KGIFF 2019


Ognjen Sviličić (HR)

A Croatian script writer and director and professor of film scriptwriting in the Academy for Dramatic Art in Zagreb, Ognjen Svilčič directed and wrote the scripts for five full-length films. For his first film, If I Were a Shark (1999), he received a prize at the Festival in Pula. His other films (Sorry for Kung Fu, 2004; Armin, 2006; Two Sunny Days, 2010; Such are the Rules, 2014) have also won many awards. He worked as a scriptwriter on  The Slovenian Girl, 2006, and Night Life, 2016, with Damjan Kozole.

Maruša Majer (SLO)

A theater and film actress, Maruša Majer is active in non-government projects and in state theatres (SNG Drama Ljubljana, SNG Drama Maribor, Lutkovno gledališče Maribor, Gledališče Glej, Mini Teater Ljubljana, Festival EX-Ponto). In 2018 she took up a permanent position in Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana. She has received many awards, among them the Golden Arena at the 65th Film Festival in Pula (2018), the Shooting Star for Young Talents at the Berlinale, the Vesna for best female leading role at the 20th Festival of Slovene Film, and the award for best actress in the 52nd Borštnik Meeting (2017). She was given an award by the Prešeren Fund in 2019.

Zeynep Özbatur Atakan (TU)

Born in İstanbul, Zeynep Atakan graduated from the Department of Film and Television at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Marmara University. Zeynep Atakan is the vice president of EWA, the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, which works towards equal opportunities for women in the audiovisual industries in Europe and around the world. She is also the art director of the Sabancı Foundation Short Film Platform, and a member of the European Film Academy and the Asia Pacific Screen Academy.


Matjaž Ivanišin (SLO)

A director of photography, a film director, and a screenwriter, Matjaž Ivanišin has directed many feature and documentary films: Playing Men (2017), Karpopotnik (2013), The House on Jurčkova (2011), Šentilj-Spielfeld: Border Crossing, which no longer exists, and many others. He has received many national and international awards. At the momment he is shooting his first full length feature film Oroslan.

Filip Remunda (CZ)

Filip Remunda is a Czech film director, cinematographer, and producer. He is best known for co-directing the 2004 documentary comedy Czech Dream (Czech: Český sen).  His film, Village B., was named best documentary film at the 2002 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and at the 2003 FAMU Festival. He is the co-founder of the Institute of Documentary Film (IDF),[1] which supports the promotion of Eastern European films, and lectures at Ex Oriente Film, an international documentary development workshop organized by IDF. Together with Vit Klusak he directed the comedy documentary feature Czech Dream, which has won multiple awards in film festivals around the world. Together they also run Hypermarket Film Ltd., an independent production company based in Prague.

Bohdan Blahovec (CZ)

Born in 1984 in Pilsen in Czech Republic, he received his MA at FAMU, Dept. of Documentary Film (Who Is Afraid of Ashley Lightspeed? – Best Documentary Film at FamuFest 2007 and Special Jury Award at Finale 2008). His bachelor film About a Home was accepted into Jihlava IDFF 2008 and was part of the competition section at Fresh Film Fest 2009 and Finale 2009. The feature debut Show! won the Czech Critics’ Award for best documentary of 2013 and the Audience Award at Jihlava IDFF 2013. He is also among the pioneers of slam poetry in the Czech Republic. He currently works with KineDok, concentrating on alternative distribution of documentaries in East and Central Europe.



Matevž Jerman (SLO)

 Matevž Jerman is a film critic and an editor at the Slovenian Cinematheque. He is also the artistic director of FeKK – Ljubljana’s international short film festival and works as a short film programmer for festivals like Kino Otok – Isola Cinema and LIFFe. He has co-founded the Society for Short Film Promotion, Kraken, which fosters the growth of independent Slovenian production and overall developmentof short film. Jerman has written and directed several shorts and music videos.

Marija Krunić (RS)

Marija Krunić was born in Belgrade (Serbia). She was an assistant professor at the University of Natural Sciences in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Since 2004 she has been living in Bologna (Italy). For 10 years she worked with Gian Vittorio Baldi, a visionary Italian film director and producer who won two Golden Lions in Venice as a director. He produced films by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jean-Marie Straub, Jean-Luc Godard, and Robert Bresson, among others. Since 2013 Marija has been the executive director of the International Filmmaking Academy in Bologna, founded by Gian Vittorio Baldi and film school directors from 20 countries.

Lazar Bodroža (RS)

Lazar Bodroža was born in 1983 and graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade. He is the co-founder of the Metaklinika Studio, a member of the Kosmoplovci Group, author of the book Zakon, and the director of the interactive film, Über Life. In 2011 Bodroža was selected by Print Magazine as one of the world’s top 20 visual artists under the age of 30.


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