Informative programme

Strahinja Savić (born in 1991 in Belgrade) is the author of thirty short and full – length feature films and documentaries. The most of these films have been presented at national and international festivals, winning various awards.

Jelena Savić, ethnologist/anthropologist, a Senior Curator at the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade. She is the Secretary of the ICOM National Committee of Serbia and а coordinator of the International Festival of Ethnological Film.


Ljilјana Gavrilović, Phd, еthnologist-anthropologist, аssociate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, and Senior Research Fellow at the Ethnographic Institute of SASA. Research Interests: heritage (material, intangible) and its contextualization in contemporary Serbian society, as well as various aspects of contemporary popular culture.



Editor's Note

Constantly taking a step forward, the Festival has been directing its programmes towards new groups of filmmakers and expanding the area where ethnographic, ethnological and anthropological body of topics and subjects defined by the medium of film occur, taking into account the role of new technologies and tools in shaping a strictly documentary, explorative, and, finally, the author's approach. Therefore, this year's programmes are focused on the man in time and time in the man and this is easily observed in a wide range of cultural phenomena covered by the films to be presented. These are namely personally, socially, culturally and civilizationally determined reflections and messages associated with apparent or hidden relationships between participants in the films, with filmmakers as cultural observers and interpreters, and, finally, with our broader environment which evaluates this in its own way. The wide array of films competing for awards thus ranges from works dealing with everyday life, the conflict between the modern and the traditional, to those addressing cultural policies and policies in culture. On the other hand, various modern readings of myths, mythologies and the 'otherworldly', as well as the increasingly topical issues related to the status of persons with disabilities can also be more

Marko Stojanović
Executive Director of the Festival



A Look Askew: impressions of a Selection Committee member

The role of the educational, professional and experiential vocation to which I belong as a producer and a filmmaker who is primarily focused on documentary and, particularly, non-professional film – additionally stressed by the fact that the Selection Committee of the International Festival of Ethnological Film have so far been composed of and oriented to film professionals (namely, this year, Arsa Jovanović and me) rather than to ethnologists or anthropologists – certainly shows (particularly having in mind the agreement among all of the three Committee members), once again, that all spheres of everyday life in modern civilization have become a legitimate theme and subject for this specific subcategory of documentary film – ethnological film. Furthermore, the Festival has passed a long way from the reconstructions of the so-called traditional, folk life and authors' tendency to depict the everyday life and the ritualization of communities which ceased to exist in a representative form and in essence – typical of its early days, to the current, prevailingly anthropological and, consequently, more wide-ranging discourse oriented towards the living world around more

Vladimir Anđelković
producer, President of the Centre for Non-Professional Filmmaking of Serbia



An Ethnologist in the World of Moving Pictures

Film is a wonderful magic that captures one and makes it possible to overcome all the difficulties encountered by a museum ethnologist as a film author. Being always at the source of the still living traditional topics, their transformations and the creation of new phenomena, such an author has an opportunity to compensate for the lack of high-quality production relying on an original idea and a well-defined and essentially accurately conceptualized problem, phenomenon or process. Cinematic expression involves a special type of dramaturgy, poetics, aesthetics and the attitude to reality. At the same time, the facts and the substance of a cultural phenomenon must be preserved and it is to be conveyed to observers as veritably and objectively, without losing any of its authenticity. This is a very complex process. Even professional movie directors agree that ethnological film is the most difficult and the most demanding genre of documentary more

Danica Đokić
Museum Counsellor at the National Museum in Požarevac



World War I – Filmmaking

From the end of 1916 and the beginning of 1917, our cameramen were not in a position to record the heroic deeds of our people and our Army using camera lenses, due to a harsh situation that befell Serbia. At that time, newly formed Cinematographic Department of the Serbian Army in Thessaloniki started working; it was managed by Dragiša Stojadinović later Mihailo Mihailović, also known as Mika Afrika. Thanks to their dedicated work and enthusiasm, numerous shots about work of the Supreme Headquarters and breakout of the Salonika front were preserved, as well as the major materials such as The fire of Thessaloniki and The court trial of Dragutin Dimitrijević Apis and his comrades, both originating from 1917. Many of these 'Thessaloniki shots' were included in numerous anthologies about the Great War. At the same time, many well-know world film studios such as Pathé, Gaumont, Savoia film, Topical-Budget and so froth, informed the world about the heroic fight of one small country against the immensely stronger enslavers via their brave cameramen (as long as it was possible) more

Aleksandar Saša Erdeljanović
Director of the Archive of Jugoslovenska Kinoteka


Ivana Todorović is an ethnologist and anthropologist, as well as a Serbian film director who seeks to foster social change with her films. Her works have been presented at numerous festivals in America and Europe, such as the Berlinale Shorts, Traverse City Festival, Rotterdam, Palm Springs Shorts, Rooftop, etc. and have been used in media campaigns and for educational purposes.

Marina Simić, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade. She earned her master’s and PhD degrees from the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. She was awarded a number of scholarships, such as the Radcliffe-Brown Award for the best PhD students of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain. Her scholarly interests are focused on cultural studies and social anthropology.

Lazar Veljković is a senior student at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. He is currently the head of a club of ethnology and anthropology students. Among other activities, during three years, the club organized three workshops on visual anthropology, resulting in fifteen students’ anthropological films, which have been selected for many festivals. Along with completing his studies, Veljković is currently involved in field research conducted by the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.


Emilio Della Chiesa was born in Verona (Italy) in 1952. He spent his childhood in Venezuela. In 1979, Della Chiesa graduated in architecture from the University of Venice and has since worked in film, at first as an operator and then as a director of photography for, among others, the Italian director Ermanno Olmi. Della Chiesa is a member of the association Authors of Cinematographic Photography (Autori Immagine Cinematografica – AIC-IMAGO). He has pursued various projects of his own in the field of directing documentaries, shorts, etc. and, in 2005, he founded and has since directed the River Film Festival in Padua.


Saša Srećković, ethnologist and Museum Counsellor at the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade. He has a special interest in applied anthropology. Srećković has taken part in organizing various public events, such as the International Festival of Ethnological Film. He is the author of several documentary and ethnographic films. Srećković published numerous papers on various topics in applied and visual anthropology and was awarded several scholarships (from the Goethe Institute in Germany, Artslink and the Petar Kujačić Foundation in the USA). He was the President of the National Committee for the Intangible Cultural Heritage and has been a UNESCO certified trainer for capacity building in this area (he led workshops in Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Germany).


Adela Peeva holds a degree from the Academy for Film, Theatre and Television in Belgrade. Between 1973 and 1990, she worked at the Documentary Film Studio in Sofia. She is a member of the European Film Academy and was a member of the Board of the European Documentary Network (until the end of 2004).

Adela Peeva authored the following award-wining films on Balkan topics Born from the Ashes, Right to Chose, The Unwanted, Whose is this Song? (participated at more than fifty international film festivals all over the worldand was awarded sixteen prizes), Divorce Albanian Style (participated at more than thirty international film festivals and was awarded eleven prizes). Whose is this Song andDivorce Albanian style remain the only Bulgarian films nominated by the European Film Academy for the Best European Documentary – Prix ARTE for 2003 and 2007, respectively.