The festival's competition program usually includes screenings of all locally produced feature films made in the preceding 12 months (which is made possible due to the local film industry's relatively low output), so everyone involved in making them automatically qualifies for the Golden Arena awards.Therefore, there are no Academy Award-style lists of nominees announced prior to the actual awarding ceremony.
, 1980), a farcical comedy set at the beginning of World War II in then Yugoslavia.
In a strong cast ensemble, Stojković distinguished himself with role of a Germanophile bus passenger on the way to Beograd in the eve of 6 April 1941 – the day Belgrade was bombed by the Axis Powers marking Yugoslavia's entry into the war.
The festival was held in spite of this, but the usual national competition program was replaced with a retrospective of animated films produced by the Zagreb School of Animated Film and a selection of documentaries, while the main program featured premieres of six American wide release movies.
Stojković's numerous comedic portrayals of the "small man fighting the system" made him popular with Serbian and ex-Yugoslav audiences, most of them coming in collaborations with either director Slobodan Šijan or scriptwriter Dušan Kovačević, or both.
In the 1990s the award was intermittently merged with the Best Director award, until 1999 when the old format was briefly re-introduced.
Between 20 film directors were credited with the Best Film award, while still being eligible for the separate Best Director award (although on four out of five occasions in this period the same director won both awards for the same film).On four occasions two films shared the same prize - in 19 two films shared the Big Golden Arena, in 1966 two films shared the runner-up award and in 1967 two films shared the third-place award.In addition to this, the 1965 second place prize was not awarded. Award categories and names were unchanged, but the selection was narrowed to Croatian films only, excluding films from the other five republics of Yugoslavia.Ko to tamo peva was released to great critical and commercial success, and has won two awards at the Montreal World Film Festival in Canada.The success of Ko to tamo peva opened new doors for Stojković, who then established his film star status with a string of critically acclaimed roles.He appeared in Goran Paskaljević's dark comedy about rehab from alcoholism, Poseban tretman (Special Treatment), 1980.