Daniel Šuljić

Daniel Šuljić

Daniel Šuljić currently lives in Zagreb and Vienna.
Since 2011 he has been artistic director of the “World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb”. But above all, Daniel Šuljić is a filmmaker, illustrator, and musician. As a musician, he tours in Austria and Croatia with the electronic pop band Roppongi Red. His films were shown at numerous international festivals for animated film to include Stuttgart, Espinho, Fantoche, Annecy, Hiroshima, and Utrecht, and have earned him 20 awards so far.
Daniel Šuljić loves to experiment with film. He develops individual techniques which he skilfully applies in the telling of his stories, behind the simple facade of which a deeper meaning is always hidden. In his graduation film “Sonne, Salz und Meer”, he paints a melancholy picture of his home with coffee on glass. His first film, which attracted international attention, is the paint-on-glass animation “The Cake” (1997). A group of people are trying to outsmart each other to get the biggest piece of the cake. In “Film with a Girl” (2000), with sketchy and in part childlike black-and-white images, he tells the story of a brave girl who encounters scary situations and people on a walk through a town but keeps her chin up. Together with Johanna Freise he made “Short Life” in 2007, a hand-drawn film with dynamic image sequences tracing the characters’ motions on a psychological level and, in light-dark, reflecting the black-and-white inner world of a girl. With his latest film “Transparency” (2015) Daniel Šuljić tackles a hot topic, portraying a world of surveillance as the result of the obsessive and unthoughtful use of social media and other online services.


Evening Star
Director: Daniel Šuljić / Österreich, Kroatien / 1993 / 00:04:10 min.

Director: Daniel Šuljić / Österreich / 1995 / 00:02:36 min. / Production: Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst

Highway 59 with Gone Bold
Director: Daniel Šuljić / Österreich / 1996 / 00:03:00 min. / Production: Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst

Sun, Salt and Sea
Director: Daniel Šuljić / Österreich / 1997 / 00:04:50 min. / Production: Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst

Kolac (The Cake)
Director: Daniel Šuljić / Kroatien / 1997 / 00:08:00 min. / Production: Zagreb Film / World Sales: Academy Of Fine Arts – Zagreb Film

Film with a Girl
Director: Daniel Šuljić / Kroatien / 2000 / 00:08:30 min. / Production: Zagreb Film / World Sales: Academy Of Fine Arts – Zagreb Film

Ich kann es mir sehr gut vorstellen (I Can Imagine It Very Well)
Director: Daniel Šuljić / Österreich / 2003 / 00:03:45 min.

Kurzes Leben (Short Life)
Director: Johanna Freise, Daniel Šuljić / Deutschland / 2007 / 00:09:00 min. / Production: Kreativni Sindikat

U Lancima (In Chains)
Director: Daniel Šuljić / Kroatien / 02.2011 / 00:07:00 min. / Production: Kreativni Sindikat

Stakleni čovjek (Transparency)
Director: Daniel Šuljić / Kroatien / 07/2015 / 00:06:10 min. / Production: Kreativni Sindikat

Moving through a world filled with scanners and surveillance algorithms, while frivolously using different social networks, online forms and credit cards, the man of today gives away his privacy voluntarily. A decent citizen has nothing to hide. Only criminals do.