Croatian Film Association, in collaboration with the Croatian Cinematheque, launched Film Programmes in 2001 to meet the educational needs of around 50 thousand high school and university students in Zagreb whose courses are related to media culture, i.e. the history of film.
Tuškanac Cinema’s programmes follow on the programme lines established at the very beginning of the project: listing recognisability for all the lovers of film art; exemplary care of the programme quality; carefully balanced repertory between art content and contemporary non-commercial production of all types of audiovisual expression and catering to all tastes. The schedule therefore includes art-house programmes of classic Croatian and foreign film, original and thematic film cycles, presentations of recent film productions from different European and non-European countries, short documentary, fiction and animated film programmes, with special experimental film programmes, organisation and co-organisation of special premieres, festivals and events in the theatre.
The programmes are accompanied by regular brochures (of monographic sort), with commissioned essays by renowned film critics, interviews with filmmakers, complete with detailed information on the scheduled films. On special occasions, additional brochures are printed. Aside from the programmes, the Cinema’s entrance hall sometimes hosts exhibitions of posters, film stills and other related material.
Right from the onset, a database of Croatian fiction film was launched in association with renowned film experts (Nenad Polimac, Damir Radić, Josip Grozdanić, Krešimir Mikić), available on the Film Programmes’ website.
In the atmosphere of general commercialisation, the Croatian Film Association and Tuškanac Cinema adamantly remain Zagreb’s cinematic cultural backbone, a place gathering not only film experts but primarily high school and college students, comprising the largest part of Tuškanac’s audience.
The project’s importance and significance are reflected mainly in the primarily educational orientation – there are about 50 thousand high school and university students in Zagreb whose curriculum is directly or indirectly related to media culture, i.e. the history of film. This is truly a place systematically presenting art-house cinema and all other contemporary non-commercial production, alternative, amateur film etc. There is ongoing collaboration with universities and the small hall hosts occasional lectures following commissioned screenings for high school and college students.
In collaboration with several associations, a few times a year there are workshops for young children, teaching them the basis of theoretical and practical film art and giving them a chance to see the most significant children’s films, part of Croatian and European heritage.
The ticket price is symbolic – only 10 kuna, and annual passes to all screenings and events for students cost only 150 kuna. Aside from this non-commercial price, Tuškanac differs from other independent cinemas by a specific screening policy: each film is shown only two times, which requires a large number of titles a year and much more effort in designing a repertory, which needs to be arranged three to six months in advance. Usually there are two films a day in two slots, at 7pm and 9pm, six days a week. Sunday is usually not planned in advance, but is left open for programmes which could not have been arranged earlier.