Marija is an award-winning director and producer whose films blur borders between documentary and fiction, and often intersect with other art forms.
She is The New School (MA Media Studies and Film, 2014) in New York, and Academy of Arts (FTV directing, 2010) in Belgrade alumna. Her work is characteristic for experimentation with sound, an interest derived from her background as a performer/vocalist.
"Speak so I can see you" - her feature length directorial debut, supported by Eurimages and DOHA Film Institute, had its World premiere in First Appearance Competition selection at IDFA 2019, and its US premiere at MoMA's DocFortnight 2020 in New York.
She worked on numerous productions in the USA and Europe and since 2011 her career has been focused on creative documentary. In 2016, Marija founded the production house Bilboke in Serbia. She is a guest lecturer and a board member of DokSerbia. Since September 2019, she's been a part of the collective behind Set Sail Films.
Besides work on her author projects, Marija often collaborates as a creative producer with other directors.
Her producing credits include "Bottlemen" (Producer), dir. Nemanja Vojinovic (in post-production), "Lone" (Co-producer), dir. Nebojsa Slijepcevic (in post-production), "The Babushkas of Chernobyl" (Associate producer), dir. Holly Morris, Anne Bogart (2015);
Academia and industry:
Industry speaker - IDFA, Amsterdam 2019, Industry Talk: Beyond story; the filmmaker’s voice
Guest lecturer - DokSerbia - Belgrade 2016, 2017.
Teaching Assistant - Documentary Research Methods, The New School, Media Studies and Film Graduate Program - Documentary Research Methods 2013, Professor Kathy Brew.
Grants and Fellowships:
- NYFA - New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in category Film/Video for 2015 (personal grant)
- Instituto Sacatar - Fellow in Film and Video 2017 (personal fellowship)
- Eurimages Lab Project Award for innovative projects exploring new forms of expression 2017 (for "Speak so I can see you")
- DOHA Film Institute post-production grant 2018 (for "Speak so I can see you")