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Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sabina Vajraca immigrated to the U.S. as a war refugee in 1994. A natural storyteller, she started working in theatre as a teenager, eventually getting her B.F.A. in Theatre Directing and Stage Management. After graduation she worked in NYC, focusing on devised theatre and movement/experimental approach to Shakespeare and other Classics.
Her first film, the critically-acclaimed feature documentary “Back to Bosnia,” premiered at the 2005 AFI Fest and screened at over 30 festivals worldwide, winning Director’s Choice at the Crossroads Film Festival. Since then, she wrote, directed, and produced numerous narrative shorts, commercials for ESPN and IFP, a music video for Nouvelle Vague’s “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” and wrote a number of award-winning feature and short screenplays.
Sabina is the Annenberg Scholar, a Student BAFTA and Oscars nominee, a member of Film Fatales, Women in Film, WIMPS, and Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab, and an alumna of the Ryan Murphy Half Directing Mentorship, the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony, and the Stowe Story Labs, where she won the Tangerine Fellowship. She holds an M.F.A. in Film and TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.