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Rajko Grlic

Distinguished Professor of Film

Central Classroom
(740) 593-0396

Rajko Grlic

Distinguished Professor of Film

Rajko Grlic was born in 1947 in Zagreb, Croatia. He directed his first amateur film at the age of 15, and his first professional short at 18. He studied and graduated in film directing at FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic, mentored by professor Elmar Klos.

As director and scriptwriter or co-writer, he worked on the following theatrical feature films:

  • 2009 Just Between Us
  • 2006 Border Post
    2002 Josephine
    2001 Who Wants to be a President (documentary co-director)
    1991 Charuga
    1989 That Summer of White Roses
    1987 Three for Happiness
    1984 In the Jaws of Life
    1981 You Love Only Once
    1978 Bravo Maestro
    1974 If It Kills Me

These films were shown in cinemas across all five continents, they were included in competition programmes of leading world festivals, from Cannes onwards, and they received more than fifty international prizes.

As director and scriptwriter, he has worked on some twenty short films and more than fifteen television documentaries – which won him numerous awards.

As scriptwriter and co-writer, he has worked on eleven feature films and a ten-episode TV series, The Reckless Years, directed by Srdjan Karanovic. This work won him a dozen international prizes.

He has produced a number of short and four films features:

2003 Lucky Kid - Directed by Igor Mirkoic
2001 Who Wants to be a President
1991 Charuga
1990 Virdzina - Directed by Srdjan Karanoic

He wrote, directed and produced How to Make Your Movie; An Interactive Film School, which won eight international awards, including the New York Grand Prix for Best World Multimedia in 1998.

He is Ohio Eminent Scholar in Film at Ohio University, Athens, OH and Artistic Director of Motovun Film Festival, Croatia. He has taught Film Direction and has delivered lectures and workshops at more than thirty universities in Europe and America.
He is a member of the European Film Academy, of the Croatian Film Directors Association and the American Scriptwriters Association. His work in film has received, among others, the Nazor prize, life achievement award of the City of Denver and the title of honorary citizen of Montpellier, France.

His favourite wine is Mali Plavac red.

Web addresses:
Rajko Grlic -
How to Make Your Movie -
Motovun Film Festival -

Educational Background:

M.F.A., FAMU Film Academy, Prague, Czech Republic

Classes Being Taught:

Master Class in Filmmaking