Organisers of the 16th edition of ZagrebDox, due to take place from 15 to 22 March 2020, announced March 9 2020 that the event is postponed following guidelines issued by Croatia’s Civil Protection Headquarters.
The film professionals training programme ZagrebDox Pro, as well as the Pitching Forum, will continue on the previously announced dates, but online. “That way we are trying to make possible for all the programme participants to develop their projects and present themselves to the international panel,” the festival website says.
An official statement by ZagrebDox Director Nenad Puhovski, reads: “Dear friends, fellow filmmakers and audience, it is our sad duty to inform you that we have made a decision to postpone the 16th ZagrebDox, due to take place between 15 and 22 March.
“Based on our communication with the Republic of Croatia Civil Protection Headquarters, collaboration with the cinema, as well as local and foreign filmmakers, we hoped that we would be able to host this year’s festival in the announced period, albeit on a smaller scale. However, unfortunately, the deterioration of the situation in Europe, especially in our close neighbourhood, as well as today’s decision and recommendation of the Headquarters, are forcing us to postpone the festival.
“Documentary filmmakers have always been among the most courageous. However, we believe that currently we cannot continue with ZagrebDox on the planned dates and expose our audience, filmmakers and media representatives to unnecessary risk. All further decisions will be timely announced.”