4th STIFF from Oct 19th to Oct 22nd
Tuesday, Oct 17 2017





From Oct 19th to Oct 22nd you will be able to peek into the future of film in the Art Kino in Rijeka. The 4th Student International Film Festival – STIFF is starting and over the period of four days, it will provide us with a cross-section view of student films from 21 countries, from Brazil to Indonesia.

STIFF’s film program consists of 38 mostly short films of all genres (feature, documentary, animated, experimental, hybrid) divided into nine programme blocks. The festival will also contain a discursive programme, and the educational programme for students has already been taking place for some time.


Over the period of 4 days, movies will be screened as a part of 9 programme blocks entitled: Misplaced, Things we don´t talk about, Others, Odyssey, Interference, Embrace, Episodes, Here! And Whispers.

After the programme blocks - Things we don’t talk about on Thursday, Odyssey on Friday and Here! on Sunday, discussions will be held on issues of family and social relations, migration, sexuality and minority issues, chosen with regard to this year’s main festival theme Social ISsUeS. With this play on words carrying the meaning of Social Issues, we want to emphasize that social issues are not just the problems of a certain group of people but the society as a whole. The talks will be moderated by Greta Grakalić-Rački, a professional associate of Cultural Studies at the University of Rijeka and Petra Bezjak, a graduate student of Cultural Studies. 

The discussions are a part of the programme called STIFF film circle which is the finishing touch to the effort of the festival to make it truly student-oriented. That is why the students participating in Field Education, have already been included in the preparatory actions. The design of this year’s edition is signed by Sandra Kvaranta, a student whose work was chosen among several other works by students of the Academy of Applied Arts. Some students have been working on preparing texts for the festival catalogue and translating the programme as well as some other materials, while several students are attending a workshop about making film subtitles, about assisting the Public Relations Office and the office for festival’s guests. Also, the film criticism workshop will soon end. It was held this week by a film critic Dejan Durić, who is a professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka.

A separate jury was formed for each genre, and they will choose a winner in each one of them. The jury for animation is made up of a Croatian animator Petra Zlonoga, a Hungarian animator Anna Ottlik and a student at the University of Rijeka Katarina Zrinka Šarić. The jury for the documentary film is a film critic Hrvoje Krstičević, a Syrian director Huda Takriti and a student from Rijeka Marta Ban. The jury for the feature film is the screenwriter and selector of the student short film programme at the Sarajevo Film Festival, Asja Krsmanović, a young Belgrade director Nikola Zdravković and a student from Rijeka Filip Kušter. The audience will have the opportunity to vote for the best film of their choice.

All movie programmes are free! 

The Student International Film Festival – STIFF is organized by Filmaktiv and the Student Cultural Center (SKC) of the University of Rijeka, with the collaboration of Art-Kino. It´s supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, The Croatian Film Directors’ Guild, the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, the University of Rijeka and the Foundation Kultura Nova.