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History Film Festival calling for Submissions

or the 5th year, the History Film Festival presented by Istra Film, will bring creators, diverse audiences, and the industry together in Rijeka, Croatia during the annual storytelling festival running September 14-18, 2021.

History Film Festival is a unique international festival of historical documentary films which will take place in Rijeka (Croatia) from September 14 to 18, 2021. History Film Festival aims at offering viewers and film experts an insight into contemporary film and TV production of historical documentary films, at the same time providing a place where film professionals can meet and share their creative ideas for future projects.

The programme of 2021 HFF consists of a competition programme and special thematic programmes (special programmes, masterclasses, panels, exhibitions).


From its first edition History Film Festival cherishes and extends its collaboration with documentary filmmakers from all over the world. All of the films showcased at History Film Festival tell history in exciting, often unusual, sometimes very intimate and visually attractive ways, but they also shed revelatory light upon the present which is exactly one of the aims of History Film Festival. These films show all the talent and passion of documentarists who always seem to find innovative and creative techniques of shaping history into exciting story. Furthermore, documentary filmmaking based on the archives and research is essential for the understanding of the past and the present, especially as an answer to the fake news era. 


In 2021 we plan to showcase documentaries which confirm how history can be extremely exciting and promote diversity, tolerance, intercultural dialogue and reconciliation as a way of exceeding the past and building a better future. 


The 5th edition of History Film Festival will be especially focused on films connected to the following subjects:


- re-thinking totalitary regimes and politics

- Railways and trains as symbols of connecting people

- biographical docs

- Croatian War of Independence


Documentary films, regardless of the year of production, can be submitted on Film Freeway at the following link:


The earlybird deadline for submissions is December 31, 2020. For all queries concerning the festival please contact us at:


The 2020 Festival is set to build on the momentum from last four editions, which set the bar high. The past line-ups featured breathtaking docs like Oscar winner O.J.: Made in America, Sundance Award Winner Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, Oscar nominee Touch of an Angel and amazing European stories such as Legacy, Hotel Jugoslavija and Aliona Van Der Horst's Love is Potatoes.

The Festival is curated by the programming team including Director and Head of Programming Bernardin Modrić, producers Tiha Modrić and Dejan Bojc, and a team of professional associates.







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