Green Montenegro International Film Fest 2018 – 4th edition

After three editions of the festival, the GMIFF’s Council made a decision to migrate the festival to one of the most beautiful natural environments in Europe – the Durmitor National Park. During four days of the festival, from 4th to 7th of August, large number of tourists, guests and locals would have an opportunity to enjoy nighttime film screenings in an impressive open space besides the Black Lake (Crno jezero), just under the top of the Durmitor mountain, as well to participate in many other side programme activities. Thus, the festival would be contributing to the tourism and cultural offer of Žabljak and Montenegro.

The festival is going to be held from 4th to 7th of August 2018. Organisers of this year’s festival – GMIFF are the Cultural Centre Žabljak in cooperation with the Center for Multimedia Production (CEZAM) with a support of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Ministry of Culture, Environment Protection Agency, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Montenegro, Ministry of Education, National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro and others.

The GMIFF is a conceptual film festival whose main topic is the environmental protection. The aim is to develop and raise the awareness of the need to protect the environment through the artistic impulse and the improvement of the knowledge and the awareness of the ecology through the awareness of the global trends which Montenegro tends to follow. Thus it represents an important step forward on this path. The festival is educational and non-commercial, divided into three subcategories: 1. Ecology, 2. the Ecology of the Soul and 3.Promotional and tourism videos. Besides the awards for the first, second and third place in each of the categories, the Grand Prix for the best film of the festival is also awarded.

The most important body of the festival is the Council and its members are: The President of the GMIFF Council – magister Ivana Vojinović – the general manager of the Directorate for Environment, part of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Prince Nikola Petrović, the president of the Foundation “Petrović Njegoš”, Nikola Medenica, the director of the Environment Protection Agency, ecologist Phd Vukić Pulević, Aleksandar Andrija Pejović – former Minister of the European Affairs, diplomat Branko Lukovac, Ljubiša Perović, Slobodan Marunović, actor at the Montenegrin National Theatre, Željka Radak Kukavičić, Managing Director at the National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro, Damir Davidović, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Blagota Marunović, advisor for International Relations in the Parliament of Montenegro, Mladen Vušurović, producer (BelDocs), Vesko Vukićević, president of the Municipality of Žabljak, Miroje Džabasan, director of the Culture Centre, Slađana Knežević, secretary of the Secretariat for Administration and Social Services, Vanja Krgović – Šarović , managing director of the Tourism Organisation of Žabljak, Phd Miloslav Anđelić and Phd. Slobodan Tomić.

Green Montenegro International Film Fest is becoming a well established centre of ecological and cultural identity of Montenegro and the forerunner of the concrete activities and sustainable ideas concerning the protection of the natural resources of our country. The significance of this project is visible through the fact that the GMIFF has put Montenegro on the map of the world’s ecology- oriented events by becoming the member of the “Green Film Network” thus making the festival
internationally recognised, with an aim to create a certain image and exclusivity of the world’s first ecological state by Constitution. The project is offering a solution to the Montenegro’s need to permanently receive an original film festival based on the concept of ecology, one which would contribute to the development of social thinking and shape the further directions of the development of culture, education and social activism concerning the environmental protection. Festival encompasses the contemporary tendencies of merging the different social sectors such as public institutions, cultural institutions, NGOs etc.

Last year’s festival was held from 14th to 16th December 2017 in Cultural Centre of Danilovgrad, Nikšić Theatre, University Donja Gorica in Podgorica, in King’s Nikola Castle during the festival Chronicle of Bar (Barski ljetopis) and hotel Splendid in Bečići. Around 20,000 visitors had an opportunity to see 93 films from 33 counties from all over the world in 5 cities in Montenegro and two film premiers – all that during a single festival. Participant films were shown in almost all primary and secondary schools in Montenegro as a part of cooperation with with the Ministry of Education of Montenegro. The last year’s festival was opened by Ms. Fiona McCluney, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Montenegro and closed by the Prince Nikola Petrović.

A special guest of this year’s Festival is Costa Rica, a country with dominant aspiration towards the green economy and sustainable development.

The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro.

The festival is organised by the Center for Multimedia Production (CEZAM) and the Cultural Center of Žabljak.

The partners of the festival are: Ministry of Education, Municipality of Žabljak, Cultural Center of Žabljak, Tourism Organisation of Žabljak, National park Durmitor, Central bank of Montenegro, Environment Protection Agency of Montenegro, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Municipality of Bijelo Polje and Cultural Center of Bijelo Polje.

The friends of the festival are: Green Film Network, Hotel Splendid, Radio Krš, BelDocs, International Green Culture Festival – Green Fest, Zagreb Tour Film Festival, PRESS film festival, Sisak Eco Film Festival SEFF, Coca Cola, Aqua Bianca, Plantaže 13 jul, Agency Mina, Metropolis Media, Arhimed, Montenegrin Universal Theatre, TNT, Infobiro, Rafting Tara Triftar, Martex and DPC.

The media sponsor of the festival is Radio and Television of Montenegro – RTCG.

As a part of the GMIFF 2018 the selected films from the category Promotional and tourism videos will be screened in Hotel Splendid in October 2018 in order to encourage and contribute to longer tourism season in Montenegro. The authors would receive a notice about the exact 21 date and time of the festival and special catalogue would be printed.

 

DIRECTORATE OF GREEN MONTENEGRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST-a

 

Blagota Marunović

  Blagota Marunović is a Master of International Business Studies of French-American Institute IFAM in Paris, France. He acquired his BA degree at the same department. He has been directing and producing for the past five years. He is the founder and executive director of Center for Multimedia Production CEZAM....

Slobodan Marunović

  Slobodan Marunović is an actor of Montenegrin National Theatre since 1982, in the Royal Theatre known as “Zetski dom", Theatre City in Budva, Nikšić Theatre and others. Monodrama “The last hour of Njegos” written by Slobodan Tomović and directed by Blagota Eraković, which premiered on 19 May 1988, in...

Marija Sarap

  Marija Sarap is an assistant professor, master of dramaturgy, drama writer and screenwriter. At doctoral studies at the University "Sv. Cyril and Methodius "in Skopje, the Institute for Literature and the Macedonian language course – Cultural Studies. Born on January 31, 1970 in Kotor. Studied dramaturgy at the Academy...

Ana Halas

  Graduated audio-visual production – Faculty of Visual Arts on University Mediterranean, Podgorica, Montenegro 2016. Graduated as classical ballet dancer, in modern ballet and choreography – State school of Hamburg Opera House “Ballettzentrum John Neumeier”, 1997. As a producer, she gained professional affirmation in Serbia, Slovenia and Montenegro, and as...

Bojan Bulatović

  Bojan Bulatović was born in 1990 in Podgorica. Over ten years of experience in digital design, web marketing and web design. He is a founder of several successful and recognized websites on the local market. He took part in many successful projects and is always ready for new, creative...

Andrea Zorec

  Andrea Zorec was born in 1991 in Montenegro, to a Slovenian father and a Bosnian mother. After 12 years of being the best student in elementary and high school, she successfully completed Bachelor and Specialist studies of marketing at Montenegro Business School, Mediteran University in Podgorica. She worked as...