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Zoran Dragelj (June 30, 1975, Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia) is an award winning independent filmmaker/videographer and auteur[1] from Vancouver, British Columbia. A graduate from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (ECIAD), Zoran holds a diploma in Fine Arts - Film & Video. Following graduation, his work has focused primarily in the field of video production and motion picture.[2]

Life and careerEdit

Zoran won the first prize for his highschool, the King George Secondary School and the Lower Mainland Region of BC at Dairyland Canada's annual "It's Cool to be Yourself" contest. Several of Zoran's early works, including When You Get Old (1995), and Moving Plates (1996) have enjoyed international screenings at some of the world's top film festivals, and have been broadcast on Production Parade (Rogers Community 4), and Videoconexions Knowledge (TV channel). In 1994, Zoran received both the Joseph Golland Award and Memorial Scholarship for "up-and-coming filmmaker". May 1997 saw his selection as a finalist in the 1997 National Apprenticeship Cinematography Training Program (NATP) by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Template:Citation needed

A successful international film festival tour followed wherein Moving Plates garnered enough attention to warrant a worldwide distribution from a Los Angeles distributor. ZeD TV (CBC) also aired Moving Plates in 2004 and Fast in January 2006. In 1998, Zoran created Aboriginal Kaleidoscope, a First Nations Film and Video Retrospective, which showed at several international film and video festivals. Then in 2000, Zoran launched, a digital media network that showcased digital media content in various genres including made-for-web original productions, comedy, animation, drama, documentary, music.[3]

Most recently Zoran’s work was cited by Chris Gehman and Steve Reinke in their book The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema.[4] In 2005 he presented his first major retrospective of his films and videos in Florence, Italy. In addition, some of his short films were recently exhibited in New York,[5][6] Toronto,[7] London,[8] Berlin,[9] Vienna,[10] Venice,[11][12] Madrid,[13] Montréal,[14] Sao Paulo,[15] Sint Niklaas,[16][17] Stockholm[18] and Vancouver[19] galleries. His films and videos are in transmediale (Berlin) archive collection, Europeana,[20] the European Union’s virtual library for the preservations of cultural heritage and on the European project "Gateways to Archives of Media Art" (GAMA).[21]

Zoran also developed an interactive CD ROM for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) Road Sense Program, and has directed UNICEF’s Halloween’s Partners for Safety PSA[22] that was broadcast locally on CIVT-TV (then known as VTV-Vancouver Television) and CHAN-TV (UTV-Global).

Zoran is an active member and a New Media Director at International Press Academy and Satellite Awards.[23]

In May 2009, Zoran was elected as the first Alumni Association representative on the Emily Carr University Senate, and in 2012 he was re-elected for the second term.[24][25]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 A Memoir director/producer/camera/editor Super 8mm short film
1995 When You Get Old director/producer/camera/editor 16mm short film
1996 Moving Plates director/producer/camera/editor 16mm short film
1997 Scrap Book II director/producer/camera/editor 16mm short film
1997 Celluloid Souls director/producer/camera/editor 16mm short film
1998 Simulacra director/producer/camera/editor 16mm short film


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Getta Life director/producer winner of "It's Cool to be Yourself" contest
1994 A Dream or Reality director/producer/camera/editor
1994 A Dream director/producer/camera/editor
1994 One More Time director/producer/camera/editor
1994 Precast Structures director/producer/camera/editor documentary on Vancouver Public Library's Central Branch building
1994 Road Chronicles director/producer/camera/editor
1995 Zoran is Breathless director/producer/editor/performer
1995 Scrap Book director/producer/editor
1996 Planet of the Arts director/producer/camera/editor documentary on Emily Carr University's arts magazine
1996 The Kiss Project producer/camera/editor Judith Marcuse dance project
1996 Bird Watching director/producer/camera/editor
1996 Scrap Book II director/producer/camera/editor
1997 Shalom Dancers director/producer/camera/editor documentary dance project profiling JCC's Shalom Dancers
1999 Search director/producer/performer with assistance from NFB FAP program
1999 UNICEF BC director/editor UNICEF BC Halloween PSA
2000 Spalato director/producer/camera/editor with assistance from Cineworks (Vancouver)[26]
2000 Memories of Simulacra director/producer/camera/editor
2001 Move director/producer/camera/editor
2002 Bleuophorie director/producer a music video for Michel DeMars / BravoFACT funded [27]
2005 Stanley Park: Prospect Point director/co-producer/camera/editor documentary on Prospect Point in Stanley Park
2005 Fast director/producer/camera/editor
2006 Recollection director/producer/camera/editor
2006 Elevate director/producer/camera/editor
2009 Vexed director/producer/camera/editor
2012 Information Overload: Sequence #1 director/producer/camera/editor
2013 Elevate 2 director/producer/camera/editor

Art InstallationEdit

Year Title Notes
1993 Blue installation and performance
1995 Information Overload video installation

Notes and referencesEdit

  2. Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB)
  3. Ian Edwards At a Web theatre near you Playback November 27, 2000
  4. The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema YYZ Books publisher – September 1, 2005
  20. Europeana profile
  23. International Press Academy
  24. Emily Carr University of Art and Design, alumni — leading the way
  25. Ghislaine Crawford Catching Up with Zoran Dragelj Winter 2009 issue
  27. BravoFACT productions

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