Duska Zagorac

Posted on December 12, 2012

Duska is an award-winning director currently developing her first feature (writer James Harris, producer Sarah Brocklehurst) with Triangle (Screen Yorkshire & Northern FM) and Creative England. In 2011, Duska shadowed her Guiding Lights mentor, director Oliver Parker, on JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN.

Duska made her directorial debut with LA APERTURA, a short musical drama set in Buenos Aires. LA APERTURA premiered at Venice Film Festival and went on to numerous festivals including Clermont Ferrand, Seattle, Foyle, Cinequest, winning Best of the Festival at Zinebi DSFF in Bilbao.

She followed on with two documentaries: MAO IN BOSNIA for Al Jazeera International Witness strand and PATRIA MIA, NOMAD DIRECTION, which won Best Documentary at Sguardi Altrove in Milan and was voted one of the best films of the year by international critics in Sight and Sound magazine. In 2012 Duska completed her second short drama SALT GRAIN, which won a prize at Garden City Festival, USA.

Duska was selected for Guiding Lights 10/11, the UK’s most prestigious year long mentorship program and is the finalist at Triangle 12/13.

Duska began her career at Jane Balfour Films, an International Sales Agent for independent documentary and fiction films where she had an opportunity to work with many great directors. She went on to assist the Head of Documentaries at Channel 4 and then co-found Bethnal Films where she produced a number of documentaries with director Rodrigo Vazquez. For the past nine years Duska has worked as an Expert for Media, European Development Fund. Originally from Bosnia, Duska has been based in London since 1992.

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