Marija Milovanovic works as cultural manager and curator in Vienna. She was co-managing director of the Vienna Shorts Agency, founded in 2015, which focused on the broad presentation and promotion of the (short) film. She has been working for VIS Vienna Shorts, Austria’s only Oscar-accredited short film festival, since 2008. Marija is co-director of the international competition “Fiction& Documentary“ and is in charge of curating and planning the „Industry Days“ (industry event). She is curator of various short film programs for national and international institutions and film festivals, as well as for the Museum of Natural History in Vienna, Frame[o]ut, Lentos Art Museum Linz, L'Alternativa Film Festival (Spain), Go Short Film Festival (Netherlands). In addition, she curates the program for the annual Cat Video Festival Vienna, which enjoys great popularity not only in Austria but elsewhere. She studied “Theatre, Film and Media Studies” at the University of Vienna and wrote her diploma thesis on the development and programming of film festivals with a focus on short films. The BKA Scholarship for Cultural Management enabled her to spend half a year abroad in the Netherlands (Nijmegen) at Some Shorts, where she continued her training in the field of film distribution.
Diana Mereoiu is a short film programmer and cultural manager based in Vienna, Austria. During her Bachelor studies in Audio-visual Communication at the National University for Film and Theatre in Bucharest and her Master’s in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts in Bologna, Italy, she has been working with international film festivals that strive for the spread of alternative cinema, show a particular interest in the social aspects of art, and aim for the promotion of a new generation of artists and the support of cinema as an art form (VIS Vienna Shorts, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, ASTRA Documentary Film Festival in Sibiu). As co-director of a youth theatre festival in Focsani (the “Vin’ la Teatru” festival) she has worked on local and youth development in her hometown, while as short film curator she has engaged with the social and political aspects of art . Diana Mereou is currently engaged with organisational, curatorial and promotional aspect of film.
LEMONADE FILMS is supported by the City of Vienna (Department for Cultural Affairs).
Julia Fabrick works as cultural manager and curator in Vienna. She was co-managing director of the Vienna Shorts Agency, founded in 2015, which focused on the broad presentation and distribution of (short) film. She contributed significantly to content and formal development of VIS Vienna Shorts, Austria’s only Oscar-accredited short film festival, for which she has worked since 2008. She is curator of various film programs and film series for national and international institutions and film festivals, amongst others for the Metro Kinokulturhaus, Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus, Gartenbaukino, WE ARE WIEN.FESTIVAL, ZOOM Children's Museum. She studied “Theatre, Film and Media Studies” at the University of Vienna and wrote her diploma thesis on the (cultural) political forms of a film festival, using the example of the Viennale, on the occasion of the festival’s 50th anniversary. After graduating in 2012, she lived in Berlin for half a year and worked for the Berlinale Shorts Section. Julia was a producer for the film production company Makido Film in 2013, and worked for the film distribution & world sales company Filmdelights from 2014 to 2016. For the publication „Wie haben Sie das gemacht? Aufzeichnungen zu Frauen und Filmen“ (Schüren 2014) Julia wrote the article „Kurzfilme von Frauen sind längst keine Nischenfilme mehr!“.
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Valerie Dirk is a film scholar and freelance film curator based in Vienna. She studied Comparative Literature (BA) and Theater, Film and Media Studies (Diploma) at the University of Vienna and is currently doing her PhD on film theoretical and socio-political issues regarding the exhibition framework and pricing policies of International Film Festivals. While employed as a research assistant at the Institute for Theater, Film and Media Studies (2017-2019), she taught film analysis as well as the course ‘European University Film Award’ in cooperation with Filmfest Hamburg and 20 other 'European' universities. As a curator, she has been active in the curatorial collective Diskollektiv since 2015 and has been a guest at numerous German-language film festivals with the collective’s "Trouble Features" (www.diskollektiv.com). At the Wiener Festwochen she worked for 6 years in artist support and marketing (2010-2016). She also enjoys writing, preferably about film, literature and society.