Vladimir Film Festival

Inter­view with Nikola Racan for The Sleep­ing Horse

20 / 11 / 2013 / Interview

I would like to Intro­duce to you Nikola Racan of Fažana, Croa­tia, who is help­ing keep the Under­ground lit, by organ­ising an Inter­na­tion­al Skate­board film fest­iv­al for the past three years. We spoke with the event’s cre­at­or, Nikola to learn a little more about it’s his­tory and its future. Enjoy!

-The Horse

Q: What is your name and where are you from?

A: Hello, my name is Nikola Racan I am 25 years old and I come form the sun­ni­est place in Croa­tia called Fažana. Fažana is small town of 3500 inhab­it­ants and it is loc­ated in Istri­an pen­in­sula (close to the Slov­e­ni­an and Itali­an border).

Q: Where did the idea to have an inter­na­tion­al skate­board film fest­iv­al come from?

A: The idea for the fest­iv­al came up spon­tan­eously in sum­mer of 2011. We got an idea to make a small party and screen skate videos in a loc­al beach bar. One of my good friend Marko Zubak got an extra idea to make it more offi­cially and he got into con­tact with Film­maker Phil Evans who was at that time just fin­ish­ing his new Film Format Per­spect­ive and along with two more Films, Z Movie by Ant­iz Skate­boards and Blood­shed by Rick Charnoski and Coan Nich­ols and the Vladi­mir Film Fest­iv­al was born!

Q: How many years have you been doing the festival?

A: This was third edi­tion year of the fest­iv­al. We screened five skate­board movies dur­ing two days on dif­fer­ent loc­a­tions in our small town with fol­low­ing photo exhib­i­tion. On the first day we screened Magenta’s new film, Soleil Levant and after that we showed the Pushed doc­u­ment­ary by Flori­an Schneider.

On the second day we held an Inter­na­tion­al skate exhib­i­tion on the walls of a former Liquor Fact­ory by the fol­low­ing pho­to­graph­ers: Isaac McKay-ran­dozzi, John Lind­say, James Whineray, Tomaž Šantl, Aymer­ic Nocus, Yoan Tail­lan­d­i­er, Sergej Vutuc, Kristi­jan Smok, Andy Kuljiš and along with three Films: Ten­gu: God of Mis­chief by Colin Read, Grey Area by Kaczmar­czyk & Pawel Pio­tr Przybyl and The Man­dalay Express by Pat­rik Wallner.

Vladi­mir Film Fest­iv­al is a 3- year old inde­pend­ent Child (our little baby) and we skaters, friends who share the same views-philo­sophy need to make Him stronger and big­ger so he can be on the right way as he is get­ting older. A fest­iv­al is good ground to show people Skate­board­ing cul­ture in bright light, totally inde­pend­ent with nat­ur­al free­dom (second day of the fest exhib­i­tion and screen­ings were held in illeg­al and aban­doned DIY area). We are try­ing to make it every year more inter­na­tion­al and con­nect with people world-wide who share the same vis­ion in skateboarding.

The fest­iv­al is get­ting recog­nized by more people and we are proud of that. Espe­cially this year we got skaters com­ing form all over Europe. Coun­tries like France, Slov­e­nia, Ger­many, Czech Republic…

The atmo­sphere was pretty amaz­ing dur­ing the fest­iv­al, you could here the buzz­ing of skate­board wheels all across my homet­own and skaters on every corner shar­ing dif­fer­ent exper­i­ence meet­ing new faces. It was really an fam­ily skate­board­ing festival.

Each night we had around 100 people sit­ting and wait­ing for the Films to show up with fol­low­ing non-offi­cial loc­al and inter­na­tion­al in between movies clips and little skate videos. The over­all response was bet­ter than we could expect. Some of the Films like Ten­gu, (the first European premiere) was so sick, people could not move of the pos­it­ive shock after the film. Also, Magenta’s new film Soleil Levant (Sold out all DVD’s in ten minutes) was unique and bril­liant in its own way. Can not for­get Gray Area and Pushed along with the very inter­est­ing, The Man­dalay Express by Pat­rik Wall­ner for clos­ing down the festival.

Q: Any final words?

A: I would like to thank all the people for com­ing to Fažna this past three years along with Pho­to­graph­ers who did par­ti­cip­ate in skate exhib­i­tions all the Skaters, Artists and Filmmakers.

Big love to Skate­board­ing and Vladi­mir Film Festival.

We are one big family!

The ori­gin­al inter­view from The Sleep­ing Horse