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WHO WE ARE

Dubrovnik Film Festival for the Children and the Youth of the Mediterranean Countries

The Association for the promoting of Media Culture - LUŽA

Media Culture against Media Entertainment

Our mission is to provide young amateur filmmakers (10 to 20 year olds) with technical, financial and professional support in their creative efforts. We organize filmmaking workshops, provide the necessary filmmaking equipment and finance the education of our members by covering tuition costs, travel and accommodation expenses. In doing so, we offer young people, mostly elementary and high school students, the experience of spending quality time with their peers. We try to create a free creative environment in which students are encouraged to express their ideas and explore their talents. In this way, instead of being passive consumers, young people are given the opportunity to become active participants in the world of media. By providing free technical and professional support and by fully financing educational activities, such as summer camps, student exchanges and festival gatherings, we encourage young people with fewer opportunities (e.g. parents with a low income) to participate in our programs. Our vision is to become the keystone of amateur filmmaking in the area. We are members of The Croatian Film Club Association.

The Dubrovnik Cinemas

The Dubrovnik Cinemas are one of the cultural institutions of the city of Dubrovnik. They are concerned with promoting of video culture and catering for public needs in the field of video media. This is done primarily through public screening of films and other video material which can be considered to be of cultural value as well as through the organisation of an array of other cultural events. This prestigious association supports the work of associations which work with children and youth. The association is a member of The Association of European Cinemas and involved in the program Media, which especially supports work which is done with/for the young.

School of film Šipan

School of film Šipan is an association which promotes media culture, especially through development of media literacy of children by competent usage of recent technology and media. The activities are delivered through the project “Šipan summer film school” held on the island of Šipan in August every year. The project consists of not only film workshops but also of open air film screenings and other cultural programs which side by side with busy activities of young film makers turn the whole island in real film oases. The association closely cooperates with similar organizations, specially with Association Luža and it is a member of The Croatian Film Club Association.

Why a festival

The word festival is derived from the Latin festivus which means to celebrate, to partake in merriment. The Idea for a youth festival arose from the desire to bring out the hidden and anonymous endeavours of the enthusiast young film maker so that they may enter the public eye and in this way gain recognition. By initiating the festival, we wish to offer a helping hand to individuals, schools and youth associations who work on media culture to achieve their five minutes of fame. Dubrovnik is a city of festivals. It is a city in which the word festa and festival evoke an age old tradition of the celebration of life. Dubrovnik celebrates its patron Saint Blaise, drama, and music so why not then celebrate film. So come to our fair city, take part in our celebration and pick up a thing or two by participating in our workshops or just by watching films and mingling with your peers. It will be our honour to be your host.

Why a Mediterranean

The Mediterranean is without doubt the cradle of Western European culture and civilization. Western Europe recognizes this but often seems to emphasize Greek and Roman heritage overlooking those roots of Mediterranean multiculturalism which have evolved on the shores of Africa and Asia Minor. The appearance of all these cultures, their interaction and the not uncommon cultural conflicts which developed between them, have forged the history of the people of the Mediterranean. It is from this that a Mediterranean multiculturalism was born. It is in this that we all can see ourselves. The goal of the festival is to abet this recognition of self and to grow in it.