The last day of the festival has dawned and preparations have begun for another, special but again equally important day. Saturday, September 5th, marked the culmination of a year-long work on a demanding but extremely successful project, Star Film Fest.
The organizers gathered in the morning with the usual elaboration of protocols for the coming day. Then the tasks were distributed and each member of the team tried to do their best to ensure that the preparations for the location and live broadcast went according to plan. After the end of the last competition screenings online, a short lunch break followed through the official Star Film Fest website. Shortly afterwards, hard-working volunteers gathered at the location of Theater 21. Then the technical service made an effort to delight all online followers of Star Film Fest, as well as the gathered organizers and volunteers, with another Acoustic jam session. While the jam was playing, Theater 21 was also visited by festival associates from the French Alliance, director Ida Erceg and Jasenka Butić, with whom Star Film Fest successfully coordinated the project of the First Shortest Francophone Film in February. After the relaxed moments, there was a workshop and lecture “Both in Heaven and at the Star Film Fest” led by Srđan Nogić, which was followed by the audience at Theater 21, but also the online audience via live broadcast.
As the day turned into evening, guests and the audience began to gather on the red carpet in front of Theater 21. The response of the audience at the final evening of the Star Film Fest gave the organizers a sense of satisfaction because the festival, despite the circumstances, recorded more than significant attendance. The deckchairs in front of the canvas, at the foot of the starry Sisak sky, were filled in compliance with the safety gap and the recommendations of the epidemiological services.
This was followed by the long-awaited announcement of the winners, and all the winners joined the program via video messages of thanks and enthusiasm for the success achieved. The award for the best feature film was won by the film “Southern Fruit”, the best documentary is “Why does mom always cry?”, The best animated film selected by the expert jury is “A Perfect Turn” .Film “Sedra” won the award for best editing. The next prize was awarded for the best regional film taken by “Sherbet”. The selectors Anja Kavić and Martina Mladenović presented their award – the award of the selectors to the film “Traces” and the audience chose the film “Quarantine alone or with milk?” As their favorite. The jury also named the best special award for the film “Sedra” and a special award for the film “Outside the Oranges Are Blooming”.
The director of the festival, Matija Holjevac, also addressed the audience, expressing his satisfaction with all the achievements. “The general sponsor of Star Film Fest is INA, there are also our sponsors, the Croatian Audiovisual Center, the Society of Croatian Film Directors, the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Sisak-Moslavina County. Also, Star Film Fest is held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Zoran Milanović. ” – Matija Holjevac had expressed his gratitude.
The screening of Svebor Mihael Jelić‘s film “Zagreb Equinox” attracted and delighted the audience. The actor from the film, Patrik Gregurec, who had the honor of announcing the film to his fellow citizens, also addressed the audience in front of the Star Film Fest screen.
Star Film Fest, again this year, aroused the enthusiasm of all visitors, pushed the boundaries of the film festival and surpassed the financial framework thanks to the enthusiasm of young film lovers. The parallel holding of the festival at the location of Theater 21, in compliance with all recommended measures of epidemiological services and the holding of the festival online via live broadcast, is more than commendable. Not even some of the more resounding festival names have embarked on such a challenge, while Star Film Fest has proven that the love for film overcomes every obstacle.