Jasmila Žbanić is an internationally distinguished Bosnian filmmaker. She is a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, Department for theater and film directing. Before filmmaking, she worked as a puppeteer in Vermont-based “Bread and Puppet” theater and as a clown in a Lee Delong workshop.
In 1997, together with her friends, she founded Artist’s Association Deblokada through which she produced, wrote and directed many documentaries, video-art works and shorts and among them her first feature film Esma’s Secret/ Sarajevo, mon amour/ Grbavica which was awarded with the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2006 (as well as the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Peace Prize), the AFI (American Film Institute) Fest Grand Jury Prize, Grand Prix Odyssey of the European Council and was sold to 40 territories with great success. Her second feature On the Path/ Na Putu (2010) premiered in competition at the Berlinale and was invited to many international festivals e.g. Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, CPH:PIX, Espoo Cine, Doha Tribeca Film Festival amongst others. The film had worldwide distribution on 25 territories and won numerous awards. All her films were produced through Deblokada, an artists’ association that she founded.
Jasmila’s films and video works have been displayed at dozens of art exhibitions worldwide such as Manifesta 3, the Istanbul Biennial, Museum Fridericianum Kassel, Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, New Museum in New York.