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Marija Stojnic is a director whose films synthesize documentary, artistic research, and other art forms in exploring the human condition.
The experimentation with sound that characterizes her work is an interest derived from her background in ethnomusicology as a performer/vocalist. Together with Aleksandra Denda, she is a co-founder of Vocal Group ROSA.

Documentary film "Speak so I can see you", her feature-length directorial debut, supported by Eurimages and Doha FIlm Institute, received multiple awards and had its World premiere at IDFA’s 2019 First Appearance Competition, its US premiere at MoMA's DocFortnight 2020, and was recently featured in The Guardian. Marija is currently in production of her new short film “Total Eclipse”, an animated documentary about the unusual reception of the total solar eclipse of 1999 in Yugoslavia.


She is a graduate of The New School in New York and the Academy of Arts in Belgrade, a member of the Documentary Association of Serbia, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Film/Video for 2015, Instituto Sacatar Film/Video fellow 2017, IDFA Academy 2017, IDFA SummerSchool 2018, and Berlinale Talents 2022 alumna.

Besides work on her author projects, Marija produces independent films through Set Sail Films, a Belgrade-based production house she co-founded with producers Andrijana Sofranić Šućur and Miloš Ivanović in 2019.
Her producer credits include "When the phone rang" by Iva Radivojevic (in development), "Bottlemen", dir. Nemanja Vojinovic (2023), "My neighbor Wolf" (Co-producer), dir. Nebojsa Slijepcevic (2022), "The Babushkas of Chernobyl" (Associate producer), dir. Holly Morris, Anne Bogart (2015)."

Academia and industry:

Residencies and Fellowships:

  • Berlinale Talents 2022
  • IDFA Academy & IDFA Summerschool 2017, 2018
  • Instituto Sacatar residency - Fellow in Film/Video 2017
  • NYFA - New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in category Film/Video for 2015


  • 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")

  • FIlm Center Serbia (multiple projects 2016-2022)


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