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Best Summer Film Festivals on the Adriatic Coast

Although the world’s largest film festivals seem to get most of the media attention, some of the most prominent celebrations are right on the Adriatic Coast. (Although the Adriatic has its share of large festivals, too.) See debuts by up-and-coming global filmmakers, premieres by renowned directors and perhaps even an A-list celebrity or two. Enrich your experience with history, architecture, beauty and adventure through a customized Tailor Made Journey or as part of a personalized Journey. You can even add your film experience to a signature Small Group Tour. Ask us for recommendations!

Here are our favorite summer film festivals in the Adriatic:


Motovun Film Festival (July 25-29, 2015)

Don’t let the small size of the Motovun Film Festival fool you. This international celebration of film has attracted entries from all over the world over the last 16 years, making it one of Croatia’s most innovative and respected festivals.  The festival is entirely dedicated to independent productions, which are “small in the warmest sense of the word.”

The five-day festival shows films from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m., with in-theater screenings throughout the day and outdoor screenings in the evening. The 70-title program includes documentaries, feature films and shorts from innovative filmmakers worldwide. Ask us how to secure advanced tickets and about other exciting activities and landmarks in Motovun.

See more of Motovun with: Croatia in Style


Pula Film Festival (July 18-25, 2015)

The Pula Film Festival has run continuously for more than 60 years, making it Croatia’s oldest film festival.  With nearly 80,000 visitors annually, the 15-day festival is also the country’s largest. Outdoor, open-air screenings are held in stunning locations as found only in Croatia, including the ancient Pula Arena (see featured photo), a relic of the Roman Empire. The festival opened for international films in 2001 and has since featured some of the most diverse programs worldwide.  The festival also hosts Croatia’s national film accolades, the Golden Arena Awards.

See more of Pula with: Best of Croatia


Sarajevo Film Festival (August 14-22, 2015)

Founded in 1995 during the Siege of Sarajevo, Bosnia’s Sarajevo Film Festival is now the largest film event in Southeast Europe, drawing more than 100,000 visitors each year from across the globe, including A-List celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig, Emily Hirsch and Kevin Spacy. The 9-day program featured 246 films from 60 countries last year, with an even larger selection expected this year. Let us enhance your experience with guided tours of this historic capital and other significant landmarks of Bosnia, including Mostar Bridge.

See more of Sarajevo with: Palette of the Adriatic


Venice Film Festival (September 2-12, 2015)

Founded in 1932, The Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world. Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi and other equally aesthetic venues. Since its inception, the festival has become the most prestigious international film festival in the world, drawing 50,000 visitors with a program of 150 films.

See more of Venice with: Venice & Croatian Coast

Can’t get enough film on the Adriatic Coast? Come back in fall!


Zagreb Film Festival (November 14-22, 2015)

A relative newcomer on Croatia’s cinematic scene, the modern Zagreb Film Festival focuses on up-and-coming filmmakers, regularly featuring the international screenings of first- and second-time filmmakers. In addition to competition programs for features, short films and documentaries, and a separate short film competition for Croatian filmmakers, the festival also screens children’s films, and debut works by established directors. Start in Zagreb and explore the rest of Croatia’s history, architecture and natural recreation with a private guided journey or signature Small Group Tour.

See more of Zagreb with: Flavors of Zagreb & Istria 


As with all of our tours, we love customizing each experience to your interests. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800.908.7108 or e-mail for more suggestions, activities and events, both in Albania and across the Adriatic Coast.

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