International Competition Programme

Ivan Marković
Filmmaker born in 1989 in Belgrade, Serbia. As director of photography, he worked on several feature films including All the Cities of the North by Dane Komljen and I Was at Home, But by Angela Schanelec, which won the Silver Bear at Berlinale 2019. Centar, an experimental documentary he directed, had its premiere at Doclisboa 2018 and received several awards including Best Documentary Award in at Beldocs IDFF 2019. From Tomorrow On, I Will, a feature he co-directed with Linfeng Wu, had the premiere at Berlinale Forum
2019 and received the Grand Prize at Jeonju IFF. Lives and works in Berlin.

Kazuo Hara
Born in June 1945, Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Founded production company Shissoh Production with Sachiko Kobayashi in 1972. Made his directorial debut that same year with documentary film Goodbye CP. Follow- up Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974 profiles Hara’s ex-wife Miyuki Takeda, who had left him and moved to Okinawa, including an unassisted childbirth. In 1987, The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On became a huge hit, winning a Best Newcomer Award from the Director’s Guild of Japan, the Berlin International Film Festival’s Caligari Film Award, the Cinéma du Réel’s Grand Prix, and many other accolades. 1994 saw the release of A Dedicated Life, which topped film Best 10 list of Japanese films for that year. Despite being far from prolific, the films he has released to date are all highly regarded, and retrospectives of his works have been held at international film festivals in Buenos Aires, Montreal, Sheffield, Amsterdam, and elsewhere.

María Vera
Festival Distributor and Sales Agent born in Argentina. Founder of Kino Rebelde, a company focused on creative distribution of non-fiction, experimental and hybrid narratives. Her films have been selected and awarded in festivals as Berlinale, IFFR Rotterdam, IDFA, Visions Du Réel, Hot Docs, Jeonju IFF, Doclisboa, Mar del Plata and Viennale, among others. María has a background as a filmmaker, producer of socio-political and human rights contents as well as a film curator.

Serbian Competition Programme

Antoine Thirion
A French film critic, author and programmer, Antoine Thirion was born in 1981 and lives in Paris. He wrote for Cahiers du cinéma from 2001 to 2009 and he publishes in various magazines and collective works. In 2009 he founded Independencia where he is in charge of distribution and publishing activities. He has curated retrospectives at the Jeu de Paume (James Benning, Lav Diaz) and at the FID Marseille (Hong Sang-soo, Roger Corman, Isabelle Huppert). He is an occasional screenwriter and author, including of two projects with Raya Martin, How He Died Is Controversial in 2015 and UNdocumenta in 2016. He is a member of the selection committees of the Locarno Film Festival and Cinéma du Réel.

Heleen Gerritsen
Heleen Gerritsen (Netherlands, 1978) studied Slavonic Languages and Economics in Amsterdam and St. Petersburg. She has lived in Germany since 2003. In 2009 she produced her first feature length documentary and founded her own film production company Serious Directions, together with producer/director Sahand Zamani. From 2014 to 2016 she was festival director of the European documentary film festival dokumentART in Neubrandenburg. Since October 2017 Heleen is at the head of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film which is organized by the German Film Institute (DFF).

Dejan Petrović
Dejan Petrović, a screenwriter and director of several short fiction and documentary films and also a producer of about 50 short documentaries. He works as a professor at the department of Film and TV directing at the Academy of Arts in Belgrade. He is a founder and general manager of the Independent Film Centre “Filmart” that carries out several projects such as International Student Film Camp “Interaction”, among others. Also, he is a member of DOKSerbia – the Association of Documentary Filmmakers of Serbia. He has won numerous prizes at the film festivals, including 15 awards for the short documentary The Same, which was premiered at the IDFA 2017.

Short Film Competition Programme

Goran Dević
Goran Dević was born in Sisak in 1971. He studied Archeology and Law. In 2008 he took a degree in Film and TV Directing from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he works today at the Documentary Film graduate studies. His documentary and fiction films were awarded in Pula, Cottbus, Prizren, Prague, Sarajevo, Oberhausen, Leipzig, Motovun and Zagreb. His feature film directorial debut (which he co-directed and co-written with Zvonimir Jurić) was a critically acclaimed 2009 psychological war drama titled The Blacks.
Retrospectives of his documentaries were screened at Arsenal Berlin, Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz, Beldocs and Zagreb. He is founder of the production company Petnaesta umjetnost.

Ivan Salatić
Ivan Salatić finished the School of Fine Arts in Belgrade, but over time become more interested in films. He later enrolled in a film school in Montenegro. His films were presented and awarded at many international festivals. The short film Backyards which was screened at the Venice IFF in Orizzonti 2015, followed by his feature film You Have the Night, also presented at the Venice IFF in 2018. He earned a master’s degree at HFBK in Hamburg 2016. He co-runs Meander Film, a production company based in Montenegro. He currently lives in Belgrade, preparing his next film.

Kumjana Novakova
Originally born in Macedonia, Yugoslavia, works in the field of creative documentary cinema and audiovisual arts since 2006. Her formal education combines social sciences and social research studies in Sofia, Sarajevo, Bologna and Amsterdam. In 2006 she co-founded the Pravo Ljudski Film Festival in Sarajevo.  Currently, she works at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Skopje as a film curator. She is currently an associate professor at the Non-fiction department of ESCAC, Barcelona, Spain, and has formerly taught documentary film at the Béla Tarr’s film factory in Sarajevo. As an author, Kumjana develops projects between cinema and contemporary art. Kumjana currently lives in Skopje.

Beldocs Teen Jury

Lav Ćuk
I’m 16 years old. I go to the Philological High School and the School of Acting “Studio 1”. One day I would like to make a film, and in my free time I write poetry and play the guitar.

Nina Bon
I was born on June 27, 2002. and I am in my senior year at the Fifth Belgrade Gymnasium. I attended the “Baraka” editing course and participated in the creation of short films.

Mina Simendić
I am 17 years old and I am a student at the School of Design in Belgrade. I am engaged in directing, mainly experimental and narrative films, but lately also documentaries.

Aleksandra Dudić
I am an 8th grade student at “Simeon Aranickiˮ in Stara Pazova. In the 4th grade, I received an award from Minja Subota at the “Winter Magicˮ festival for a play I directed.

Andrej Tomin
I am 15 years old, currently in the first grade of the Philological High School (a new direction for performing and audio-visual art) and I can freely say that I am a cinephile.


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