Dana Budisavljević


Year and country of birth: 1975, Croatia

Dana Budisavljević graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, Department of Film and TV Editing. Throughout her career, she has worked as an editor, production assistant and organiser of film festivals, while today she mostly works as director and producer in Hulahop production, which she co-founded. In 2004, Dana made her debut documentary “Straight A’s” (Factum). She has gained wider popularity with a family film on coming out, “Family Meals” (Hulahop, 2012). Her first feature-length film, “The Diary of Diana B.” (2019), was awarded Grand Golden Arena at the Pula Film Festival, thus making her the first female director to receive the main festival award since 1957. The film won over 20 awards and was released in Croatian and regional cinemas with great success.
  • The Diary of Diana B., 2019 docufiction (director and screenwriter)
  • Slumbering Concrete – Unfinished Modernisations, 2018, 4 x 52 min, second season documentary series for HRT (producer)
  • When the War Comes, 2018, documentary, Czech-Croatian co-production with HBO (co-producer)
  • Slumbering Concrete, 2016, 4×52 min, documentary series for HRT (producer)
  • Food Markets: In the Belly of the City – Zagreb Dolac, 2016, episode of the documentary series for ZDF/ARTE with the partners RAI, RSI and HRT (co-director)
  • I Like That Super Most the Best, 2015, creative documentary (producer)
  • Family Meals, 2012, documentary (director and co-editor)
  • We Wanted Workers, We Got People, 2011, documentary (producer)
  • Then I See Tanja, 2010, short fiction film (producer)
  • Changing the World, 2007-2011, 40 episodes of the documentary series commissioned by Youth Program of Croatian Television (producer of series and director of several episodes)
  • Great Shipwrecks of the Adriatic Sea, 6×50 min docuseries for HRT, 2007 (co-director and editor)
  • Straight A’s, 2005, documentary (director and screenwriter)
  • Years of Rust, 1999, documentary (editor and co-screenwriter)
His „Ida“ was one of my most important visual inspirations.