My name is Ivana and am a filmmaker from Bratislava, Slovakia.
I am working mostly in documentary film but I tend to experiment with the form and approach which can result in a hybrid movie that walks on the border of what is traditionally viewed as a documentary or narrative/fiction film. My films usually revolve around themes and stories about identity, belonging or ways of searching for personal liberation with special attention to feminist and queer issues.
My work has been shown and distributed around the world and presented at A-list film festivals. A short documentary film Into My Life (2018), which I co-directed, filmed and edited as a Fellow at the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio fellowship in Brooklyn, New York, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was shown at more than 30 festivals around the world (including HotDocs, Camden International Film Festival, Rooftop Films, FestCurtas Belo Horizonte or Bolton International Film Festival). Into My Life has received 5 Best Documentary Short Awards and was part of POV Shorts’ inaugural year.
At the moment I am developing my first feature documentary project called Velvet Generation which is a portrait of contemporary young people in search for their identity, values and place in modern society that unfolds against the backdrop of an emerging Czech and Slovak ballroom scene. The project has been supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme and Slovak Audiovisual Fund. It was presented at the FIPADOC pitching forum 2021 in France and CEDOC Industry at the Krakow Film Festival 2021, Poland.
I am an ExOriente 2017, IDFAcademy 2017 and IFP's Made in NY Media Center (sponsored by the Mayor's department of Media and Entertainment) alumna.
I spent one year at FAMU (Prague) and hold an MFA in documentary film from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava where I am currently enrolled as a PhD candidate.