1977 born and raised in Belgrade (Serbia). Since 2007 lives, studies and works in Switzerland. Use to work in City Theatre of Lucerne for three years. In 2010 onto studying Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts where he majors in Video. Since 2013 works as an independent Filmmaker and Cinematographer between Switzerland and Serbia. Since 2014 Swiss citizenship. Two times nominated for the Swiss Film Award – Selection Best Short Film. Winner of the 2017 Film Award of Central Switzerland and Zürich Film Award. Member of the Swiss Film Academy. Currently working on his first feature documentary and several shorts.
SHORT:        Nikola Ilic (Belgrade, 1977) is a director and cinematographer living between Switzerland and Serbia. Two times nominated for the Swiss Film Award – Selection Best Short Film. With his latest short RAKIJADA wins the Film Award of Central Switzerland 2017 and Zurich Film Award 2018. Member of the Swiss Film Academy. Currently working on his first feature documentary and several shorts.
DEU:  Geboren 1977 in Belgrad (Serbien). Kindergarten, Primarschule und Fachgymnasium für Gastronomie in Belgrad. Berufliche Tätigkeit als Pharmaassistent, Buchhalter für Pharmaunternehmen, Manager für Marketinganalysen, und schlussendlich als Buchhändler in einer der ältesten Buchhandlung Belgrads. Lebt seit 2007 in der Schweiz. 2007-09 Bühnentechniker am Luzerner Theater.2010-13 Studium an der Hochschule Luzern Design & Kunst, Studienrichtung Video. Seit 2013 freischaffender Kameramann, Auftragsfilmer und Autor eigener Dokumentarfilme. 2014 besuchte er die Masterclass im Rahmen des Zürich Film Festivals. Seit 2014 Schweizer Bürger. Zwei mal nominiert (Just Another Day in Egypt, 2016 / Rakijada, 2018)für den Schweizer Filmpreis in der kategorie Beste Kurzfilm. Gewinner Innerschweizer Filmpreis 2017, Zürcher Filmpreis 2018 – (Rakijada). Momentan am arbeiten an mehrere eigene Filme.

 

FILMS


                  ALL INCLUSIVE I Doc I 2018 I 10′
                 Cinematography
 Awards:
Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Short at the Philadelphia Film Festival, United States
Short Riga Special Mention at the Riga International Film Festival, Latvia
Golden Dove for Best Short Documentary at DOK Leipzig, Germany
Official Short Film Competition Special Mention at the Gijón International Film Festival, Spain
Best Live-Action Film at the PÖFF Shorts, Estonia
Best Documentary at the Tampere Film Festival, Finland
Short Film Competition Special Jury Recognition at the SXSW, United States
Best Documentary & Woman to Watch at the Underexposed Film Festival, United States
Alberto Signetto – Best DocuShort Award at the Skepto International Film Festival, Italy
Best direction at the Central Switzerland Film Award
Best Short Film at the Swiss Film Award Quarz
Festivals:
Venice International Film Festival, Italy, 2018
 Orrizonti
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, 2018, 
Short Cuts
Quebec City Film Festival, Canada, 2018, 
International Competition
El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt, 2018, 
Short Film Competition
Hamptons International Film Festival, United States, 2018, Official Competition
Philadelphia Film Festival, United States, 2018, 
Official Selection Honourable Mention for Best Documentary Short
Riga International Film Festival, Latvia, 2018, 
Short Riga Special Mention
Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden, 2018, 
International Competition
Curta Cinema – Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival, Brazi, 2018, 
International Competition
International Bosphorus Film Festival, Turkey, 2018, 
International Short Film Competition
DOK Leipzig – International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany, 2018, 
International Competition Short Documentary And Animated Film Won: Golden Dove for Best Short Documentary
Geneva International Film Festival, Switzerland, 2018, 
Short Film Selection
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland, 2018, 
International & National Competition
AFI Fest, United States, 2018, 
Official Competition
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2018, 
Short Documentary Competition
Gijón International Film Festival, Spain, 2018, 
Official Short Film Competition Special Mention
PÖFF Shorts – Short Film & Animation Festival, Estonia, 2018, 
Live-Action Competition Won: Best Live-Action Film
Tenerife Shorts, Spain, 2018, 
International Competition
Corto Dorico, Italy, 2018, 
International Short Film Competition
Verín International Short Film Festival, Spain, 2018, 
Official Selection
Aguilar de Campoo International Short Film Festival, Spain, 2018, 
Official Short Film Competition
Bogoshorts – Bogotá Short Film Festival, Colombia, 2018, 
International Competition
Doc En Court, France, 2018, 
Official Selection
London Short Film Festival, United Kingdom, 2019, 
International Competition
Küstendorf Film & Music Festival, Serbia, 2019, Short Film Competition Won: GOLDEN EGG
Internationale Festival Zeichen der Nacht, Germany, 2019, 
Official Selection
Minimalen Short Film Festival, Norway, 2019, 
International Competition &Documentary Programme
FIPADOC – International Documentary Festival, France, 2019, Official Selection
Sundance Film Festival, United States, 2019, 
Short Film Competition
Pendance Film Festival, Canada, 2019, Official Selection
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France , 2019, 
Labo Competition…

 

                  RAKIJADA – Distilled Village Tales  I Doc I 2016 I 18’50”
Director / Co-cinematography with Brand Ferro
 Awards:
Short Run Award
                                     – 19.Kurzfilmtage Winterthur- Int. Short Film Festival
Special Mention
                                       – 20. Kurzfilmtage Winterthur- Int. Short Film Festival
Innerschweizer Filmpreis 2017             – Award of Central Switzerland – Albert Köchlin Foundation
Special Mention                                       – Docudays UA – Int. Human Rights Docu. Film Festival
Best International Short Award             – Ethnocineca – Int. Docu. Film Festival Vienna
Special Mention                                       – FeKK- Ljubljana Short Film Festival
Audinece Award                                       – 14. Film Festival Eberswalde
Audience Award                                      – Kurzfilmnacht Einsiedeln                  
Zürich Film Award 2017
                         – City of Zürich
Nomination Swiss Film Award              – Swiss Film Academy

 

                 JUST ANOTHER DAY IN EGYPT 2015, Short Documentary, 10’40”
                 Co- Director with Corina Schwingruber Ilić & Cinematographer
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                   KOD ĆOŠKA (DOWN ON THE CORNER) 2013, Short Documentary, 12’30”
                   Co- Director & Camera with Corina Schwingruber Ilić
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                  KANTON JUGOSLAWIEN (Little Yugoslavia) 2013, Short Documentary, 16’20’’
  • Special Mention at South East European Film Fest 2014 (Los Angeles, US)
    Nominated for the Basel Film Award 2014
                  ŽIVELI & AUF WIEDERSEHEN (Živeli and goodbye) 2012, Short Fiction , 06‘ 30‘‘
                  ŠOPSKI SNEG (Sopish snow) 2010, Short Documentary, 07‘30‘‘
                  2 LIVE FOR  2010,  Experimental short Movie, 02:00‘
                  Transparency International Bern (Bern Art Museum, House Parliament of Bern)
Many times broadcasted on Swiss television, Sternstunde philosophy