International documentary film festival
April 14 - 21, 2024
Kaptol Boutique Cinema, Zagreb

Grand Prize (Grand Prize)

Anja Koprivšek

Grand Prize

Against the backdrop of the thriving Croatian ballroom scene, Teo - a young trans man searching for his place, finds support and inspiration in Valentina, a seasoned voguer and veteran of the scene. She introduces him to her world, beginning their shared transformation: As Valentina supports Teo in his transition and ballroom journey, Teo's persistence helps her embrace emotions she had kept at bay. As time goes by, their relationship develops and deepens, transitioning from mentorship and friendship to a relationship, and the young couple begins to dream of a shared future, facing the challenges ahead of them. Grand Prize intertwines two worlds into a story about love, acceptance and the power of true self-expression.

Croatia 2024, '45

DIRECTOR: Anja Koprivšek

CAMERA: Eva Basta

MONTAGE: Robert Salčić

PRODUCERS: Anja Koprivšek

PRODUCTION: Akademija Dramske Umjetnosti

Anja Koprivšek

Anja Koprivšek

Anja Koprivšek was born in Novi Sad. She graduated from the Department of Documentary Directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. Her first film I Love (2021) had its world premiere at Doclisboa and it was also screened at ZagrebDox, Pula Film Festival, STIFF and others. She won the Jelena Rajković Award for best director younger than 30 at the Croatian Film Days (2022), as well as Best Director Award ‘U napuštenom bioskopu’ at the Bistre Reke Festival (2022). One of the authors of the documentary omnibus Eight Chapters (2023), which premiered at ZagrebDox. Between 2022 and 2024 she worked as assistant coordinator for the international training initiative for director and producers CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator.


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