Free Zone Film Festival is giving awards for:
/Best engaging film in international selection
/Best engaging films in regional selection “Balkan Horizons”
/Best film in 14+ selection
/Human Rights Award
/Audience Award



Carla Fotea is a producer at Micro Film Romania. She works on fiction and documentary films by both acclaimed directors and newcomers. Titles she has been involved in include House of Dolls by Tudor Platon (Sarajevo 2020), Uppercase Print by Radu Jude (Berlinale Forum 2020), Ivana the Terrible by Ivana Mladenovic (Special Jury Prize, Locarno 2019), Monsters by Marius Olteanu (Berlinale Forum 2019, Tagesspiegel Audience Award), I do not care if we go down in history as barbarians by Radu Jude (KVIFF 2017, Crystal Globe for Best Film) and other upcoming debuts and co-productions.


Mina Djukic wrote and directed award-winning The Disobedient (2014), which was presented at over 20 international festivals, including Sundance and Rotterdam. Screen International called the film ”beautiful” and ”a flamboyant lyric tale”, especially pointing out the film’s strong emotions and cinematography. Within the Film House Kiselo Dete, which she is one of the founders, Mina also produced Tilva Ros (2010 / Locarno IFF, Sarajevo IFF) by Nikola Lezaic, A Hand Full of Stones (2017 / ACID, Tampere) by Stefan Ivancic and a short documentary Yugo, a Short Autobiography (2010), which she directed. She co-produced The Black Pin (2016 / Sarajevo FF) by Ivan Marinovic and Year of the Monkey (2018) by Vladimir Blazevski. Mina was born in 1982 in Sombor. She lived in Kula until 2001, when she moved to Belgrade. She graduated at Faculty of Drama Arts and teaches Digital Filmmaking at SAE Institute in Belgrade.


Vanja Sibalic is an assistant professor at Film & Television Production Department, Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. She lectures in the study program of Film and Television Production, Marketing Communication and Advertising. She has also worked as a television producer. She has been involved in the production of numerous national non-profit PSA campaigns (MTV Adria Anti Trafficking, Character against Violence in Sport, Clean Serbia – Recycle, Blue Circle – anti diabetes, White Cane – Association for the blind, Blood Transfusion Institute, Cap for Handicap). Recipient of Silver Medal of University of Arts for contribution to Ateliers Varan documentary film school. The winner of world second place in International Advertising Association global Climate Change Campaign Competition in 2009. The production coordinator of television production at Faculty of Dramatic Arts. The author of numerous academic work in the fields of media, television production and advertising.


Ivana Mladenovic is a director of fiction short films and documentaries, which were presented in festivals worldwide. Her fiction feature debut Soldiers. Story from Ferentari premiered in Toronto IFF in 2017 and San Sebastian IFF Competition (Special Mention Sebastiano Award) and was awarded at many other festivals. The film was also selected for Tromso IFF, Istanbul IFF, Hamburg IFF etc. She filmed the second feature in her home town in Serbia with her family and friends. The film is called Ivana The Terrible and was invited to the Locarno festival in August 2019, where it had its world premiere in the Cinaesti del Presente section and won the Cineplus + jury award. Locarno was followed by festivals such as: Sarajevo Film Festival, Busan IFF, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Minsk IFF October, Seville European Film Festival, Zagreb Film Festival, Kustendorf, Tromso International Film Festival, Premiers Plans Film Festival, Trieste Film Festival, Gothenburg Film Festival, Berlin Critics Week, Fest Belgrade, CPH DOX, Vilnius Film Festival, Istanbul Film Festival, Crossing Europe Film Festival, Oslo Pix, La Festival Rochelle Cinema 2020. It won the award for the best film in Zagreb, and also, in Belgrade, the award for the best film in the Fest Fokus selection, at this year’s 48th Fest. Also, she received The Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary for Turn Off the Lights, which premiered at Tribeca IFF 2012.


Jelena Mitrovic, Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia), 1977. With her company Film House Baš Čelik she produced and co-produced more than 20 films, including The Trap directed by Srdan Golubovic (2007 Berlinale Forum, the film won 22 international awards and was short listed for the Best Foreign Film Oscar), Clip directed by Maja Milos (Tiger Award at 2012 Rotterdam IFF), short animated film Rabbitland directed by Nikola Majdak and Ana Nedeljkovic (Crystal Bear at 2013 Berlinale, section Generation 14+), Circles directed by Srdan Golubovic (Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2013, Prize of Ecumenical Jury at Berlinale Forum) and latest production feature film Father directed by Srdan Golubovic (Prize of Ecumenical Jury, Audience Award at Berlinale Panorama 2020). The films she produced were screened at more than 800 festivals worldwide and won more than 180 international film awards. She works as Professor of Film Production at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade.


Mladen Kovacevic’s films have been selected to hundreds of festivals including Rotterdam, Visions du Réel, IDFA, Hot Docs, DOK Leipzig, CPH:DOX, FIDMarseille, where they won numerous awards. In the past few years, he has directed four films Unplugged (2013), Wall of Death and All That (2016), 4 years in 10 minutes (2018), and Merry Christmas, Yiwu (2020). Currently, he is in production of two feature documentaries Another Spring and Beginnings, and in development of a fiction feature Koryo.

JURY 14+
David Pilipović

I am 18 years old and I attend the High School of Civil Engineering in Zvezdara. I was born in Belgrade and in my free time I like to direct films, which is the reason I am interested in being a jury member at the festival.


The oldest member of the jury (19), who is currently preparing for management studies in Germany. He graduated from music high school and electrical engineering high school. He is actively playing rugby, and the film has been his obsession since he learned about the cassette deck.


My name is Iva Vujovic, I am 15 years old and I live in Zvezdara. I attend Third Belgrade High School, Bilingual Program. Aside from language, my interest is editing, because of which I have applied to be a member of a jury at Free Zone Belgrade.


I am 16 years old and a student of the second grade of the VI Belgrade Gymnasium. This year, I am participating in the school of documentary film within the project “Free Zone Junior”. In my free time I like to read, play, sing and act. I love movies, and especially editing, directing and acting.


I am 17 years old and I am a graduate of The Karlovci Gymnasium. I participated in this year’s Free Zone Junior camp. In my free time I like to watch movies, and in the future I see myself in the film industry.


My name is Adem Tutic, I am 18 years old and I am a student of the Economic-trading School in Novi Pazar. In my free time I like to dance, folklore, act and film, I am also an activist. I plan to enroll in Film and Television Production. This year, I took part in the camp of the documentary film Free Zone Junior, and my interest in the film grew even more.


I was born on February 23, 2003 in Novi Pazar. I am a third year student at the School of Design, Graphic Design Technician. I’m interested in graphic design, drawing, painting and photography. Another of my hobbies is filmmaking. In 2019, with several other students from my school, I made the short film Maybe There Is Still Hope. The film was screened at “Traveling School Cinema” competition organized by the Free Zone Junior. Currently, I am participating in the project “Camp of Documentary Engaged Film” which is also organized by the Free Zone Junior.

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