Ivana Strajin

Screenwriter, Director, Producer

Me in a Nutshell

I'm a Belgrade-born, Toronto-raised screenwriter and filmmaker after leaving a safe career in corporate strategy (much to my engineer parents' dismay). I like to write character-driven feature and TV scripts about rebellious, yet ordinary people challenging norms to get what they want.

Me, Not in a Nutshell

I am a screenwriter and a filmmaker. From an early age I knew I wanted to tell stories for a living. Film and storytelling are how I see others, understand them, and make them feel heard.

I was born in Belgrade, Serbia. My parents and I immigrated to Toronto, Canada during the Yugoslavian civil war in the early 90s. I was nearly two years old when we left our family, friends, and the life we knew for the hope of a more peaceful future. I spent my childhood watching my parents work tirelessly to give me everything they could so that I would fit in with Canadian kids. When fitting into a foreign place is your childhood narrative, striving to create pieces of inclusion becomes your calling as an adult.

I have produced and production managed several short films, directed a short film and web series, and have written a number of spec feature films and TV pilots. My recent feature script, THE IMMIGRANTS, has been selected for the SEEfest 2020 accelerator, is a Spring 2020 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices semifinalist, won an Honorable Mention in the Script Competition of the 2020 LA International Underground Film Festival, and was shortlisted for the Black List x WIF writers residency.

I have a Bachelor of Commerce and spent six years working in corporate strategy and development. My experiences in the corporate world include leading strategic planning processes, acquiring and selling businesses, and conducting analysis to solve business problems. I have built strong competencies in critical thinking, problem solving, project management, and financial analysis, which I bring with me to all productions.

I am currently an MS Media Ventures candidate at Boston University at the Los Angeles campus and just wrapped an internship in Film and TV Development.

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