director: Ivana Škrabalo
short fiction, 18:43 min


Nena recently started working as a school assistant to seven-year-old Dejan who has learning disabilities. It’s one of the first Nena’s grown-up jobs, and Dejan is a tough cookie so every day is a new challenge for the two of them. Apart from that, Nena also has to struggle with the rigid school system around them. Things look pretty bleak until one day a fluffy white friend comes to visit.

Ivana Škrabalo is an awarded filmmaker from Croatia working as a film director, screenwriter, art director and production designer, with a degree of Zagreb University in Architecture and film direction.

Her short films were screened internationally: She Dreamt She was Happy was in the competition of Drama Film Festival and Cinema Jove, and was awarded in the Balkan region. She has extensive experience in big international and small local productions as an art director and production designer over the last ten years. Her production design was awarded twice with the national film award – Golden Arena (Cannibal Vegetarian, 8th commissioner). Ivana participated at Berlinale Talents, Midpoint shorts, and Ekran+ programme.

Mekana Bica


Valentina Lončarić

Maks Kleončić

Mirela Brekalo

Mia Petričević

Stojan Matavulj

Antonija Stanišić-Šperanda



Director: Ivana Škrabalo

Screnwriter: Ivana Škrabalo

Producer: Tena Gojić

Cinematographer: Danko Vučinović

Editor and sound designer: Martin Semenčić

Production designer: Ivana Škrabalo

Costume designer: Duška Nešić Dražić

Make up artist: Iva Kurobasa

Choreographer: Irma Ormezo

Graphic designer: Orsat Franković


Production: Dinaridi Film

Supported by: HAVC, City of Zagreb

Workshops and markets: MIDPOINT Shorts



Motovun Film Festival 2021 – Best Croatian Short Film – Corto Montonese Award

Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival 2021 – Best Narrative Short

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2021 – Official Selection Family Friendly

Female Filmmakers Festival Berlin 2021 – Official Competition

Linz International Film Festival 2021 – Official Competition

Hong Kong International Short Film Festival 2021 – Official Competition

I Socialmed Valencia Mediterranean Human Rights Film Festival 2021 – Official Competition

Asti International Film Festival 2021 – Official Competition

Tuzla Film Festival 2021 – Official Selection

Cinefagos Festival Venezuela 2021 – Official Selection