Iva Radivojevic was born in Belgrade and spent her early years in Yugoslavia and Cyprus. She is an artist and filmmaker who currently divides her time between subarctic Alaska, Brooklyn and Lesbos. Her work presents itself as a collection of fragments {observations,  poetry, images, sounds, melodies, languages}  which collage together to connect into a ruminating whole. The work circles around displacement and belonging, seeking to connect to the metaphysical or the magical. 

Iva's films have screened at NYFF, Rotterdam IFF, CPH:DOX, SXSW, DocLisboa, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), PBS and New York Times Op-Docs. She is the recipient of the Sundance Art of Non-Fiction Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, NYFA Fellowship, Princess Grace Special Project Award and Film Fellowship.

Her debut feature-length documentary Evaporating Borders has received numerous awards worldwide. Her short film Notes From The Border  was commissioned for the launch of Field of Vision, a new documentary unit founded by Laura Poitras, AJ Schnack and Charlotte Cook.

When not working on her own films, Iva enjoys editing, cutting both documentary and narrative films. Her work MA premiered at the Venice Film Festival and All That Passes By Through A Window That Doesn’t Open, a film she co-wrote and edited, won the Regard Neuf Award at Visions Du Reel in 2017.

Most recently, A Machine To Live In premiered at True False in 2020.

She’s currently finishing a new film called Aleph, inspired by a short story from Jorge Luis Borges. Iva has polyglot ambitions.

Education 

MFA Integrated Media Arts City University of NY Hunter 

BFA Illustration and Computer Animation State University of NY - FIT

Awards 

2017

Princess Grace Special Project Award

2017

Sundance Art Of Non Fiction Fellowship

2015

Guggenheim Film Fellowship 

2015

Film Society of Lincoln Center Artist Academy

2015

One World Media Award : Refugee Reporting for Evaporating Borders

2015

Chicago Underground Film Festival : Best Feature Evaporating Borders

2014

DocLisboa : RTP Award Best Investigation Film Evaporating Borders

2014

DokuFEST : Best Balkan Documentary Evaporating Borders

2014

FIFIG, Coup De Coeur Du Jury Evaporating Borders

2013

2012

2011

Residencies

2019

Djerassi Artist Resident Program

2018

The Watermill Center 

2017

The School of Making Thinking

2016

Djerassi Artist Resident Program

2013

MacDowell Artist Colony

Festivals

  • Visions Du Reel “All That Passes By Through A Window That Doesn’t Open” (4/17) * 

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival “Notes From The Border” (2/16) 

  • New York Film Festival “Notes From The Border” (9/15) * New York 

  • Uno Port Art Films “Evaporating Borders” (5/15) * Japan

  • Festival De La Salle“Evaporating Borders” (5/15) * France

  • Studying exile  - “Evaporating Borders” (5/15) * France

  • Greek Film Festival Brittany - “Evaporating Borders” (5/15) * France

  • Human Rights Art & Film Festival - “Evaporating Borders” (5/15) Melbourne

  • Chicago Underground Film Festival - “Evaporating Borders” (5/15) 

  • Planete + Doc Film Festival “Evaporating Borders” (5/15) * Poland

  • Crossing Europe “Evaporating Borders” (4/15) * Austria

  • Nonfiktionale FF -“Evaporating Borders” (3/15) * Germany

  • AmDocs “Evaporating Borders” (3/15) * Palm Springs

  • Maryland International FF - “Evaporating Borders” (3/15) * Maryland

  • Spokane International Film Festival  “Evaporating Borders” (3/15) 

  • DocPoint Tallin Documentary Film Festival “Evaporating Borders” (2/15) * Estonia

  • DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival “Evaporating Borders” (2/15)

  • Film Festival Assen “Evaporating Borders” (2/15) * Amsterdam 

  • Salem Film Fest -“Evaporating Borders” (2/15)

  • Oxford Human Rights Festival - “Evaporating Borders” (2/15) * UK 

  • ECHOES Festival - “Evaporating Borders” (2/15) * Brussels 

  • Opening Ceremony of The European Parliament “Evaporating Borders” (2/15) * Brussels

  • Human Rights Watch Weekend - “Evaporating Borders” (1/15) * Amsterdam 

  • XORKO Festival- “Evaporating Borders” (1/15) * Cyprus 

  • The Museum Of Modern Art - MOMA -“Evaporating Borders” (12/14) * New York

  • AFI European Showcase - “Evaporating Borders” (12/14) * Washington DC 

  • RIDM - Documentary Competition “Evaporating Borders” (11/14) * Montreal

  • Verzio International Human Rights Doc Festival  -Evaporating Borders” (12/14) * Budapest

  • Eastern Neighbors FF - Official Selection “Evaporating Borders” (11/14) * Amsterdam

  • Amnesty International REEL Awareness FF - “Evaporating Borders” (11/14) * Canada

  • Bratislava IFF - Competition “Evaporating Borders” (11/14) * Bratislava

  • Hot Springs Doc FF - Official Selection “Evaporating Borders” (10/14) * AK

  • Docs DF - Official Selection “Evaporating Borders” (11/14) * Mexico

  • New Orleans Film Festival - Official Selection “Evaporating Borders” (10/14) 

  • TIDF - Taiwan International Documentary Festival -                                                                                     Documentary Competition “Evaporating Borders” (10/14) * Taipei

  • DocLisboa - Documentary Competition “Evaporating Borders” (10/14) * Portugal

  • Reykjavik International FF - Official Selection “Evaporating Borders” (10/14) * Iceland

  • FilmFest Hamburg - Documentary Competition “Evaporating Borders” (09/14) * Germany

  • Beacon IFF - Official Selection “Evaporating Borders” (09/14) * NY

  • Sarajevo Film Festival -Documentary Competition “Evaporating Borders” * Bosnia

  • DokuFest - WINNER Best Balkan Doc Competition “Evaporating Borders” (08/14) * Kosovo

  • Beyond Borders - Screening “Evaporating Borders” (08/14) * Scotland

  • Syros Film Festival - Official Selection “Evaporating Borders” (07/14) * Greece

  • Human Rights Watch NY Film Festival - Official Selection “Evaporating Borders” (06/14) * NY

  • Berkshires IFF - Official Selection “Evaporating Borders” (05/14) * MA

  • BelDocs Film Festival - Balkan Competition “Evaporating Borders” (04/14) * Belgrade, Serbia

  • HotDocs Film Festival - Official Selection “Evaporating Borders” (04/14) * Toronto, CA

  • Sarasota Film Festival - Official Selection “Evaporating Borders” (04/14) * FL

  • Human Rights Watch London - Official Selection “Evaporating Borders” (03/14) 

  • Thessaloniki Doc Film Festival - Official Selection “Evaporating Borders” (03/14) * Greece

  • SXSW Film Festival - Official Selection “Evaporating Borders” (03/14) * TX

  • International Film Festival Rotterdam - Official Selection ”Evaporating Borders” (02/14) *

  • Hamptons International Film Festival - Screening ”Ben: In Mind’s Eye” (10/13) * NY

  • Coney Island Film Festival - Screening ”Ben: In Mind’s Eye” (09/13) * NY

  • Brooklyn Film Festival - Screening ”Ben: In Mind’s Eye” (06/13) * NY

  • IFFestival Boston - Screening ”Ben: In Mind’s Eye” (04/13) * MA

  • 20th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival - Screening ”Ben: In Mind’s Eye” (03/13) 

  • Pravo Ljudski Film Festival - Screening” Ben : In Mind’s Eye” (11/12) * Sarajevo

  • UnionDocs - Screening “Gawking Red” (11/12) * Brooklyn, NY

  • Bronx Documentary Center - Screening ”Gawking Red” (9/12) * Bronx, NY

  • Rooftop Film Festival - Screening “Thread” (8/12) * New York, NY

  • Madeline Island Summer Film Series - Screening “The Despers” (7/12) * La Pointe, WI

  • Rooftop Film Festival - Screening “The Despers” (6/12) * New York, NY

  • Berkshire International Film Festival - Screening “Purple” (6/2) *  MA

  • Asian American Film Festival - 2nd Place Winner “Nelson” (5/12) * NY

  • Anthology Archives - Screening “Time For Action Is Now” (1/12) *  NY

  • Rooftop Films - Screening “Nobody Can Predict The Moment Of Revolution” &                                                     “We The People Have Found Our Voice” (12/11) * Brooklyn, NY

  • Union Docs - Screening “Matthew 24:14” (12/11) * Brooklyn, NY

  • Free Speech TV - broadcast select of Occupy Wall Street short films (11/11) * NY, NY

  • One World Festival - screening “We The People Have Found Our Voice (11/11) * Berlin

  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival - screening “Thread” Short Film (11/11) * London, UK

  • ARTGREASE - broadcast select of short films (10/11) * Buffalo, NY

  • Red Hook Film Festival - “Thread” & “Nobody Can Predict The Moment Of Revolution” (10/11)

  • Dallas VideoFest - screening “Thread” Short Film (09/11) * Dallas, TX

  • Artivist Film Festival - screening “Nelson” Short Film (07/11) * LA, CA

  • REFUGE Film Festival - screening “Thread” Short Film (06/11) * London, UK

  • Northside DIY Films - screening “Following Crickets” Short Film (06/11) * NY

  • International Documentary Challenge - “Matthew 24:14” Short Film (05/11) -                                                   Winner : Best Director, Best Film, Best Use of Genre * Toronto, Canada

  • Documentary Channel - aired “Matthew 24:14” Short Film (05/11)

  • NYWIFT Screening Series - Screening “Thread” Short Film (06/11) * NY, NY

  • SCENE: BROOKLYN - Screening “Nelson” Short Film (05/11) * Brooklyn, NY

  • PBS - REEL 13 Shorts - Aired “Following Crickets” Short Film (04/11) * NY

  • DCTV Night Visions - Audience Award “Little White Wedding Chapel” Short Film (03/11) * NY

  • CUFF Film Festival - Screened “Following Crickets” Short Film (03/11) * NY

  • Screen Loud Film Festival - Screening “Thread” (03/11) * New York, NY

  • E.V.A. Experimental Film festival - Screening “Following Crickets” (07/11) * Salzburg, Austria

  • Alternative Film/Video festival - Screened “Purple” (12/10) * Belgrade, Serbia

  • Jabuka TV - broadcasted select IVAASKS shorts (12/10) * Zagreb, Croatia

  • WW5: Ah, Motherland! - Screening “Purple” & “11 Years of Absence” (11/10) * NY, NY

  • Meditations Biennale “Erased Walls” - Group Exhibit “Purple” (10/10) * Berlin, Germany

  • PBS - REEL 13 Shorts - Aired “Purple” Experimental Short (02/10) * NY, NY

  • Verbier Music Festival - “Reflection On Audio-Visual Performance” (08/09) * Switzerland

  • ITCH Magazine - Online showcase of “Purple” & “Lunch Hour” * Cape Town, South Africa

  • Zeitgeist - United Artists - Group Exhibit “Purple” (09/09) * NY, NY

  • Governors Island Art Fair - Group Exhibit “Purple” (10/09) * NY, NY

  • 4000 Years of Larnaca - Group Exhibit “Kataklysmos” Documentary Short * Larnaca, Cyprus

  • PBS - REEL 13 Shorts - Aired “11 Years of Absence” Documentary Short (08/08) * NY, NY

  • 42nd Brooklyn Int’l Film Festival - Official Selection “11 Years of Absence” Doc Short (‘08) 

  • Apex Gallery - Group Exhibit “Is Pain Your Pleasure?” Experimental Video (6/08) * NY, NY

  • Offf Film Festival - “Confused & Inconsistent On My Way” short film (7/04) * Valencia, Spain

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