Of all the annual cultural events in the Croatian capital, it’s the Zagreb Film Festival that is most likely to galvanise the locals into an advance-ticket-buying state of anticipation. Given that it is predominantly an art-film festival promoting works by directors who have probably never enjoyed anything remotely resembling a box-office hit, this is a real phenomenon. Above all, it’s one of the more varied and extensive cultural feasts: the festival’s programme booklet is invariably a fat tome full of tantalising possibilities, with daytime screenings of cinema classics and niche documentaries vying for attention with the main night-time programme of films in competition for the festival’s Golden Pram awards. Buy a ticket to a screening and you also get access to the after-show DJ events.
Zagreb Film Festival
Oct 20-27, 2013