DIRECTOR – CINEMATOGRAPHER
Mirko is an award-winning fiction and documentary director, with an extensive photojournalism experience in post-conflict areas. He graduated with a BA Honours in Photography from the University of East London, then directed and shot dozens of commercials, music videos and web-series. In 2010 he set up his own production company Pinch Media together with producer Enrico Tessarin. Some of Pinch Media mentors and associates included Allan Niblo from Vertigo Films and documentary legend Nick Broomfield.
In the last few years, Mirko has been able to focus on feature length character- driven documentaries. He shot and directed an extensive number of documentaries for the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the UN and The International Committee of the Red Cross across Europe, Middle East, USA and South East Asia.
He shot and directed the feature documentary “Uspomene 677” (2011), based on an early photojournalist assignment in Bosnia, selected and nominated for an award at Raindance Film Festival. Then screened at the Frontline Club in London “Uspomene 677” is represented worldwide by sale agent Journeyman Pictures. He then directed and shot “My words and I” documentary based on an Italian school’s unique method to cure the stammer. It was selected for Raindance Film Festival in 2013 and released in cinemas in Italy. He then produced and shot “Fishermen’s conversation”, on the Croatian Island of Hvar, participating to over 15 international film festivals. In 2014 he directed and shot the series “Ordinary Heroes” set in Bosnia and produced by PCRC, winning the first prize from the UN Intercultural Award.
Mirko directed in 2017 his feature-film debut, “The habit of beauty” participating to over 30 international film festivals including Montreal and Rome, winning multiple awards. The cast include BAFTA-winner Noel Clarke (Star Trek), Italian star Francesca Neri (Hannibal and P. Almodovar “Live Flesh”), Vincenzo Amato, Nick Moran, Kierston Wareing (It’s a free world from Ken Loach and cult Fish Tank) and talented BAFTA nominated Nico Mirallegro (Mike Leigh Peterloo and My Mad Fat Diary). In 2020 Mirko shoots and collaborated to directing with Esmeralda Calabria “Parlate a bassa voce”, a feature documentary portraying post-communist Albania and acclaimed musician Redi Hasa. Produced by Rome based Akifilm, the film was screened at the 40 TFF Torino Film Festival.
He recently completed his latest feature documentary “Still Standing” shot across India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Canary Island and the Middle East, released in cinema in Spain, Hong Kong and recently acquired by new TIME Magazine’s FAST Streaming Channel.. Mirko is now developing his next fiction film “Odyssey” set across Hong Kong, India and Pakistan.