STIFF film festival selects around 40 films every year. Films are selected carefully and without compromise among a large number of submissions the festival receives from around the world. STIFF has a very carefully structured jury, working in teams; one for fiction films, one for documentaries and one for animation. Each jury team has three members; one filmmaker who had a film as part of the STIFF program in previous years, one professional filmmaker, and one film student. The purpose of this is for students to learn from the professionals and for Croatian filmmakers to connect and work with young international filmmakers, encouraging future collaborations and exchange of ideas.

The strong competition program sets a demanding task in front of our jury, to award only one Best Fiction, Best Documentary, and Best Animation film.

The jury can also decide to award a special mention to any outstanding works from the program and the audiences play a big role by voting for the best film of their choice, giving out the Audience Award.



Sanjin Stanić

Sanjin Stanić graduated film and TV editing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb in 2010. He works as an educator at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka. His field of work is film and video art and his practice is intertwined with various disciplines in the field of film, video, photography, music, and multimedia. Besides his education engagement in audiovisual culture he owns a studio where he works on author film and video projects, TV production, production of promotional films, and other audiovisual content.



Tomislav Šoban

Tomislav Šoban (1981) graduated graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2004. He is an active member of the amateur film club Kinoklub Zagreb since 2009. and the president since 2018. In 2020. he gained his MA in film and TV directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. He is the author of various genre short films screened at many festivals: Fragile (2019), Father (2018), Not Education (2017), How Iva Left 16th of September 2016. (2016), Semifinals (2014). He is prone to exploring film forms and means of expression and is the author of experimental films The End (2015) and Smallest (2013), screened at various festivals. He is an educator at various film workshops for children, youths, and adults. Since 2019 he is part of the education program Filmska naSTAVa organized by the Croatian Film Association (HFS).


Matija Zanoškar

Matija Zanoškar is a second-year student of Cultural Studies in Rijeka. She works as a music editor at Radio Rijeka, she is into photography and therapeutic viewing of films and Tv-shows.



Goran Dević

Goran Dević was born in Sisak in 1971. He studied Archeology and Law. In 2008 he took a degree in Film and TV Directing from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he works today at the Documentary Film graduate studies. His documentary and fiction films were awarded in Pula, Cottbus, Prizren, Prague, Sarajevo, Oberhausen, Leipzig, Motovun and Zagreb. His feature film directorial debut (which he co-directed and co-written with Zvonimir Jurić) was a critically acclaimed 2009 psychological war drama titled The Blacks. Retrospectives of his documentaries were screened at Arsenal Berlin, Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz, Beldocs and Zagreb. He is founder of the production company Petnaesta umjetnost.


Bela Bračko-Milešević

Bela Bračko-Milešević was born in Varaždin in 1995. Currently, she is finishing her master’s in Cultural Studies and is a student of documentary film at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. She is the author of very short films: I Still Don’t Know, All The Things I’ll Never Tell You, and God On Wheels.


Sara Huskić

Sara Huskić was born in Cazin in 1998. where she grew up. Currently, she is living in Rijeka and studying dental medicine. Her field of interest is documentary filmmaking, music, and writing. Her short stories and poems have been published in various short story collections, fanzines, websites, magazines, and anthologies. She attended Filmaktivs New School of Documentary Film and her film One Great Journey has been screened at Documentary Rock Film Festival (DORF) Liburnia Film Festival and Impulse Festival. Her film Like This For A While was screened at Liburnia Film Festival.



Ivana Pipal

Ivana Pipal (Zagreb, 1990) is a visual artist. She gained her MA in animated film and new media at the Academy of Arts in Zagreb. Her expression is through drawing, animation, and film. She directed and animated a few short films, published several illustrated books and she is regularly exhibiting her work in solo and group exhibitions. She is a member of the art collective Lovers (Ljubavnice).


Auden Lincoln-Vogel

Auden Lincoln-Vogel is an American filmmaker whose work spans both animated and live-action media. His narrative and experimental films have been screened at festivals including Cannes Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Black Nights Film Festival, Filmfest Dresden, and the European Media Arts Festival. He is the recipient of a 2016 Fulbright Scholarship in Tallinn, Estonia, where he also received an MA in Animation from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2019. In 2021, he received his MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa. More of his work can be found at


Ana Klepo

Ana Klepo (22) is currently finishing her BA in art history and Croatian language and literature at the University of Rijeka. She is often a volunteer at international film festivals. She is a big film enthusiast and is planning to pursue filmmaking and film production.