History Film Festival is an international festival of historical documentary films organized by ISTRA FILM.

The Festival is taking place in Rijeka, Croatia

History Film Festival aims at offering viewers and film experts an insight into contemporary film and TV production of historical documentary films, at the same time providing a place where film professionals can meet and share their creative ideas for future projects.

Festival programme consists of a competition programme, and special thematic programmes (presentations of independent and TV productions, screenings of material from film archives, specialized conferences…).

History Film Festival encourages filmmakers to apply films for its special programmes planned for 2020:
• Politics – events, politicians and political ideas which left their mark in human history
• Migrations – films that tell stories of people who had to leave their homes for any reason
• Women – HFF in 2020 is especially focused on women documentary filmmakers and stories of well-known or less-known women
• Fellini – documentaries about the legendary Italian director Federico Fellini and his influence on modern filmmaking

Official awards of History Film Festival are:
• Grand Prix
• Best Independent Production Documentary
• Best TV Production Documentary
• Best Director
• Best Screenplay
• Best Cinematography
• Best Film Editing
• Best Composer
• Audience Award

Official awards consist of a statue.

Before submitting, please read the full Festival rules:
http://historyfilmfestival.com/festival-rules/

Documentary films of all running times, regardless of their year of production, whose main topic is history – historical events and characters, can be entered.
The films for the competition programme can be submitted by directors, independent and TV producers, distributors and national film bodies entitled and authorized for representation and submission of films.

If submitting screening links from Vimeo or Youtube, please ensure that they can be acessible to History Film Festival staff until the conclusion of the event.

If your film is selected, the following materials in digital form will also be required:
- a brief synopsis of the film in English;
- at least 3 photographs from the film (of the quality suitable for press – 300 dpi);
- the director's filmography and biography in English and one photo;
- promotional material (trailer, press packages, posters, etc.)
- English transcript/dialogue list or external English subtitles

For public projections at History Film Festival, secure download of a high-quality projection copy will be requested, unless already provided through the submission platform. The projection format is 1920x1080 resolution, h.264 encoded, preferably above 10Mbit.
All non-English films must be submitted with English subtitles.
Physical copies can be accepted in special circumstances.
Please note that History Film Festival cannot accept DCP at this time.

Submission fees are not refundable.

Questions concerning regulations and/or submission forms should be addressed to:
HISTORY FILM FESTIVAL
Brdo 7a
HR - 51000 Rijeka, Croatia
Phone: +385 92 1331310
e-mail: info@historyfilmfestival.com
Web: www.historyfilmfestival.com

Overall Rating
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  • Uri Borreda

    Thank you History film festival for your hospitality, and a great competition among very good films.

    November 2019
    Hff torpedo
    Response from festival:

    Dear Uri,

    Thank you so much for your kindness and friendship. We are looking forward to watching more amazing films from you and having you back with us in Rijeka soon.

  • Nalini Sousa

    I loved the History Film Festival. Bernardin and Tiha are wonderful hosts.
    It felt like being part of a big family.

    September 2019
    Hff torpedo
    Response from festival:

    Dear Nalini,

    Thank you so much for your kindness and such a wonderful spirit. We are waiting for you to finish a new film and come back to Rijeka... Or maybe a train station in Matulji ;)

  • Two of our documentaries were part of official selection.
    It was great pleasure to be there.
    Quality works, friendly team, good communication and great hospitality.

    September 2019
    Hff torpedo
    Response from festival:

    Dear all at Belge Film,
    thank you very much for your review, for the efforts you had to make to come to Rijeka and above all thank you for two heavy, but extremely relevant and touching stories. We look forward to watching more films from you! And we will continue working very hard to get all five stars in each category in the future :)

  • Arianna Lodeserto

    HFF was probably the cutest festival I've ever been selected in...
    Rijeka is a unique post-industrial eclectic city, but our guests also showed us croatian beautiful island and other exquisite places all over Rijeka,
    we had interesting masterclass and super nice lunches, and we stayed in the charming Botel Marina...
    The group of selected filmakers was solid, funny and easygoing, different from posh atmosphere of usual all-male festivals...
    We all enjoyed the company and the films
    and I have to say that I saw some wonderful documentary in this edition!
    Networking also worked well, since everyone was very curious, attentive to others's movie, and extremely friendly.

    October 2018
    Hff torpedo
    Response from festival:

    Dear Arianna,

    Thank you so much for a wonderful review. We hope to see you next year with another incredible film.

    All the best from our small team ;)

  • A unique festival in the world, historical documentaries.

    An excellent organizing by the Festival. We felt like home.

    A great atmosphere among all the directors around the world.

    No doubt, to repeat!

    Thanks.

    September 2018
    Hff torpedo
    Response from festival:

    Dear Hector,

    thank you so much for a flattering review, your indestructible enthusiasam and such an amazing positive personality. We would love to have you with us every year!