Janko Baljak - jury member of the thirteenth Belgrade International Film Festival for and by people with disabilities

June 09 2022

Janko Baljak, (Belgrade, November 21, 1965) is a Serbian film and television director. He graduated from Film and Television Directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.

His first short feature film Due to Reasonable Doubt was shown in 1986 in the official selection of the Festival of Yugoslav Documentary and Short Film Feature Film.

During the studies he directed a part of the feature omnibus film What Are You Doing Tonight ( Perfect Pitch) . This film officially closed the Yugoslav Film Festival in Pula in 1988. The Story of Absolute Hearing was represented by the Faculty of Dramatic Arts at the World Festival of Film Schools in Munich in 1988 and in the selection for the Eighteenth Oscars for the best student film of the non-Anglaic speaking field. The same film enabled him to take part in the First European Summer Film School in Belgrade in 1989. The selection was made in London, and the lecturer of twelve of the best students was director Istvan Sabo. His documentary Derby represented the work of this school at the Montreal Film Festival in 1990. Graduation, TV drama The long life of the couple, Kos, came across an excellent reception for audience and criticism. It was bought by French television.

He is the author of a dozen shows of the cultural and artistic program TV Belgrade.

He is one of the founders of the film and TV production of the independent Belgrade radio B92, in which he produced a series of documentary films that were successfully presented in our country and in the world and won multiple awards.

He is a full-time professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade https://www.fdu.edu.rs/   , teaching a documentary film.

From 2009-2014 he was artistic director of the Belgrade Festival of Documentary and Short Film http://martovski.rs/en/  , one of the oldest film festivals in Europe.

Filmography

  • 1986: Due to Reasonable Doubt
  • 1987: You Are Listening Daily  News
  • 1988: Perfect Peach (part of feature omnibus film What Are You Doing Tonight);
    Unsuitable
  • 1989: Derby
  • 1990: The Long Life of a Kos Couple
  • 1991: Once Upon Time in Serbia (First prize at the Independent Television Festival, Sarajevo, BIH)
  • 1993: Eco Aqua di Montenegro (First prize for directing at the International Festival of Sports, Tourist and Ecological Film, Zlatibor. Serbia;
    Pictures of Saddest Events;
    Extreme Belgrade;
  • 1994: All President's Daily News;
    Kosovo Trilogy;
    Belgrade Radio Brides
  • 1995: See You in the Obituary
    (Grand Prix at the Documentary and Short Film Festival, Belgrade; YU Prize YU FIPRESCI, jury of film criticism; 41th International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen, Germany; Grand Prix at the International Independent Television Festival, Košice, Slovakia ; FIPA - Festival international de programs audiovisuels, Biarritz, France, 1996; Trieste 1996; MEDIAWAVE International festival of visual arts, Djer, Hungary, 1996; First prize at the North-South festival in Geneva, Switzerland, May 1996)
  • 1998: Ethnically Clean
    (Best documentary film at the 45th Yugoslav Documentary and Short Film Festival,
    Tobacco Road, international co-production - Sweden, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro (Nomination for the best documentary film shown on Swedish television)
  • 2000: 02:06 - Anatomy of Pain
    (Grand prix at the 47th Festival of Yugoslav Documentary and Short Film, Highly Commended Program, PRIX CIRCOM REGIONAL, Potsdam 2000; 14th FIPA, Biarritz, France, 2001; 3rd Thessalonica Documentary Festival, Greece, 2001; 17th North-South Mwdia Festival, Geneva, Switzerland, 2001)
  • 2001: The Dead Kills - The Anatomy of Pain 2
    (The best documentary film of the 48th Festival of Yugoslav Documentary and Short Film, Belgrade)
    I Am Twenty Years Old and Live in Yugoslavia, TV documentary/ARTE
  • 2002: Serbia in Trash Container, Documentary and TV Series
  • 2006: Vukovar - Final Cut, Feauture documentary
    (Human Rights Award, Sarajevo Film Festival), IDFA 2006
  • 2007: A Jar Full of Air,  Feature TV film
  • 2010: Blue Train, Feature film based on his own script
  • 2012: Blue train, TV series in 3 episodes
  • 2015: Gram.Kilogram.Ton, Docu-fiction feature film
  • 2017: Your House Was My Home, Short Documentary
  • 2021: ŽŽŽ (Journal About Želimir Žilnik), Feature Documentary