Dragana Jovović • Producer, Non-Aligned Films
– We discuss documentary cinema with the emerging producer of Serbia 2022, for whom “producing films is a deeply political act”
An interview with Dragana Jovovicproducer for Serbian company Non-Aligned Films and selected for the Emerging Producers 2022 program. Read his EP profile here.
Why do you produce documentaries? Do you consider documentary film as an instrument of social and political change?
Dragana Jovovic: Producing films is a deeply political act. The privilege of working in the film industry comes with a huge responsibility. We must choose our subjects with extreme care and also consider how we treat them, when, from whom and from what perspective. All the what, how and for whom needs to be covered.
The pandemic has had an impact on the entire sector. How did this influence your work as a producer? Have the projects you are working on changed?
The pandemic has inevitably affected every aspect of our lives, the projects we work on, the work we do. Our ever-changing schedules demand endless flexibility from all of us (to change deadlines, plans, ideas, work remotely, and anytime) which in turn causes stress. Money loses its value and it is increasingly difficult to finance films. Festivals, places of exchange and encounters, had to find a new mode of existence. And above all, the pandemic has limited our travels. Reality was easier to bear when we were traveling and sometimes stepping out of our own contexts. The pandemic has confronted us with the real world. On a personal level, I am very happy that the film we have been working on for a long time, Landscapes of Resistance [+see also:
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What do you think is the future of documentary film distribution?
I would like to believe that the future lies in the distribution of documentaries in cinemas, but I am not optimistic that it will be.
What projects do you have in progress?
I have a list of projects in various stages of development: Experimental Film Plural body by Marta Popivoda, documentaries That sound high in the air by Srdjan Keca and I want you to know by Maja Medicfirst fiction feature films Forget the ocean, why not try surfing those insane river waves by Marko Grba Singh and tell me about the wind by Stefan Djordjevicand Ognjen Glavonicthe long-awaited second feature-length fiction film from In the shadow of the horns which has just been presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market.
EMERGING PRODUCERS is a leading promotional and educational project, bringing together talented European documentary filmmakers. The program is curated and organized by the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival.
The deadline to apply for the EMERGING PRODUCERS 2023 edition is March 31, 2022.