28 Monday, 6 July 2009 London Lite 3more film festivals Istriasahitforfilmfans CampforfreeandenjoytheWoodstockoffilmfestivalsintheCroatianhills BY OLIVIA WALMSLEY Screen beauty: Motovun on the Istrian peninsula is host to an annual film festival 1VENICE The oldest in theworld, founded in 1932.2-12 Sep, labiennale.org 2BERLIN With over 450,000admissions, it is consideredthe largest publicly attended filmfestival worldwide. 11-21 Feb, berlinale.de 3SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL The largest independent filmfestival in the US. 21-31 Jan, sundance.org WHATS GOING ON? KNOWN as the Woodstock of film festivals, the Motovun Film Festival is a free art house extravaganza, which takes place within the walls of the 13th-century town of Motovun, on the Istrian peninsula. So why the Woodstock comparison? Well, unlike other film fests, you can camp (for free) on a nearby site. Perhaps because of this it attracts a young and arty crowd. The annual festival usually attracts up to 50,000 movie buffs. This year its taking place between 27 and 31 July and its partner country is Finland, so you can expect many of the 70-plus films on offer to have a Nordic flavour. Theyll be shown outdoors on giant screens, taking advan- tage of the balmy summer nights. BED DOWN ITS almost impossible to get a room in Motovun during the festival. Most visitors stay in the festival camp or look for more comfortable accom- modation in farms, private rooms or hotels in the surrounding area. See istra.com and montonatours.hr for accommodation information. If youre happy roughing it, the campsite is free and equipped with showers and toilets. No reservation is required and campers must simply pay a statutory camping tax of five kuna (60p) per day. Contact kamp@ motovunfilmfestival.com. HIT THE TOWN THERE are Finnish bands playing during the festival -- weve never heard of them, but 22-Pisterpirkko Band apparently play a blend of pop, punk, rock and electronica. Check out the website for times and details. REFUEL BARBACAN 1 (00 385 52 681791) in Motovun. A charming restaurant up the steep main street specialising in local recipes using truffles. DONT MISS LEAVE the city walls and head to the medieval hill town of Groznjan -- its filled with artists. You can pick up lovely pottery there and watch the artists at work in their studios. HOW TO GET THERE THE nearest airports are in Venice and Ljubljana. BA (ba.com) offers return flights to Venice from 112pp. MORE DETAILS motovunfilmfestival.com festivalMotovun,oftown13th-centurytheof WoodstockthewhySo unlikeWell,comparison? canyoufests,filmother nearbyaonfree)(forcamp ofbecausePerhapssite. andyoungaattractsitthis usuallyfestivalannualThe movie50,000toupattracts takingitsyearThisbuffs. July31and27betweenplace iscountrypartneritsand expectcanyousoFinland, onfilms70-plustheofmany flavour.Nordicahavetooffer onoutdoorsshownbeTheyll advan-takingscreens,giant farms,inmodation orroomsprivate area.surroundingtheinhotels We tell you where to go and when Motovun, Croatia Star quality: George Clooney in Venice index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html