Danijel Utješanović was born in Bled, Slovenia, in 1982. He is a co-founder and executive director of the Bled Film Festival. His interest in film was shown early in life when he imitated actors and quoted scenes from the famous movies as a child. In 2004, he was featured in a film by his friend, Marko Gajić, where the two first got an idea about a film festival in Bled. Among other things, his life and work in Los Angeles made a great impact on his career, and also set the first foundations of the festival. In 2011, he and his friend and business partner, Marko Gajić, started working seriously on the project that became the Bled Film Festival. They wanted to create a festival that would be different from so many others. They set the base of the festival in Bled, their hometown, which is best known for its clean lake and its picturesque island. Their idea is to present this wonderful location to the world through the film festival, and at the same time to stress the importance of clean water all around the world. So they decided to include the ecological note, which will be, besides film, the main theme of the BFF.
Marko Gajić was born in Bled, Slovenia, in 1984. He is one of the two founders of the newly- established Bled Film Festival. He is also the festival’s business manager. Since he was little, he has been connected to film and theater. But it wasn’t until 2004 that he made a feature film on his own, with the collaboration of his friends and family. That same year he and his friend, Danijel Utješanović, got an idea about organizing a film festival in Bled. In 2011, they started working seriously on the project that became the Bled Film Festival. In addition to this work, Marko Gajić is a founder and director of a linguistics company, which has been his main occupation since 2009.
Marcel Štefančič, jr. Film critic, author of numerous books, moderator of the TV show Studio City, editor of the magazine Global, winner of two Viktor prizes, and winner of the Rožanc Award for the best essay collection.
International adviser for BFF:
Ludmila Cvikova has worked as a member of selection committee at International Film Festival Rotterdam (1997- 2011), and was a member of IFFR’s Cinemart and Hubert Bals Fund. She advised several international festivals, including Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Sarajevo, Yerevan and Bratislava. For two years she served as an artistic director of Art Film Fest in Slovakia. Between 2011- 2014 she worked at the Doha Film Institute in Qatar as Head of Film Programming, and Deputy Director of the Qumra Doha Film Festival, as well as a committee member for the DFI’s Film Grants. Back in Amsterdam, Ludmila Cvikova is an independent film curator and consultant (www.ludmilacvikova.nl), and a member of the EFA.