On the eve of the Fifth Star Film Festival, Dinka Radonić shared with us our experiences and views of the world of the film.


1) Star Film Fest is intended primarily for young filmmakers, those who just enter the world of film. What was your main motivation to start dealing with a movie?

I got off the picture. In high school, I was particularly interested in the visual expression

I joined the Kino Club Zagreb where I attended various workshops related to the film and

photo. After that, I enrolled in the Academy of Dramatic Art, where I fell in love

with the moving picture. What attracted me most to film business then, that’s exactly what it is

“Magic” you can create around the camera. I discovered that in my business (movie

recording) is an extremely important factor in the experience of filmmaking. The way they will

the viewer perceives the film, is completely dependent on how I’m going to point it out there

the atmosphere, the light, the camera movements and the way of shooting. I consider that the director and

the director of photography together build this atmosphere, mostly in pre-production and preparation, so

that everything goes smoothly on the recording itself.


2) This year’s Star Film Festival will host a conference called Women in the Film. You

you’re a woman in the movie world, do you think you’ve ever been harder than your male counterparts?

The Eternal Question, well, for starters, filmmaking is through almost all film history

considered a “male job”. The reason was that the movie camera and the equipment were

needed to shoot was enormous and difficult and it was “assumed” that a woman could not physically do so

perform. In the same way, the montage job was considered “female” because they were at the beginning of the film

the industry, the slivered film (predominantly female) since they were fit with scissors and

similar tools. Of course things have changed since then, but unfortunately, some

it is harder for people to erase such “norms” from their heads.

So, I’m a woman who deals with a “male job.” I can not safely say it’s me

harder than a male counterpart, simply because I do not have the experience as it is in my business

be a man, but I can say that sometimes I have the impression that I have to work twice more and

to prove myself as a woman. I had a couple of unpleasant experiences on which I would not

details, but those people who come up with stereotypes will do it in their daily lives, then

as in any other business, and thus can not reduce it to anything that concerns only the film

world. All in all, yes, sometimes I think it’s harder for me, but I always try

to move all the way with a positive attitude and I never assume anybody thinks anything bad.

My experience is that even the “toughest” people completely change the story if you are positively positive about them

and open mind and show your desire for work and co-operation.


3) What do you think about contemporary movie production in us? Can we talk about sexually unequal?


When I went to the reception at the Academy, of us 8, we enrolled 3 women. Then it was recorded. Not so much because it was not customary to receive women, but they are not so much

Reported (I know because I was asking). This is how the number of women increased, but slowly

sure … Today we can read a little article every few in the newspaper about “Women’s Wave in

Croatian cinematography, “which I think is banalization of the theme, but what I think is happening

is just logical. Women are educated in the movie scene and go out with their works so

journalists note that film production is based, of course, on those people who are “in

offer “, let’s call it that way. If there are no female filmmakers or directors on the market, no

we can blame the movie production that does not employ them. Now, as things have started to change, and more and more women become competitive on the market, so production is growing to engage. I can not assert myself for myself that I have not got any engagement for that

I’m a woman, so only from my own experience I can say that film production is with us

simply follows those who prove to be worthy and capable, regardless of sex. Indeed, I’m two

engagement so far gained precisely because I am a woman because it was about sensitive topics for

which the production thought was a more suitable female.


4) Is there any interest in creating movies where women are more often seen? On the other side,

what roles are most often men?

Well in general, men are most often found in technical segments of the movie business, while they are

women represented in that aesthetic/visual part, eg costumes, makeup, scenography etc.

I do not like to generalize, so of course not always so, but most often. I do not think that’s it

stereotype, I believe that both male and female energy have their qualities to be utilized in

the best purpose, but also I think when these energy applications in the area are not

“Customary” for them, get excellent results. Eg. the woman director of the photo will surely

to bring a different vision of the film (not say better, just different), while a man

the Cosmograph certainly has a different design (again, no better, but differently)


5) What would you say to young filmmakers in the movie world? Do you have special tips for


I generally think that anyone who wants to deal with a film should approach the area that attracts him regardless of gender, that is, the sector for his or her gender is “commonplace”. If anything

you want, you will find a way to overcome any physical predisposition or eventuality

weaknesses. My job is physically extremely demanding. Specifically, when a camera like Arri Alexe

natives with all accessories and equipment, weighs up to 35 kg. It’s hard to wear both a man and a woman. So

you definitely need the training to do this then. I started to train and lift weights for

Exercising your back as soon as I noticed it was necessary. It’s just like any sport, for example, you can not

be a professional football player without being physically in the best possible condition. It’s the same with my

business. It’s easiest to say: It’s hard, I can not. And the most beautiful thing is to train both the body and mind so

you can do everything you can. And young filmmakers, women and men, I would say: Just brave

forward, setting their own goals, and ignoring the limits imposed on them by others.

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