(Cover photo by Henry Kingsford,
other photos as captioned)
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Last week, the MINUIT staff had the great honor and pleasure to visit the Croatian part of the Istrian region, where the fifth edition of the yearly independent video & photo-promoting Vladimir Film Festival was taking place – namely in the cities of Pula & Fažana.

Organized by local activists such as Nikola Racan (interviewed here), the Vladimir Film Festival has been a local institution since 2011, and growing every year ever since.

Nikola Racan, organizer of the Vladimir Film Festival since day one & local activist. Ph. : Tomaz Santl

Nikola Racan, organizer of the Vladimir Film Festival since day one & local activist. Ph. : Tomaz Santl

Last year had already seen the likes of Will Harmon, Jake Harris (“Eleventh Hour“, “VASE“) & Oli Buergin visiting ; this new edition was even stronger with guests, gathering people such as Richard Hart (Push Periodical), Will Harmon again (now in charge of Free Skate Mag), Henry Kingsford (Grey Skate Mag), the RIOS crew from Hungary, Tadej Vaukman & friends from Slovenia, french filmmaker Philippe Petit & many, many more.

Tadej Vaukman to showcase his new book

Tadej Vaukman to showcase his new book “DICK SKINNERS” @ Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : tadejvaukman.tumblr.com

The first night of the festival kicked off in Fažana with an open air photo exhibition by Aymeric Nocus showcasing new works, a few pop-up stores for the represented crews & independent publications, then the following videos : the Threads Idea Vacuum full-length effort HEADCLEANER (check out Alex Rose’s interview by MINUIT here), Kickflips Over Occupation a documentary by Maen Hammad about skateboarding in Palestine, the young Orion Skate’s Oš Jednog clip, Tomaž Šantl & Zlatko Djogić‘s experimental production ORIGINAL COPY : le misterio de Deso, and finally Jönnek, a brand new edit from the hungarian RIOS family.

RIOS @ Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Henry Kingsford / Grey Skate Mag

RIOS @ Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Henry Kingsford / Grey Skate Mag

#TheCrazySlovenians @ Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Henry Kingsford / Grey Skate Mag

#TheCrazySlovenians @ Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Henry Kingsford / Grey Skate Mag

Aymeric Nocus photo exhibition @ Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Will Harmon / Free Skate Mag

Aymeric Nocus photo exhibition @ Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Will Harmon / Free Skate Mag

On the next day, the effervescence moved to the nearby city of Pula, namely to the local cinema Kino Valli for a screening of Philippe Petit’s film “Danger Dave”, the result of a few years spent on the road in the company of OG ripper from Belgium David Martelleur ; as well as a beautifully crafted photo exhibition featuring works by Richard Hart, Benjamin Deberdt, Alexandre Pires, Yoan Taillandier & Henry Kingsford (also celebrating the 5-year anniversary of Grey Skate Mag in the process).

Section of the exhibition dedicated to the 5th anniversary of Grey Skate Magazine. Ph. : Henry Kingsford / Grey Skate Mag

Section of the exhibition dedicated to the 5th anniversary of Grey Skate Magazine. Ph. : Henry Kingsford / Grey Skate Mag

Yoan Taillandier @ Kino Valli, Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Will Harmon / Free Skate Mag

Yoan Taillandier @ Kino Valli, Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Will Harmon / Free Skate Mag

Richard Hart (PUSH Periodical / Plaitford Productions) @ Kino Valli, Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Will Harmon / Free Skate Mag

Richard Hart (PUSH Periodical / Plaitford Productions) @ Kino Valli, Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Will Harmon / Free Skate Mag

Marko Zubak & Philippe Petit @ Kino Valli, Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Tomaz Santl

Marko Zubak & Philippe Petit @ Kino Valli, Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Tomaz Santl

"Danger Dave" screening @ Kino Valli, Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Tomaz Santl

“Danger Dave” screening @ Kino Valli, Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Tomaz Santl

After which everyone ditched, only to move further forward to Galerija Cvajner for the screening of the long-time anticipated independent video by Perth-based Josh Roberts, “DOMINGO 2″, and Carhartt‘s “FROM DIRT TO DUST / OUT OF STEPPE” documentary on a recent trip to Mongolia, and the evolution of the local environment since their latest visit a decade ago.

"Domingo 2" screening @ Galerija Cvajner, Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Will Harmon / Free Skate Mag

“Domingo 2″ screening @ Galerija Cvajner, Vladimir Film Festival 2015. Ph. : Will Harmon / Free Skate Mag

Overall, this 2015 edition of the festival was, unquestionably, a great success, making for an optimal showcase of the year’s output in terms of independent, skateboarding-related audiovisual handicrafts around the world – as well as a perfect excuse for a beach vacation with skateboards, beers & homies (old & new).

Huge thanks to everyone who showed up & helped organize the event (Nikola, Oleg Morovic, Marko Zubak, Kristijan Smok, Zoe, Tomzi…).

See y’all next year for more !

(Photos excerpted from the Grey Skate Mag & Free Skate Mag recaps here, here & here)

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