Verena von Stackelberg has submerged into the world of independent film over 10 years ago, working as a curator, exhibitor and writer in London and Berlin, for companies such as Curzon Cinemas, Artificial Eye and Filmgalerie 451, and magazines such as Sight & Sound, Vertigo Magazine and Little White Lies. She is in the selection committee of the Berlinale competition section and programmer for Cambridge Film Festival.
Marko Kostić was born in Belgrade on 6 June 1973. He graduated film and TV directing at the FDU. He has directed documentaries, experimental, short and television films. He writes critics reviews and essays for newspapers, magazines and television, holds forums and delivers lectures about film and culture and directs in theater. His first full-length feature film Paper Prince was shown at more than seventy international festivals and was thirteen times awarded.
Born and grew up in Motovun, where (with the help of beloved Motovun Film Festival) he developed his love for film. After he finished high school he moved to Zagreb where he finished his Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and History at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, where he's now finishing his Master of Arts in Comparative Literature. As film critic, he's a regular contributor to all of the most important Croatian film-dedicated publications (Croatian Film Chronicle, Filmonaut), websites (filmovi.hr, filmski.net) or radio programs (Filmoskop), where he publishes his reviews, interviews, essays and other film-related texts. He also collaborates with Slovenian Cinematheque as a writer for their monthly journal Kinotečnik. In addition to that, he writes for culture-oriented magazines such as 15 days and Zarez and the independent-culture oriented website kulturpunkt.hr.
He has developed a special interest in the cinema of Central and Eastern Europe and in the history and theory of film.
He is a member of the Croatian Society of Film Critics, FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) and FEDEORA (Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean), and has participated in many international festivals as jury member or as round table expert. He is a program advisor for Kratkofil Plus, a short film festival held in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.