260 DAYS – Do Good So Good Comes Back to You Sooner

The book “260 Days”, authored by Marijan Gubina, was published in 2011 and has since been printed in over 46,000 copies, translated into 15 languages, and captured the hearts of readers worldwide. It describes the tragedy of the six-member Gubina family during the Croatian War of Independence, who were deprived of their freedom and subjected to the most horrific tortures for a full 260 days. The book is written from Marijan’s perspective, who was an innocent ten-year-old boy at the time.

Despite all the horrors experienced, the book resonates particularly with Marijan’s message of spreading peace and forgiveness, reminding us of the incredible strength of the human spirit amidst the hardest trials. The Croatian National Theatre in Osijek brought the story to the stage in 2015, winning six awards and becoming a true hit. The ticket demand was so great that there were not enough seats for every performance, leading us to think about the next step.

The idea for a film project came to life when the book “260 Days” reached the hands of film director and producer Jakov Sedlar, whose enthusiasm sparked a series of events. Soon after, thanks to Mr. Sedlar, the book also landed in the hands of Hollywood screenwriter Barry Morrow, an Oscar winner for the film “Rain Man.” A few months after reading the book, Barry Morrow signed on as the script supervisor for the “260 DAYS” film.

We have successfully engaged a cast including legendary Hollywood actor Armand Assante, German actress Hanna Schygulla, Pip Torrens, Sam Hazeldine, about thirty British actors, and Croatian actors Lujo Kunčević, Pero Eranović, and Konstantin Haag. Through diligent work on this project, we have secured 2,465,000.00 euros for filming and post-production in Hollywood. The film will be shot in English, with filming taking place between May 27 and July 15, 2024, at several locations in Osijek-Baranja County and one location in Vukovar. After filming, the film will undergo post-production in Hollywood, which is expected to last 3 to 6 months. The film’s debut is planned for film festivals in 2024/25, with a wider release in early 2025.

While this is much more than we could have imagined initially, we also contacted several additional Hollywood actors during this project. The book and the script for the film “260 DAYS” impressed them so much that they expressed a desire to participate in the film. Among them are renowned actors Tim Roth, John Malkovich…

Although we want to include them in our team, we need more funds to cover the cost of their engagement. For this reason, we are launching a campaign to raise funds to engage another Hollywood actor. That way, we’ll ensure that this film of great importance to Croatia is competitive in the global market because of Marijan’s moving story, current world events, and, ultimately, because of the great actors.

With this film, we aim to continue reaching people’s hearts and evoking emotions worldwide, just as the book “260 Days” has done so far. We want this story to reach everyone, regardless of age, nationality, religion, or race. We need your help raising the funds to hire another Hollywood actor, enabling us to tell this important story from Croatia’s recent history in the best possible way. As a token of our gratitude to everyone who participates in the campaign, we have prepared rewards that will forever remain a memory of your contribution to our project. Your support is crucial in achieving this goal, so please support our campaign!

Author’s Message

At the heart of the author’s message lies the following:

“I, a ten-year-old boy, have lived through hell and continue to live with its consequences because I ethnically belonged to people known as CROATS.

I urge all of you, before you judge someone, before you harm someone, to read about my experience and not lead yourself into the temptation of doing wrong, neither because of nationalism, racism, religious beliefs, or anything else.

I, Marijan Gubina, do not judge, do not hate…


Media About Us

Many media outlets have backed our campaign by sharing our story with their audience. Various portals, television shows, and radio programs have given us access to a broad audience within and beyond Croatia, and we sincerely appreciate their support. Here are some of the media outlets that have supported us in our campaign.


In addition to media support, our campaign has received crucial endorsement from ambassadors who, inspired by the book “260 Days,” have conveyed encouragement and support for our project.


As previously stated, we collected 2,465,000.00 euros to finance the film. The overall projection of the production cost of the film is 260 DAYS – 3,000,000.00 euros. This amount covers:

  • Actors – 1,650,000.00 euros
  • Production costs – 261,700.00 euros
  • Technical costs – 652,080.00 euros
  • Other costs – 436,220.00 euros

Campaign Team

While the “260 DAYS” team comprises a large group of experts, here we have highlighted a part of the team that has been actively working on preparing the crowdfunding campaign.

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Organization Name: 260 DAYS d.o.o.
Organization Address: Kapucinska 25/II, 31 000 Osijek, Croatia
Representative: Lucija Majstrović, Marketing Director
Email: 260days@260days.net
Mobile: 385 (0) 958567517
Website: https://260days.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/260dana
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