The Festival in short
For five days at the end of August, the island of Rab and its old town will transform into an ideal destination for people whose enthusiasm for exploring new places, stories and flavours does not fade even in the hot summer months. RAFF, a festival of investigative films, has been envisaged as a new transmedia platform encompassing film, music, gastronomy and education, and serving as a base for the genre of investigative films, which, in the era of an ever growing number of film events similar in type, is left with less and less space where to present itself to viewers. Visitors from Croatia and abroad will equally be able to enjoy the festival programme, which is carried out in partnership with the Sarajevo Film Festival, and with Al Jazeera Balkans and the AJB Doc Festival as screening partners. The Festival organisers are the City of Rab, the Pučko otvoreno učilište Rab and Toro Laboratorij from Zagreb.
On RAFF programme
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Recent winners of the Cannes, Sundance and Berlin festivals, the winner of the Sarajevo Film Festival, and a number of fiction and documentary films that explore current global and local issues are the trump cards of the RAFF film section. The programme features a total of 12 film titles – six fiction and six documentary films that have been selected by the film critic and journalist Vladan Petković (fiction film programme) and Lejla Dedić, programme editor at Al Jazeera Balkans (documentary programme).
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Screenings will be held at the Winter and Summer cinemas in the city of Rab, but visitors will be able to watch the films and listen to the concerts not only on land but also from the sea. In its closing night, RAFF will break with the concept of the static cinema and offer its visitors a chance to “sail into” a completely different way of experiencing culture with the Seaplex Kaich Cinema, a programme unique in Croatia and this part of Europe. The viewers are invited to watch the film screened beneath the city walls at the sail-in cinema: they can sail into Padova 1 Bay on their boat, dinghy or another watercraft and enjoy the film under the stars from their decks. Of course, there will be seats on the shore for those that would rather “keep on land”.
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In addition to screening films, RAFF will also put on a number of concerts and music performances by some of the most popular contemporary Croatian singers and bands: Zdenka Kovačiček and Greenhouse Blues Band, Urban &4, Nipplepeople, Elemental, and Detour. A festival pass or a single-admission ticket for the evening screening at Summer Cinema is also valid for the concerts.
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Freedom Square, one of the most charming places in Rab with a breathtaking view, will become Festival Square for five days, turning into a space for encounters, chats, food sampling and the exchange of culinary and film ideas among passers-by, festival visitors, culinary experts, film directors and other film professionals, and people brought together by the Mocira organisation and Vilma cakeshop from Rab.
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This programme features several workshops and is the place where a number of documentary and fiction film experts focused on the journalist investigation of social phenomena will be presented. It is intended for students and film enthusiasts and aims to introduce viewers to the film as a medium of analytical as well as creative scrutiny of society and its specific characteristics (from an intimate micro context to the level of global phenomena and occurrences).