Mentors, lecturers and speakers


Dana Budisavljević

Dana Budisavljević graduated from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Art, Department of Film and TV Editing. She worked as an editor, director and producer of creative documentary films and TV series, including Straight A! (director), Years of Rust by Andrej Korovljev (editor and co-script writer), Great Shipwrecks of the Adriatic by Davor Šarić (co-director), New New Time by Igor Mirković and Rajko Grlić (editor), Changing the World (producer and director of several episodes). Her second documentary film Family Meals screened at over 20 festivals, won a few awards and was successfully distributed in Croatian cinemas. She is currently preparing the feature documentary live action hybrid film Diana’s List. Together with Nenad Puhovski in 2005 she launched ZagrebDox, and with colleague Olinka Vištica she founded the Hulahop company a year later. She attended a series of international workshops, including Ex Oriente, EURODOC, ZagrebDox Pro, Sarajevo Docu Rough Cut Boutique, BDC Discoveries and others. She is a member of the Croatian Producers’ Association board of directors.


David Charap

David Charap is an internationally acclaimed film editor. Trained at the British Film School and in the editing rooms of the BBC, David established himself as a prolific filmmaker while living in the Czech Republic. He edited dozens of projects ranging from acclaimed feature films like Buttoners and Last Resort to commercials. Returning to England, he established a London cutting room and has edited both documentaries and dramas. His factual credits include a prize winning account of The Beslan Siege, an Emmy for accounts of Czech show trials, and more recently, films about sons of prominent Nazis, and the experimental portrait of a rock singer recovering from a stroke, The Possibilities are Endless. He has become a sought-after consultant helping guide Virunga, a film about how war starts in the Congo to recent Oscar nomination.


Hans Robert Eisenhauer

producer, Ventana Film

As a commissioning editor for ZDF, and Deputy Programme Director and Head of Theme Evenings for ARTE, Hans Robert’s commissions include: Buena Vista Social Club, Oscar-winner Taxi To The Dark Side, Peabody-winner Why We Fight, Sundance winner The House I Live In, and the acclaimed Up The Yangtze and Mama Africa. He has also served as head of the Berlin Film Fund. Hans Robert is member of the European Film Academy, which he helped to create in 1988, a member of EDN and honorary member of the German Film Academy. After his retirement from ZDF/ARTE he is living in Berlin and running the film and TV-production company Ventana Film, focusing on international documentary films. His recent co-production Return to Homs has received the Grand Jury Prize for the best international documentary film at Sundance Film Festival 2014. Ventana Film is also co-producer of the Finnish-German documentary Emergency Call which had its premiere at IDFA 2014. Currently Hans Robert is working on his next feature documentary Fathers and Sons about the German secret service BND and, among others, a current affairs doc on European returnees from Jihad. He is also working as a tutor and expert at the Greenhouse-Workshop for young filmmakers from the Southern-Mediterranean region. 


Alessandro Gropplero

head of international relations of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund

After graduation in Communication Studies at the Trieste University, Alessandro Gropplero started to work in 2000 as a production manager with Pidgin, an Italian independent production company based in Bologna; in 2005, after a collaboration with the London-based company Number 9 Films, he came back to Udine and worked for two editions of the Udine Far East Film Festival. In May 2007, he was appointed head of international relations of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund. As such, he planned, implemented and managed a variety of international events, such as When East Meets West and Ties that Bind, both supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme. He is an EAVE graduate, board member of Cine-Regio (the largest network of European regional funds), board member of Eurodoc and a member of the European Film Academy.


Hrvoje Hribar

chief executive, Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Hrvoje Hribar graduated in film directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. He has worked as a first assistant director, screenwriter, ra- dio playwright, cook and essayist. Through his production company FIZ, he produced and directed the comedy What Is a Man Without a Moustache?, the highest grossing film at Croatian box offices in 2006, which was shown at more than 30 international film festivals. Prior to that, he wrote, directed and produced two documentaries (The World is Great and Once There Was a Man), as well as his first feature The Tranquilizer Gun. As a director and a scriptwriter, Hribar is also the author of a TV film Croatian Cathedrals and the short film Between Zaghlul & Zaharias. In 2001, he directed the TV series New Age for Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT). He was awarded the Oktavijan (best Croatian film of the year) several times. Since November 2010, Hribar has been serving as a member of the Executive Committee of FERA. In September 2010 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the main audiovisual agency in Croatia.


Vjeran Hrpka


Vjeran Hrpka was born 1972 in Osijek, Croatia. He graduated in film and TV cinematography from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Art. As a cinematographer he worked on many fiction, documentary and entertainment programmes in Croatia, as well as in more than 50 countries across the world. He collaborated on more than 20 films as cinematographer and also worked with local and international TV broadcasters like BBC World, History Channel, Reuters, TV5, NHK, ZDF, Al Jazeera International etc. He is experienced in TV ENG, EFP production around the world, live production, commercials, commissioned films and music videos. For his work he received many awards at group exhibitions and film festivals. Since 2011 he has been working as an artistic advisor at the Osijek Academy of Art, teaching photography and cinematography. In 2014 he became a teaching docent.


Vanja Jambrović

Producer, Restart

Vanja Jambrović graduated in philosophy and comparative literature from Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb and film production from the Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since 2009 she has been making films with Restart. Vanja’s track record includes more than 20 films of all shapes and sizes. Her films have circled the globe, having been screened in competition at Hot Docs or Toronto IFF to Karlovy Vary IFF, Sarajevo FF and hundreds more.Vanja is running the Restart Laboratory – a platform for first time directors and Restart Masterclass – a year-long program dedicated to connecting world-class filmmakers with Croatian audiences through a series of interactive lectures. With her projects Vanja was part of several professional workshops such as: EAVE (2015), Producers on the Move (Cannes 2014), Robert Bosch Coproduction Prize Germany Eastern Europe (Berlin, 2013),Berlinale Talent Campus (Berlin, 2013), Emerging Producers 2012 (Jihlava), Sarajevo Talent Campus (Sarajevo, 2012), EURODOC (France 2010) and many more.


Kim Longinotto

Kim Longinotto, born 1952, is a British documentary filmmaker, renowned internationally for her compelling human portraits and her sensitive and compassionate treatment of unknown topics. She studied camera and directing at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, England, where she now tutors occasionally. Since 1976 she has directed, filmed and produced around 20 films. She is best known for known for her films Salma (2013), Sisters in Law (2005), The Day I Will Never Forget (2002) and Gaea Girls (2000) that won many awards at international festivals like Cannes, Sundance, IDFA and many other.ZagrebDox has screend many of her films in its various programs.


Mikael Opstrup

Mikael Opstrup has been a dedicated documentarist since he made his first documentary in 1977. Most of the 80s Mikael worked in distribution and theatrical release of documentaries. In 1988 he attended scriptwriting at the Danish Film School and worked as freelance producer up through the 90s. He made a desk cross-over in 1998-2002, working as a production adviser at the Danish Film Institute. In 1998/99 he attended EAVE. In 2002- 2008 he was a co-owner and producer at Final Cut Productions in Copenhagen where he produced a number of international documentaries. He was a board member of EDN from 2005 to 2008, the last year as chairman. Since 2011 he works as the Head of Studies at EDN.


Martina Petrović

Head of Creative Europe Desk – MEDIA Office Croatia

Martina Petrović holds a major in International Relations and a minor in Psychology. Martina has gained most of her working experience at the Ministry of Culture, being responsible for various cultural exchange programmes between Croatia and other countries; among many, for the organisation of Croatian film presentation during international film festivals in Berlin and Cannes. From 2008, she has been actively involved in the establishment of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, where she has stayed, after being chosen by the European Commission, as the Head of MEDIA desk Croatia. Martina Petrović, as the Head of MEDIA desk Croatia, (today’s Creative Europe Desk – MEDIA Office Croatia) has been actively involved in organising innovative and active presentations/workshops, which have shown ongoing interest in the MEDIA Programmes and are always well perceived with a great number of Croatian, but also European participants.


Marija Ratković Vidaković

Marija Ratković Vidaković was born 1985 in Karlovac, Croatia. She successfully finished B.A. studies in Film, TV and stage production, as well as M.A. studies in Performing Arts Production at the Academy of Dramatic Art, spending one semester at Wayne State College in Nebraska, USA. Marija also finished several educational courses in the fields of filmmaking and drama, as well as in journalism. She worked on a number of festivals and workshops, and therefore acquired considerable experience in organizing such events and working in the framework of civil society. As of November 2012, Marija works as a production coordinator/line producer and Manager of Festival Programs at the Croatian Film Clubs’ Association. She is fluent in English, German and Spanish. She is currently working on her first documentary film as a director In Search of a Lost Country.


Sanja Ravlić

croatia’s Representative to Eurimages, Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Sanja Ravlić has extensive experience in the audiovisual sector, as a script editor, producer and consultant both in Croatia and the UK. In 2007 she joined the core team of the newly founded Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the governing film agency in Croatia. From March 2010 to June 2012 she was Head of Development at the Croatian Audiovisual Centre and from January 2013 to January 2015 Head of Co-productions. Sanja is Croatia's representative on the Board of Management of Eurimages, Council of Europe's support fund for co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works, a member of the European Film Academy and a member of the Programme Council of the Croatian Radiotelevision.


Jožko Rutar

director, Slovenian Film Centre

After graduation from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, Jožko Rutar started working as a producer of cultural events and performances. He worked with the contemporary dance group EN-KNAP for five years as a producer of dance performances and films. In 2004 he joined the Staragara production company and produced several feature, short and documentary films. In his career as a producer he produced three feature films and numerous shorts and documentaries that were presented in Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam etc. Jožko Rutar is an EAVE graduate, a member of the European Film Academy and a board member of the Slovenian audiovisual collecting society AIPA. On 1 July 2011 he was appointed by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia to the position of director of Slovenian Film Centre. 


Rada Šešić

Rada Šešić́ is a festival programmer, film lecturer, critic and film director. She is the head of the documentary competition at Sarajevo FF and a co-head of the Docu Rough Cut Boutique-SFF. Šešić is also associated with the two largest film festivals in The Netherlands: IDFA Amsterdam, where she is involved in the selecting process  and the IFFR Rotterdam, where she works as a programme advisor and curator, and participates in the selection committee of the festivals’ Hubert Bals Fund. She is also a programme advisor and curator at DOK Leipzig and serves on the board of the Balkan Documentary Center and NETPAC.

She held the position of a senior professor and mentor at the Master of Film at The Netherlands’ Film and TV Academy Amsterdam, was a lecturer at the Dutch Institute for Film Education (NIF), a guest lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, Media and Culture Faculty, and while she lived in India she was teaching at the Srishti Institute, Bengaluru. As a documentary mentor and consultant, she worked at 20 international workshops/pitching sessions in Europe and Asia. In The Netherlands she directed four films – Room Without a View (1997), Soske (2001), In Whitest Solitude (2002), On the Way to School (2007). Her films were screened at 60 festivals, won awards and are archived by MoMA.


Paolo Vidali

managing director, Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund

Paolo Vidali was born in Udine, where he also studied. In 1970 he began working in Rome, as a scriptwriter and first assistant director on a dozen films, and later as a dialogue director and dubbing director. Since the early 1990s, he has been a constant presence on the documentary film market, as an author and a producer. He collaborated as a consultant on drafting the Friuli Venezia Giulia legal act that established the regional Fund, and currently he is the managing director of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund.


Želimir Žilnik

Želimir Žilnik, born in Niš in 1942; currently living and working in Novi Sad, has written and directed numerous feature and documentary films which have earned many awards at domestic and international film festivals. From the very beginning his films have focused on contemporary issues, featuring social, political and economic assessments of everyday life, starting with: A Newsreel on Village Youth in Winter (1967), Little Pioneers (1968), The Unemployed (1968) and June Turmoil (1969), Black Film (1971) and Uprising in Jazak (1973), among others. Žilnik’s first feature film Early Works (1969) was awarded the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and four prizes at Pula Film Festival. In 2005 Marble Ass won the prestigious Teddy Award at the Berlinale. ZagrebDox have shown his films Pirika on Film and Big Stamp winner Europe Next Door.