In Pop Up Film Residency we aim to directly address the issue of gender equality & under-representation of women in cinema, particularly by supporting female-driven projects and modern portrayal of gender diversity.
With the Eurimages Fund`s financial support, Pop Up Film Residency holds a special residency for women filmmakers developing their third or later feature film project. The 2nd edition welcomes Ivana Mladenovic and her project Sorella di Clausura.

Pop Up Film Residency: November 2022, Bratislava Residence


Ivana Mladenovic

Ivana Mladenovic

Director, Writer

Ivana Mladenovic was born in 1984 in Kladovo. After studying law in Belgrade, she moved to Romania, where she graduated in 2010, with a degree in film directing from the National Film and Theater Academy in Bucharest.

Her first feature film was Soldiers. A story from Ferentari premiered in 2017 at film festivals in Toronto and San Sebastian. The plot of the film is based on an autobiographical novel by writer Adrian Schiop, who plays the lead role in the film and follows the relationship between an anthropologist and a former prisoner. Ivana shot her second film Ivana the Terrible in 2018 together with friends and family and it depicts the troubled moment in the director’s life in a small town in Serbia. The film was invited to the Locarno Film Festival (2019), where it had its world premiere in the Cinaesti del Presente section and won the Cineplus + jury Award. Both films screened at over 50 different world festivals.

She currently lives and works on the Serbia-Romania route and is working on the development of her third feature film called Sorella di Clausura which is an adaptation of the autobiographical book by Liliana Pelici.

Sorella di Clausura

Liliana fell in love with a famous musician in ’92, after seeing him on TV. He becomes her God and she must meet him. If you strongly wish for something, the whole Universe will work in your favor, right? Her dream materializes with the help of an eccentric starlet, Vera, but the path of these two women has a predetermined meaning.


Éva Zabezsinszkij

Éva Zabezsinszkij

Éva Zabezsinszkij is a Hungarian scriptwriter, script consultant, story editor and casting director. She graduated from ELTE University Faculty of Arts and at SZFE Hungarian Academy of Film. She participated in several theatre projects with Árpád Schilling and Kornél Mundruczó. She worked with Laszló Nemes in Son of Saul, which won the American Academy Award USA Best Foreign Language Film prize, with Dénes Nagy in Natural Light, which won Silver Bear and with Laszló Csuja and Anna Nemes in Gentle, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

In 2015 she became a member of the Hungarian National Film Fund (HN FilmInstitute) Dramaturg Committee and developed more than 50 feature and documentary projects.