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21. - 22. 02.  2019.

Women in film industry

Two-day international conference

Keynote Speakers

Arnerić Neda

actress and director, Serbia

Neda Arnerić (Knjaževac, 1953) started acting at the age of 12, as a member of the Radio Belgrade drama group. She had her film debut in 1966, in The Dream directed by Puriša Đorđević. At the age of 16, she enrolled the Faculty of Dramatic Art in Belgrade. She has played in over 40 theatre productions and over 150 TV dramas and feature films. For her role in Stand Up Straight, Delfina by Aleksandar Đurčinov (1977), she received the Silver Arena at Pula Film Festival and Empress Theodora Award at Niš Film Festival, and for Haloa – The Whore's Feast, directed by Lordan Zafranović (1989), she was awarded the Golden Arena. In 1980, she graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy with a degree in Art History, and from 1985 to 1999 she ran the first private gallery, Atrium. She taught public performance in front of the camera at the Center of Modern Skills. She lives in Belgrade.

Photo: Preuzeto s: Tportal / Izvor: Cropix / Autor: Marko Todorov / CROPIX

Bakšić Čamo Amra

producer, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Amra Bakšić Čamo is a producer of pro.be, film, video and production of the Centre of Contemporaray Art Sarajevo. She has produced and co-produced numerous shorts, doumentaries, artistic films, documentaries and features. She runs the CineLink regional co-production market, working on the development and workshops for the projects within Sarajevo Film Festival from its foundation in 2003. The films she has produced, An Episode in a Life of an Iron Picker and Death in Sarajevo won the Silver Bear award, and An Episode in a Life of an Iron Picker was in the competition for the Oscar Award.  It is also the winner of the Media Prix Best Project 2014. Amra works as an associate professor at the Production Department of the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo. She is the winner of the Ivica Matić UFRBIH Award. She is a member of the European Film Academy, ACE and the EAVE. She works as a lecturer/consultant for the Biennale College Cinema – Venice Film Festival. She is one of the curators of the Torino Film Lab.

Barić Lana

glumica, Hrvatska

Lana Barić was born in Split in 1979. She graduated in acting from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo in 2005. Since 2011, she has been a member of the Croatian National Theatre drama ensemble, where she was promoted to a leading actress in 2016. She has played prominent roles in numerous theatre productions, films and TV series. For her role in Hush directed by Lukas Nola (2013) she was awarded the Golden Arena for Best Supporting Actress. Last year she played the leading roles in films Tereza 33 (directed by Danilo Šerbedžija), for which she also wrote the screenplay, and Eden (directed by Agnes Kocsis), in the TV series Besa (directed by Dušan Lazarević) and in the theatre play I Am Europe (directed by Falk Richter). She is the vice-president of the Croatian Association of Film Workers.

Babun Tamara

producer, Croatia

Tamara Babun was born in Zagreb in 1985. She graduated in film, TV and theatre production from the Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has been working on film and TV projects since 2006. From 2011 to 2015, she was the producer of ZagrebDox Pro and from 2012 to 2016 she worked as the executive producer in Factum. After a decade of extensive experience in film, video and theatre production, she started her own company in 2017 - Wolfgang & Dolly LLC. The company develops creative documentaries, author-driven fiction films, TV series and online formats. Tamara was a part of the Eurimages gender equality ad hoc working group in Strasbourg, she was a consultant of Romedia Foundation from Budapest and she works on different legislative issues, previously as a Managing board member and currently as a Supervisory board member of the Croatian Producers' Association.

Börjeson Kristina 

the Swedish representative to Eurimages, Sweden

Kristina Börjeson has been working at the Swedish Film Institute for seven years, till December 2018. Her position was that of the Head of Film Funding. She was in charge of the revision of the whole support system and was continuously working to improve gender equality within the Swedish film industry through tools and actions within the institute. Before joining the Swedish Film Institute, Kristina worked as a head of communications at a book publishing house, a head of marketing, and programme co-ordinator at the Göteborg Film Festival for five years.  She is curently  the Swedish representative in Eurimages.

Photo: Alva Ohlson

Despringe Cecile 

Executive Director, Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA), French, Belgian

Cécile Despringre studied International and European law at the University of Paris and holds a Master degree in International Economic Law. After a traineeship at the Delegation of the European Commission to International Organisations in Geneva, she became the European Affairs Officer of SACD (French and Belgium society for dramatic authors) in 1997. In 2001, she was promoted Deputy Director for European Affairs and Trade Negotiations. In 2006, she joined FERA, the European network of film and TV directors’ organisations as their CEO. In 2009, she was proposed to set up a new European organisation to gather collective management organisations for audiovisual authors and represent them towards European institutions: the SAA. She is the SAA Executive Director since it was established in 2010. Since 2008, Cécile Despringre has also been a board member of Cineuropa.org, a portal on European cinema in 4 languages, and its vice-president since 2014.

Durand Vialle Pauline

Executive Director, Federation of European Directors (FERA)

Originally from Paris, France, Pauline works in film distribution and international sales. She joined FERA (Federation of European Film Directors) from her previous position as Deputy Manager in charge of European Affairs at La Société des réalisateurs de films (SRF), where she worked for five years. She is the Chief Executive of FERA since February 2014.

Durand Vialle Pauline

Executive Director, Federation of European Directors (FERA)

Originally from Paris, France, Pauline works in film distribution and international sales. She joined FERA (Federation of European Film Directors) from her previous position as Deputy Manager in charge of European Affairs at La Société des réalisateurs de films (SRF), where she worked for five years. She is the Chief Executive of FERA since February 2014.

Glođo Vanesa

actress, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vanesa Glođo is an actress from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo. She is a member of the Kamerni Teatar 55 ensemble. Vanesa has worked with many directors, including Emir Kusturica, Robert Altman, Angelina Jolie, Francois Lunel, Bobo Jelčić, Jasmila Žbanić, Jasmina Duraković and Elmir Jukić. She has played in 18 films (A Good Day’s Work; All Alone; Catalina; Songs of Wind; A Thousand; I Am from Krajina, the Land of Chestnut; In the Land of Blood and Honey; On the Path; La Joconde a Disparu; The Ghosts of Sarajevo; Nafaka; All for Free; Grbavica; Go West; Life Is a Miracle; Jours tranquilles a Sarajevo; Heroes and An Unexpected Walk) and in 8 TV series (Dobrodošli u Orient Express; Ta sjajna putovanja; Kriza; Dva smo svijeta različita; Lud, zbunjen, normalan; Život je čudo; Crna hronika and Uoči povratka gospođe Vildane).

Guarini Carmen 

antropologist, lecturer, documentary film director, producer and 

member of board of DAC (Directores Argentinos Cinematograficos), Argentina

Filmmaker and anthropologist, Guarini earned her Ph.D. at the Paris University. She studied anthropological film under the direction of Jean Rouch in 1988 and specialized seminars with Fernando Birri, Jean Louis Comolli and Jorge Prelorán. She is a researcher at CONICET and professor of Visual Anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires. She also teaches courses at the University of Cinema Studies – FUC (masters in documentary film) and EICTV – the International Film and Television School, Cuba. As a visiting professor she teaches in Chile, Mexico, Spain, Cuba and France. With Marcelo Céspedes she founded CINE OJO, a pioneer production company for documentary film in Argentina (1986) and DOCBUENOSAIRES Film Festival and Forum (2001). In 2008 she started her own company EL DESENCANTO FILMS. She is a board member of DAC (Directores Argentinos Cinematográfico). Filmography: Hospital Borda: a call to reason (1986); The Eternal Night (1990); The voice of the handkerchiefs (1992), Jaime de Nevares, the last trip (1995); Red Ink (1998); H.I.J.O.S. - The soul in two (2002); The devil among the flowers (2005); Meykinof (2005), Gorri (2010), Streets of memory (2013), Walsh among all (2015), Tie your plough to a star (2017).

Jurić Tilić Ankica

producer, Croatia

Ankica Jurić Tilić graduated in comparative literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. She is an EAVE graduate and a member of European Film Academy, Producers on Move and ACE. So far she has produced 30 odd feature films, several TV series and a number of shorts. Her films received numerous awards – the most notable one being the Cannes Jury Prize award for The High Sun directed by Dalibor Matanić. The films with the highest number of viewers were those from the Koko series of family movies based on the novels written by Ivan Kušan. She is a producer at Kinorama production company and she teaches at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb and at the international EAVE professional development workshops for producers.

Karanović Mirjana

actress and director, Serbia

Mirjana Karanović is a theatre and film actress born in Belgrade. She is known for many outstanding theatre roles on the stages in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. She also played in 40 odd films in ex-Yugoslavia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo and Switzerland, and worked with numerous directors, including Goran Marković, Lordan Zafranović, Veljko Bulajić, Žika Pavlović, Goran Paskaljević, Branko Baletić, Jasmila Žbanić. She is the winner of many Serbian and international theatre and film awards, and was nominated for the best European actress in 2006. In 2014 she wrote the screenplay and directed the awarded film A Good Wife. She actively promotes human rights and has received several recognitions for her engagement. She has been teaching acting at the Academy of Arts in Belgrade since 1995.

Kuhn Hélène

actress and producer, France

Hélène Kuhn, french actress and producer, was born on August 17, 1988 in the USA. She is known for Jackie (2016), Jezabel (2015) and Fearless (2017).

Le Bris Véronique

journalist, France

As a French journalist, Véronique Le Bris specialized in the film industry. Critic and reporter, she participated in the creation of Zurban and Elle in Paris, and collaborated with Nouvel Obs before becoming the deputy editor of Première magazine. Since then, she has founded cine-woman.fr,the first women's webmagazine on cinema. In 2018, she launched the Alice Guy Prize for the year's best film directed by a woman. She is also the author of "Fashion & Cinema" (Cahiers du cinéma), "50 women of cinema" (Marest) and the short documentary film Women Pioneers in European Cinema.

Marinković Ksenija 

actress, Croatia

Ksenija Marinković, Croatian film, theatre and TV actress, was born in Virovitica in 1966. She graduated in acting from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb in 1988. From 1989 to 2015, she was a member of the Zagreb Youth Theatre ensemble. In 2015 she joined the ensemble of the Croatian National Theatre as one of its leading actresses. She has played in many TV series and more than 40 films, and at 2016 Pula Film Festival she was awarded the Golden Arena for Best Actress In a Leading Role for her performance in On the Other Side, directed by Zrinko Ogresta.


Head of Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Course in Intelectual Property, University of Zagreb,Croatia

Romana Matanovac Vučković, PhD, is an associate professor at the Chair of Civil Law at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb. Her field of expertise is Civil Law and Intellectual Property Law. She is the head of the interdisciplinary masters program „Intellectual Property“ at the University of Zagreb.

Foto: Sandra Šimunović/PIXSELL


Producer/director, Slovenia

Producer/director. A co-founder of Monoo production company, based in Slovenia. Monoo mainly focuses on author-driven films for international audience. The last completed film from 2018 History of Love, which Sonja also directed, was the first co-production between Slovenia, Italy and Norway. It was supported by Eurimages and it premiered at Karlovy Vary IFF Main Competition where it was awarded. Currently Monoo is completing two films: Paradise (short) in co-production with Croatia, and a feature film Son, a wider collaboration between five countries with the Eurimages support. 

Oana Bianca

producer, Romania 

Bianca Oana is a writer and producer dedicated to discovering filmmakers with a particular artistic view, regardless of the medium they choose to explore. In 2009 she became the head of development at Strada Film, starting with Florin Serban's debut feature If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Jury Grand Prix and Alfred Bauer Award winner at Berlinale 2010). With Catalin Mitulescu and Bogdan Mustata she co-wrote Mitulescu's Loverboy, which premiered in 2012 within Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival. She went on to produce documentaries, starting with Ivana Mladenović's Turn Off the Lights (Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary and Best Director at Zagreb Dox 2012) and Toto and His Sisters by Alexander Nanu (Grand Prix at Angers Film Festival, Golden Eye Award at Zürich Film Festival, Best Documentary Award at Warsaw Film Festival, among many others, and nominated for the EFA in 2015). She produced the feature film Touch Me Not by Adina Pintilie, a co-production between Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and France, which won the Golden Bear and the GFWW First Feature Award at Berlinale 2018, followed by an impressive festival life and cinema distribution in more than 35 countries.

Perović Marija 

Director, Montenegro

Marija Perović, born in Belgrade in 1972, is the first female film and TV director in the history of Montenegro. She graduated in film and TV directing from the Academy of Arts in Belgrade, where she currently works for her doctoral thesis. She is a professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Cetinje. Her first two feature films, Packing the Monkeys Again (2005) and Look At Me (2008), which she also wrote and produced, won many awards at different festivals. She is the producer, director and co-writer of the mini TV series and feature film GRUDI (2018-2019, currently in post-production). As a holder of JFDP scholarship, Marija studied at the RTF department at the University of Texas at Austin (2010). She directed more than 350 television productions of different genres. She is one of the directors of Villa Marija, the first soap opera in the Balkans. She is the author of numerous film reviews and essays, a member of the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts board for cinematic art, and a member of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). From 2012 to 20115 she was the artistic director of the International TV Festival in Bar. In 2002/2003 Marija Perović was the author, program editor and host of the TV show Cinema matine on TV IN in Podgorica, and in 2006/2007 of Kino klub on TV Avala in Belgrade. She wrote the book „Conversations About Film“, published by Nova Knjiga, Podgorica, 2017.

Petrović Martina

Head of CED-MEDIA Office Croatia

Martina Petrović has a major in International Relations and a minor in Psychology. Martina has gained most of her working experience at the Ministry of Culture, Department for International Cultural Cooperation, being responsible for various cultural exchange programmes between Croatia and other countries; among many activities, she was responsible for the organisation of Croatian film presentation during the international film festivals in Berlin and Cannes. From 2008, she has been actively involved in establishing the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, where she has stayed, after being chosen by the European Commission as the Head of MEDIA Desk Croatia. Following immediate and successful results in terms of ensuring the financing by the MEDIA Programme, working thoroughly on the promotion of the Croatian film, resulted in receiving the first Albert Kapović Award by the Croatian Producers Association, given at the opening of Zagreb Film Festival in 2010. As the Head of MEDIA Desk Croatia (today’s Creative Europe Desk – MEDIA Office), she has been actively involved in organizing innovative and active presentations/workshops – important tools for education and networking – both between Croatian and European film professionals.

Reveney Francine 

Project Manager, Eurimages, France

Francine Raveney is the founder and former Director of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, where she oversaw research, training and networking. She currently works at the Eurimages film fund on the gender equality issues and co-productions, and she oversaw the adoption of the first ever pan-European recommendation on gender equality in the audiovisual sector. She regularly teaches at film schools such as Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, works as a consultant at film festivals and translates. Francine Raveney studied French and English Literature at the Queen’s College, Oxford University, followed by Women’s Studies also at Oxford, and subsequently received the Entente Cordiale scholarship to study politics and literature at Strasbourg University. She has worked as a managing editor for the UN and the Council of Europe and also as a campaigns/communication manager on anti-discrimination campaigns. Raveney attended the EAVE Producers Workshop in 2010.

Sepp Edith 

CEO of the Estonian Film Institute and Vice-President of EFADs , Estonia

Edith Sepp has been the CEO of the Estonian Film Institute since 2013. She started her film career in the early 1990s as an assistant director. After obtaining an MA in film and TV drama from the Northern Media School in the United Kingdom, she worked in film and TV industry as a film director and producer. In 2010, she became the film adviser to the Estonian Minister of Culture and is in charge of the creation of the Estonian Film Institute’s 2013-2020 strategy.She has been a member of EFADs’ (European Film Agency Directors) board since 2014, she is the chair of the EFADs' Think-Tank since 2015, and in December 2017 she became the EFADs' vice-president.

Strugar Mitevska Teona

Director, Macedonia

Teona Strugar Mitevska was born in 1974 in an artistic family in Skopje, Macedonia. She started as a child actor, trained as a painter and a graphic designer and later studied at M.F.A program in film at the Tisch School of Arts, New York University. She made her debut as short film director in 2001 with VETA, and has been making films ever since: HOW I KILLED A SAINT, 2004; I AM FROM TITOV VELES, 2007; THE WOMAN WHO BRUSHED OFF HER TEARS, 2012; TERESA AND I, 2013; WHEN THE DAY HAD NO NAME, 2017. GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNIJA shot in January 2018, premiered in competition in Berlin Film Festival 2019. Since its founding, SISTERS AND BROTHER MITEVSKI, have co-produced THE WILD PEAR TREE by Nuri Bilge Ceylan; NIGHTLIFE by Damjan Kozole and  SIERRANEVADA  by Christi Puiu. In 2018, France’s Ministry of Culture awarded her the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Teona Strugar Mitevska lives in Brussels, Belgium with her son Kaeliok.

Tribuson Snježana

Director, Croatia

Snježana Tribuson was born in Bjelovar. She graduated in film and TV directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in 1981, where she has been teaching from 2004. She has directed a number of TV dramas and films, including Bad News or International Women's Day and Three Love stories (which both received the Croatian Film Critics Association Oktavijan Award). She has worked on many TV shows and series. Her first feature film, Recognition, was awarded three Golden Arenas in 1996. The Three Men of Melita Žganjer (1998) received seven awards, and God Forbid a Worse Thing Should Happen two Golden Arenas. With her brother Goran Tribuson, Snježana co-wrote the scripts for 55 episodes of the successful sitcom „Take a Rest, You Deserved It“, and directed 20 odd episodes of the series. In 2016, she made her latest feature film All the Best, for which she wrote the script. All the Best won 15 awards.

Vorkapić Vlatka

Director and screenwriter, Croatia

Vlatka Vorkapić is a director, screenwriter and playwright. She graduated in TV and film directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art, and in comparative literature and Czech language and literature from the Faculty of Humanties and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She has directed over 20 award-winning documentaries, three shorts (Driving Licence, Absent-minded Window-gazing, Twelfth Night) and the feature film Sonja and the Bull, which was a box-office hit in Croatia in 2012, and the winner of Golden Arena for Best Screenplay at Pula Film Festival 2013. Her most recent project is „Titon – a play for one woman, three men and a cricket“, currently playing on Croatian stages.

Zelović Lidija

Director Netherlands

Lidija Zelović (1970, Yugoslavia) is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and (motivational) speaker. At home, in Sarajevo, she studied Yugoslav literature and worked as a presenter and journalist for the local tv station. Trying to escape the hatred that was growing in her home country, she fell in love with a man far from home, in the Netherlands. It seemed to have all that home didn't have any more - it was 'normal'...

Zaccaron Marta

Producer, Italy

After an Engineering Management Degree, she began working in the field of video productions. She took a Master in Film Studies at Dublin University, she has been selected to Eave Marketing, Eave distribution and Eurodoc. Since 2008 she is responsible of the production and international co-production at Quasar Multimedia, for which she has produced and co-produced successful documentaries, distributed all over Europe. She attends regularly the main international festivals and markets. Currently she has began to dedicate to fictional projects.