Best Film Award for 78 Days at Cyprus Film Days

Emilija Gasic's debut feature film gets the Best Film Award at the 22nd edition of Cyprus Film Days. The international jury, led by Slovak film producer Katarína Tomková, and comprising Turkish-Cypriot DoP Emre Erkmen, French film critic Sandra Onana, Greek writer-director Asimina Proedrou and Berlin-based Palestinian filmmaker Juna Suleiman, selected 78 Days for its “unyielding truthfulness, and its ability to transcend time and to speak to the deepest recesses of our humanity”.


Variety Interview with Emilija Gašić

Serbian director Emilija Gašić will follow the International Film Festival Rotterdam premiere “78 Days” with the “atmospheric and tense” psychological thriller “Witches,” she reveals to Variety exclusively. “I’ve always been drawn to scary elements in films — especially if there are moments of comic relief. Growing up in Serbia, I was surrounded by stories and legends. There are so many superstitions and traditions that date back to pagan times.”

Variety Interview

78 Days Film Clip

Cineuropa Interview with Emilija Gašić

In her debut feature, 78 Days [+], screening in IFFR’s Bright Future strand, Emilija Gašić returns to 1999, when No Doubt and Garbage were plastered all over teens’ walls and NATO bombed Serbia. Left with their mother, three sisters pick up a camera, documenting their happy childhood. But the sirens keep going off.

Cineuropa Interview

78 Days World Premiere at IFFR

Emilija's debut feature film is set to premiere at the renowned International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) on January 29th, 2024. "After their father is conscripted during the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia, three sisters begin a Hi8 video diary in their countryside home. They film each other putting on make-up, picking cherries, playing party games, getting into fights and helping their mother cook. This fragile, intimate world is perhaps their only shelter from the reality of bombings, sirens and war."

Read the full text here.

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In/between: Lush Friction group exhibition

New York Live Arts, in partnership with New York Foundations for the Arts (NYFA), presents exhibition In/Between 2023: Lush Friction on view from March 17-April 30 at the New York Live Arts Ford Foundation Live Gallery in Manhattan. The exhibition, which is curated by Yanira Castro, Martita Abril, and Zahra Banyamerian, will feature 19 immigrant artists from NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. This year’s exhibit features work by David Benjamin, Jin-Yong Choi, Katerina Ganchak, Laura Garcia Serventi, Emilija Gašić, Clare Gemima, Isabel Hamdan, Bipasha Hayat, Hsiao-Chu (Julia) Hsia, Pilar Lagos, Yi Hsuan Lai, Carlos Morales, Himeka Murai, Xinan Helen Ran, Linda Sok, Johanna Strobel, Hong Wu, Chen Xiangyun, and Despina Zografos.

New York Live Arts article


You can Stay Here If You Want Film Shortage premiere

An Istok Films production YOU CAN STAY HERE IF YOU WANT, directed by Sarah Rosen and shot by Emilija Gasic has been picked up for its online premiere by Film Shortage.

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First Cut+ announces eight projects for its Trieste session

First Cut+, a programme launched in 2020 by Tatino Films to boost the promotion and audience-engagement strategies of feature films that previously took part in a First Cut Lab workshop, has announced its selection for the edition set to take place at Trieste's When East Meets West (WEMW). Emilija Gasic's first feature film 78 DAYS is one of the eight participating films.


78 Days in Trieste at First Cut +

Initiated by Tatino Films, and now in its fourth year of existence to start in 2023, First Cut+ is a program that operates twice a year, working in close cooperation with two dynamic and well-established film industry platforms: Trieste’s When East Meets West and Karlovy Vary IFF’s Eastern Promises. 78 DAYS is one of the 8 selected winter films to be presented at Trieste for a post production award.

First Cut +

Serbian Director Emilija Gašić Shoots Debut Feature 78 Days

Serbian director Emilija Gašić, who has recently graduated form the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, started shooting her debut feature “78 Days” on June 7. The production, supported by Film Center Serbia, began on locations around the Serbian spa town Vrnjačka Banja. Gašić also penned the script. In a small town in Serbia, three sisters record their daily lives on a home camera during the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia. The monotonous days are interrupted by the sudden arrival of city children at a neighbor’s house.

Variety Article

78 Days at a co-production market in Paris

In accordance with the Agreement between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of France on cinematographic co-production, the successful cooperation between Serbia and France in the field of cinematography continues. From November 17 to 19, a co-production market will be held in Paris, organized by the Film Center of Serbia, the French Center for Film and Motion Pictures (CNC) and the French Institute in Serbia. Six Serbian developing film projects, selected by CNC based on the submitted materials, will be presented at the Market. One of the six projects is the feature film by Emilija Gasic - 78 DAYS.

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Emilija's Feature Film 78 DAYS supported by Film Center Serbia

Emilija's feature 78 DAYS got the full support of the Serbian Government through the Film Center Serbia. Emilija developed the screenplay for 78 DAYS at the prestigious Venice Biennale Cinema College in the fall of 2020. For the list of this year's supported projects please click the link below.

FCS Official Website

IN|Between Photography Exhibition at Culture Lab LIC, New York City

Emilija Gasic's analogue photography exhibition "In|Between" travels to New York City! The exhibition will be from May 1st through May 30th at Culture Lab LIC along with 5 other artists exhibiting their art in the same space.

Culture Lab LIC website

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IN|Between Photography Exhibition in Zamak Kulture, Vrnjacka Banja

Emilija's analogue photography exhibition "In|Between" travels to Emilija's hometown of Vrnjacka Banja and the prestigious museum "Castle of Culture" (Zamak Kulture).

Emilija Gasic: Humans instinctively tell stories

Emilija Gasic is a Serbian filmmaker and photographer, who creates between Serbia and USA. As a true lover of photography and film, she develops her creative path in the visual arts.

Toplicanka Magazine Interview

Emilija Gasic captures reality through her lens

Emilija Gasic talks about filmmaking profession in Serbia and America and her great love for analog photographs, which she transferred into the exhibition "In | Between".

Oblakoder Magazine Interview

BETWEEN NEW YORK, BELGRADE AND VRNJAČKA Banja: Exhibition by filmmaker Emilija Gašić in Parobrod

From February 22, the exhibition "In | Between" by film director and director of photography Emilija Gasic at the Parobrod Cultural Institution is a mandatory stop for all nostalgic souls from Belgrade who want to travel.

Announcement on Wanted!

Between New York, Belgrade and Vrnjacka Banja: You will want to see Emilija's movies and photos

From February 22, the exhibition in "In|Between" in the UK Parobrod is an address not to be missed. "It is a compilation of selected photos on the film, which I took incidentally and unplanned mainly between Vrnjacka Banja, Belgrade and New York. After Parobrod, the exhibition will move to Vrnjačka Banja, which was especially important for me because it’s there that I began creating in the first place” - says Emilija and continues to speak to about the exhibition, her filmmaking and future projects.

Interview in Serbian

Emilija's Analog Photography Exhibition "In|Between" at UK Parobrod

On Monday, February 22nd at 7 pm in “UK Parobrod” is the opening of the exhibition of analog photography "In|between" by Emilija Gasic. The exhibition will last until March 3, 2021. The concept of the exhibition "In|between" is a collection of analog photographs taken on the road, along the way, between different stations, cities, countries, during walks, unplanned and undirected in the last ten years. Divided into two series - rural and urban, the collection shows the author's notion of belonging and the frequent feeling of being caught in between spaces.

UK Parobrod Announcement

"The Wait" is screening at Valjevski Filmski Susreti

Emilija Gasic's short film "The Wait" will be screening online as a part of the film festival Valjevski Filmski Susreti in Serbia. "The Wait" is in the short film program available every day of the festival from December 10th till December 13th. Apart from the short films, you can catch feature films as well as interesting workshops and talks about film in Serbia. To watch Emilija's film during the festival - click on the link bellow "Watch the film" and then find "Čekanje" on the film list.

Watch the film

Emilija Gasic guest at Radio Belgrade 2

Emilija was invited to be a guest at the radio show "Filmorama" by Ana Vuckovic Dencic where she discussed the idea behind the feature film "78 Days" that is currently in development. Ana also had questions about Emilija's work in New York and they talked about her visual style and language in cinema.

Radio Show (Serbian)

Film Center of Serbia about Emilija's first feature project 78 Days

Emilija Gasic is preparing her first feature film 78 DAYS produced by Milos Ivanovic and Andrijana Sofranic Sucur (Set Sail Films). This project will be presented in Venice at Biennale College of Cinema. During the 77th Venice Biennale 12 projects were chosen for this year's edition of the workshop. The 10 day workshop will be held from October 3 to October 12 and the participants are teams of directors and producers. From 188 projects that originally applied, 12 were selected.

FCS Link

Two official festival selections for "Out of Order" shot by Emilija Gasic

"Out Of Order" short film directed by Cameron & Brandon Laventure and shot by Emilija Gasic will be having its world premiere at Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles. The film will be shown in numerous LA drive in cinemas. At the same time in New York City, film will be virtually shown as a part of The Workers Unite Film Festival.

Screamfest LA

The Workers Unite Film Festival

Emilija Gasic Interview at VFX.Serbia by Zlatko Milojcic

Emilija Gasic's interview in English conducted by Zlatko Milojcic. Emilija talks about her beginnings in film as well as her current and future projects.

Interview in English

"THE WAIT" wins Audience Choice Award at International Film Festival in Cologne

Emilija Gasic short film THE WAIT won the Audience Choice Award at IFFC in Cologne. It was screened in front of an audience for the first time after Covid19!

"THE WAIT" wins Best Serbian Film Award at ProFiFest

Emilija Gasic's short film THE WAIT just won the Best Serbian Award at ProFiFest in Prokuplje in Serbia. The jury was comprised of famous filmmakers such as Ana Maria Rossi, Vesna Cipcic and Nikolina Vucetic Zecevic.

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Emilija's first feature project "78 Days" accepted to the first stage of Biennale College of Cinema 2021

During the 77th Venice International Film Festival, 12 projects have been selected for the 9th edition of Biennale College – Cinema 2020/21; their teams (composed of a director and a producer) will participate in the first 10-day workshop which will be held from October 3-12, 2020. Nine projects were selected from the Biennale College – Cinema International competition, whereas another three came from the Biennale College Cinema – Italy competition.

Official News

Psychology of Dreams as the main inspiration for the films of Emilija Gasic

Suzana Rudic interviews Emilija Gasic for the online Arts & Culture magazine ARTKUM about Emilija's process of making films. Emilija talks about the use of dreams and mythology in her films "The Wait", "Disquiet" and "The Cursed Days", and also mentions the projects she is currently working on.

Artkum Interview in Serbian

THE WAIT in two festival categories at IFFC in Cologne

Emilija Gasic's short film THE WAIT is in the official selection of International Film Festival in Cologne - IFFC. It is also nominated in the category for Best Cinematography. The festival will be held on 11th and 12th of September 2020 in Cologne in Germany.

IFFC Best Cinematography Nominees

IFFC Official Selection

Interview with Emilija Gasic at journalist Miona Kovacevic talks with Emilija about her current and upcoming projects as well as about the future of film industry after covid-19: "The young Serbian director Emilija Gasic is currently promoting her short film "The Wait" with Goran Bogdan and Nada Sargin at festivals around the world, and, as she revealed in an interview with, in the near future she plans to make her first animated film based on the poem "The Pit" by Ivan Goran Kovacic."

Read the full interview in Serbian.

Watch The Wait online at Maryland Film Festival

THE WAIT is available for viewing at this year's Maryland Film Festival until June 21st. It is screening as a part of Exits & Entrances Shorts program along with eight other films: A powerful collection of dramatic shorts centered around themes of coming and going, leaving and staying, exits and entrances. As future looms, pairs of characters navigate unexpected circumstances, new relationships, or potent memories.

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Official Selection for THE WAIT at SEEfest in LA

Emilija's short film THE WAIT will be screening at the 15th edition of the South East European Film Festival - SEEfest. South East European Film Festival Los Angeles is a competition festival presenting cinematic and cultural diversity of 18 countries of the Balkans and Caucasus to American audiences. It provides a platform in the U.S. for the discovery of new talent from South East Europe, with a wide selection of films, art and literary talks, workshops and panels.

Festival Website.

Official Selection for the wait at ProFiFest in Serbia

Emilija's short film THE WAIT will be screening at another festival in Serbia - ProFiFest in Prokuplje.

Festival Website.

THE WAIT going to Maryland Film Festival

Emilija's short film is going to Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore. Festival will be taking place virtually in June due to COVID-19. The Maryland Film Festival has been named one of MovieMaker Magazine's "25 Coolest Film Festivals In the World" four times in recent years (2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019), as well as earning repeated praise from national publications such as The New Yorker, and ArtForum.

Festival Website.

Official Selection at CIF+AF 68 for THE WAIT

Great news! THE WAIT is going to Columbus, Ohio for the 68th edition of the acclaimed Columbus International Film & Animation Festival! Due to the corona virus crisis the festival will be held at a different date and possibly online. More information on the 2020 edition of CIF+AF coming up!

Festival Website.

Europe Asia Film Festival Silver Award for The Wait

What lovely news! Emilija's short THE WAIT won the Silver Award at the Europe Asia Film Festival 2020 edition in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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FIRST TIME wins an award at Atlanta Comedy Film Festival

The short film FIRST TIME (director: Shu Gao) shot by Emilija Gasic wins Best Director Award at Atlanta Comedy Film Festival. The Atlanta Comedy Film Festival is a unique forum for comedy filmmakers and television producers from all over the world to showcase their creative works in Atlanta, Georgia

Festival Website.

JSFF - Best Serbian Film Award

Amazing news! THE WAIT won the Best Serbian Film Award at 2019. edition of Japanese Serbian Film Festival!!! The decision was made by a Japanese jury and our next screening is in Tokyo at the Japanese part of this lovely festival! ありがとうございました

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JSFF - Official Selection

THE WAIT is officially selected for the main program of this year’s Japanese Serbian Film Festival. THE WAIT will be screened on October 31st at Yugoslavian Film Archive in Belgrade. JSFF – Japanese Serbian Film Festival is an annual event in Tokyo and Belgrade which promote short films from Japan and Serbia by bringing comparative value on art and social phenomenon from these countries.

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FIRST TIME wins an award at Portland Comedy Film Festival

The short film FIRST TIME (director: Shu Gao) shot by Emilija Gasic wins Best Director Award at Portland Comedy Film Festival. The Portland Comedy Film Festival is a theatrical screening event on the Film Festival Circuit for international independent comedy films that also recognizes funniest comedy screenplays. It has been ranked in the FilmFreeway Top 100 with 80+ Five Star reviews.

Festival Website.

20. International Izmir Short Film Festival - Official Selection

THE WAIT is screening in Izmir at this year’s edition of the famous International Izmir Short Film Festival. Catch us at the International Panorama Program 6 screening on multiple days between November 4th and 10th, 2019.

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The short film FIRST TIME (directed by Shu Gao) shot by Emilija Gasic is officially selected to screen at Austin Comedy Short Film Festival. This is a bi-annual event on the Film Festival Circuit for comedy filmmakers and screenwriters from all over the world to showcase their creative works in Texas. This event was founded by author and retired filmmaker Mikel Fair who worked on location in the Film and Television industry from 1999-2015.

Festival Website.

Nikon Storytellers Scholarship

Emilija Gasic is a recipient of the 2019 Nikon Storytellers Scholarship! A panel of professional photographers, brand ambassadors and Nikon executives evaluated video & photo portfolios from nearly 1000 talented students to identify the ten $10,000 scholarship recipients.

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Film Center Serbia Interview

Film Center of Serbia wrote an article that talks in depth about the cultural exchange between Japan and Serbia through Niigata International Film Festival where Emilija’s short DISQUIET will be screening in June 2019.

Read it in Serbian.

JSFF - Japanese Serbian Film Festival at Niigata International Film Festival

Great news! Emilija Gasic’s short DISQUIET is playing in Japan again! This time at Niigata International Film Festival in partnership with JSFF - Japanese Serbian Film Festival as a part of cultural exchange program!

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FEST - New Directors Film Festival

The selected projects for the 2019 FEST - Pitching Forum have just been announced! Emilija Gasic’s two projects in development - a short film CITIZEN and a feature MILEVA have both been selected!

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66. Belgrade Documentary and Short FIlm Festival

New film THE WAIT by writer/director Emilija Gasic will have its world premiere at one of the oldest short film festivals in Europe - Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival. Follow the page The Wait / Чекање on Facebook for details.

Link to Facebook page.

On Your Radar - Emilija Gasic

This week’s ON YOUR RADAR student is Emilija Gasic. She is currently a 3rd year student at Grad Film. We asked her some questions and this is what she had to say.

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Cinematography Award

DISQUIET wins the best cinematography award (director of photography: Igor Marovic) in Sofia, Bulgaria at the International Student Film Festival “NEW WAVE”.

International Student Film Festival NEW WAVE

Emilija’s short DISQUIET travels to Sofia, Bulgaria for the International Student Film Festival "NEW WAVE".

Link to Facebook page.

Bobst Film Festival

Two awards for Emilija’s short film DISQUIET at the Bobst Film Festival in New York! A Special Jury Mention and the best Original Score (composer: Dimitrije Cvetkovic)

Link to Facebook page.

Japanese Serbian Film Festival

DISQUIET is playing at Japansko srpski festival filma in Belgrade on 14th of November! Join us at Jugoslovenska kinoteka (Uzun Mirkova 1) if you're around.

Link to Facebook page.

Kraljevo Film Festival Award

Emilija’s short DISQUIET wins the Best Serbian Short Award at Kraljevo Film Festival in Kraljevo, Serbia.

Balkans Beyond Borders

DISQUIET at the Balkans Beyond Borders Film Festival at Art Base in Brussels 13 - 15 October.

Macabro Film Festival

DISQUIET at Macabro Film Festival in Mexico in August 2017

Serbian Review.


DISQUIET at Prokuplje Short Film Festival in May 2017.


THE CURSED DAYS has a review in French.

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Audience Choice Award goes to Emilija’s short film DISQUIET at KRAF Festival in Kragujevac!

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Emilija Gasic is a finalist for the HORIZON AWARD which takes young female filmmakers to the Sundance Film Festival! She was selected by the award-winning filmmaker So Yong Kim.

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DISQUIET screening at Belgrade Youth Center

Emilija’s short film DISQUIET just screened at Belgrade Youth Center - Dom Omladine, to a great turn out of audience.

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Film Center Serbia interview with Emilija Gasic

Film Center of Serbia interview with Emilija Gasic about the upcoming screening - Emilija clarifies the source of her short DISQUIET: “ The story was inspired by true events I found when I was researching my family tree a few years ago. It was supposed to be the story of men during war, but as time went by I was more interested in seeing a woman that is waiting for the man to come back from the said war…”

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The Cursed Days premieres in Canada

Canadian premiere of Emilija Gasic’s short THE CURSED DAYS at the Women in Film + Television International Festival in Vancouver. The lead Kristina Vuletić and the director Emilija Gašić attend the Q&A after the screening with other prospective filmmakers.

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VI. Russian International Horror Film Festival DROP

Two of Emilija’s films THE CURSED DAYS and THE TRAIN are at the VI. Edition of Russian International Horror Film Festival and Awards “DROP” in Moscow!.

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The Cursed Days WIFF Review

Read this wonderful review of THE CURSED DAYS by the award-winning filmmaker Sanja Zivkovic for the upcoming Canadian premiere.


The Cursed Days Canadian Premiere

THE CURSED DAYS will be having its Canadian premiere! Join Emilija Gasic and the lead actress Kristina Vuletic in Vancouver from 8th to 13th of March when they present the film at the Women in Film + Television International Film Festival.

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The Train at Serbian Fantastic Film Festival

THE TRAIN will be screening at the Serbian Fantastic Film Festival in Belgrade on the 25th of November at 8 pm at Serbian Cultural Center - SKC.

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The Cursed Days World Premiere at Early Bird Film Festival in Bulgaria

THE CURSED DAYS will be screening on the 6th of November at the Early Bird Film Festival in Bulgaria! Join the lead Kristina Vuletić and the director Emilija Gašić in Sofia for the screening.

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The Cursed Days at CINEMALA

THE CURSED DAYS will be screening at the alternative youth cinema in Belgrade – CINEMALA on the 8th of December at 8 o’clock in the evening along with other short films from prospective young directors.

Event link.


THE CURSED DAYS will be screening at the “Montenegro International Fantastic Film Festival - Montifff” as a part of “The Balkans block” program! Join the director Emilija Gašić and the lead Kristina Vuletić in Tivat on the 10th of October.

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The Train wins Audience Choice Award at Top Shorts Online

THE TRAIN wins the Audience Choice Award for the best Indie Horror film at the Top Shorts Online Film Festival! Thank you for voting!

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Golden Pelican Petros for The Cursed Days

The Golden Pelican Petros Award for THE CURSED DAYS at Mykonos Biennale!

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Mykonos Biennale Official Selection

Two of Emilija’s short films - AN UNKNOWN FRIEND and THE CURSED DAYS have been selected at the Mykonos Biennale 2015! We're going to Greece!

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Filmquest Official Selection

Official Selection of THE TRAIN at Filmquest in Salt Lake City.

Festival website.

The Train at KFF

I am so happy to announce another official selection for my film THE TRAIN at ''Kraljevski Filmski Festival'' in my birth town and also the place where I made my first film – Kraljevo! The festival is in early September, so stay tuned for the schedule!

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The Cursed Days in New York

THE CURSED DAYS made it to The People’s Film Festival in New York!

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The Royal Reel Award at CIFF

AN UNKNOWN FRIEND was just awarded with The Royal Reel Award at The Canadian International Film Festival in Vancouver!

Brooklyn Underground Film Festival

Emilija Gasic's short film THE CRACK is off to New York to the Brooklyn Underground Film Festival.

Early Bird Student Film Festival in Bulgaria

Both THE TRAIN and AN UNKNOWN FRIEND will be at the Early Bird Student Film Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Emilija Gasic at RIFF Talent Lab

Emilija is participating in the Transatlantic Talent Lab at the Reykjavik International Film Festival in Iceland as one of the 35 talents selected all over the world.

Festival Link.

Access Code Film Festival

THE CRACK just got accepted at the Access Code Film Festival in Bangalore, India.

Festival of Serbian Fantastic Film

Another selection for THE CRACK, this time at the 8th edition of the Festival of Serbian Fantastic Film.

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First Film Festival Selection Ever

First Festival selection ever! THE CRACK was officially selected at the XXVII Montenegro Film Festival in Herceg Novi.

Emilija Gasic Interview for TV Kraljevo

Emilija Gasic speaks at Lufting News on Kraljevo TV Channel and presents her short film ECHO.

Lufting Interview

The Best Student Award at the Academy of Arts in Belgrade

Emilija Gasic was selected as one of the best students of the year in the Film Directing Department at the Academy of Arts in Belgrade.