Vanja Kaludjercic, former Holland Film Meeting boss and current Head of Acquisitions at MUBI, will succeed Bero Beyer March 1 2020 as IFFR director. She will shadow Beyer during the upcoming event (22 Jan – Feb 2 2020).
Kaludjercic was head of IFFR Talks 2016-18 and while at HFM (2016-17) helped to develop the Boost NL programme, together with IFFR, designed to prepare outstanding projects for market from both creative and business perspectives.
An avowed advocate of non-fiction (she has worked closely with both IDFA and CPH:DOX in the past), Kaludjercic underlines that IFFR’s commitment to the doc form will remain strong across all festival sectors.
Kaludjercic has worked for festivals including Sarajevo Film Festival, Les Arcs European Film Festival, Cinéma du Reel and CPH:DOX. In addition, she has held industry and acquisition roles at companies including Slovenia-based distribution outfit Demiurg and Paris-based sales and production company Co-production Office. In the last couple of years, Kaludjercic served as a jury member at Berlinale, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and many more festivals around the globe. She also intervened as industry advisor for TorinoFilmLab and other expert roles in the European film landscape.
Vanja Kaludjercic comments on her appointment: “I look forward to extending the festival’s long-standing reputation for supporting and spearheading the careers of young and upcoming filmmakers worldwide. I admire the festival’s renown for close ties between industry and public, and its extensive support for filmmakers – including the Tiger Competition and Bright Future Competition, as well as the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) programme. I am excited to join the team and I look forward to leading IFFR’s artistic developments in the years to come.”
Chairman of the IFFR supervisory board, Pieter Broertjes adds: “We are very much looking forward to working with this strong team of female directors, consisting of Vanja Valudjercic and Marjan van der Haar, whose combined experience and vision guarantees new and dynamic perspectives for IFFR’s coming years. The board is certain the festival will maintain its positions a leading light in the independent cinema landscape.”
Managing director Marjan ven der Haar: “Vanja’s established voice and bold ideas are sure to benefit IFFR’s ambitions and the festival’s ability to bridge new talent and independent films with wider audiences. Her appreciation of the International landscape is extensive and she is well aware of the challenges that independent artistic films and filmmakers are facing. I strongly believe that together, we can make a difference and strengthen the position of the festival as a global platform for talent.”