Emilija Gasic is an award-winning Serbian filmmaker born in Yugoslavia, now residing in New York City.
She graduated with an MFA in Cinematography from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and holds a BFA in Film Directing from the Academy of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia.
Emilija grew up in a small Serbian town in the 90s against a background of news reports on war, a dying country and the sense of uncertainty which deeply affected her sensibility in arts and formed her observant style in creating tension and atmosphere in her films.
Her short films have had successful festival runs, with her most recent directorial work The Wait screening at one of the oldest short film festivals in United States – 68th Columbus International Film & Animation Festival in Ohio. The Wait also won Best Serbian film at JSFF in 2019 and a Silver Film Award at Europe Asia Festival of Cinema in 2020.
As a cinematographer, Emilija is passionate for working on film and does a lot of film photography, experimenting with different formats. Her latest cinematography work “Out of Order” directed by Cameron and Brandon Laventure was awarded at “Workers Unite” film festival. She has shot films in USA, France, Norway and Czech Republic and is a Nikon Storytellers Award recipient and a nominee for the Volker Bahnemann for Outstanding Cinematography.
Emilija’s analogue photography exhibition “In | Between” was shown in a couple of cities in Serbia, with parts of it being showcased in Hackney Studios in London in April 2021.
She is the co-founder of Istok Films with Alex Wiske and is currently working on developing her first feature film 78 days as well as a freelance cinematographer in New York City.
Awards & Accolades
2020 – Volker Bahnemann Nomination for Outstanding Cinematography
2020 – Sloan Finalist Award for writer/director project MILEVA
2019 – Nikon Storytellers Award
2018 – BAFTA New York – HBO Scholarship Nomination
2018 – Dositeja – Young Talents of Serbia Award
2017 – Sara Driver Production Award
2016 – Sundance Horizon Finalist for Young Women Filmmakers