Motovun Film Festival is one of the most popular cultural events in Croatia and the best known film festivals of Southeastern Europe, devoted to international independent films.
The aim of the festival is to reflect diversity: esthetical, thematical and geographical. Its short program celebrates films standing out with their stories, warmth and innovation. MFF holds more than 30 open air screenings in Motovun, Buzet, Split and Rijeka.
Since 2019. the festival’s short film programme has joined the EFA partner festivals network. In other words, festival winner becomes a candidate for the European Film Awards in short film category.
In order to promote regional films MFF is waiving fees for films from: Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Slovenia and Monetenegro.
Motovun Shorts program presents 25 films up to 20 minutes in length. With all the retrospectives and side programs, more than 100 films are screened.
The festival takes place in spectaculare settings, within the walls of the small medieval town of Motovun, nestled on a hilltop close to the Adriatic coast. The festival events take place in the town streets and squares.
The festival is known by its informal and relaxed atmosphere, without red carpets, enabling direct contact between film makers and audience.
Every year it attracts some 25,000 visitors, mostly young people.
With its intensive program lasting daily from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m., with its concerts, exhibitions and social events, Motovun has become known as a town that never sleeps and has earned the festival attribute “Cinema Paradiso”.
In warm summer nights one can really feel good energy flowing through the narrow streets. It is carried by the young visitors staying at the camping site at the foot of the hill. It can be felt in the special atmosphere of screenings under the starry sky; in the music coming from all over the place.
Like in some boiling pot, all this blends in a short period of time – the festival lasts only five days – and in a small place: motion pictures, sounds, scents, tastes, legends... all that makes Motovun Film Festival.
The Propeller of Motovun 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 and animated films up to 20 minutes in length.
All films must have been made in or after 1st of January 2020.
The films must be Croatian premiers
We do not accept feature or medium-length films.