(Osijek, 1932.) Honorary president of the Festival
Branko Lustig is the most famous cultural ambassador of the Republic of Croatia and a worldwide awarded producer (Oscars for Schindler’s List and The Gladiator). For many years he has been active in Hollywood where he participates in the work of the Academy as a member of its Oscar award nomination committee. He started his career as the Head of Photography in Jadran Film where he participated in almost all foreign film productions at the territory of the former Yugoslavia as the main organizer and film director. In America he worked closely with distinguished directors such as Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott and others. In June 2009, he received the honorary doctorate of the University of Zagreb for his exceptional contribution to the art of film and the international promotion of Croatian film. He is a lecturer at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb at the Department of Production. Due to his exceptional expertise, Jewish origin and experience from the most infamous Nazi camps, he possesses immense interest and knowledge about Jewish film. That is why he started volunteering at the Zagreb Jewish Film Festival as the Festival’s President. He regularly expands his role of the Festival President by giving lectures about the Holocaust to students across Croatia.
(Zagreb, 1974), Festival Director
Nataša Popović graduated from the Faculty of Graphic Arts School of Design. For many years she was active in her profession, while she expressed her love for film through the organisation of the Jewish Film Festival. At the initiative and proposal of Vesna Domany Hardy in 2007, she accepted the proposal to launch the first Jewish Film Festival in the region in cooperation with the UK Jewish Film Festival from London. Since 2007, she is fully committed to organizing and developing the film and festival scene in Zagreb and the region.
(Zagreb, 1974.) accounting manager
She studied at the University of Negev in Israel in the field – technician for film and television and in 1998, upon returning to Zagreb, she got involved as a cameraman in the project of the Foundation for Visual History – Surviving Witnesses of the Holocaust, whose center is in Los Angeles. From 2003 to 2010 she lived and worked in London in the field of management. In 2011, back in Croatia, she started working as an associate on various film festivals such as: Jewish Film Festival, Festival of Perforations, IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts), Zagreb Dox – Documentary Film Festival, Queer Zagreb and Motovun Film Festival. After working as a head of marketing in Domino (Queer Zagreb), she took on the role of accounting manager at the Festival of Tolerance – Jewish Film Festival.
(Zagreb, 1982), Education Program Coordinator
After graduating from high school he enrolled at the Faculty of Political Sciences which he graduated from in 2006. He started his career in GONG, a non-profit NGO. Since 2009, he has been working as a journalist in Poslovni dnevnik newspaper. He joined the Festival of Contemporary Jewish Film Association in 2011 as the Educational Mornings Coordinator. He successfully organized four Educational mornings in Zagreb and two tours around Croatian cities (Čakovec, Osijek, Vukovar, Zadar, Knin).
Staša became actively involved in the organization of the International Talent Workshop in 2010 when he became the head of the project. For fifteen years now he has been active in Kinoklub Zagreb as a lecturer in film workshops and a mentor to young filmmakers. He has been organizing film workshops across Croatia mostly within the work of the Croatian Film Association, Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency, Dubrava Cultural Club and the already mentioned Kinoklub Zagreb. From the beginning of his career up to now he held over a hundred film workshops. Together with Irena Marković he founded a young film production company Focusmedia, which primarily deals with the production of independent films.
Visual identity design
Popular Bruketa & Žinić OM
Associate on professional training
Athanasia Michopoulou (Greece)
Alma Ćakić (Croatia)
Andrea Celia (Croatia / Slovenia)
Anita Liao (Canada)
Franko Dujmić (Croatia)
Jaje Warren (UK)
Vanda Volić (Croatia)
Zoran Vrabec (Croatia)
Cinema Europa Zagreb coordinators
Art-cinema Grič Zagreb coordinator
Art-cinema Croatia Rijeka coordinator
Music program coordinator
Literary evenings moderator
PR / Public relations
Opening ceremony host
Ivana Kurtović Budja
Filming & editing
Technical support & logistics
Technical support coordinators
Translation and subtitles
Marko Godeč, Ministarstvo straha