TAJANA BAKOTA, producer
Tajana Bakota (born on June 28, 1994 in Bern, Switzerland) is a film, television and commercial producer. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Production from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. She has worked on numerous projects at the Academy, as well as professional productions outside the Academy. She received two special Rector’s Awards. She acted as the President of the Student Union at the Academy of Dramatic Arts and was a student member of the University Senate for two years. She has professional experience in producing and developing commercial projects, as well within the non-profit and humanitarian sectors. Her films and plays have been shown and screened at international festivals such as San Sebastian Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, FIPA, Cannes Film Festival, MakeDOX, ZagrebDOX, Istropolitana Festival and many others. Some of the films and series include Pina Chocolada (short fiction film), 13+ (short fiction film), Slonko (children’s TV show for Croatian National Television) Over and over again (short fiction film), Soviet Space Dogs (short fiction film), Women Women Women (short documentary film), Sanja (short documentary film), Generation 0 (short fiction film). She won the Best Producer Award in 2017 and 2019, alongside a number of Best Film awards on many festivals She has worked in the production of different formats for the Croatian National Television, but has also worked in the independent theatre and film scene. She will premiere her new short fiction film project Pina Chocolada (dir. Nikica Zdunić) soon, while developing different film and television formats.
JOSIP LUKIĆ, director
Born in 1984 in Split. Currently in his fifth year of Directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. His films have been screened and awarded on Doclisboa, Dokufest, Beldocs, Brussels Short Film Festival, Pančevo, Brest, Makedox, Zagreb Film Festival and Croatian Film Days. His film ‘Momsy’ earned him the Dean’s Award and Rector’s Special Mention, while his ‘Summer Fruits’ won the Croatian Society of Film Critics’ Oktavijan Award. ‘White Christmas’ has won the Veronika’s Skull Award for the best domestic film at the 19th edition of Tabor Film Festival.
MARIN LISJAK, screenwriter & dramaturg
Born on March 19, 1994 in Zagreb, where he lives and works. He graduated in Croatian Studies and Comparative Literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, as well as Dramaturgy from the Academy of Dramatic Arts. Developed and written Saluto croato television project, which he presented at an international pitching forum in Barcelona. He collaborates with national TV stations (Nov@TV, RTL) and theatres (Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Marin Držić Theatre, Satirical Theatre Kerempuh, and Zagreb Youth Theatre). He currently works as a consultant on the development of a fiction show for a commercial television, and is part of the team of screenwriters developing an independent TV project. Member of the Croatian Screenwriters and Playwrights Guild (SPID).