In May 2013 City of Zagreb will host the 7th Jewish Film Festival under the title THE FESTIVAL OF TOLERANCE. Short editions of the Festival is prepared for the City of Rijeka.
For the first time the Festival in Zagreb will take place at the two locations: the Europa Cinema and the Grič Cinema from 19th to 25th May 2013. During the following week, from 07th to 09th June 2013 we plan to organize the Festival in cooperation with the City of Rijeka at the Art-kino Croatia and at the premises of Mali Salon Gallery. Both cities will host the selected parts of the film program and Educational mornings.
The theme of the Festival will be a kind of follow-up to the 6th edition, focusing on tolerance, its meaning in the context of suffering and life struggle but also in the context of peaceful coexistence in its broadest sense. More than fifty films of Croatian and foreign production, in the cathegories of feature, documentary and short films, will be shown on the big screens at the Europa and Grič Cinema in Zagreb during the seven days of the Festival. In Rijeka, the Festival plans to present about twenty selected films that talk about the necessity to respect the different, intending to leave a memorable impression on the viewers and motivate them to contemplate about ethically correct social engagement. The selected film program is mostly composed of renowned films awarded by international festivals. All films shown at the Festival are translated in English and Croatian which makes them available to a large number of viewers from abroad. Film projections make the central part of the program and, as it has been done every year, the audience will have the opportunity to vote for the best and the most impressive film. The audience will also get the opportunity to discuss films with the filmmakers after projections. Aiming to attract the largest possible audience and make the festival program available to all age and social groups, tickets for the film projections will be free of charge.
With the Festival of Tolerance, Zagreb’s and Croatia’s cultural programs became richer for another important event that found its place on the prosperous festival scene and developed into a recognizable and unavoidable cultural event. The fact that the Festival will travel to Rijeka represents an extraordinary step forward for the cultural and institutional cooperation in the region. This unique festival hosted in Zagreb and Croatia is the only film festival in the world focusing on the education of the young, particularly underlying the importance of conveying the truth about the Holocaust, developing tolerance, understanding differences and every individual’s right to life. With its repeated guest editions, held in Rijeka, the Festival will improve the harmonization of the regional initiatives participating in the realization of the program.