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Thousands of dedicated readers that foraged our archives on a daily basis, as well as the stream of uplifting comments and generous support that kept us going, helped transform Cinephilia & Beyond from an enthusiastic but shy little blog into a full-blooded, Croatian-based independent website dedicated to the world of film. Now it’s time for yet another step forward, as C&B finally operates under its own roof of the Close-Up, Initiative for the Promotion of Film Culture, a non-profit organization. Since our work has been publicly recognized by almost all of the greatest non-profit film institutions in the world: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The American Film Institute, Sundance Institute, The British Film Institute, European Film Academy, Cahiers du Cinéma, La Cinématheque, just to mention a few, in the light of our recent transformation into a non-profit organization as well we’d be deeply honored and humbled if we followed in their prestigious footsteps. With your help this seems more than possible.

All of this couldn’t have been achieved without your relentless encouragement and pure love of film. We’ll continue to bring to your attention the most fascinating, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping material we’re lucky enough to come across, tirelessly spreading the pivotal idea C&B was built on: no film school alone can measure up to a curious, dedicated mind and a huge pool of knowledge, information and inspiration waiting to be soaked up and marveled upon.


“I’m often asked by younger filmmakers, ‘Why do I need to look at old movies?’ I’ve made a number of pictures in the last 20 years and the response I have to give them is that I still consider myself a student. The more pictures I’ve made in 20 years, the more I realize I really don’t know. And I’m always looking for something or someone that I could learn from. I tell the younger filmmakers, and the young students, that do it like painters used to do—that painters do—study the old masters, enrich your palette, expand the canvas. There’s always so much more to learn.”
—Martin Scorsese, A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies


What especially motivates us is the fact that C&B has grown into a community of film lovers who share their passion regardless of what places in the world—and life—they come from. You can imagine, for instance, the shock on our faces upon realizing the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Ava DuVernay, William Friedkin, James Mangold, Edgar Wright, Roger Corman, Zoe Cassavetes, Mike Medavoy, Robert Evans or Judd Apatow regularly visit our little corner of the web. Silent, anonymous and thirsty for inspiration, no different than any one of you, but at the same time leading us to a crucial revelation that we simply must be doing something right.

“Support this site!”
Guillermo del Toro


We’re humbled by your support, by your vote of confidence which we can repay you for only by promising to keep doing our best. “The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse,” said Robin Williams’ professor Keating in Dead Poets Society, quoting the great Walt Whitman. C&B is our verse, and we thank you for helping us write it. 

Editor-in-Chief and Founder: Boris Mijatović Fraiman
Managing Editor: Sven Mikulec
Operations & Senior Editor: Michael Hennessy
Regular Contributors: Tim Pelan, Koraljka Suton, Travis Woods, Theo Zenou

“You guys really are the greatest at what you do.” 
—Scott Myers, Go Into The Story; the official
screenwriting blog of the Black List


We’re endlessly grateful and humbled to the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Ava DuVernay, William Friedkin, Walter Murch, Pam Grier, Jason Reitman, Judd Apatow, Laura Jennings, James Mangold, Christopher McQuarrie, Anna Biller, Edgar Wright, Reed Morano, Richard LaGravenese, M. Night Shyamalan, Christopher Doyle, Andie MacDowell, Ben Wheatley, Phil Lord, Sam Neill, Meg LeFauve, Lee Unkrich, Andrew Stanton, Bernard Rose, Anthony Bourdain, Alice Lowe, Bill Duke, Thierry Frémaux, Pierre Lescure, Gilles Jacob, Nicolas Saada, Dominique Farrugia, Mathieu Kassovitz, Jennifer Todd, Frederick Wiseman, Morris Bright, Cameron Crowe, Josh Boone, Jennifer Morrison, Franklin Leonard, Taika Waititi, Chaz Ebert, Roger Corman, Hideo Kojima, Cameron Bailey, Mark Bristol, Matt Reeves, Santiago Segura, Neil Marshall, Cyrus Nowrasteh, Joshua & Ben Safdie, Guillermo Arriaga, Ari Aster, Zoe Cassavetes, Brian Koppelman, Richard Ayoade, Clint Mansell, Sean Baker, Peter Gould, Peter Serafinowicz, Josh Olson, Chelsea Barnard, Anna Waterhouse, Alix Bénézech, Chris McKay, Michelle Satter, Eric Heisserer, Scott Beck & Bryan Woods, Josh Cooley, Oliver Stone, Robert Evans, Mike Medavoy, Iain Smith, Kevin Feige, John Schoenfelder, Dalibor Matanić, Richard Brody, Matt Zoller Seitz, Anne Thompson, Bilge Ebiri, Nev Pierce, Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema, David Lynch Foundation, Turner Classic Movies, The Estate of Orson Welles, The Humphrey Bogart Estate, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Sundance Institute, The American Film Institute, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, The British Film Institute, La Cinématheque, Cahiers du Cinéma, European Film Academy and many others.

Love what you guys do. It’s unique and real.

Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
One of the most inventive filmmakers of his generation

I think your site is great.

Just wanted to tell you what a terrific site you have…

Pour qui a vu REDS au Festival Lumiere, magnifique article issu du magnifique Cinephilia & Beyond.

Thierry Frémaux
Thierry Frémaux
The director of the Institut Lumière and of the Cannes Film Festival

I wanted to personally tell you how much your site has enriched my daily life as an artist. I fell in love with film as a kid and remain as passionate about it as the day I started acting so it’s great to see what inspired and eloquent detectives you are when it comes to all things cinematic. Bravo.

Carla Gugino
Carla Gugino
A great actress of the big and small screen

Cinephilia & Beyond is a really fantastic film site. Incredible material is uncovered every single day. I urge you to check it out.

All filmmaking and film lovers should be following all you do! Thank you and please keep sourcing & fwdg inspiration & direction.

Ted Hope
Ted Hope
Legendary indie producer, Head of Production for Amazon Original Movies Division, Hope For Film

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Nicolas Saada
Nicolas Saada
A former French film journo at the prestigious mag Les Cahiers du Cinéma and a screenwriter who made his directorial debut with Spy(ies)

You guys have been enriching my love for the art of film for a couple years now. To paraphrase James Brooks, you make me wanna be a better artist. Thanks.

Thomas Jane
Thomas Jane
Actor, screenwriter, director, producer, comic book writer, founder of RAW Studios

My favorite online resource for learning about film is Cinephilia & Beyond.

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I’ve learned more about filmmaking from Cinephilia & Beyond than I ever did from film school.

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Richard Shepard
Richard Shepard
Director of ‘I Knew It Was You’ and ‘Dom Hemingway’

What an inspiring rabbit hole Cinephilia & Beyond is. Hats off to making the world better.

Sebastian Gutierrez
Sebastian Gutierrez

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if you love movies you need to be following this blog.

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Richard Botto
Richard Botto
Stage32 CEO

I’m an internationally published author and soon-to-be film director (and really good friends with Paul Schrader) (and, oddly, was engaged to Martin’s superb daughter Domenica) and just wanted to say you have created the greatest site on the internet. I’m giving a 20-hour seminar on screenwriting and directing at Pratt here in NYC and will tell everybody to accept your site as their bible. (in fact, it practically renders teaching meaningless!)

Joshua Cody
Joshua Cody
Author of ‘[sic] a memoir’

Cinephilia and Beyond claims to have gotten hold of a 1999 note written by the auteur to fellow filmmaker James Brooks, who helped Anderson fund his first feature-length film, Bottle Rocket, and wrote an introduction to Anderson’s Rushmore screenplay, which was published by Faber & Faber. The note appears to have been carefully handwritten in an all caps and a tone that call to mind one of Anderson’s children protagonists—whose handwritten letters have advanced plots in his films, including Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Moonrise Kingdom.

Cinephilia & Beyond is a must-visit for screenwriters (& film fans).