Talent Guide

Daina Oniunas-Pusic

  • Discipline:Director, Writer
  • Program Year:Grants and Awards 2017


Daina Oniunas-Pusic was born in 1985 in Croatia. Daina Oniunas-Pusic is a filmmmaker from Croatia. She has a B.A. in film directing from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts and an M.A. in filmmaking from the London Film School, which she completed in 2012. In 2013 she won the Jelena Rajkovic award for best Croatian Filmmaker under the age of 30. Oniunas-Pusic is in development on a pilot for a comedy television series due to winning the BAFTA and Stellar Network TV comedy and drama pitch-up event. The short film “Beast”, which she wrote and directed, was selected as Best European Short Film Pitch 2014 at nisi Masa in Luxembourg. As one of the six winners of the latest Creative England scheme Funny Girls, Oniunas-Pusic is currently developing her next short with Creative England, Baby Cow and Big Talk. She lives and works in London.

Current Project

The Beast (Zvjerka)


A hundred year old woman called Nada and her 75-year old daughter Vera have a tense but familiar relationship. The childlike Vera takes care of her frail, mute though at times cruel, mother until one evening a bat flies into Nada's room and starts hibernating underneath her bed. The animal's presence gradually reinvigorates the old woman, eternally and fatally changing the relationship between mother and daughter.