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In the beginning of October the Creative Europe/MEDIA program of the EU has announced its decision for Spring 2017 funding proposal for Development of Single Projects. The project “Crystal Raiders” has received 60.000 Euros, the largest amount ever awarded to a Croatian single project. The project has received 92 points and the threshold had been set to 88,5 points for Animation projects. Out of 359 eligible projects, 77 have been selected for funding. “Crystal Raiders” is an amazing science-fiction animated project for children conceived by the late Oscar- winner Dušan Vukotić about an orphan baby dinosaur Burgy who leaves his underground home and surfaces to the outside world, only to be found by two children who desperately try to save him from greedy circus owner and an unscrupulous animal dealer. The entire story takes place on a distant planet, recently colonized by humans. Besides enforcing strong bonds between children and parents, the film deals with ecological issues as well. The screenwriters are Aleksandar Žiljak and Dušan Vukotić, based on the story by Dušan Vukotić, while Arsen is the co-screenwriter. The film will be directed by Arsen and is currently produced by Filmosaurus Rex Ltd.
Following its successful Czech and Slovak theatrical runs, “Neparožderi” (“The Oddsockeaters”) premiered in Zagreb on Sunday, October 1st, at the Blitz-Cinestar Boutique Cinema Kaptol Center. It was a packed screening with most of the cast and crew present, in addition to many children, mostly first-graders from Ivan Gundulić primary school, in Zagreb. News and media channels extensively covered the premiere. The film will be opening on 43 screens in Croatia and several screens in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The film is distributed by Blitz Film and Video. As previously reported, the film became the largest grossing Czech animated feature film in the history of Czech cinema, with more than 320.000 admissions. This is an example of a successful Croatian coproduction, supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Center.
<-- Arsen with actor Goran Navojec (click to ENLARGE)
Arsen's two feature films "A Wonderful Night in Split and "Halima's Path" were selected for the retrospective of representative films of the ex-Yugoslav countries taking place during the 55th Rencontre Cinématographique de Pézenas, from the 10th until the 16th of February 2017 in a southern French town of Pézenas, near Montpellier. The festival is organized by the French Fédération des ciné-clubs de la Méditerranée. There was a total of 24 films selected from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia; 21 narrative feature films and 3 documentaries. Besides Arsen's films, two additional well-known films were selected from Croatia: "The Birch Tree" and "The High Sun".
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