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Three Croatian films at this year’s Clermont-Ferrand in France
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Četvrtak, 17 Siječanj 2019 14:16


17 January 2019 – Two films will join Veljko Popović’s animated film Cyclists at this year’s Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Snail the Painter by Manuela Vladić-Maštruk will compete in the youth film category while Daniel Šuljić’s film From Under Which Rock Did They Crawl Out is one of six films in the online selection. The festival is taking place from February 1st to 9th, 2019.

The animated educational film Snail the Painter by writer and director Manuela Vladić-Maštruko is competing in the ECO 1 programme for children 3 and up.

With its simple storyline, where the main characters are snails, the film introduces children to colours. The snails crawl over coloured patches and mixing them create new colours. The animators are Darko Vidačković, Iva Božić and Lucija Bužančić. Besides writing the script and directing the film, Vladić-Maštruko is also the film’s editor and designer. Sound is by Vjeran Šalamon, and music is by Šimun Matišić. The film is produced by Vinko Brešan and Zagreb Film.

From Under Which Rock Did They Crawl Out, written and directed by Daniel Šuljić, is one of six films competing in the online selection of the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. All films are available for viewing on the festival’s official website, and voting runs until noon on February 8th. The winner will receive a 500 EUR cash prize.

The film From Under Which Rock Did They Crawl Out is about evil bugs and other creatures who feel the time has come for them to crawl out of their holes and hiding places and spread out across the world. Besides writing and directing the film, Daniel Šuljić is also one of the animators along with Dea JagićIra Bulić, and Valent Balun with whom he also did compositing and editing. Sound and music are by Vjeran Šalamon. The film is produced by Igor Grubić (Kreativni Sindikat) and co-produced by Vinko Brešan (Zagreb Film), with support from the Croatian Audiovisual Centre and the City of Zagreb.

Snail the Painter

Veljko Popović’s film Cyclists was previously selected into the festival’s international competition. To date, Cyclists has screened at numerous festivals and has won many festival awards around the globe including Best Croatian Film at last year’s Animafest.

The 41st International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand will take place from February 1st to 9th, 2019. The festival includes three competition programmes (international, national and Lab), and each year offers a rich accompanying programme.

Furthermore, the Clermont-Ferrand Festival also has the biggest short film market, Marché du film court, visited by producers, distributors, festival programmers and buyers interested in short film. It also offers insight into the newest national productions from countries represented at the market.

For more information please visit the festival’s official website.

Mysterious Rocket Causes Alarm on the Streets of Zagreb
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Četvrtak, 17 Siječanj 2019 14:14

Mysterious Rocket Causes Alarm on the Streets of Zagreb

Photos of a mysterious “rocket system,” which can be seen on the streets of Zagreb, have been making rounds on the social networks for days. The photos show what appears to be a rocket (or a missile model) pulled by a van on a special trailer. The missile, the trailer and the van are all painted in the distinctive military olive-green colour, although neither the trailer nor the van have military license plates, reports Jutarnji List on January 17, 2019.

Citizens are confused and concerned, and no one seems to know why a rocket would be driven around Zagreb.

The unusual sight was reported from numerous locations in the city. It was first seen six days ago, and last time yesterday at Vukovar Street, near the city centre.

After the news reports and worried calls from the concerned citizens, the Zagreb Police Department has issued a statement on its website, explaining that the rocket is actually a tin model owned by a 46-year-old man from Zagreb.

"Following numerous inquiries by members of the public, concerning the van with a ‘missile’ on a trailer, the Zagreb Police Department has launched an investigation and determined that the vehicle in question is a Peugeot Boxer van, with Zagreb licence plates and a trailer. The vehicle and the trailer were found today, on January 17, at about 9 am in Sveta Nedjelja, near Zagreb. It has been established that the rocket is a tin model, owned by a 46-year-old man from Zagreb. During a conversation with the owner, it was determined that he himself made the model from a sheet of tin metal. The rocket is about 10 metres long and weighs about 200 kilograms. The goal of the project is to attract the attention of potential business partners who might want to use it for promotional purposes. No elements of any misdemeanours or crimes have been established,” announced the Zagreb Police Department in the statement.

For more news on Zagreb, visit our special section.

Translated from Jutarnji List (reported by Damjan Raknić). 

1.9 Million Croats Use Facebook, 1.1 Million Instagram
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Četvrtak, 17 Siječanj 2019 13:55

1.9 Million Croats Use Facebook, 1.1 Million Instagram

A study conducted by the Arbone digital marketing agency about the profile of average users of Facebook and Instagram in Croatia in 2019 has confirmed that these social networks are the most popular ones among Croats. About 1.9 million Croats use Facebook, which has become one of the leading online advertising channels. Not far behind is Instagram, with 1.1 million users, reports Večernji List on January 17, 2019.

Before May 2017, Instagram was one of the social networks that did not get too much attention from the Croatian users. Data show that in January 2017 there were about 390,000 Instagram users in Croatia, while four months later, in May 2017, the number of users of the network grew rapidly to 730,000, according to Arbone's report published on Thursday.

Facebook's targeting options have shown that the total number of active Facebook users in Croatia is approximately 1.9 million and that the share between women and men is about 50:50, with 940,000 female users (49 per cent) and 960,000 male users (51 per cent).

The total number of active Instagram users in Croatia is approximately 1.1 million, with 590,000 female users (54 per cent) who are active on this social network and with 510,000 (46 per cent) male users.

The largest group of active Facebook belongs to the ages between 25 and 34, while the most active users on Instagram are those belonging to the 18-24 age group.

Arbon says that, in 2016, the most active groups of Facebook users were those between the ages of 13 and 24 years, which means that the younger generation has moved to Instagram in the meantime.

The largest number of active Facebook and Instagram users live in Zagreb (680,000 / 410,000), followed by Split-Dalmatia County (180,000 / 120,000), Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (130,000 / 68,000) and Osijek-Baranja County (130,000 / 67,000 users).

As far as individual towns are concerned, with the exception of Zagreb, the most significant number of Facebook and Instagram users come from Split (99,000 / 66,000), Rijeka (82,000 / 44,000) and Osijek (61,000 / 33,000). These results are expected, given that these are the four largest towns in the country.

More news on the social media in Croatia can be found in the Lifestyle section.

Translated from Večernji List.

Autotrolej from Rijeka Gains Interest of German Transport Group
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Četvrtak, 17 Siječanj 2019 13:49

Autotrolej from Rijeka Gains Interest of German Transport Group

The German carrier is one of the largest providers of passenger transport services in Europe, employing more than 60,000 people and achieving more than 2.2 billion journeys. Is Rijeka's Autotrolej, which has found itself enfeebled by a lack of drivers, forcing it to cut certain routes, in for a stroke of luck?

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 17th of January, 2019, the Croatian subsidiary of the popular German carrier Arriva wants to take over Rijeka's Autotrolej, as has since been confirmed by Arriva Croatia itself, which has already acquired ownership of Autotrans, one of the largest passenger carriers in the segment of passenger transport in the Republic of Croatia.

"We're interested in all forms of cooperation, so taking the entire share of ownership of KD Autotrolej also comes into it, of course, provided that there is a common interest and a healthy economic base," stated Marina Pandurević, Managing Director of Arriva Croatia for Novi list.

This very concise response came after the company was asked about the situation following information about Arriva's taking over of Autotrans and potential interest in taking over or entering into some sort of business partnership with Rijeka's Autotrolej having surfaced.

The large transport company confirmed that they are definitely interested in buying Autotrolej or entering into a sort of partnership with the current co-owners, therefore entering into business with Autotrolej as a logical continuation of their business in the Republic of Croatia, based on the experience of public transport in very many other European cities.

As stated, Arriva is one of Europe's largest passenger transport service providers, employing more than 60,000 people and achieving more than 2.2 billion journeys. The group operates in fourteen European countries offering a wide range of public transport services to suit all needs.

Make sure to stay up to date with the situation with Autotrolej and on public transport in Croatia in general by following our dedicated news, business and lifestyle pages for much more.

Due Diligence at Uljanik Shipyard Extended until January 24
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Četvrtak, 17 Siječanj 2019 13:47

Due Diligence at Uljanik Shipyard Extended until January 24

ZAGREB, January 17, 2019 - The Pula-based Uljanik shipyard said on Thursday that the due diligence period had been extended until January 24 following additional interest shown by potential investors.

The data room is open from 8am to 6pm on weekdays and from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, January 19.

The company recalled that the deadline for submission of bids for a strategic partnership remained 8pm on January 25.

Economy Minister Darko Horvat said last week that intensive talks were under way with several partners and that it would be clear by January 25 whether they would eventually make a financial offer. He added that "two serious partners" were conducting due diligence.

Horvat said in parliament on Thursday morning that a third potential partner had shown interest on Wednesday and that he was certain that one more would express its interest next week.

More news on the Uljanik shipyard can be found in the Business section.

After Tensions in Parliament, Government and MOST Trade Accusations
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Četvrtak, 17 Siječanj 2019 13:40

After Tensions in Parliament, Government and MOST Trade Accusations

ZAGREB, January 17, 2019 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Thursday he would not tolerate accusations about high treason, saying that deputies of the MOST party were continuously contributing to growing hate speech and that there was no scenario in which he would cooperate with them.

"Yesterday's debate in parliament resulted in a salvo of insults, lies, defamation and this time even slander, even accusations against the deputy prime minister and myself about high treason. This is a new formulation coined by a MOST MP. I believe this is absolutely unacceptable, this is the line that defines that we as politicians involved in a political struggle, in dialogue, can tolerate insults, lies and slander, but we cannot tolerate accusations of high treason," Plenković said at his cabinet meeting.

During a parliamentary debate on a report submitted by Prime Minister Andrej Plenković about his attendance at European Council meetings in 2018, Nikola Grmoja of the opposition MOST party said that Plenković and Foreign Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić were working in the interests of Serbia, which caused an uproar in the parliament chamber, prompting Speaker Gordan Jandroković to order a 10-minute break in a bid to defuse the situation.

During the break Grmoja told the press that Plenković had attempted to lunge at him, but was prevented by other MPs.

Plenković said at the cabinet meeting on Thursday that this was MOST's constant contribution to the spreading of hate speech, "a spiral of hatred that keeps spinning." "In my response I have clearly said that neither I as prime minister, nor this government or the ruling Croatian democratic Union (HDZ) party will tolerate the spreading of the kind of hatred that this party is spreading. We draw a line here. Under no circumstances will we cooperate with such political actors," Plenković said.

The political secretary of the MOST party, Nikola Grmoja, on Thursday commented on Wednesday's incident, saying that he would not take back a single word, on the contrary, he would further emphasise certain things.

MOST leader Božo Petrov said the prime minster had shown that he had a glass chin, while MP Miro Bulj said the prime minister acted like a bully. "Yesterday's incident in parliament during which the prime minister attempted to lunge at Grmoja and things almost became physical between the prime minister and an MP, tells us that all masks are off. The person who claims that it is his objective to 'de-dramatise' the events has made a drama like we haven't seen since 1990," Petrov told a news conference.

Petrov said he could understand if the prime minister was angry or nervous because "it is very difficult to explain why he and his government have enabled the opening of new negotiating chapters for Serbia, despite the fact that Serbia has not met benchmarks from Chapter 23."

"From all of this we can conclude that this government is working in the interests of Serbia and not in the interests of Croatia. Working in Croatia's interests would mean that former prison camp detainees would receive legal protection in Croatia and a possibility would be created for Serbia to pay out damages to Croatian detainees. This hasn't happened to this day," Petrov said, adding that yesterday's incident showed that the prime minister had a glass chin.

Grmoja said that, although Serbia had failed to meet benchmarks from Chapter 23 in its accession talks with the European Union, it had nevertheless opened new chapters. He accused Pejčinović Burić and Plenković of doing nothing to prevent such developments. He then reiterated several times that the Croatian prime minister and foreign minister were working in Serbia's interests.

"The truth is that the entire debate and questions were appropriate and I didn't get the answers to my questions," Grmoja told the press, adding he was standing by all his claims. "I will not back down an inch because this is high treason!" Grmoja said.

MP Bulj said that it was not true that Milorad Pupovac of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), who was present during Wednesday's incident in parliament, had tried to calm the situation down. On the contrary, the entire time he was saying 'You are provocateurs and you are spreading hatred,' Bulj said.

More news on the incident in the parliament can be found in the Politics section.

More Reforms Needed to Introduce Euro
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Četvrtak, 17 Siječanj 2019 13:32

More Reforms Needed to Introduce Euro

ZAGREB, January 17, 2019 - The adoption of the euro will benefit Croatian enterprises but will not resolve structural problems of the national economy, the chairman of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK), Luka Burilović, said on Thursday, calling for extra efforts to minimise the structural weaknesses of the economy before joining the common currency area.

"We see prevailing benefits of the adoption for our enterprises, but we must keep in mind that the adoption itself will not resolve the structural problems of the economy and that it is in our own interest to join the euro area as strong and stable as possible," Burilović said in a statement, commenting on the advantages and disadvantages of euro adoption.

That's why it is necessary to step up efforts to minimise the structural weaknesses of the Croatian economy in this pre-accession phase, he added.

Burilović noted that the Croatian economy is closely tied to the euro-area economy because euro-area member states are Croatia's most important trading partners. Two-thirds of Croatia's trade is done with the 19 members of the euro area, which also account for 66 percent of foreign direct investment in the country.

The Croatian tourism industry depends on visitors from the countries with the European currency, who generate about 70 percent of all tourism revenues and about 60 percent of tourist bed-nights in Croatia, Burilović said and added that the Croatian financial system is also highly euroised.

He said that it is much easier to do business and reduce business risks in a system in which revenues and obligations are in the same currency.

"That's why the principal benefit of the euro adoption for the Croatian economy is removing the currency risk," Burilović said, noting that at present the main instrument of monetary policy is to maintain the stability of the kuna exchange rate.

Another positive aspect of the adoption for Croatian citizens would be lower interest rates and more favourable borrowing conditions. Interest rates would be closer to those in the euro area, which are currently considerably lower than in Croatia, despite the fact that they are generally low.

Burilović said that the adoption would also provide a boost to exports and employment growth. "Lower capital costs and export risks and the removal of exchange-rate differences will make exporters more competitive," he concluded.

Earlier this month, European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said that Croatia was very seriously and intensively working on euro adoption and that the process of its accession to the euro area would be similar to that of Bulgaria, which has already sent in a letter of intent.

More news on the introduction of euro in Croatia can be found in the Business section.

Split Named Fastest Growing Airport in Former Yugoslavia Last Year
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Četvrtak, 17 Siječanj 2019 10:33

Split Named Fastest Growing Airport in Former Yugoslavia Last Year

Split is a hit, once again, as confirmed by Ex-Yu Aviation who reported on Thursday, January 17, 2019, that the Dalmatian airport was the fastest growing airport in the former Yugoslavia last year! 

Namely, Split Airport welcomed 3,124,067 passengers in 2018,  which is an increase of 10.9% from the year before and is an additional 305,891 passengers compared to 2017. The General Manager of Split Airport Lukša Novak claims that catching up to the capital city is not so far out of reach anymore, and in 2018, Split was ahead of Zagreb Airport for half of the year. 

"Almost half of our annual traffic is achieved during July and August. During the four summer months, we have the most passenger traffic in the country. We are extremely seasonal in character, but when looking at it on an annual level, we are in second place and have never been closer to Zagreb. In the aviation sector, 5% - 7% passenger growth on an annual basis is the norm. If you are lucky enough, you can double your numbers in about fifteen years. We have managed to achieve that in just six years, and that is a truly amazing feat,” Novak said.

But that’s not all. 

Ex-Yu Aviation also reported that Split Airport is still Croatia's most profitable airport. 

"The substantial passenger growth and the control of our expenditures have resulted in this level of profitability. We have not altered our fees over the past ten years as we do not want to jeopardize our growth with our pricing. I think this has proved worthwhile,” Novak added.

Novak also believes fighting seasonality in Split is vital. 

"We need attractions which are not only of interest to locals, but must be competitive with European metropolises because we need to measure up to them. This is not easy or cheap and it requires time, energy and vision. There are some good developments, but we have to work on creating an appealing offer for tourists to come outside of the peak season and then we will have more aircraft arriving in the winter. Carriers say they don't want to fly to a destination where they register fantastic results between April and October, which then have to cover losses generated over the winter. They want certainty and that is why there are so many airlines in Split in summer and few in winter,” Novak said.

Perhaps the best news of all, however, is that Split Airport is currently undergoing the construction of the new (and highly anticipated) terminal, which will be ready this July. 

Some of the perks include 30 check-in desks, five new baggage carousels and a modern baggage handling system, an observation deck, a car park, observation deck and business class lounge for the elite travelers. 

"This is a complex investment taking place over an area of almost 80.000 square meters, with the terminal taking up 35.000 square meters. Upon completion, the entire terminal complex will spread over 48.000 square meters, which is comparable to our counterparts in Zagreb and Dubrovnik,” said the airport's Assistant Director, Pero Bilas. 

Split, along with Zagreb and Dubrovnik airports, welcomed a record 8,999,789 passengers last year, which is an additional 766,501 on 2017. 

To find the latest on flights to Split (and Croatia), follow TCN’s travel section

Goodbye Istria, Hello Dalmatia! Seasplash Festival Moving to Šibenik
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Četvrtak, 17 Siječanj 2019 10:26

Sibenik, Croatia

As SibenikIN writes on the 16th of January, 2019, the much loved Seasplash Festival is set to move from Istria where it has been held so far, to a brand new location for 2019's festival. Seasplash Festival's seventeen-year long tradition will take to Martinska beach in Šibenik, as the festival's organisers have revealed.

''Situated directly across from the city of Šibenik, on the unique Srima peninsula and at the entrance to Šibenik's harbour, Martinska will open up a new chapter in the history of the festival with its appearance and location. From July the 18th to the 21st, 2019, relaxing in the sun and the sea with the best of domestic and international reggae, dub, drum and bass, jungle, ska and punk is waiting for you at Martinska!,'' Seasplash Festival's organisers state.

Lee "Scratch" Perry, Scientist and Mad Professor - the trinity of still active diva and reggae legends will perform together on the main stage of the 17th Seasplash Festival. Martinska, as the new venue for the festival, will host some of the world's top bass music for its premiere.

Lee "Scratch" Perry, a true Jamaican icon, a music producer and a revolutionary, has the rightful title of one of the most enduring and most original reggae producers and performers of all time. In 2003, Perry won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, in 2004, Rolling Stone added Perry to the list of the greatest artists of all time, and this year, in the eightieth year of his life, he will perform for the first time at Seasplash Festival. Bob Marley, The Wailers, The Clash, Beastie Boys, Max Romeo, and Adrian Sherwood are just some of the famous names he collaborated with.

After last year's memorable performance, the ingenious dub producer Mad Professor returns to Seasplash Festival. Until the early 90s, Mad Professor and his Ariwa Studio achieved a legendary status with over one hundred albums, world-wide tours and many stars (Depeche Mode, Jamiroquai, Beastie Boys). In the new millennium, with more than 200 released albums, Ariwa created his own soundsystem, with which he travels around the world, to various clubs and festivals.

Earlybird festival tickets for Seasplash Festival are now sold out, and currently tickets are being sold at a price of 249 kuna for the Republic of Croatia and the countries of former Yugoslavia.

Follow our dedicated lifestyle page for more.

Australian Open 2019: Borna Ćorić advances into the last 32
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Četvrtak, 17 Siječanj 2019 09:19

Borna Ćorić (Photo: AusOpen/Twitter)

MELBOURNE, 17 January 2019 – 22-year-old Borna Ćorić has made light work of his second round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Thursday. 

The world number 12 was too good for Hungarian Marton Fucsovics and needed just over two hours to win in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Ćorić will now meet either Filip Krajinović or Evgeny Donskoy in the round of 32.