Irena is an independent artist, screenwriter, and playwright and, in a less formal capacity, an educator in screenwriting. As a screenwriter, she aims to try her hand at as many forms and genres as possible. As such, she has written for soap opears (Zabranjena ljubav), sitcoms (Bitange i princeze), TV dramas (Dobre namjere), educational TV shows (Laboratorij na kraju svemira), three feature films (Bankirke, Duh babe Ilonke and Moj dida je pao s Marsa), as well as a variety of less silly titles. She is the originator of the Palunko screenwriting workshops, which have come of age, so to speak, seeing as they have been taking place for eighteen years. She has also had the pleasure of being one of the founders of the Croatian Screenwriters and Playwrights Guild – SPID. When she isn’t telling stories, she draws them – her preferred form is web illustration. She finds that form extremely liberating because anything she messes up in the digital form can be easily fi
Mato was born in 1978 in Zagreb, where he lives and works as a film editor and a teacher of film editing. He obtained his degree in Film Editing from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb in 2001. As a student, he started working as an Assistant Editor at various film and TV productions, while gradually finding additional work in film and sound editing. He has worked on short and feature films, documentary films and series, TV dramas, experimental projects, and various projects such as educational or presentation films as a film and sound editor. In 2010, he was awarded for his work at the 57th Pula Film Festival, receiving the Golden Arena for Best Film Editing for his work on the film Forest Creatures. He has taught several film editing workshops. In 2003 he co-founded a small post-production studio with some colleagues (Banana postprodukcija d.o.o.). Since 2006, he has also taught at the Film Editing Department of the Academy of Fine Arts, where he also contributed to the development of the curriculum, as a two- time Vice Dean of Studies and once as the Head of the Department. In 2010, he initiated, together with Davor Švaić and Jarek Kaminski, cooperation between his department and the Lodz Film School (Poland). This project has developed into an international film editing workshop, which has since included the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
Sydney has 40+ years experience in the film industry where she currently is a trainer/ educator and consultant with producers planning festival and sales and financing strategies and with countries interested in bringing U.S. producers and production companies to their locations for filming coproductions. She began her career as the first woman in international distribution in 1975 when she was hired by 20th Century Fox International and moved into acquisitions from 1978 to 1988, progressing from short film company Pyramid Films, to docs for ABC Video and Films Inc, and to feature film distributors Lorimar Pictures and Republic Pictures. In 1988, Levine created FilmFinders, the industry’s first database, designed for acquisitions executives in distribution and sales as well as festival programmers needing to track new films worldwide for acquisition. In 2006 FilmFinders merged with Withoutabox and together they were acquired by IMDb in 2007. She left to establish SydneysBuzz in 2009. She has taught international film business at Chapman, UCLA Extension Film and Business Schools, The New School of Social Research, Deutsche Welle Akademie, Binger Institut, Cannes Producers Workshop, Berlinale Talents, and frequently moderates panels and seminars. She lives in Los Angeles, California and Berlin, Germany and travels extensively on the international film circuit. In addition to her native English, she speaks French, German and Spanish.