For four days, skateboarders, artists and other attendees gather from around the world to celebrate film, photography and other art forms at Vladimir Film Festival. Where you would expect an event like Vladimir to take place in a skate-centric city such as New York or Barcelona, instead it’s tucked away in a Croatian village that hugs the Adriatic Sea. And from a massive line up featuring Tomaž Šantl, Brian Lotti, Ricardo Napoli, Jackson Davis, Josh Stewart and flamenco from Dani Lebron(to name a few), you’d also expect big funding behind the festival, not a completely DIY effort from the local organizers.
Nights of open air cinemas, music, exhibitions and parties make Vladimir feel like the anti-thesis to the current trends in skating of high level corporatism, competitions and egos that are mixed in between. After attending for our second year in a row, we’ve decided it’s one of those places and feelings that’s difficult to capture in words. For those that attend, they know. For those that haven’t, we can only recommend to catch it next year. Something as pure and organic like Vladimir Film Festival doesn’t stay around forever.