Exceptional documentarians with many years of experience in documentary film production and education.
This year’s experts:
lecturer / tutor
Rada Šešiċ – festival programmer, filmmaker, lecturer and critic, born in Croatia, lived in Sarajevo and now lives in The Netherlands. Takes part in the selection of the competition programme of the IDFA Amsterdam and takes part at the IDFA Berta Fund committee as well as at the Hubert Bals Fund of IFFR Rotterdam. She is also on the selection of the Doha Film Fund. She is the head of the documentary competition and co-head of the platform DocuRough Cut Boutique at Sarajevo Film Festival. She is a lecturer at MA film studies at the Dutch film Academy in Amsterdam and she previously taught for 7 years at the University of Amsterdam at Film and Media studies.
Šešić is one of the founders and artistic director of the 13-year-old Eastern Neighbours FF in The Hague. She is a mentor at many workshops in Europe and Asia, among which are Vision du Reel Nyon, Docs to Go Poland, Baltic Sea Forum, Doc Lisboa, Ex Oriente, Dragon Forum, Balkan Discoveries, DunaDoc, Doc Edge Kolkata, DocWok New Delhi. She has collaborated on the books: 24 Frames by Dina Iordanova and on three Indian books by Bhimal Roy, Mani Kaul and Girish Kasaravalli as well as on the World Encyclopaedia of the Documentary Cinema published by Aitken. After directing several documentaries in Bosnian production before the 1990s, she made 4 films in the Dutch production which were selected to 60 festivals, awarded and screened in Europe, Asia and America. One of her films was also invited to be shown and also archived at MoMA New York. In 2008 and 2010 she taught one trimester at Srishti Faculty in Bangalore, India. She is a guest lecturer at the film schools in Utrecht, Geneva, Eskisehir, Belgrade, Sarajevo, New Delhi, Trivandrum and Kolkata. As a part of When East Meets West Festival, she heads the Last Stop Trieste documentary platform. She is also a member of the NETPAC and member, as well as the juror, of the EFA.
lecturer / tutor
Vladimir Perović graduated in Film & TV Directing from the Faculty of Drama Arts, Belgrade, Serbia. His creative documentaries have won 111 awards and recognitions so far. He was a jury member in Yugoslavia, Serbia, Montenegro, Germany, Russia, Iran and Romania, a visiting professor of Documentary film at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Cetinje, Montenegro and a selector for Documentary section of the Film Festival in Herceg Novi (2011-2018). He is selector of the Festival of Ethnological film in Belgrade (2020- ). He lives in Belgrade, and makes his films both in Serbia and in Montenegro.
Selected filmography: 1989: A House; Happy New Year; 1992: The Saga on Samourai & the Mud; 1996: Pilgrimage; 1997: Tuning Voices / Rigging Votes; 2000: The Clock; Son; 2001: Love, Vow; 2002: A Slight Malfunction on My Shiny Star; 2003: Vanishing; 2006: The Smoke; 2007: The Thirst of a Stone Sea; 2011: Trials, Tribulations & Sustainable Growth of a Cock; Star Dust; 2013: Life is; 2015: Eoha; 2016: 2 & 2; 2016: Strokes; 2020: Sparks; Our Lady’s Peace; 2022: Percents of Life – in post-production.
Marko Grba Singh
Marko Grba Singh was born in 1988 in Belgrade, Serbia. He is currently on PhD studies in Film Directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. His short documentaries At Least We’ve Met (2012) and Pale (2013) premiered at Visions du Réel. His first mid-length film Abdul & Hamza (2015) got a Special Mention at FIDMarseille. His short film If I Had It My Way I Would Never Leave was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the ACID Section in 2017. Since 2018 he serves as the Artistic Director of Beldocs - Belgrade International Documentary Film Festival. His first feature film Rampart (2021) premiered at Locarno Film Festival.