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Biography:

Graduated painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. 
He is in animation since 2000. 
His films were screened at some of the most important film festivals 
(Locarno, Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, Ottawa, Edinburgh, Sarajevo) 
and received many awards. 
Plays drums in world-music group Cinkusi. 
Has two doughters, one wife, lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.

      








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-	The Raft (2021, trailer)               > watch trailer 
-	Trip (2017)                            > watch film 
-	Levitation (2014)                      > watch film 
-	Why Elephants? (2012)                  > watch film 
-	No sleep Won't Kill You (2010)         > watch film 
-	Note (2008)                            > watch trailer     
-	Silencium (2006)                       > watch film     
-	Gipsy Song (2004)                      > watch film  

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The Raft (2021) Croatia, 13:46 min

Synopsis:

If a global catastrophe is a state of mind, then music is the raft.

The water reached up to our necks, and very soon, over our heads. 
The mountains became islands and the islands became hills in the darkness of the deep. 
The palms became sea anemones and the sea anemones remained what they were. 
The Wall Street was still full of sharks. Venice floated a while longer, and then… 

Credits:
directing, story, drawing: Marko Meštrović
music: Cinkuši
animation:   David Lovrić, Marko Meštrović
script: Božidar Trkulja, Marko Meštrović
editing: Iva Kraljević, Marko Meštrović
sound design: Marko First 								
coloring: Martina Meštrović
in-betweens: Draško Ivezić
postproduction: Iva Kraljević, Ivan Ladović
sound mix: Ivan Zelić
live set crew:
director of photography: Darko Drinovac
camera assistant: Tomica Mladić
light design: Zlatko Gregorevčić
scenography: Laktašić
voices, instruments, original score:
Grba   	violin    Igor Barić
Lena   	mandoline  Nataša Radušić 
Medved 	double bass  Tihomir Kruhonja
Satara     guitar   Mirko Radušić 
Beli     	el. guitar  Nebojša Stijačić 
Silente   drums Marko Meštrović
              violin Marko First
              trombon  trombone  Nikola Santro
              harp Krešo Oremuš
TV speaker: Ivi First
scientist 1: Boris Greiner              
scientist 2: Stanislav Habjan

korišteni glazbeni materijali / music used 
NENADEJANO BOGČIJE ZVELIČENJE (LIVE)  - (Cinkuši / M.Krleža / Cinkuši)  
Uživancija!  Croatia Records - 2011
DIE KUH IM NUSSBAUM  ( Cinkuši / Miroslav Krleža, preveo: Boris Perić / Cinkuši )  
Krava na orehu  Croatia Records - 2017

executive producers: Mia Bučević, Sara Jakupec, Marijana Veljović
producent / producer: Igor Grubić
film is co-financed by Croatian Audiovisual Centar (artistic advisor:  Boško Picula ), 
City of Zagreb/ City Office for Culture

posebna zahvala / special thanks
    “Divlji sanjač ” 1994. (Greiner, Habjan, Žeželj), Ana Marija Habjan 					
    Marta Užarević
	Mladen Đukić, Aeon Production 
	Adriatic Animation
	CEE Animation Forum 2019
	Blender

production: Kreativni sindikat 2021
Distribution:   BonoboStudio  







			
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Trip 2017. Croatia, 10:40 min

Synopsis:

A film beyond the eyelids. In one word: a trip.

  
Direction, screenplay, animation,
camera, editing: Marko Mestrovic
Animation: Marko Mestrovic
Voice, sax, sound recording: Brian Ewan
Sound design: Boris Wagner
Producer: Igor Grubić
Executive producer: Marta Užarević
Production: Kreativni sindikat 2017
Distribution:   BonoboStudio  







			
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Levitation 2012. Croatia, 8:07 min

Synopsis:

What is this force that defies gravity, a force so powerful 
that drives plants to reach up and imbues us with the strength to sail against the current? 
If we let go to its upward motion, it carries us to a wonderful ease. 
Raise your sail and catch the leeway… 

  
Direction, screenplay, animation,
camera, editing: Marko Mestrovic
Animation: Marko Mestrovic
Music: Natko Stipanicev
Sound design: Boris Wagner & Natko Stipanicev
3d : Martina Mestrovic
Producers: Igor Grubic
Production: Kreativni sindikat 2014
Distribution:   BonoboStudio  




awards:


 - Best Animated Film, Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival 2015
 - Best Animation, Kratki na brzinu - Revue of Croatian Short Films2015
 - Best Graphic Design, Kratki na brzinu - Revue of Croatian Short Films 2015
 - Best Original Music, Kratki na brzinu - Revue of Croatian Short Films 2015
 - Special Mention, Supertoon International Animation Festival 2015
 - Award for creativity and artistic expression,International Animated Film Festival 
   Banja Luka 2015
 - Best International Short Film, St. Louis International Film Festival 2015
  


			
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Why Elephants? 2012. Croatia, 8 min

Synopsis:

Do we have answers on questions that determines our lives at all?

  
Direction, screenplay, animation,
camera, editing: Marko Mestrovic
Animation: Sinisa Mataic, Marko Mestrovic
Sound design: Boris Wagner
Post- production: Dino Krpan
Producers: Igor Grubic, Vinko Bresan
Production: Kreativni sindikat, Zagreb-film 2012




awards:

- Festival Of Croatian Animated Films - Asifa, Zagreb, Croatia
	Best animation




			
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No Sleep Won't Kill You 2010. Croatia, 9 min

Synopsis:

What happens when the dream takes control over reality?
  
Direction, screenplay, animation,
camera, editing: marko mestrovic
Music : jessica lurie, abraham gomez-delgado
Sound design: boris wagner
3d : martina mestrovic
Production: kreativni sindikat & zagreb film
Distribution : zagreb film




awards:

- 19. DAYS OF CROATIAN FILM, Zagreb, Croatia 2010.
	-BEST EDITING
-  8. Tabor film festival, Zabok, Croatia 2010
	-SPETIAL MENTION OF JURY 
- 17. Sarajevo film festival , Sarajevo, B&H, 2010
	-SPETIAL MENTION OF JURY
- 3. Fest Anca International animation festival, Bratislava,Slovak Republicv2010
	-SPETIAL MENTION OF JURY
- I'VE SEEN FILMS 2010 Milan, Italy 
	-BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM 
- 7. BALKANIMA 2010 Europian animated film festival, Belgrade, Srbija 
	-BEST SOUTH-EAST EUROPEAN FILM
- 28. Festival Tous Courts  Aix-en-Provence International Film Festival, Frence
	-PRIX RTP2 ONDA CURTA


			
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NOTE 2008. Croatia, 3D animation, B&W, 13 min

Synopsis:
Three diffferent stories about a relationship between a father and son, 
taking place in different social milieux.
  
Direction, screenplay, animation,
camera, editing: marko mestrovic
Music : boris wagner
3d modeling : marko mestrovic, martina mestrovic
Production: kreativni sindikat
Distribution : zagreb film




awards:

- Animateka 08,International Festival For Animated films, ljubljana, slovenia, 
	SPETIAL MENTION OF JURY
- FICAM 09,International Festival For Animated films, mekanes, maroko, 
	GRAND PRIX
- banja luka international festival for animated films,b&h, 
	FOR KREATIVITY AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
- International Festival For Animated films xiamen, china,
	The nomination Award of The best experimental films



			
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SILENIUM - 2006. Croatia, 3D animation, B&W, 10 min

Synopsis:
The subject of this film is freedom and based on Miroslav Krleza's "The Ballads of Petrica Kerempuh", 
on of the capital work of Croatian literature. The story of the film is very close to contemporary man, 
in this time of social disintegration, especially in countries in transition. 

Direction, screenplay, animation, camera, editing: marko mestrovic & davor medjurecan
text : miroslv krleza "balade petrice kerempuha 1935"
Music : boris wagner & CINKUSI
3d modeling : martina mestrovic
Production: kreativni sindikat, zagreb film
Distribution : zagreb film





nagrade:

- LUCANIA FILM FESTIVAL, Pisticci, Italy 2006.
 	BEST TECHNIQUE

- ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, Germany 2008  
	THE AUDIENCE PRIZE

- DAYS OF CROATIAN ANIMATION - ASIFA  Zagreb, Hrvatska
	FIRST PRIZE
    
    
    
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GIPSY SONG -  2004. Croatia, 3D animation, B&W, 9 min

Synopsis:
A film inspired by the dark ballad Ciganjska (1936), from the book 
Petrica Kerempuhs ballads written by famous Croatian writer and playwriter Miroslav Krleza. 
Characters anxious inner worlds are brought to us in poetic way, evocative of German expressionism,
and by engaged questionning about the future of an alienated and autodestructive civilisation.

Direction, screenplay, animation, camera, editing: marko mestrovic & davor medjurecan
text : miroslv krleza "balade petrice kerempuha 1935"
Music : CINKUSI
Sound design: boris wagner
3d modeling : martina mestrovic
Production: kreativni sindikat





nagrade:

- 13. DAYS OF CROATIAN FILM, Zagreb, Hrvatska 2004.
	-OKTAVIAN PRIZE FOR BEST ANIMATED FILM
	-BEST MUSIC
	-BEST EDITING
-ANIMAFEST 2004 Zagreb, Hrvatska
	SPETIAL MENTION OF JURY

- EBENSEE FESTIVAL 2004 Linz, Austrija
	BRONZE BEAR

-UNICA 2004 Veitshochheim, Njemacka
	3. PRIZE

-BALKANIMA 2004 Beograd, Jugoslavija
	SPETIAL MENTION OF JURY FOR POETRY AND ATMOSPHERE 

-INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL FOR FILM AND VIDEO 2005" Dugo Selo, Hrvatska
	BEST ANIMATED FILM
	BEST MUSIC IN AMIMATED FILM
    
       

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