Cinehill Motovun Film Festival is one of the most popular and prominent film events in Croatia and one of the best-known festivals in Southeast Europe dedicated to international arthouse films. The aim of the Festival is to reflect diversity – both visually and geographically – and to promote social values and tackle contemporary issues. Over the past two decades it has also served as a window to European independent cinema from the Croatian context.

Since 2019, the Festival’s Short Film Program has joined EFA festival network, which means that the program winner becomes an automatic candidate for the European Film Award in the Short Film category.

After twenty-five years, the Festival has decided to refresh and reinvent parts of the concept. Actually, the concept remains the same – but the landscape expands. The beautiful hills of the Gorski kotar region became a new home of the Cinehill Motovun Film Festival. Thus, the Festival slogan, the hill of films, expands to a new magical hill.

Program that will take place in the “pearl of untouched nature” – the forests of Gorski kotar – will promote an eco-friendly festival experience. Visitors will be encouraged to think and live with responsibility towards nature and the Festival will find more space for films and projects that promote “ecological thinking” and sustainable living.

Cinehill MFF is known for its informal and relaxed atmosphere without red carpets that supports direct contact between filmmakers and audience. It presents 25 short films up to 20 minutes, with more than 100 features and short films screened during the Festival and in 30 open-air screenings in Gorski kotar, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, and Zagreb.

In order to promote regional films, the Festival is waiving fees for films from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Slovenia, and Montenegro.

The Propeller of Cinehill for Best Short Film, 1000 Euro award
The winner becomes a Candidate for the European Film Award in Best Short Film category.

The call for entries is opened for international selection of fiction, documentary and animated films up to 20 minutes in length.

All films must have been made in or after 1st of January 2023.

The films must be Croatian premieres

We do not accept feature or medium-length films.

Overall Rating
  • My short film Perfect Two was selected for the 2023 edition. I did not make it in person, but the communication process was always smooth and pleasant.

    August 2023
  • Sunčica Fradelić

    Amazing festival in a beautiful place. I was honored to be guest of the festival.

    August 2022
  • Gargantua Film Distribution

    Thanks for hosting "Flores del precipicio" by Andrea Gatopoulos at your festival!

    August 2022
  • jimmy olsson

    Thank you for showing My film 2nd class!

    August 2018