My favourite Balkan filmmakers

by Koyaanisqatsi4 | created - 08 Aug 2014 | updated - 14 Sep 2014 | Public

Slavic zone of the Balkans (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Slovenia & Bulgaria)

1. Danis Tanovic

Director | No Man's Land

Danis Tanovic was born on February 20, 1969 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. He is a director and writer, known for No Man's Land (2001), Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza (2013) and Smrt u Sarajevu (2016).

Bosnian

2. Jasmila Zbanic

Director | Grbavica

Jasmila Zbanic was born on December 19, 1974 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. She is a director and writer, known for Grbavica (2006), Na putu (2010) and For Those Who Can Tell No Tales (2013).

Bosnian

3. Srdan Golubovic

Director | Apsolutnih sto

Srdan Golubovic was born on August 24, 1972 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is a director and producer, known for Apsolutnih sto (2001), Klopka (2007) and Krugovi (2013).

Serbian

4. Emir Kusturica

Director | Underground

A Serbian film director. Born in 1954 in Sarajevo. Graduated in film directing at the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague in 1978. During his studies, he was awarded several times for his short movies including Guernica (1978), which took first prize at the Student's Film ...

Serbian-Bosnian

5. Aleksandar Petrovic

Director | Skupljaci perja

One of the most acclaimed and successful Yugoslav directors, born in 1929. in Paris. Studied film directing at the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague (1947/48). His studies remained unfinished due to the political aggravation between Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia at the time ...

Serbian

6. Srdjan Dragojevic

Writer | Lepa sela lepo gore

Srdjan Dragojevic was born on January 1, 1963 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is a writer and director, known for Lepa sela lepo gore (1996), Parada (2011) and Rane (1998). He is married to Tatjana Dragojevic.

Serbian

7. Slobodan Sijan

Director | Ko to tamo peva

Slobodan Sijan is a Serbian filmmaker. He graduated from Academy of Theatre, Film, Radio and Television in Belgrade as a film director and began his career in the mid-1970s.

Serbian

8. Veljko Bulajic

Director | Kozara

Veljko Bulajic was born on March 23, 1928 in Vilusi, Montenegro, Yugoslavia. He is a director and writer, known for Kozara (1962), Covjek koga treba ubiti (1979) and Atentat u Sarajevu (1975).

Croatian

9. Milcho Manchevski

Director | Before the Rain

Milcho Manchevski is a New York-based Macedonian-born film director, writer, photographer and artist. His Academy-award nominated film Before the Rain(1994) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, FIPRESCI and Independent Spirit, along with 30 other awards. The New York Times included it ...

Macedonian

10. Rajko Grlic

Writer | Karaula

Rajko Grlic was born on September 2, 1947 in Zagreb, Yugoslavia. He is a writer and director, known for Karaula (2006), Neka ostane medju nama (2010) and Ustav Republike Hrvatske (2016).

Croatian

Serbian

12. Goran Markovic

Director | Sabirni centar

The son of actors Rade Markovic and Olivera Markovic, between 1965 and 1970 he studied film directing in Prague and then started working for television, directing documentaries and about fifty tv movies. His first theatrical feature was the critically acclaimed and financially successful Specijalno...

Serbian

Serbian

14. Goran Paskaljevic

Director | Bure baruta

Goran Paskaljevic is one of Europe's most respected independent directors. He was born in 1947 in Belgrade (Serbia) and he studied at the well-known Prague school of cinema (FAMU). He has made 30 documentaries and 17 feature films (Cabaret Balkan, Special Treatment, Someone Else's America, How ...

Serbian

15. Zdravko Sotra

Director | Lajanje na zvezde

Zdravko Sotra was born on February 13, 1933 in Stolac, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Yugoslavia. He is a director and writer, known for Lajanje na zvezde (1998), Zona Zamfirova (2002) and Ivkova slava (2005).

Serbian

16. Ademir Kenovic

Director | Savrseni krug

Ademir Kenovic was born on September 14, 1950 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. He is a producer and director, known for The Perfect Circle (1997), MGM Sarajevo: Covjek, Bog, Monstrum (1994) and Kuduz (1989).

Bosnian

17. Pjer Zalica

Director | Gori vatra

Pjer Zalica was born on May 7, 1964 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. He is a director and writer, known for Gori vatra (2003), MGM Sarajevo: Covjek, Bog, Monstrum (1994) and Kod amidze Idriza (2004).

Bosnian

Bosnian

20. Dalibor Matanic

Director | Zvizdan

Dalibor Matanic was born on January 21, 1975 in Zagreb, Croatia. He is a director and writer, known for Zvizdan (2015), Fine mrtve djevojke (2002) and Caca (2011). He has been married to Helena Minic since December 6, 2014.

Croatian

21. Vinko Bresan

Director | Kako je poceo rat na mom otoku

Vinko Bresan was born on February 3, 1964 in Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He is a producer and director, known for How the War Started on My Island (1996), Svjedoci (2003) and Svecenikova djeca (2013).

Croatian

22. Aldo Tardozzi

Director | Fleke

Aldo Tardozzi is a director and assistant director, known for Fleke (2011), Zagrebacke price vol. 2 (2012) and Bibin svijet (2006).

Croatian

23. Branko Schmidt

Director | Ljudozder vegetarijanac

Branko Schmidt was born on September 21, 1957 in Osijek, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He is a director and writer, known for Ljudozder vegetarijanac (2012), Put lubenica (2006) and Imena visnje (2015).

Croatian

24. Vlatka Vorkapic

Director | Sonja i bik

Vlatka Vorkapic is a director and writer, known for Sonja i bik (2012), Dedek, batek, bakica (1999) and Transmania (2016).

Croatian

25. Ognjen Svilicic

Writer | Armin

Ognjen Svilicic was born in 1971 in Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He is a writer and director, known for Armin (2007), Takva su pravila (2014) and Oprosti za kung fu (2004).

Croatian

26. Damjan Kozole

Director | Nocno zivljenje

Damjan Kozole is a Slovenian filmmaker whose directing credits include the critically-acclaimed "Spare Parts", worldwide released "Slovenian Girl" and "Nightlife", winner of Best Director Award at the 51st Karlovy Vary IFF, among others. "Spare parts" was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 53th ...

Slovenian

27. Zrinko Ogresta

Director | S one strane

Zrinko Ogresta was born on October 5, 1958 in Virovitica, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He is a director and writer, known for S one strane (2016), Crvena prasina (1999) and Tu (2003).

Croatian

Croatian

29. Aida Begic

Writer | Snijeg

Aida Begic was born on May 9, 1976 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is a writer and director, known for Snijeg (2008), Djeca (2012) and Prvo smrtno iskustvo (2001).

Bosnian

30. Arsen A. Ostojic

Director | Ta divna Splitska noc

Arsen was born in the beautiful city of Split, on the Croatian coast, in 1965. He decided to become a film director at the early age of twelve after joining a cinema group in his grammar school. He started to make silent, short genre films in black and white on Normal 8 stock, which he and his ...

Croatian

31. Vinko Moderndorfer

Director | Inferno

Vinko Moderndorfer is a director and writer, known for Inferno (2014), Predmestje (2004) and Pokrajina St.2 (2008).

Slovenian

32. Jan Cvitkovic

Director | Odgrobadogroba

Jan Cvitkovic was born in 1966 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Yugoslavia. He is a director and writer, known for Odgrobadogroba (2005), Kruh in mleko (2001) and Druzinica (2017).

Slovenian

33. Dusan Kovacevic

Writer | Profesionalac

Dusan Kovacevic was born on July 12, 1948 in Mrdjenovac, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is known for his work on Profesionalac (2003), Balkanski spijun (1984) and Sabirni centar (1989).

Serbian

34. Benjamin Filipovic

Director | Dobro ustimani mrtvaci

Was member of the European Flim Academy and Professor at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Sarajevo and Tuzla.

Bosnian

35. Branko Baletic

Director | Balkan ekspres

Branko Baletic was born on June 15, 1946 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is an assistant director and producer, known for Balkan ekspres (1983), Lokalni vampir (2011) and Uvek spremne zene (1987).

Serbian

36. Ivan Zivkovic

Director | Remote Control

Ivan Zivkovic is a director and assistant director, known for Remote Control (2001), Phone Booth (2002) and Hadersfild (2007).

Serbian

37. Nejc Gazvoda

Writer | Izlet

Nejc Gazvoda was born in 1985 in Novo mesto, Slovenia. When he was in high school, he wrote a short fiction stories collection called "Nothing Escapes the Squirrels", which earned him Fabula 2006 (for best short fiction book) and Golden Bird 2005 award (for innovative writing). He is also an author...

Slovenian

38. Marko Nabersnik

Director | Petelinji zajtrk

Marko Nabersnik was born on April 12, 1973 in Maribor, Yugoslavia. He is a director and writer, known for Petelinji zajtrk (2007), Sanghaj (2012) and Pavle (2001).

Slovenian

39. Vladimir Blazevski

Writer | Pankot ne e mrtov

Professor at the Macedonian Faculty for Dramatic Arts

Macedonian

Macedonian

41. Miroslav Terzic

Director | Ustanicka ulica

Miroslav Terzic was born in 1969 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is a director and assistant director, known for Ustanicka ulica (2012), Underground (1995) and Savovi (2018).

Serbian

42. Zivko Nikolic

Director | Cudo nevidjeno

Zivko Nikolic was born on November 20, 1941. He was a director and writer, known for Cudo nevidjeno (1984), Biljeg (1981) and Marko Perov (1975). He was married to Vesna Pecanac. He died on August 17, 2001 in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro.

Montenegrin

45. Elmir Jukic

Director | Ram za sliku moje domovine

Elmir Jukic is a director and assistant director, known for Ram za sliku moje domovine (2005), Zaba (2017) and The Hunting Party (2007).

Bosnian

46. Hajrudin Krvavac

Director | Partizanska eskadrila

Hajrudin "Siba" Krvavac (22 December 1926 - 11 July 1992) was a Bosnian film director most notable for directing movies from the Partisan film genre during 1960s and 70s.

His gift for precise storytelling was visible in his early documentaries and would become a staple of his feature films later on....

Bosnian

47. Nina Kusturica

Editor | Little Alien

Nina Kusturica was born in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, she grew up in Sarajevo in a family of artists. She lives and works in Vienna as a director, editor, writer and producer. She studied directing and editing at Vienna Film Academy, University of Music and Performing Arts. She has made various ...

Bosnian-Austrian

48. Haris Pasovic

Director | À propos de Sarajevo

Haris Pasovic is a director and actor, known for À propos de Sarajevo (2005), Zivot je lep (1985) and Raj, odmah! (1985).

Bosnian

49. Faruk Sokolovic

Director | Pecat

Faruk Sokolovic was born on September 18, 1952 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is a director and producer, known for Pecat (2008), Viza za buducnost (2002) and Mlijecni put (2000).

Bosnian

50. Srdjan Vuletic

Writer | Ljeto u zlatnoj dolini

Srdjan Vuletic was born on January 1, 1971 in Bijeljina, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Yugoslavia. He is a writer and director, known for Ljeto u zlatnoj dolini (2003), Tesko je biti fin (2007) and Hop, Skip & Jump (2000).

Bosnian

51. Sabina Vajraca

Director | Back to Bosnia

Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sabina Vajraca immigrated to the U.S. as a war refugee in 1994. A natural storyteller, she started working in theatre as a teenager, eventually getting her BFA in theatre directing and stage management. After graduation she worked in NYC, focusing on devised theatre ...

Bosnian-American

53. Mila Turajlic

Producer | Druga strana svega

Mila Turajlic was born on July 4, 1979 in Belgrade, Serbia. She is a producer and director, known for Druga strana svega (2017), Apocalypto (2006) and Cinema Komunisto (2010).

Serbian

54. Srdjan Koljevic

Writer | Sivi kamion crvene boje

Srdjan Koljevic was born in 1966 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. He is a writer and director, known for Sivi kamion crvene boje (2004), Zena sa slomljenim nosem (2010) and Branio sam Mladu Bosnu (2014).

Serbian

56. Nikola Lezaic

Director | Tilva Ros

Nikola Lezaic was born on August 6, 1981 in Bor, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is a director and producer, known for Tilva Ros (2010), Bokser ide u raj (2007) and Odeljenje (2014).

Serbian

58. Miroslav Momcilovic

Writer | Sedam i po

He graduated dramaturgy at Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade, Serbia.

Serbian

59. Mladen Djordjevic

Director | Zivot i smrt porno bande

Mladen Djordjevic was born on December 1, 1978 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is a director and writer, known for Zivot i smrt porno bande (2009), Glad (2002) and Pena za brijanje (2000).

Serbian

60. Mina Djukic

Producer | Neposlusni

Mina Djukic was born on July 22, 1982 in Sombor, Serbia, Yugoslavia. She is a producer and writer, known for Neposlusni (2014), Gotovo mitski (2003) and The Belgrade Phantom (2009).

Serbian

61. Stevan Filipovic

Editor | Pored mene

Stevan Filipovic is a film director, screenwriter and editor from Belgrade, Serbia.

His first feature film was Shaitan's Warrior (original title: Sejtanov ratnik, 2006, director/co-writer). Combining genre elements from the 80's flicks, as well as contemporary fantasy cinema, it was hailed as a ...

Serbian

62. Maja Milos

Director | Klip

Maja Milos was born in 1983 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. She is an actress and assistant director, known for Klip (2012), Sisanje (2010) and Klopka (2007).

Serbian

Serbian

64. Milos Radovic

Writer | Dnevnik masinovodje

Milos Radovic was born on October 21, 1955 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is a writer and director, known for Dnevnik masinovodje (2016), Moja domovina (1997) and Iznenadna i prerana smrt pukovnika K.K (1987).

Serbian

65. Dragan Bjelogrlic

Director | Montevideo, Bog te video!

Dragan Bjelogrlic is a Serbian actor, director, and producer. As a 14-year-old he debuted in movies, playing a memorable role of Sava Jovanovic Sirogojno in Bosko Buha, a 1978 film that achieved sizable popularity. He followed that up in the coming years with other roles in TV series, short, and ...

Serbian

66. Szabolcs Tolnai

Director | Pescanik

Szabolcs Tolnai was born in 1971 in Subotica, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is a director and writer, known for Pescanik (2007), Cudna suma (2014) and Arccal a földnek (2002).

Serbian-Hungarian

67. Ilija Stanojevic-Cica

Director | Karadjordje

Ilija Stanojevic-Cica was born on August 7, 1859 in Belgrade, Serbia. He was a director and actor, known for Karadjordje (1911), Ulrih Celjski i Vladislav Hunjadi (1911) and Dorcolska posla (1972). He died on August 8, 1930 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia.

Serbian

68. Djordje Milosavljevic

Writer | Tockovi

Djordje Milosavljevic was in the same generation with Biljana Srbljanovic, Igor Bojovic and Vuk Pavlovic on the the writing studies on Faculty of Dramatic Arts. Their generation is claimed to be the most successful in University's history since all of them got their works lensed and performed.

Serbian

69. Zivojin Pavlovic

Writer | Rdece klasje

Zivojin Pavlovic was born on April 15, 1933 in Sabac, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He was a writer and director, known for Rdece klasje (1970), Zaseda (1969) and Zadah tela (1983). He was married to Snezana Lukic. He died on November 29, 1998 in Belgrade, Serbia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Serbian

70. Zivorad 'Zika' Mitrovic

Director | Uzicka Republika

Zivorad 'Zika' Mitrovic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1921. He belongs to the first generation of post-WW2 directors, and began directing in 1946. His first film was a documentary about the National Army rally named Nove pobede (1946). After this feature, he made a series of shorts (Prve ...

Serbian

72. Kresimir Golik

Director | Zivjeti od ljubavi

After working few years as reporter and editor in Radio Zagreb, Kresimir Golik joined Jadran Film, newly formed production company, in 1947. After directing few documentaries he finally got chance to direct a feature film. Plavi 9 (1950), being one of the first comedies in rigid postwar years, ...

Croatian

73. Zelimir Zilnik

Director | Rani radovi

Zelimir Zilnik was born on September 8, 1942 in Nis, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is a director and writer, known for Rani radovi (1969), Dupe od mramora (1995) and Destinacija_Serbistan (2015).

Serbian

75. Dusan Makavejev

Director | W.R. - Misterije organizma

Dusan Makavejev is the premier figure in Yugoslavian film history; his films are deeply rooted in his nation's painful postwar experiences and draw on important Yugoslavian cinematic and cultural models. Makavejev's work has violated many political and sexual taboos and invited censorship in dozens...

Serbian

Bosnian-Swedish

Serbian

79. Gordan Mihic

Writer | Srecna nova '49

Gordan Mihic was born on September 19, 1938 in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. He is a writer and director, known for Srecna nova '49 (1986), Crna macka, beli macor (1998) and Terasa na krovu (1995). He is married to Vera Cukic. They have one child.

Serbian

80. Darko Mitrevski

Director | Treto poluvreme

Born in former Yugoslavia, Europe. Graduated with a degree in Film and TV Directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in his native country. Since 2007 he has lived in Los Angeles, USA, where he works as a director and a writer. His last film The Third Half was his country's entry for the Oscar for...

Macedonian

81. Zivojin Pavlovic

Writer | Rdece klasje

Zivojin Pavlovic was born on April 15, 1933 in Sabac, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He was a writer and director, known for Rdece klasje (1970), Zaseda (1969) and Zadah tela (1983). He was married to Snezana Lukic. He died on November 29, 1998 in Belgrade, Serbia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Serbian

82. Sava Trifkovic

Director | Praistorija Vojvodine

Sava Trifkovic is a director and writer, known for Praistorija Vojvodine (1975), Ruke ljubicastih daljina (1962) and Drug Djavo (1980).

83. Dragoslav Lazic

Director | Seljaci

Dragoslav Lazic was born on November 23, 1936 in Jagodina, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is a director and writer, known for Seljaci (2006), Zvezdara (2013) and Ortaci (1988). He has been married to Dragana Turkalj since 1998. They have two children. He was previously married to Snezana Savic.

Serbian

88. Radoslav Vladic

Cinematographer | Na putu za Katangu

Radoslav Vladic was born in Belgrade.

Qualifications: Graduate of the Belgrade Design School in 1972; and of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Department of Film and Television Camera in 1977.

Professional title and status: Director of Photography. Professor, Head of Department Film & TV Camera, Academy ...

Serbian

89. Miroslav Bata Petrovic

Director | Amerikanac

Father of Matija Munjiza Petrovic.

Serbian