Arka speaks about change and the necessity and inevitability of transformation, while the script was created around an interpretation of the idea of a new life and new beginning, based on real-life experience, which says that it is almost impossible to speak about “new beginnings” with reasonable optimism. If we tend to view society and history as something cyclical, the only thing we can rightfully expect is the unexpected.

Director: Natko Stipanicev
Croatia, 2020
14:40 min | trailer
nominiert für Best Short Film 20MINMAX 2022

Natko Stipanicev graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Arts Academy in Split, Department of Film and Video, and earned a Master’s degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Department for Animated Film and New Media. He makes animated films and music.

Filmography: Arka (2020), The Dance Is Over, Maria (2013, graduation film), Dear Keno (2011, student film)

Natko Stipanicev, Director of Arka (2020)



  • ARKA

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  • JMAR

    Jmar alchahwa جمر الشهوة: piece of red coal. Metaphor used to describe a feeling that warms up, gives pleasure but can hurt if you get too close. On the beach of Mohammedia, a small coastal town in Morocco, Khaled sells horse rides to passers-by. He hangs out with his friends, they are in their twenties and fantasize about a sexuality that is forbidden to them. That day, Khaled makes an encounter and finds himself caught between the reality of his world and a burning desire that he can’t control....


    Vladimir, 17-years-old, is secretly in love with his neighbour Lou....