The Festival has an Artistic Director who is appointed and dismissed by the Minister of Culture.
The Minister of Culture, from the ranks of prominent film experts, appoints the Artistic Director. The mandate of the Artistic Director lasts two years.
The Artistic Director prepares and submits to the Festival Board the following:
- The Festival programme, which includes the Main programme and accompanying programmes (industrial and networking)
- Selectors for the accompanying programmes
- International guests
- Film titles for the main and accompanying programmes
- Schedule of film screenings
- The composition of the Festival Jury.
The Festival Council approves the above proposals by a majority vote.
The Artistic Director is responsible for the execution of the programme.
Zlatko Vidačković (Šibenik, 1972) is a film critic, editor, university lecturer, and organiser of film events and programmes. He holds an MA in journalism and is a PhD student of information and communication sciences doctoral programme at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb.
He has worked in journalism since 1998, contributing to Jutarnji list and Globus up to 2000, when he became the assistant to editor-in-chief of Vijenac, a magazine for art, culture and science. After leaving Vijenac, he initiated the founding of kulisa.eu, an online paper for culture and performing arts, and served as editor-in-chief. This was the basis for other websites, such as kazaliste.hr, klasika.hr, plesnascena.hr, and filmovi.hr, with Vidačković serving as editor-in-chief for the latter since its founding. From 2003 to 2013, he contributed film reviews to Vjesnik, working as a columnist and correspondent from international film festivals. Since 2010, he has served as editor-in-chief of Hrvatsko glumište. He is the editor of Arsen Dedić’s Hladni rat and Zabranjena knjiga.
Vidačković was the president of the Croatian Film Critics’ Association for five terms, from 2003 to 2008. He served as FIPRESCI juror at film festivals in Cannes, San Francisco, Berlin, and Venice. He is the vice-president of FEDEORA (Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean) and IPA (International Press Academy). He served as artistic director of Pula Film Festival four times, from November 2004 to February 2014. In that period, the Festival became the most widely visited cultural event in Croatia, the international programme Europolis expanded to Zagreb, Rijeka, Dubrovnik and Split through guest screenings, Greta Scacchi, Christopher Lee and Ralph Finnes, as well as director James Ivory, have all visited Pula, and in 2013, the Festival was included in the MEDIA programme of the European Union. Since March, 2017, Vidačković has again served as artistic director of Pula Film Festival.
In September 2010, he initiated the founding of the art-cinema Metropolis at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, and has since served as its programme director. He is the network leader of five Croatian cinemas, which have been accepted as members of Europa Cinemas under his leadership. Since 2011, he has been the deputy head of the Theatre and Film Department of Matica Hrvatska (Central Croatian Cultural and Publishing Society) where he initiated scientific meetings on cinema.
He initiated and produced European Film Days, an event held during the European week in May 2012 and 2013, and in 2014 he was the producer of the European Film Week, which takes place in July at Tuškanac open air cinema and at Metropolis art-cinema.
In 2013, he was head of the Film section of Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which lasted a record 45 days and included a cycle of film adaptations of the works of Oscar Wilde.
Since 2013, he has been teaching the Film Festivals course at the Department for Production of the Academy of Dramatic Art of the University of Zagreb. He also teaches the Introduction to Croatian Cinema and Croatian Contemporary Culture courses for ERASMUS students at VERN’ University. He also teaches the History and Film Theory courses to communication sciences students at the Catholic University of Croatia.
In September 2015, he was appointed the nominal teaching grade of lecturer in the area of humanities, in the field of information and communication sciences.