An official press conference was held on Friday, August 28, ahead of the 7th Star Film Fest. They talked about the upcoming edition of the festival; festival director Matija Holjevac, Sisak mayor Kristina Ikić Baniček, INA representative Damir Butković, video production manager Teo Vukšan and media sector manager Jana Župančić. The conference was attended by representatives of Sisak media, journalists of Radio and TV Sisak and journalists of the TV Mreža.
The organizers pointed out that this year’s edition was presented in many ways as a new web Star Film Fest, a new visual identity of the newspaper in the form of online option to follow the festival in parallel with the festival at Theater 21 in Sisak.
Director Matija Holjevac expressed satisfaction with the number of submitted films, despite the specific circumstances. Thus, Star Film Fest for the competitive part of the program this year closed as many as 816 films, professional selectors for the competition and screening of the selected 54 best. The director of the festival was also represented by this year’s jury; Ana Trebše, Ana Đordić and Igor Jelinović. He also pointed out that all segments of the program will be planned for the location of Theater 21 will be realized in accordance with the recommendations of the National Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.
Mayor Kristina Ikić Baniček pointed out the support of the city of Sisak to the Star Film Fest, which the City Festival has been offering since the first year of its existence and plans to continue and upgrade with editions. The mayor also praised the young enthusiastic volunteers and organizers of the Star Film Fest and recognized the educational element of the festival in the form of the professional stature of all organizers through the work at the festival. It was recognized as a specific and successful undertaking of the mayor to hold the festival online and at the location of Theater 21, and she mentioned that such a way of realization is not easy to perform as some larger and longer festivals are not founded in this challenge.
The representative of INA, Damir Butković, then addressed the media, emphasizing the already traditional cooperation of INA with the star festival in Sisak. On behalf of INA, I expressed my satisfaction with the cooperation and congratulated the organizers of the Star Film Fest on embarking on the challenging realization of the 7th edition of the festival.
The head of the media sector, Jana Župančić, introduced the media to the festival program with an emphasis on rich and extensive accompanying content. Thus, the 7th Star Film Fest, in addition to online competition screenings in the online edition and screenings of films “F20” and “Zagreb Equinox” at the Theater 21, also offers the audience an exhibition, workshops and music events that all interested will be able to participate online and outdoors. 21.
The head of the video production, Teo Vukšan, clarified the method of online monitoring of the festival through the official website – sfilmfest.com and instructed those interested to vote, which will also be possible.
After thanking the media for coming and following the official press conference, the organizers thanked the sponsors for their support and invited everyone interested to the 7th Star Film Fest, which will be held from September 3rd to September 5th in Sisak and online.