The moment Robert Zuber, on behalf of Toro Laboratorij, contacted the City of Rab and the Pučko otovoreno učilište Rab in order to start the Rab Film Festival, we thought the project was extremely attractive, so we immediately expressed our interest in trying to bring it to fruition.
In the year when the City of Rab celebrates the 130th anniversary of the establishment of tourism as an organised activity and marks its 106-year-long tradition of film screening; when we, in addition to a winter one, have an open-air summer cinema as well – to commit to offer our residents and tourists a brand-new programme was the next logical step.
Developing the programme and creating a new product together with Toro Laboratorij and the Pučko otvoreno učilište Rab has brought us enormous pleasure and I am convinced that, in spite of its organisation being extremely demanding, we will jointly produce a successful festival, worthy of its partner, patrons and sponsors.
The Rab Film Festival was originally envisaged as a big festival that would link film, its most important segment, with music, gastronomy and youth programmes, and I believe that, over the years, it will come to stand out among the many high-quality events in Croatia as a well-attended and a very special event.
Rab is an island of extraordinarily rich history, culture and tradition, and, as hosts and co-organisers, we will do our best to help establish a tradition of such important events and innovative projects that contribute to a better quality of life of our residents as well as to what Rab has to offer to tourists, in order to make Rab a destination famous for its culture and entertainment, a destination that supports first-rate cultural programmes.
As the residents of Rab, we are aware that we have to nurture our tradition as well as create events that, just like the well-known Rab Fair (Rabska fjera), offer unique experiences and encourage tourists to keep coming back to our island.
Nikola Grgurić, Mayor of Rab