Jasmila Zbanic



Born in Sarajevo in 1974, Zbanic is a graduate of her native city’s Academy of Dramatic Arts, department for theater and film directing. Before filmmaking, she also worked as a puppeteer in the Vermont-based "Bread and Puppet" Theater and as a clown in a Lee De Long workshop. Zbanic began making films in 1997 when she founded the artist's association “Deblokada”, through which she produced, wrote and directed numerous documentaries, video works and shorts. Her work has been screened in film festivals and exhibitions worldwide.


  • Grbavica (2006)
  • Lost and Found (2005/I)
  • Images from the Corner (2003) (TV)
  • Made in Sarajevo (1998) (segment "Noc je. Mi svijetlimo")

Major awards


  • 2007 Portland International Film Festival: Audience Award
  • 2006 AFI Fest : Grand Jury Prize            
  • 2006 Berlin International Film Festival: Golden Berlin Bear, Peace Film Award , Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
  • 2006 Brussels European Film Festival: Canvas TV Prize for Best Film            
  • 2006 Thessaloniki Film Festival: Woman & Equality Award