Scriptwriter of the Month: Nikolina Barić

Nikolina Barić is a Croatian filmmaker who has been active in different fields of filmmaking for almost 20 years. Her short films were shown internationally, and her screenplay SARAJEVO SPRING won the 1st Sarajevo City of Film competition. At the moment she is working on a documentary DOCTOR, I’M GOING TO MY GRAVE and enjoying every second of it.

Nikolina answered our questions and if you would like to find out a bit more about her, check her MTSW profile.


What makes the 5 films on your Top 5 list so special?

  • The films I love are not the best of films, but the dearest ones. They are connected to my inner life and the principles I follow. DESTINY OF A MAN carries a purely Christian message and it was also the favorite film of pope John Paul II.

Why did you decide to go into film?

  • One day in high-school I felt really good holding a camera, and I wondered what is this fabulous feeling.


Commercial films or art house?

  • Films. In its purest form.


How and when did you begin writing?

  • Writing came as a thing I missed in my personal film puzzle. It came in the end. First, I held the camera, then came directing, at the Academy I wondered what do producers do, then I learned Final Cut, and in the last three years I got skilled in screenwriting.


Where do you like to write the most?

  • I don’t know. Everywhere, I guess.


What kind of music do you listen while writing?

  • No music for me.


Where do ideas come from?

  • Ideas do not come from anywhere. They suddenly appear.


If you could go anywhere in space and time, where would that be?

  • I would probably choose the present and travel to a city not so far away from Zagreb. I would turn myself into an apricot jam and hide in one person’s storeroom.