Oktavijan Miletić

Oktavijan Miletić (1 October 1902 – 17 August 1987) was a Croatian cinematographer and director. His avant-garde work in the period from 1928 to 1945 remains as one of the foundations of Croatian film.[1]

Oktavijan Miletić
Born(1902-10-01)1 October 1902
Died17 August 1987(1987-08-17) (aged 84)
Occupation(s)Cinematographer, film director
Years active1932–1978
AwardsVladimir Nazor Award for Life Achievement in Film (1967)

Miletić was one of the founders of the Zagreb film club in 1928.[2]

Miletić participated in an amateur film competition in Paris in 1933 with his Poslovi konzula Dorgena and received an award from Louis Lumière.[3] His 1937 film Šešir was the first Croatian movie filmed with sound.[3] In the Independent State of Croatia, Miletić filmed three cultural films for Germany's Tobis Film: Hrvatski kipari, Hrvatski seljački život and Agram, die Hauptstadt Kroatiens.[4] While all three films were originally thought lost, Daniel Rafaelić discovered Hrvatski seljački život in a Vienna film archive in 2004 and in 2008 discovered Agram, die Hauptstadt Kroatiens in a German film archive.[4]

In 1942 he filmed Barok u Hrvatskoj, about the life of count Janko Drašković.[5] In 1944 Miletić filmed the full-length feature Lisinski about the Croatian composer Vatroslav Lisinski.[6] He spent the waning months of the Second World War working to safekeep the films of the Croatian state institute Hrvatski slikopis.[6]

In 1967 he received the Vladimir Nazor Award for lifetime achievement in film arts.[7] The Oktavijan Award is awarded annually by the Croatian Association of Film Critics as part of the Days of Croatian Film.[8]

He was born in Zagreb, which is also where he died.



  1. ^ "Croatian Film Archive". Archived from the original on 2020-02-18. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
  2. ^ A look at the current problems in the protection of audio-visual works
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2008-06-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b Miletić's film from '42 found, Jutarnji list
  5. ^ "Phenom Lisinski". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
  6. ^ a b "Oktavijan Miletić". Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
  7. ^ Vladimir Nazor Award
  8. ^ "17th Days of Croatian Film". Archived from the original on 2008-06-16. Retrieved 2008-06-11.

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