Celebrating passion for English …
Predstavljamo naše cijenjene suradnike koji su odlučili svojom stručnošću pomoći održavanje ovog festivala.
We are itroducing herewith our distinguished collaborators who decided to help this festival with their expertise.
|Nikola Badovinac, Translator and News Presenter |
Nikola was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He's lived in Zagreb for five years and has worked as an English teacher, translator and writer. His latest venture is with HRT where he works for the English language news service at the Voice of Croatia. He's currently working as a news anchor in English on HRT4.
|Ana Đordić, Film teacher |
Ana Đordić was born 1983 in Zagreb, where she graduated in Croatian language and literature and philosophy from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She works as a teacher of Croatian language and film art at Zagreb’s XIII Gymnasium high school. A member of the selection committee at Four River Film Festival. Associate at Croatian Film Association on educational programmes and festivals and at Croatian Audiovisual Centre on the film literacy project.
|Kane Husbands, Actor, Choreographer and Director |
Kane Husbands is a theatre director specialising in movement, physical theatre and choreography. He has his own physical theatre training company 'The PappyShow', and is an associate for 'National Youth Theatre' and 'Squint Theatre’. He is currently a part of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Re:Bourne, 2016/17 ‘Overture’ cohort.
In 2012 and 2014, Kane choreographed the London Olympic, Paralympic and Glasgow Commonwealth Team Welcoming Ceremonies. Kane has choreographed dance-theatre pieces that have toured China, directed mass-ensemble site-specific performances and developed regional community theatre performances both in the UK and overseas. With an array of experience of working in the youth and emerging talent sectors, he is able to motivate, teach and work with both adults and young people.
|Marina Jurković, choir manager and Coordinator of Zagreb Amateur Music Platform |
Marina Jurković, born in Rijeka in 1986. is a music educator, most of all involved in choir music management.
She's a member of artistic committee of Academic Choir of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and a Coordinator of Zagreb Amateur Music Platform within Trešnjevka Cultural Centre Zagreb
|Hana Jušić, writer and director |
Hana Jušić was born in 1983 in Šibenik, best known for Ne gledaj mi u pijat (2016), Terarij (2012) and Da je kuca dobra i vuk bi je imao (2015).
Her debut feature film Ne gledaj mi u pijat/‘Quit Staring at My Plate’ has won the FEDEORA Award for Best European Film at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.
|Jasmina Kallay, Lecturer at Screenwriting School, Croatian Film Association (HFS) |
Born in Zagreb, Jasmina Kallay is a Croatian-English novelist and screenwriter. She completed an MA in Screenwriting at the National Film School (IADT) in Ireland, and she holds a PhD in Transmedia Screenwriting from University College Dublin. Her YA novel Beat Girl (2012) was made into a feature film, International EMMY-nominated TV series, webseries and an interactive app. Apart from writing, Jasmina also works as an expert for Creative Europe/MEDIA, evaluating film, TV and video game projects.
|Yogi Lonich, producer and musician |
Yogi Lonich is a Grammy nominee producer/guitarist from Los Angeles.
Artists he has worked with include Chris Cornell, Cat Stevens, Edo Majjka, Shakira and many more..
|Melanie Messina, Production Assistant at Nova TV |
Born and raised in Arkansas, she found her love for production by writing and starring on a Youtube series, ZombieGoBoom. She then took her talents overseas where she produced investment reports for Belgium, Netherlands, Qatar, and the Philippines. Now, residing in Zagreb, Melanie works in television production for Nova TV on the show Tvoje Lice Zvuči Poznato.
| Jelena Modrić, film editor |
Graduated with a degree in film editing at the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts where she works as an assistant professor. A sound and picture editor on many film and TV projects. An associate with the Croatian Film Association on educational projects and festivals. She also collaborates with the Croatian Audiovisual Centre on the film literacy project.
|Nina Novak, Teacher |
Teacher of the English and French language and literature. She was a partner in the English in Action project for many years. This was a great motivation and pleasure to see each year the incredible creativity, knowledge and joy that children and teenagers express while learning the language, either in the classroom or at the competition.
Her language experience includes working in classroom and translating. She has also recently started working in a tourist agency for tourists exploring the breathtaking scenery of the Ličko-senjska County. Her experience helped her realize that foreign languages are the door to the exciting world of different cultures, ideas and adventures.
|Riki Pahlić, Secretary General at Croatian United Nations Association |
Riki Pahlić, born in Zadar in 1990. Master of Political Science, specialized in international relations/diplomacy and national security. Three times award winner at Model United Nations conferences, interested in a number of global issues (i.e. TTIP) and participating in several NGOs. Founder of Model UN club in Croatia and first Head of the club, also project coordinator of the international conference ZAGiMUN Conference on Shared Responsibility, Erasmus+ project Education for Global Responsibility and Head of the UN Academy educational programme.
|Marija Pasanec, Croatian American Society Group Leader |
Marija Pasanec is originally from Chicago, IL, USA, with over 10 years of experience teaching English as a second and foreign language. She has taught English in Croatia and the UK. She completed her dipTESOL at St. Trinity College London, United Kingdom, and holds an MA in philosophy and religious studies. Mary specializes in working with children and teens but she works with adults, too. She also prepares high school students for TOEFL and Cambridge English exams.
|Suzana Rogić, Croatian American Society Group Leader |
I was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and have been teaching English as a second language to adults in Zagreb for many years.
I'm happy to be able to participate in this competition as a judge.
I'm looking forward to seeing some interesting plays.
Good luck to all participants!
|Luka Rukavina, director |
Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1981. Holds a BA and MA in Dramaturgy from The Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. Studied film directing at FAMU in Prague. Published author: Fornicatorium (org. Bludilište), collection of plays and scripts (KATAPULT, Croatia, 2008) Co-owner of Plan 9 Productions from Zagreb, a film production company specialized in short, experimental and documentary films, where he works as director and producer. Selected filmography - as director: 2015 ALL ABOUT THE KIDS, short film, 2012 CHILLIN’, short film; 2006 AT A STILL POINT, short film. In 2016 worked as Croatian Dubbing Director for animated films such as The Trolls and Smurfs: The Lost Village.
|Vlasta Sabljak, a teacher of Croatian language and literature and English language |
I was born in Zagreb, Croatia, where I graduated from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. I was teaching the Croatian language and literature at secondary schools. I spent a year in the USA as a Fulbright Grant Junior Lecturer for Oldchurchslavic language at the Department for East European Languages at the University of Pittsburgh. I was also teaching Croatian language in Berlin, Germany. After all these teaching challenges, I worked for a few years at the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports as the Head of the Department for International Educational Cooperation.
Being a teacher is a challenging task. It is not just passing knowledge, but making students understand and support human values. Therefore, the best and the happiest moments of my professional career were those in classroom, being involved in the process of raising new generations.
|Michael Soucie, Croatian American Society Manager of English Clubs |
Michael is currently the manager of English Clubs at CAS in Zagreb and has been working at CAS in management since 2003. One of his favorite programs is CAS summer camps in the USA where he serves as director and has led 14 successful tours in NYC, Washington, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami, Tampa, Boston, etc. These camps have enabled over 150 Croatian students the opportunity to explore the USA and improve their English skills. Michael also prepares high school students for the SAT and TOEFL and currently has over 15 students attending college in the USA on full scholarship including 4 in the Ivy League!
|Ivan Tomašić, Book Critic |
Ivan Tomašić was born in 1991 in Čakovec. He's a book critic that writes for booksa.hr . Holder of a BA in Comparative Literature and Portuguese Language and Literature. He currently writes a master’s thesis on the problems of formation of the literary canon.
|Višnja Vukašinović, Book and Film Critic |
I was born in 1982 in Split, Croatia. After receiving MA in Comparative Literature and English Language and Literature from Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb in 2006 I enrolled in the PhD program for film studies at the same University. Since graduating I have been working as a professional book and film critic for the Third Program of Croatian Radio and various magazines and periodicals. Since 2006 I am the head film programmer for Kinoklub Zagreb and the head coordinator of its film analysis workshops. I was awarded best young film critic award Vladimir Vukovic which is given by Croatian Film Critics Society. I got several awards for my first film - a mockumentary about fictional Croatian poet Srećko Kramp.
Filmography: Poets in Person – Srećko Kramp (2014), Roza – Theological Road Movie (2015), UNICA 2015 - bronze medal
|Andrew Whyment, Director & Writer |
Andrew is a theatre director and writer who stages new writing, devised work and adaptations internationally. Andrew makes arresting ensemble theatre that stirs pertinent debate. With a background in audiovisual design, Andrew creates stimulating, visual work through collaboration and play. In 2009, he formed Squint theatre company; winners of the Pleasance Charlie Hartill Fund 2015 and Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice Award 2016. Andrew is a graduate of the Birkbeck Theatre Directing MFA, an Associate Director of the National Youth Theatre and was Resident Assistant Director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2012/13. In recent months Andrew has directed Squint’s Molly and En Folkefiende at Pleasance Edinburgh and In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is currently developing Squint Kevin Spacey award-winning production, Fear & Loathing, which is inspired by two-months following the Trump campaign last year.