Goran Vojnović, screenwriter and director

Goran Vojnović was born in 1980 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He graduated from University of Ljubljana – Academy for Radio, Film and Television, in Film and TV Directing. During his studies Goran directed 2 short films (Fužine zakon – Fužine Rules and Sezona 90/91 – Season 90/91), both of which received international awards and were screened at many renowned international film festivals. After finishing his studies Goran co-wrote a screenplay with Marko Šantić for a film Sretan put, Nedime – Bon Voyage, Nedime and received best screenplay award for it at the Vienna Film Festival. This film became one of the most successful short films; it received Sarajevo Heart Award and was nominated for the European Film Academy Award. In 2006 Goran directed a short film Moj sin, seksualni manijak – My son, a Sexual Maniac (produced by Arsmedia), which premiered at Cinema Jove Festival, Valencia, Spain. In 2008 Goran made another short film, entitled Kitajci prihajajo – The Chinese are coming (produced by RTV Slovenia), which received special jury mention at the Slovenian Film Festival.

In 2008 his first novel, entitled Čefurji raus! – Čefurji Out!, was published and it gained wide public recognition, numerous good critical reviews, it has already been reprinted many times and translated into many languages. Goran’s Čefurji raus! – Čefurji Out! received a prestigious Prešeren’s Fund Award and National Newspaper House DELO’s  Award Kresnik for best novel of the year 2008. The novel was made into a hugely successful theatre performance directed by Mare Bulc and shown for over 200 times already. In collaboration with renowned Bosnian screenwriter Abdulah Sidran Goran is just turning his successful novel into a screenplay for a feature film.

As a film publicist Goran has in the past years written for all important film magazines in Slovenia, amongst them he wrote for Ekran, and he still publishes his column in a daily Dnevnik and in a weekly Žurnal. In 2010 Student’s Publishing House published a collection of his columns entitled Ko Jimmy Choo sreča Fidela Castra – When Jimmy Choo meets Fidel Castro.