An exciting guest program of Diversions Film Festival from Sveti Ivan Zelina will open this year’s festival. Three brilliant films, awarded not only at Diversions Film Festival, but also at numerous world festivals, undoubtedly suit this year’s STIFF topic – Fear.
People of the Wasteland directed by Heba Khaled from Syria won Pax Diversity, awarded to films that present stories and voices of communities from all over the world, shows different perspectives of humanity, and strongly emphasises protection of human rights and freedoms. This film was awarded by Diversions Festival jury because it "fiercely penetrates into the abyss of war and the madness it brings, leaving us speechless".
Niko Radas was awarded the best director for his animated film The Unusual Bath of Mister Otmar, "a playful and very subtle animation that challenges perception of mental health. The powerful voice of the world where colours rule over limiting shackles of monochrome".
Finally, Grand Prix was awarded to Corina Schwingruber Ilić for her documentary All Inclusive which brings a vision of our contemporary, Metropolis like society. "In a very precise way this film shows the nature of the masses, documenting the dystopian anxiety in all of us", said the jury.