Ulysses' Shelter: building writers-in-residence network

organizes literary residences for young writers, translators and editors. The project will begin at the end of 2018 at three locations - in Ljubljana, Larissa and in Pomena on the island of Mljet, organized by Sandorf publishing house from Zagreb, in partnership with Slovenian Writers' Society (DSP) from Ljubljana and publishing house Thraka from Larissa. Each resident will spend three weeks on each location from December 2018 to October 2019, and the idea of the project is to gradually extend the network of partners to other European countries in the future and to bring together artists from around the world and expose the creative potential of various European locations. Tovar.hr is the main means of informing about the Ulysses' Shelter project - about the residents, their work, and events within the project (readings, workshops, conferences and social events with residents).


Three candidates have been chosen to take part in this year's screenwriting residency programme, which will be taking place in October on the island of Mallorca, Spain, under the curatorship of Mallorca Film Commission, a partner on the Ulysses’ Shelter project. Find out more about the participants below!


Tanja Šljivar (1988, Banjaluka, SFR Yugoslavia) studied dramaturgy at the Faculty of dramatic arts in Belgrade, and applied theater studies at JLU in Giessen. Her plays have been publicly read and produced in professional theaters in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Albania, Spain, Poland, Austria, Finland, Slovakia, USA, and Germany (DT Berlin, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Theater Dortmund, Theater Paderborn). She also writes film screenplays (The Celts (2021) dir. M. Tomović; From tomorrow on, I will (2019) dir. I. Marković and W. Linfeng; which both premiered at Berlinale Film Festival). She won several awards for her playwriting and has been a guest of writing residencies in Austria, Kosovo, Croatia, Czechia, and Hungary. In 2019, she worked as an artistic director of the drama department at the National theater in Belgrade. She teaches playwriting in Belgrade, Banjaluka, and Vienna.


Marko Škobalj exploded into the world in 1974, in Zagreb, Croatia. And never stopped telling stories. MŠ has been writing since 1984, copywriting since 2003, scriptwriting since 2006, directing since 2008. Master in Biology, storytelling guest lecturer, and member of the Society of Croatian Film Directors.

MŠ has been working professionally as a copywriter, and creative director in advertising agencies, as well as a freelance professional in the creative industry. In addition, MŠ directed films of different genres and lengths, promotional films, advertising & music videos while constantly creating stories for all media, from translating books to poetry, and other formats. MŠ has won some awards, with no repercussions on his Ego Vs. Insecurity ratio.



Selected filmography: The Smartest Neighbourhood in The State, Liberation in 26 pictures, In Utero, Do Sheep Dream of Mechanics?, Magical Hands of Master Wood Makers, Like Pigeons We Are, The Trap, Legends of Istria: Stories About witches


Milica Tomović (1986. SFR Yugoslavia). Graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade in 2011 with the omnibus film “October”, which she made together with her classmates. The film was shown in Cottbus, Trieste, Sofia Film Meetings, Isola Cinema, and others. In 2016 her short film “Transition” had its international film premiere in Locarno (Pardi di domani), followed immediately by a premiere in Toronto (Short Cuts). “Transition” won: the golden plaque in Serbian short fiction film selection in Belgrade Film Festival, Heart of Sarajevo best short film in Sarajevo Film Festival, Best Director Award at the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, and others. She directed five episodes of the successful Serbian TV series “Morning Changes Everything” in 2018. In 2021 her debut feature film “Celts” had a world premiere at Berlinale Festival (Panorama) and continued a good festival life (Heart of Sarajevo for Best Director - Sarajevo FF 2021 Jury Prize; Taiwan Film Critics Association Award; Audience Choice Award - Taipei IFF 2021; Standard Readers' Jury Prize - Viennale 2021, Best Feature Film; Best Screenplay; Best Production Design; Best Ensemble Cast - Image et Nation Montreal GLFF 2021 and others). The same year she directed three episodes of the TV mini-series “Block 27” that had its broadcasting at beginning of 2022, immediately taking the spotlight as the first teenage horror series done in Serbia and being sold to one of the leading independent Film & Television distributors, Beta Film. “Block 27” continues its success with a nomination for the best TV series award at the Serial Killer festival - International Festival of TV and Web Series in Brno, Czech Republic.



Sandorf - publishing house founded in 2008, engaged in Croatian literature and literature in translation, and in a wide range of books in humanities.


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