Emilija Savković

Born in Belgrade on December 10, 1999

My childhood dream was to enroll in the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade and become an actress.

As a child, I used to watch a lot of films that weren’t for my age, but I enjoyed them anyhow. I used to go to theaters and cinemas with my mom and dad, and that’s how I developed my love for the stage and the screen. My dad, Bosko Savković has spent all his life in the media and film and TV production. Maybe that was his job that affected me. While other children played with some common toys, I enjoyed reading books most, spending time at my dad’s studio while he was editing his films, going with him when he was filming...

When I started in the first grade of primary school, I realized that there are different clubs as extracurricular activities. My only wish was to enroll in the drama club called Znakovi, which was in my school. I spend all the 8 years of primary school in the studio Znakovi. I used to act, write texts for plays, work in stage design ... help with directing and working with junior members of the studio. Each year our performances would win the top awards at the local competitions. In my second grade, I won the prize for best leading female role in Belgrade, in the category of amateur theaters.

In the sixth grade of primary school, when I was 13, I had a role in my dad’s film After the Bombs, which won a Silver Dolphin in Cannes as well as many other festivals awards. This film was also nominated for the best CIFFT film in 2013. We won the award later that year in Vienna. Then I knew that the stage would be my entire life.

When I left primary school, I quit some drama clubs for people my age. I didn’t like the atmosphere and the way they worked, but I still wanted to enroll in the Academy.

I enrolled in the Stefan Nemanja high school in Belgrade and over time I realized that I don’t want to be in front of the camera, but behind it. At the end of 2016, I came up with a plot for a film, which was a kind of sequel to the film After the bombs. I talked to my dad about it and figured out what the film In the Name of Life 1999 should look like. In 2017, the film won 10 awards at prestigious film festivals: From the Silver Knight in Moscow to the Grand Prix in Warsaw.

At the beginning of 2017 I decided to go to the Academy of Arts to inquire about enrollment and admission. Although I was only in the second year of high school, I went there out of curiosity. To my surprise, they told me that the law states that I was eligible for admission when I completed the second grade of high school. I decided to try, to see if I have talent and enough knowledge. For several months I was thinking about what programme I would enjoy most and would suit me best.

I decided to try to pass the entrance exam for the programme of Production in Arts and Media because it includes both theater and film and television production. For several months I had been preparing for the exam, and then I finally took it and passed. They only admitted five of us.

Although I am the youngest in the class, I feel so much better at the Academy than at high school because I am surrounded by people who share my interests.

I completed the winter semester and passed all the exams on time. I'm already brainstorming about some new films with my classmates.

In the sixth grade of primary school, when I was 13, I had a role in my dad’s film After the Bombs, which won a Silver Dolphin in Cannes.
3 years

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