Ponta Lopud Festival

A Unique Celebration of Cinema

The Ponta Lopud Film Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together film enthusiasts, industry professionals, and local community on the beautiful island of Lopud. This event, organized in cooperation with the Sarajevo Film Festival, offers a unique blend of film screenings, workshops, masterclasses, and cultural experiences, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Adriatic Sea.

The first edition of the Ponta Lopud Film Festival took place few years back, quickly establishing itself as a meeting place for film talents and some of the most important names from the world of film, and film fans of course. This year’s edition of the festival is set to take place in June, offering a variety of events and experiences for attendees to enjoy.

Ponta Lopud’s vision

Ponta Lopud aims to create a friendly and informal atmosphere where young film artists can gain knowledge and experience from already established, world-class professionals. In turn, these professionals take in inspiration from Lopud, which is essential for any creative activity.

The festival also focuses on the promotion of tradition, culture, and historical heritage of the picturesque Lopud island and actively involves the local population in numerous program events, hence encourages the coexistence of the local community and festival guests.

Over the years, the Ponta Lopud Film Festival has attracted the participation of professionals whose work and achievements have permanently marked and enriched film art. Some of these masters and lecturers include Pawel Pawlikowski, Joel Coen, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Brian Swardstrom, Danis Tanović, and Michel Franco. This year’s program brings exciting workshop on acting by the renowned actor Edward Norton.

Festival features numerous events, from film screenings to workshops and masterclasses, as well as unique gastro experiences.

During the festival, attendees can enjoy evening film screenings at unique locations such as the fortress of the Franciscan monastery – Lopud 1483, and the beach of RMH Lafodia Sea Resort. These screenings bring a special energy and artistic note to the island. Admission to film screenings and other parts of the publicly announced program is free.

The Ponta Lopud Film Festival also offers various workshops and masterclasses for filmmakers, directors, actors, and cinematographers who are on the threshold of international careers. Past participants in these masterclasses include Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, Dana Budisavljević, Iva Mihalić, and Goran Bogdan.

In partnership with the Lopud 1483 Foundation of collector Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, all visitors of the Ponta Lopud Film Festival can visit the restored Renaissance Franciscan monastery of Our Lady of Cave and the Thyssen-Bor family art collection, according to the pre-arranged schedule.

Local people actively participate in the festival program through the presentation of traditional handicrafts, souvenirs, customs, and local food. This involvement provides festival guests with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture.

The Ponta Lopud Film Festival also offers unique gourmet experiences for attendees to enjoy. These culinary events showcase the island’s exquisite local cuisine and provide a perfect complement to the festival’s film screenings and workshops.

Festival is organized by Mirsad Purivatra and Tilda Grossel Bogdanović. Their vision and dedication have helped create a special event and an organic project that grows over time, enriching knowledge and perspectives while inspiring film professionals. For more info please visit their website.

How to get there

Located just a short distance from Dubrovnik, Lopud island is easily accessible by boat. During the festival days, a special boat transfer will be organized from Dubrovnik and back at a symbolic price. Visitors can choose from a range of accommodation options on the island, including hotels, guesthouses, and private rentals.

Supporting the Local Community

The Ponta Lopud Film Festival is committed to supporting the local community by encouraging the active participation of island residents in various festival events. This approach not only fosters a sense of unity and coexistence between locals and festival guests but also contributes to the island’s international recognition.

The Ponta Lopud Film Festival is a truly unique event that offers a diverse range of experiences for film enthusiasts, industry professionals, and local communities alike. With its stunning island setting, world-class guest speakers, and engaging program of events, the festival is a must-attend event for anyone with a passion for film and culture. Plan your visit to the Ponta Lopud Film Festival in June and experience the magic of cinema and culture in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable.