Talent Guide

Natalija Vekic

  • Discipline:Director, Producer
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2011, Fast Track 2008, Screenwriting Lab 2013


Natalija Vekic is a screenwriter and director whose short films The Sacred Heart, and The Girl with the Pearl Suspended, have screened at the New York Underground Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Mill Valley International Film Festival. Natalija won a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival for her short film Lost & Found, was the recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award in film and a San Francisco Individual Arts Commission Grant.

She is a co-producer on the documentary Strand: A Natural History of Cinema, directed by long time collaborator Christian Bruno. Strand received the inaugural Film Independent Fast Track HBO Fellowship and was selected to participate in the Documentary Lab at Film Independent.

Vekic is a recent graduate of the UCLA MFA screenwriting program where she spent countless sleepless nights writing screenplays and TV pilots. She received the Executive Board Award Fellowship, a UCLA Graduate Fellowship and was one of eight writers selected to work with Academy Award-winning screenwriter and UCLA alum Dustin Lance Black in a feature screenwriting seminar. She researched and wrote Jane, which was inspired by a brave group of feminists in Chicago who broke the law to make sure women had access to safe abortions.

Vekic has a special place in her screenplays for runaways, outlaws and all the beautiful misfits who make the world so amazing. Family turmoil, forgiveness and how the past always manages to creep into the present — are at the heart of many of her scripts.

Current Project



After her sister's fatal back alley abortion, Teresa, a bright, but naive 1960's college student, joins Jane, an underground group who break the law and risk their lives to help women find access to safe abortions.