BRANKO LUSTIG (Osijek, 1932.) the honorary president of the Festival, is the most famous cultural ambassador of Croatia in the world and the winner of numerous awards for film production (including two Academy Awards, for the films Schindler’s List and ladiator). For many years he has worked in Hollywood as a member of the Academy’s Commission for Oscar Nominations and Awards, and he actively participates in its work. He began his career as an assistant director at Jadran film, and participated in almost all foreign film productions in the former Republic of Yugoslavia. In the Unites States he has worked with prominent directors such as Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott and others. In June 2009, Mr Lustig received an honorary doctorate of the University of Zagreb for his outstanding contribution to film industry and worldwide promotion of Croatian film.Due to his outstanding expertise, and also his Jewish background and experiences in the most notorious Nazi concentration camps, he demonstrates a great interest and knowledge about Jewish film. He is engaged in Zagreb Jewish Film Festival as a volunteer, in the capacity of the president of the Festival.
NATAŠA POPOVIĆ (Zagreb, 1974.) the director of the Festival, graduated in design at the Faculty of Graphic Arts in Zagreb. She has actively worked in her profession for many years, but her love for film directed her to the organization of Jewish Film Festival. On the initiative and proposal of Mrs Vesna Domany Hardy in 2007, she accepted the invitation to run the first Zagreb Jewish Film Festival in collaboration with the UK Jewish Film Festival London. Since 2007, her actions have been entirely devoted to the organization and development of the film festival scene in Zagreb and beyond.
IVANA KURTOVIĆ BUDJA, PhD (Split, 1972.), the Head of education about the Holocaust, graduated as a professor of Croatian language and literature at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb. In 2003, she earned her Master’s degree and in 2009, her PhD in the field of dialectology of Croatian language. She is employed at the Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics. She is a member of the Commission for the Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Culture. Apart from her scientific work, she is involved in various forms of activism (e.g. preservation of heritage, tangible and intangible). She participates in the making of educational programs of Croatian National Television. )
STAŠA ČELAN (Split, 1969.), project manager of Talent Workshop. After completing primary and secondary school in Split he comes to Zagreb to study film and TV editing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. Until now, he edited 6 feature films and dozens of short documentaries and experimental films. For 15 years he has been active in the Theater Club Zagreb as a lecturer on film workshops and mentor to young filmmakers. He maintains numerous film workshops usually organized by the Croatian Film Association, the Agency for education. He held over a hundred film workshops until today. Since 2010 he has been actively involved in organizing the International Talent Workshops and becomes a project manager.
Sanjin Kaštelan, email@example.com
Film program coordinator
Ena Schulz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Janja Pilić, email@example.com
Educational program coordinator
Luka Rinčić, Luka.firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative supervisor international Talent Workshop
Marina Andree Škop
Mirko Ilić, mirkoilic.com
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