Igor Drljaca is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia. He completed his Master’s in Film Production at York University in 2011. He is the recipient of the Ontario Art Council’s K.M. Hunter artist award for media arts in 2014. His work has been supported by dozens of organizations including Telefilm Canada, Eurimages, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Ontario Creates, and the Ontario Arts Council.
His early films include the award-winning shorts Woman in Purple (2010), and The Fuse: or How I Burned Simon Bolivar (2011). The Fuse was nominated as best short documentary at the Canadian Screen Awards (CSA) in 2013.
His debut feature Krivina (2012) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and had its international premiere at Rotterdam. He co-produced Albert Shin’s In Her Place (2014), which received 7 CSA nominations, including Best Picture. His sophomore feature The Waiting Room (2015) premiered at Locarno International Film Festival. It had its North American premiere at TIFF and was nominated for 2 CSAs. His first feature documentary, The Stone Speakers (2018) had its world premiere at TIFF and its international premiere at Berlinale 2019 in the Forum section.
The Archivists (2020), a short sci-fi musical that premiered at TIFF in 2020 and was also included in TIFF’s annual Canada’s Top 10 list. It was picked up by CBC for Canadian broadcasting.
His latest film, The White Fortress (Tabija, 2021), the first official co-production between Canada and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The film had its world premiere at the 71st Berlinale as part of the Generation 14Plus competition. It was nominated for two CSAs in the Best Original Screenplay, and Best Lead Actor categories. It was Bosnia-Herzegovina’s submission in the International Feature Film category to the 94th Academy Awards, and it also made TIFF’s year-end Canada’s Top 10 list in 2021.
He runs the production company TimeLapse Pictures with director Albert Shin.