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Boris Poljak


Boris Poljak (Split, Croatia 1959) is one of the most prominent Croatian experimental and documentary filmmakers, an acclaimed cinematographer and director of photography. A long-time member of Split Film Club and one of the initiators of Split Film Festival – an international festival of new film and video. Since 1989, he is a professional DoP filming more than 50 short and feature films, and eight national film awards for best camera. He directed award-winning experimental titles "Beyond" (2003) and "Sky Spirits" (2010), both co-directed by Damir Čučić, and three short documentary experimental films "The Split Watercolour" (2009), "They Just Come and Go" (2107) and "Autofocus" (2013). The latter was awarded as best short film at both Karlovy Vary international film festival and Visions du Reel film festival in Nyon, Switzerland.

Hrvatski filmski savez
2009, 15`
Splitska plaža na Žnjanu nastala je nasipanjem mora. Nije posebno uređena te služi i kao parkiralište što joj daje socijalni karakter gradske plaže za ne baš imućne građane. Objekti snimanja su ljudi tj. kupači uhvaćeni jakim teleobjektivom u uobičajenim radnjama koje se odvijaju na plaži. Kupači, more, automobili i brodovi titrajući u vrelini ljetnog dana poput pokretne poentilističke slike, s...
«Autofocus» is a short documentary film about the church of Saint Nicolas from the 12th century, visited every year by many tourists. It is located on a picturesque hill with a pine tree growing right next to it. The camera witnesses the transformation of the site into what appears to be a stage where unusual events occurs and tourists become actors in a play.
COMPETITION , Opatija Summer Stage
The film takes place at famous beach in Split in the first moments of sunrise. The entire image seems a bit surreal. On the one hand, young people, sleep deprived and hungover, are preparing to leave so that they can go to bed, and on the other hand there are old people whose day is just beginning. A combination of young and old in such a place, at such an unusual time of day (sunrise) in a way...
Opatija Summer Stage
The term "Horror Vacui" was coined by Aristotle, and it means fear of empty space. It is used as a metaphor of the fear of the uncertain future that causes feelings of anxiety and loneliness. With its one-take sequences and free-associative editing style this meditative film sends out warning of the growing hyper-militarization of the world we live in, and what it causes to the human...