MAIN COMPETITION JURY
ACTOR, SLOVENIA, JURY PRESIDENT
Sebastian Cavazza (1973) is a Slovenian theatre, film and TV actor. He started to study acting in 1992 at the Academy for Theatre, Film and TV (AGRFT) at the University of Ljubljana. In 1995 he received a European Film Academy scholarship for the masterclass Actors - Directors - Interaction, run by Belgian film director Andre Delvaux, at the European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark. Between 1992 and 2003 he had the opportunity and privilege to work with several important acting teachers from around the world. In his career he created more than 70 roles in professional theatre and more than 60 roles on camera. Our TV audience watched Cavazza in the series: See You In Montevideo, Black Sun (Shadows over Balkan) and Besa. For Lazar Bodroza’s Ederlezi Rising, he won Best Actor Award at the Belgrade International Film Festival - FEST in 2018.
Dana Budisavljević was bors in 1975 in Zagreb. She graduated from the Department of Film and TV Editing at ADU in Zagreb. She worked as a film editor, production assistant and organizer of film festivals. She made her directorial debut with the documentary Straight As (2004), and gained wider popularity with a family film about coming out Family Meals (2012). As a producer, she signs the documentary series Slumbering Concrete by Saša Ban, films Like That Super Most The Best by Eva Kraljević, Then I See Tanja by Juraj Lerotic and others. The Diary of Diana B. is her first featurelength film. It premiered at the 2019 Pula Film Festival, where it won six awards. In the 66th year of the Pula Film Festival The Diary of Diana B. is the first film to win jury, critics and audience awards, and it is also the first film by a one female author to win the Grand Golden Arena for Best Picture.
Nataša Ninković is a Principal drama artist of the National Theatre in Belgrade. She graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. She has played a number of roles in leading theatres in Belgrade (The Taming of the Shrew, Hedda Gabler, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Idiot, Nora, Miss, Selestina). She has won prestigious theatre and film awards, both at home and abroad. Ninković has played in numerous films, the most famous of which are: The Savior, The Professional, Ivko’s Feast, Death of a Man in the Balkans, The Trap, Made in YU, Herd, Ajvar, The Ambulance. She has also appeared on television, and the series which particularly stand out are: Ranjeni orao, Folk, Cvat lipe na Balkanu, Jagodići, Ulica lipa, My Father’s Killers, Black Sun (Shadows over the Balkans). She has won many awards for both theatrical and film achievements.
Clemens Schick was born in 1972 in Tübingen, Germany. He studied at the Berlin School of Drama. He gained international recognition with his star turn as ‘Kratt’ in Casino Royale, and is one of Germany’s busiest actors. He has played roles in Enemy At The Gate, Point Break, Futuro Beach, Overdrive and 4 Kings. He currently plays the leading role in the TV series Arctic Circle. Clemens recently filmed Sergio and Kidnapping Stella for Netflix
Nikola Ljuca was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1985. He studied film directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. His short films Thursday, Sergeant and Scenes with Women were screened at many international film festivals, winning several awards. He was a participant of the Sarajevo and Berlinale Talents and Locarno Filmmakers Academy. He worked as an assistant and casting director on feature films and as a video artist in many theatres and contemporary art projects. Ljuca is a curator for international short fiction film festival Bašta Fest. His first feature film Humidity had its world premiere in 2016 Berlinale Forum, and in the same year he won Best Director Award at FEST, after which it went on to screen at numerous festivals, winning several awards. Currently he is shooting his hybrid documentary feature Warm film and developing his new fiction project.
FEST FOCUS JURY
JOURNALIST AND TV EDITOR, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA
Damir Sehanovic was born in 1971 in Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He began his professional career as a journalist in 1992 on the local television FS3, where he edited and directed music and cultural content. After the regionally popular show Fanta Hip Hop Drop Top 20 aired on TV Tuzla and the Open Broadcast Network, in 2002 he shoots the DAMAR series, which hosted more than a hundred musicians, artists, athletes, actors over the course of seven seasons. He has hosted a TV show At Home Is Best ... with Damir Šehanović, Big Screen Names, and the Sarajevo Film Festival’s Red Carpet. Sehanovic received his master’s degree from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Tuzla. After defending his master’s thesis on Strategy and Techniques for Celebrity Public Relations in the Ex-Yugoslav Cultural Area, he decided to turn his television experience and academic knowledge into a book Being Celebrity, published in 2016. For the last eight years he has been working as a communications and public relations consultant at international financial organizations. Damir Sehanovic attends his doctoral studies at Bordeaux Montaigne University in France, where he writes on the topic of film festivals in the region as a channel of communication in cultural diplomacy.
Dusan Zoric (1992) graduated Film Directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. His short documentary Love (2017) premiered at the Visions Du Reel Film Festival in Nion, and the short feature film Foreign Body (2018) had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, in the Orrizonti Competition Programme, after which it was screened at FEST. He is currently in the process of making his debut film Metamorphoses.
Momir Milosevic was born in 1989 in Belgrade. He graduated from the London Film Academy in 2011. His debut feature film Open Wound (2016), a dislocated horror drama, has been acclaimed by critics and festival audiences alike. It premiered at the 44th FEST and then went into official distribution.
’NEBOJSA DJUKELIC CRITICS’ AWARD JURY
FILM CRITIC, SERBIA, JURY PRESIDENT
Sandra Perovic is a longtime editor in the Radio Television of Serbia editorial Board of Film and Series Programme, journalist, film critic, author of shows on the film The Great Illusion, Chronicle of FEST and the Authors Film Festival, as well as a number of specials dedicated to moving pictures and their creators. She has been introducing the viewers of the Public Broadcasting Service of Serbia to the world of the seventh art for more than two decades – from the most prestigious international film festivals to the most important film events in Serbia and the region. She has participated in the work of the FIPRESCI International Jury of Critics at Cannes, Venice and Berlin festivals. She was a member of FEST Board from 2009 to 2014. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Film Centre Serbia (FCS), for which she has worked from 2010 to 2013. Sandra Perovic was awarded the Captain Misa Anastasijevic Award. She has done more than 300 exclusive interviews with world-renowned names such as Oliver Stone, Claude Chabrol, the Taviani brothers, Ken Loach, David Lynch, Andrzej Wajda, Takeshi Kitano, Andrei Konchalovsky, Michael Kane, Anthony Hopkins and Sean Connery.
ALEKSANDAR S. JANKOVIĆ
FILM CRITIC, PROFESSOR, SERBIA
Aleksandar S. Jankovic, PhD (1970) is a professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, teaching History of Film, History of Serbian and Yugoslav Film and Pop Culture. He has published scientific works and participated at conferences in Serbia and abroad. He has been working as a film and rock critic at home and abroad for 30 years. Jankovic is the author of two books on film: A Long and Winding Road (2009/2011) and Redefining Identities: History, Misconceptions, Ideologies in Serbian Film (2017).
WRITER AND DIRECTOR, SERBIA
Sasa Radojevic is born in Belgrade. He graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He has written screenplays for documentary TV series and short films. He has published more studies on film as well as the novel Wild Shadows (2002). He was an assistent director for Theo Angelopoulos during the filming of Ulysses’ Gaze (To vlemma tou Odyssea, 1995). Radojevic co-authored screenplays for feature films The Land of Truth, Love and Freedom (2000), South by Southeast (2005), Doctor Ray and the Devils (2012) and The Loop (2015), the screenwriter for State (2013), and the director and screenwriter of Kisses (2004), Narcissus and Echo (2011), Marked (2015), Family (2015), and Alexandra (2019). His many films he has worked on have been repeatedly awarded at home and abroad.