PRO Otok 2018

PRO OTOK programme is intended for film professionals and other interested audiences.



FOCUS, an international training and networking programme for film professionals, is the only regional event of the kind that puts a spotlight on less visible professions in filmmaking. Organized by Otok in collaboration with/with support of Croatian Audiovisual Centre, FVG Audiovisual Fund (Italy), Slovenian Film Centre, Motovila Institute / CED Slovenia, CED MEDIA Office Italy – Torino, CED MEDIA Office Croatia, Association of Post Production Artists (Slovenia) and The School of Sound (UK).


7. 6., 14.30–16.00, Manzioli Palace

Case Study: Rati Oneli, City of the Sun

Filmmaker Rati Oneli will speak about the process of making his documentary feature debut City of the Sun (2017), which went on to receive a number of awards at festivals worldwide, including the Best Documentary award at the Sarajevo FF. Oneli will also discuss his approach to editing and sound design. “My aim was to make a film which seeps through the viewers’ pores and stays with them, a film that is at times intangible like poetry and to which the viewer can come back again and again for more emotion.”Rati Oneli

The film screens before the presentation at 11 am in Art Cinema Odeon.

For FOCUS participants and PRO Pass holders.


7. 6., 16.30–18.00, Manzioli Palace

Masterclass Paul Davies: Sound Design for Independent Films

Paul Davies is a supervising sound editor and sound designer who works on a wide range of feature films and high-end television dramas. Among the directors he has worked for are Lynne Ramsay, Stephen Frears, Yang Demange, Anton Corbijn and Steve McQueen, on films such as You Were Never Really Here (2017), We Need To Talk About Kevin (2012), Hunger (2008), The American (2010), The Queen (2006) and ’71 (2015). Using these examples, Davies will discuss the work of a sound designer for independent films.

For FOCUS participants and PRO Pass holders.


8. 6., 14.00–15.30, Manzioli Palace

Panel: Film Editing and Sound Design – The Invisible Art?

The panel aims to encourage public debate on the key issues concerning the role of editing and sound design in filmmaking: How to treat these two professions in relation to other creative jobs in cinema, how well is their representation promoted in key film festival juries, and why are awards for editing, sound and some other categories given so little attention? Moderated by editor Dragan von Petrovic (Serbia). Panellists: Paul Davies (sound designer, UK), Olga Toni (editor, Slovenia), and Oliver Sertić (producer and festival director, Croatia).

The event is open for all interested individuals.


8. 6., 16.00–18.30, Manzioli Palace

Showcase: 12 Emerging Filmmakers

FOCUS puts a spotlight on film professions with less visibility with the aim of encouraging international co-productions. 12 emerging editors and sound designers from Croatia, Italy and Slovenia, will speak about their vision and work approach for directors, producers and public.

The event is open for all interested individuals.


8. 6., 19.00, Restaurant Svetilnik, Kopališka ulica 14

Večerne vezi / Evening Ties

Networking Dinner for Film Professionals

Sponsored by Creative Europe Desks – MEDIA offices from Slovenia, Croatia and Italy (Torino).

For FOCUS participants, PRO Pass holders and invitations.



7. 6., 10.00–13.00, Manzioli Palace

Examples of good practice in arthouse cinemas

The Slovenian Art Cinema Association (AKMS) brings together venues that promote arthouse films. Members of the association will meet to share good practice examples in programming, programme collaboration and promotion in the context of arthouse cinemas. With presentations by association members from Radovljica, Sežana, Ptuj, Slovenska Bistrica, Rogaška Slatina, Brežice, Sevnica, Pivka, and Škofja Loka.

The event is open for all interested individuals.



8. 6., 11.00–12.30, Manzioli Palace

How to pitch a film project idea?

Festival directors and producers Mira Staleva (Sofia meetings, Bulgaria), Lana Udjur, Boris T. Matić (Zagreb Film Festival, Croatia) and Torsten Neumann (Oldenburg Film Festival, Germany) will use their festivals as examples to discuss the best ways to successfully pitch a project idea, and the pitfalls to avoid on the way. Organised by the Producers Guild of Slovenia and Otok.

The event is open for all interested individuals.



An increasing number of filmmakers and film exhibitors, among them world-renowned directors and film festivals, have been recently flirting with the newest technologies of artificial reality. Such works offer virtual reality or augmented reality, transmedia storytelling, etc. The question surrounding the filmic qualities of these works runs alongside the prospect of exciting possibilities of intertwining film or video and sound art with virtual worlds and future technologies. They bring new creative methods and possibilities to moving-image practitioners and audiences, be it an immersion in virtual worlds, the development of imaginary characters, or a complex way of telling a story, to serve higher artistic or merely marketing goals. How to treat this (seemingly) fresh phenomenon in the film world? Is it, perhaps, only a new execution of the original cinematic idea? Organized by Otok and the School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica.

The events are open for all interested individuals.


9. 6., 9.00–10.45, Manzioli Palace

VR experience



Lake Baikal: The Science and Spirituality of Extreme Water Episode 1: Winter Spirit

Michael Owen, Georgy Molodtsov, Russia, USA, 2016, 7′

Introduction to the icy winter landscape around Lake Baikal in Siberia, and some of the strong spiritual traditions that have evolved around this oldest, deepest and most voluminous body of fresh water on Earth.



Heroes Of Night And Tragic

Bruno Margetić, Croatia, 9’

Made without any 360-degree cameras, this 360-degree video brings a story about a person trapped inside a shoe box, and then something tragic happens.





Searching for ’ō’ō

Miha Godec, Slovenia, 2017

Searching for ’ō’ō is a 360 photography and sound installation. The user is confronted with a 360 spherical photograph representing a place that exists now but will not be here for much longer, an island called Naranjo Chico.


Virtual reality gear provided by Art Rebel 9 and authors.



9. 6., 11.00–13.00, Manzioli Palace

Showcase and forum

Bruno Margetić, dramaturge and director (Croatia)

Ivan Gergolet, director (Italy)

Sara Božanić, Institute for Transmedia Design (Slovenia)

Miha Godec, photographer and intermedia artist (Slovenia)

Sebastian Požlep, VR/AR producer, Art Rebel 9 (Slovenia)


Moderated by Prof. Dr. Peter Purg.

At least half of the time will be devoted to the forum, which will continue into the next event with a more informal discussion. If any participant should wish to present their thoughts or an example of practice in greater detail, they should notify the moderator at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the forum.


9. 6., 13.00–14.00, in front of Manzioli Palace

Open-air open discussion

Informal exchange of opinions in real reality.