our past and present partners we managed to unlearn everything and learn small from scratch and we will continue to do so in the future for the benefit of national and international filmmakers.

Our main partners are City of Sveti Ivan Zelina, Zagreb County, Sveti Ivan Zelina Tourist Board and Public University Sveti Ivan Zelina.

DISFF is devoted to the realm of short films. We aim to screen, promote, and market premier short films in the world. We are motivated by your stories, memories, and pieces of life waiting to be given to the audiences. Natural-born storytellers, seekers, and adventurers are our inspiration. Our passion is screening short films. And yours?

We accept fiction circuses, documentary puzzles, animated miracles and experimental wonders limited to 20 minutes in duration.

Submissions are made exclusively through this Filmfreeway site.

Welcome to DISFF and Sveti Ivan Zelina!


Diversions Grand Prix 2018 - for best film in official selection.

Diversions Innovative Voice Award - for a film that transcends the ordinary inclination of the film medium and transforms into a fresh and diverse art form.

Pax Diversity Award - for a film that reflects the stories and voices of indigenous communities around the world, showing different perspectives on the human condition with the strong accent on protecting human rights and freedoms.

Best Director
Best Script
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Best Acting Performance - by an actress, actor or ensemble in a leading role.
Best Animation - for best animators and animation process.

Special Mention

Croatian Short Pitch Award for the best film in pitching competition.

Films are judged and awards are given out by international Jury of film, media, music and art professionals.

The award is a wooden artwok made by designer Monika Džakić.

Overall Rating
  • Masha Udovicic

    Professional and friendly! Thanks for everything!

    June 2017
  • Suncica Ana Veldic

    Very well organized festival with interesting industry and networking.

    July 2016
  • Mark Modrić

    Easy going,friendly festival with the best people ever!

    June 2016
  • Jure Pavlovic

    Amazing small little festival in beautiful small town near Zagreb, capital of Croatia.

    Wonderful hospitality, great people, interesting master classes

    May 2016
  • Antoneta Kusijanovic

    Wonderful people and energy

    May 2016