Since 2016, Free Zone jury is giving awards for:

  • Best engaging film in International competition
  • Best engaging film in Regional competition
  • Best film in selection 14+ (high-school jury).
  • Human Rights Award
Traditionally, two more awards will be given:
  • Audience award – which results in buying TV rights for further national TV broadcasting for and award for bests films
  • Award for the audience to the author who wrote the best review of film screened at the festival



Oliver Sertić is a documentary producer and festival programmer from Zagreb. Since now he produced around 30 feature and short documentaries. For 18 years worked as a journalist and editor in different media and organizer of different cultural events. The founder of organization RESTART where he established Restart Laboratory, Dokukino, and Restart Label, distribution department where he works at the moment as the editor-in-chief and one of tutors at School of Documentary Film. Has cooperated with numerous film festivals as a PR, programmer, producer and advisor (Zagreb Film Festival, ZagrebDox, Dokufest, Vukovar Film Festival, DORF, RAF…). From 2007 works as a selector and since 2012 he became the director of Liburnia Film Festival, Croatian documentary film festival. Also helping in programming Human Rights Film Festival (Zagreb, Croatia) and Moldox (Cahul, Moldova).

Dubravka Lakić is a resident film critic and columnist of Politika. She is a member of the European Film Academy – EFA, International Press Academy – IPA, FIPRESCI, the advisory board of Serbian Film Center and the vice president of the FEDORA. She is the author of the books Close Up – Masters of modern direction, publications about film directors Dorota Kedzierdzavska, Andreas Dresen, Eran Riklis. She is also a co-author of monography about Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic.

Ms Lakic is the author of the European concept of Palic Film Festival and the founder of TOLERANCE AWARD. She is also a film selector of Cinema City International Film Festival – Novi Sad and the author of specialized TV program about films – KINO KLUB.

Szabolcs Tolnai is a director, screenwriter and producer. BA in film and theatre directing from the Academy of Art, Novi Sad. Currently a PHD student at the Academy of Theatre and Film (SZFE) in Budapest. Assistant professor at the Art Academy in Novi Sad, for subject Acting in media. One of the young film authors who reestablish the Kino Klub Novi Sad and founders of Filmski Front film festival in Novi Sad. One of the selectors at the International FIlm Festival Palic. Participated in numerous international film festivals where he has won several eminent awards.



Lejla Dedic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1972. For twenty years she has lived, studied and worked in London. In 1997, she graduated Media and Society at South Bank University in London. She has over twenty years’ experience working in the media sector: production, post-production and broadcasting. For ten years she has worked in BBC World Service Trust/Media Action: uses media and communications to help reduce poverty and promote human rights in eloping countries. In June 2011 she was given a role of Documentary/Programme Producer in the Programme Department at Al Jazeera Balkans.

Vuk Perović is editor of film and series programme on RTV Montenegro. Founder and artistic director of UnderhillFest, International Festival of Documentary Film. Member of FIPRESCI and FEDEORA jury at the Herceg Novi festival. He was a member of jury at FEST 2015. and FIPRESCI juries at festivals in Bratislava 2005. and Herceg Novi 2007. He was deputy editor in chief and editor of culture in Dnevne novine (Podgorica). He interviewed numerous filmmakers and wrote about film and culture for various newspapers and portals.

Jelena Maksimović is born in Belgrade in 1984. She graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, editing department. Edited short and full length films that were screened at festivals in Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Locarno, Marseille, Sarajevo… She is the recipient of several film editing awards. She directed several short films, music videos and A/B installations. Involved in educational work at film workshops and is an assistant at the Faculty of media and communications in Belgrade. Lives and works in Belgrade.



Veton Nurkollari (1962) is photographer, producer and Artistic Director of DokuFest in Prizren. He is coordinating an educational program of nurturing young film talents in Kosovo and the Balkans through “Film Factory” project. Veton is the member of advisory board of Balkan Documentary Center and also a member of the selection committee of Cinema Eye Honors, a U.S. based organization. Has been a jury member in many international film festivals, including DokLeipzig, IDFA, DocLisboa, DOK.fest München, Krakow Film Festival, ZagrebDox among others. He is a member of European Cultural Parliament and European Film Academy.

Dragan Markovina (Mostar, 1981) is a historian, publicist and a writer. From 2004. to 2014. he worked at the Department of History, Faculty of Philosophy in Split, where he earned a PhD and has been an associate professor. In 2015. he was employed as Head of the Archives of Serbs in Croatia. He is a regular contributor to numerous portals and magazines: Telegram, Novosti,, Prosvjeta,, Novi plamen and He is author of many scientific articles and books “Between red and black: Split and Mostar in the culture of remembrance”, “Silence of the Fallen City”, “Yugoslavism after all” and “History of defeated”.

Tamara Skrozza is a journalist at Vreme weekly. She began her career in 1997 at Radio Index and collaborate with Status magazine, Grazia, Elle …She worked as a documentary film producer with production houses PG Mreža and Vreme Film. In 2003 she began working as a trainer of ethics in media in cooperation with OSCE. After that, she eloped a short course of ethics for journalists, Ethics in media in cooperation with NUNS. Co-author of the publication Code of Journalists of Serbia – instructions and guidelines. She was a lecturer at IDOK, LABRIS, Peščanik and JAZAS. Vise president of NUNS from 2004-06. Member of the Executive Board of Media Center Belgrade.



David Mađar is in fourth grade of “Uroš Predić“ high school in Pančevo. He is actively involved in the work of Young jury of Pančevo Film Festival, and he is also preparing for film direction studies. In cooperation with Free Zone Film Festival, he made his first film In front of.

Danilo Stanimirović was born in Požarevac 1998. He is interested in photography, film and stage direction, acting, writing. His short documentary Barili will be presented on 12th Free Zone Film Festival.

Danica Mladenović is fourth grade student of high school for electrical engineering “Nikola Tesla“. She learns English and reads books in her spare time, and is also interested in all film genres.

Maja Čubrilo is third grade student of high school for electrical engineering “Nikola Tesla“ in Belgrade. She eloped an interest for movies while watching the last year Free Zone programe.

Nemanja Čarapa is eighteen and he is fourth grade student of medical high school in Zvezdara, Belgrade. He evolved his love for movies while sitting in front of TV as a child and watching special effects in movies. Beside film, his other hobby is Photoshop.

Ana Stojmenović is third grade student of high school of economics in Belgrade. She loves movies because they give her opportunity to travel into other worlds and dimensions. Her hobby is taking action in prevention of violence.

Marina Vidosavljević is third grade student of high school of economics in Belgrade. Her hobby is acting. She evolved her love for movies during classes of film history in acting school.

Stefan Stošić is third grade student of high school of economics in Belgrade. He likes watching movies and series, and was a member of theatrical group in primary school, where he got numerous diplomas.

Anđela Gavrić is third grade student of high school of economics in Belgrade. Her love for movies begins from early age. She actively participates in programs for preventing school violence.