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Ivana Strajin is a Belgrade-born, Toronto-raised writer and director.


A "renaissance woman" and corporate strategy renegade, she ditched her former career for one fueled by passion. Her stories tend to focus on identity and belonging with a good dose of absurdity.


She studied and worked in Boston and Los Angeles for three years, and has recently returned to Canada with her husband.


Awards & Recognition


2022 Official Selection Boston International Film Festival

2022 Official Selection Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

2020 Official Selection Ambrosia Food & Drink Film Festival

2020 Web Series Festival Global Semifinalist

2018 NewFilmmakers NY Official Selection


2021 HollyShorts Screenwriting Competition Semifinalist

2021 Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards Quarterfinalist

2021 Female Film Festival Script Reading Winner

2021 Launch Pad Prose Competition Top 100

2020 SEEfest Accelerator Alumna

2020 Black List x WIF Writers Residency Shortlist

2020 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition Quarterfinalist

Recipient of an Honorable Mention in the Script Competition of the 2020 LA International Underground Film Festival

Spring 2020 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Semifinalist

2020 Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Short Semifinalist

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