Ms. Rada Sesic (Netherlands)


Rada Sesic is a festival programmer, film lecturer, critic and film director. She was born in former Yugoslavia and currently lives in The Netherlands. She is associated with the two biggest film festivals in The Netherlands: International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam and the International Film Festival of Rotterdam. At the IFDA, she is involved in the selection, commissioning of projects and the allocation of the IDFA funds. At the IFFR, she works as a programme advisor on South Asian cinema and participates in the selection committee of the festivals’ Hubert Bals Fund. For more than a decade, Sesic has been heading the Documentary competition at the biggest South East European festival in Sarajevo. She has been a curator of Indian contemporary cinema for several major European film festivals like the IDFA, IFFR, Dok – Leipzig, Zagreb Dox, International Belgrade Festival of Docs, Animation and Shorts and the ANIMAFEST in Zagreb. She is also the artistic director of a new festival, Eastern Neighbours, which focuses on non-EU European cinema held in The Hague.

Previously, Sesic has held the position of senior professor and mentor at The Master of Film at The Netherlands’ Film and TV Academy in Amsterdam. For several years, she has also guest lectured at the University of Amsterdam and The Dutch Institute for Film Education (NIF). She has taught cinema at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bengaluru. As a member of NETPAC, she has served on the jury of several important film festivals.

Sesic has directed four films: Room Without a View (1997), Soske (2002), In Whitest Solitude (2001) and The Way to School (2007). Her films were screened at several festivals and also presented and archived at MoMA, New York.

As a film critic, she has published articles in Skrien (The Netherlands), DOX (Denmark), Film Guide- Variety (UK), Documentary Encyclopedia (USA), Film Annual (Croatia), Sineast (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and has collaborated on several books including 24 Frames (UK) and books on Bimal Roy and Mani Kaul.

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