BIO

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Dea Gjinovci is a Swiss-Albanian director-producer based in between Paris and Geneva. She participated in the 2021 UnionDocs lab in NYC, the 2019 Sundance Talent Forum and is a 2019 Film Independent Fellow. Her award-winning documentary short 'Sans le Kosovo' won Best National Film at Dokufest in 2017. Her debut feature-length documentary ‘Wake Up on Mars’ was co-produced by the Radio Television Suisse with the participation of France Television and received support from the Sundance Film Institute, the Ford Foundation/JustFilms, the Doha Film Institute, XTR and many other funders and won the RTS pitch award at Visions du Réel 2018. It premiered virtually at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and Visions du Réel in Switzerland, and was selected in more than forty international festivals. She was awarded "Best New Talent" mention at Biografilm Festival 2020 and at ZagrebDox 2021. 

 
 

DIRECTED BY

The Beauty of the Donkey

IN DEVELOPMENT

Réveil sur Mars

COMPLETED 2020

Sans le Kosovo

COMPLETED 2017

Dust Away 

COMPLETED 2022

Feature documentary «The Beauty of the Donkey»

Directed by Dea Gjinovci

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Produced by Emma Lepers (Haut et Court) and Dea Gjinovci (Astrae Productions)

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Supported by BAK (Switzerland)

Short Animated Documentary «Dust Away» (11')

Directed by Tanita Rahmani and Dea Gjinovci

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UnionDocs Collaborative Studio 2021/22 (NYC)

Feature documentary «Réveil sur Mars» (74')

Directed by Dea Gjinovci

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Produced by Dea Gjinovci, Mélisande Films (France), Alva Film (Switzerland) in association with Amok Films

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Executive produced by Heidi Fleisher and XTR

Co-produced by Radio Télévision Suisse & France Télévision.

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"Wake Up on Mars" was awarded Sundance Documentary Fund grants in April 2018 and January 2020.

Short documentary «Sans le Kosovo» (23')

Writing, directing and editing

Produced in UK

Shooting locations: Italy, Croatia & Kosovo

AWARDS &
SELECTIONS

Réveil sur Mars

Sans le Kosovo

  • World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2020

  • European Premiere at Visions du Réel 2020

  • Awarded special Mention for Best New Talent at Biografilm 2020

  • Awarded special mention for Best New Talent at ZagrebDox 2021

  • Winner of the "Perspective d'un doc" award at Visions du Réel 2018 organized by Radio Télévision Suisse

  • Awarded Impact Day Pitch Award at FIFDH 2019

  • Nominated for "Prix de Soleure" and "Opera Prima" at Solothurner Tage 2020

  • Selected and presented in more than forty festivals internationally

  • Best National Film Award, Dokufest, Kosovo, August 2017

  • Winner of «L’Institut français» Prize, Festival Cine Zaragoza, December 2017

  • Third Prize in the professional filmmaker category, Global Migration Film Festival, December 2017

  • Global Migration Film Festival, December 2017

  • This Human World, International Human Rights Film Festival, Vienna, December 2017

  • Sole Luna Documentary Festival in Palermo, July 2017 and Treviso, September 2017

  • Seanema Film Festival, Ulcinj, Montenegro, September 2017

  • Paris Short Film Festival, Paris, May 2017

  • International Film Market and Media Library, Visions of the Real, Nyon, April 2017

  • Sheffield Festival’s Doc / Player, June 2017

 

PRODUCED BY

Red Herring
(working title)

Sisters Act

Une Fille Bien

Français

Peace for Nina

Red Herring (in post-production) feat. length documentary directed by Kit Vincent
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Produced by Ed Owles and Dea Gjinovci

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With the participation of France Télévisions and supported by the BFI Doc Society, Whickers Awards and the Sundance Documentary Fund

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Participated in the Edinburgh Pitch, Sheffield Meet Market and IFP/Gotham

​Sisters Act (in development) feat. length documentary directed by Dea Gjinovci and Antoine Goldet

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Produced by Chachi Hauser, Dea Gjinovci and Antoine Goldet and co-produced by Contrast Films (Switzerland)

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Supported by Field of Vision and Fork Films

Une fille bien (in development) feat. length narrative film directed by Maxime Kathari

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Produced by Chachi Hauser and Dea Gjinovci (Astrae Productions/CH) and co-produced by Thomas Lambert (Tomsa Films/FR) and Stayblack (Italy)

Français (in development) feat. length documentary directed by Hugo Sobelman 

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Produced by Emma Lepers (Haut et Court) and Dea Gjinovci (Astrae Productions)

Peace for Nina (in post-production) feat. length documentary directed by Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych

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Produced by Lyuba Knorozok (UA), Dea Gjinovci (Astrae Productions/CH) and Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych

Impact producers: ThinkFilm

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Awarded Impact Days Prize, FIFDH 2022

Ukraine in Focus selection, Marché du Film Cannes 2022

DocsBarcelona Market 2022

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Supported by International Media Support (IMS) and Storyboard Collective

 


CO-PRODUCED BY

In the Heat of the Cold Years

​In the Heat of the Cold years (in post-production) feat. length documentary directed by Darius Kaufmann and Eytan Jan

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Produced by Amok Films

Co-produced by Dea Gjinovci and Kavad (FR)

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Supported by Ciné+, CNC and Ile de France regional fund

 
 

GET IN TOUCH

Reach out to me if you’re looking for a director (non-fiction and commercial work), a consulting producer (on fundraising, festival strategy and distribution) or for general feedback on pitch decks and rough cuts.

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