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HISTORY FILM FESTIVAL comes to its audience for the third time, bringing once again a series of very interesting films which throw light on personalities and events that marked the world’s further and closer history. We look forward to showing you several movies which will help you to better understand and grasp close historical events whose actuality is nowadays still unquestionable. Since we live in the era of “fake news”, a period in time littered with information of questionable credibility, these documentaries will certainly provide a means of coming closer to the real truth.

This year 140 films from 38 countries were submitted for the festival.  Although 49 films passed the selection process, due to certain hitches in the organization we shall screen only 30 of these on different locations in Rijeka, Novi Vinodolski, Crikvenica and Matulji.  We are pleased that this year the area where the films selected for our festival will be screened was widened, as we hope that this will generate new audiences to whom we’ll be able to present in the coming years a good quality and exciting historical documentary films from all four corners of the earth.

Another important step forward in the evolution of HFF is the launching of the so called inclusive cinema.  It will allow blind, visually impaired, deaf and hearing impaired persons to watch certain films that were adapted in order to make them accessible to such persons.  In this regard we established cooperation with the Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired of Primorje-Gorski kotar County, the Association of Deaf and Hearing Impaired persons of Primorje-Gorski kotar County, and with the actor Denis Brižić, who jointly selected and adapted the film “Love is potatoes”.  This type of cooperation the Festival will continue developing in the coming years.

The intention of the HFF organizers has always been to present certain events in an interdisciplinary fashion too.  Therefore, thanks to the collaboration with the Goethe Institute in Zagreb, our viewers will have the opportunity to see the top exhibition and presentation of the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, the artistic movement originating in Germany, the extents of which have become the heritage of the entire world. Obviously, the film lovers will be able to enjoy the selection of top-quality experimental films by Bauhaus artists, as well as the projects of our guests from Germany.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t realize the idea of presenting in a better and more diverse fashion programs related to the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death and the 100th anniversary of D’Annunzio’s proto-fascist adventure in Rijeka.

The enthusiasm of our small team is not fading and we are already preparing a program for the next festival, which should be a new step forward in the sense of quality and contents. We believe that, with a proper support from our sponsors and partners, we shall succeed in doing so.


Director and Selector, HFF