Documentary film lovers can enjoy the DOKUart festival in Bjelovar every year at the beginning of October. It is a renowned festival of professional documentary film in which filmmakers from Croatia and other countries of the European Union and our region participate. DOKUart was founded in 2006 by Denis Hladiš, Tibor Javurek and Rada Šestić, who is also the selector of the films included in the festival program.



So far, filmmakers from more than 20 countries have shown their documentaries at the festival, including films by local names such as Krsto Papić, Branko Schmidt, Robert Zuber, Joško Marušić and others. An important part of the festival is the so-called Mali DOKUart, and it is part of the program that includes documentary works by Croatian elementary school students, who mainly deal with the topic of tourism. On the spot, young people learn about filming and editing techniques and create their own short films, which is a valuable experience of creative work that lasts a lifetime.

The association of the same name behind the DOKUart festival is also responsible for the HOĆU KINO initiative, thanks to which the Bjelovar Cultural and Media Center was built on the site of the former basketball court of the Sokolana 2 Sports Hall, where films, plays and various other cultural content are shown.