25 FPS Festival

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25 FPS Festival is an international experimental film festival held in Zagreb, Croatia, since 2005. Festival screens independent and non-commercial films which innovatively explore the possibilities of cinematic language, narration and the medium itself, cross film types and genres and broaden the notion of film as art. It promotes expressive original concepts, progresses in terms of theme, idea and aesthetics, as well as works that perpetuate the tradition of avant-garde and experimental film.

The festival program is divided into five categories: COMPETITION PROGRAM, which offers a selection of daring and reflexive works from all over the world, accompanied by the Grand Jury, Critics Jury and Audience awards. In the JURY’S CHOICE category the audience can see films selected by the Grand Jury, a collective of three domestic and international authors and filmmakers, critics, curators or programmers. Each of them designs a special program for the festival – authors' and national retrospectives or theme programs. EXPANDED CINEMA section consists of audiovisual performances in which film watching is enriched by codes from other media: theater, music or sculpture. The screening often includes audience, apparatuses, and performers themselves. The REFLEXES category is annual selection of innovative Croatian productions, while the program promotes bold titles whose authors work in visual arts and various film genres with the unconventional approach to form and narration. The category entitled KINO 23 shows fiction, documentary or animated features experimenting in cinematic language, and exceptional films often marked as cult, classics and masterpieces.

25 FPS Festival is organized by 25 FPS, Association for Audio-Visual Research from Zagreb, and it first came to life in a monthly Croatian TV show called ‘Videodrom’, broadcasting experimental films and videos. The show was running on the Channel One of the Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) for 2 years (2002-2004).

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