AVVANTURA® FILM FESTIVAL´s name is inspired by italian filmdirector Michelangelo Antonioni´s film “L’Avventura” (1960). “L’Avventura” influenced the visual language of the film world, changing the way films look later (especially F.F. Coppola, M.Scorsese a.o.) and was named one of the best movies of all time.

AVVANTURA® FILM FESTIVAL & MATCHMAKING was founded by director Sergej Stanojkovski as an international film festival promoting film as art, culture, creative industry and to promote film destination in order to strengthen the film tourism, combining film, tourism, gastronomy and destination in order to provide the best possible “feelgood” experience.

The festival profiled as the first film festival to encourage European Co-productions, combining commercial blockbusters and art (art house) movies in the program. It is visited by distinguished guests such as Christian Jeune (Festival de Cannes), American actor Matt Dillon, Academy Award winner Branko Lustig (producer), Oscar winner Allan Starski (production designer Schindler´s list), Cedomir Kolar (producer), Shigeru Umebayashi (japanese composer “In the Mood for Love”), Judita Franković (actress), Tihana Lazović (Shooting Star), Zrinko Ogresta (director), Ognjen Sviličić (director), Danilo Šerbedžija (director), Rade Šerbedžija (actor/singer, “Eyes Wide Shot”), Rene Bitorajac (actor), Bigas Luna (spanish director), Tanja Tzarovska (musician), Jerome Paillard (Marche du Film/Festival de Cannes), Julie Bergeron (Marche du Films Cannes), Arta Dobroshi (actress), Dean Šoša (Comissioning editor HRT3), Krzsysztof Zanussi (director), Luis Minarro (producer/director), Pia Marais (director), Karl Baumgartner (producer/distributor/sales agent), Tomasz Wasilewski (director), Daniel Hoesl (director), Arsen Oremović (director), Branko Ivanda (director), Hrvoje Hribar (director), Nuno Bernardo (director), György Palfi (director), Nenad Korkut (film critic), Rajko Grlić (director), Ante Tomić (writer), Damijan Kozole (director), Peter Webber (director), Szabolcs Hajdu (director), Karel Och (Karlovy Vary FF), Mare Milin (photographer), Hana Jušić (director), Vlatka Vorkapić (director), Ivona Juka (director) and hundreds of others…

Avvantura Film Festival & Matchmaking from the beginning worked with relevant national and international, economic and institutional partners such as HAVC (Croatian Audio Visual Center), Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Eurimages (Council of Europe), EFA (European Film Academy), MEDIA Creative Europe, EAVE European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, Southern Transdanubia Filmfund, RUHR2010 (European capital of culture 2010), Producers Network (Festival de Cannes / Marche du Film), French cultural Institute, Goethe Institute, Cineteca Bologna, Catalan Films & TV, World Cinema Foundation, Cinecitta Luce, German Films, Arte TV, Unifrance, NisiMasa Network, Sam Spiegel Filmschool, ifs Internationale Filmschule Cologne, Austrian Cultural Forum, HRT Croatian Radio television, LUX Film Prize of The European Parliament, Slovak Film Institute, HGK Croatian Economic Chamber, HBO Adria, DHFR Society Croatian film directors, Embassy of the Netherlands, Israel, Great Britain, France, Norway, Italy, Slovakia, Germany, Kosovo, India, Austria, Australia and many others…