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 in New York, and Academy of Arts 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.
Her experience was carved through working on productions in the US and Europe. In 2016, Marija founded the production house Bilboke in Serbia, and in 2019, with producers Andrijana Sofranić Šućur and Miloš Ivanović, she co-founded Belgrade based production house Set Sail Films.
Besides work on her author projects, Marija occasionally 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:
- Berlinale Talents 2022
- NYFA - New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in category Film/Video for 2015
- Instituto Sacatar - Fellow in Film/Video 2017
- 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")