Pula Film Festival is the oldest film festival in Croatia and one of the oldest in Europe. His trademark is pula’s Arena, where films are seen under the stars. Today it is the most visited cultural event in the Republic of Croatia, with more than 73 thousand spectators during a series of festival events. Festival programmes are regularly held in a number of city locations and attract a lot of attention from many audiences.
The competition part of the program includes films of domestic production, feature and short, which are most often shown premiere, as well as an international program, programs for children, a youth program, a retrospective program and the Pula Cinematheque program. Accompanying programs consist of programs for film professionals, film workshops, various exhibitions dedicated to film art and concerts. The jury presents the main festival award – the Grand Golden Arena for the best film of the Festival. The Golden Arena is also awarded for best director, screenplay, best lead actor and actress, best supporting roles, camera, editing, music, set design and costume design.
The official award at the Festival is also Octavian, awarded by the Croatian Society of Film Critics, and the audience decides on the winner of the Golden Gate of Pula award with their votes.