Srdan Keca


Moving image works

Srdan Keca is a filmmaker, visual artist and educator. After studying physics at the University of Belgrade, he moved on to documentary filmmaking at the Paris-based Ateliers Varan. He received his M.A. from the UK National Film and Television School (NFTS) in 2011.

His projects include Mirage, an experimental documentary exploring the marks of displacement and longing in the city of Dubai; A Letter to Dad, an essay-film about family, war and forgetting; and Museum of the Revolution, a multi-channel video installation on one of the most prominent architectural projects of socialist Yugoslavia, which never got built.

Keca's documentary films have consistently screened at leading festivals: IDFA, DOK Leipzig, Full Frame, Jihlava IDFF, etc., winning multiple awards and critical acclaim. More recently, his installation Museum of the Revolution was on display at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture and has been touring venues including Whitechapel Gallery in London and Project 88 in Mumbai. Flotel Europa, a found-footage essay film he edited and co-produced, premiered at the 2015 Berlinale, winning the Tagesspiegel Jury Award.

In 2015 Keca joined the faculty at Stanford University Department of Art & Art History as Assistant Professor, teaching in the MFA Documentary Film & Video program.


2015 -- Multiple awards for Flotel Europa (producer/editor):
65th Berlinale, Forum section - Tagesspiegel Readers’ Jury Award
65th Berlinale, Forum section - Peace Film Award - Honourable Mention
Documenta Madrid, Spain - Jury’s Special Prize
Crossing Europe, Linz, Austria - Best Documentary
DokuFest, Prizren, Kosovo - Best Balkan Documentary
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic – Best Debut Film
2015 -- Artist in Residence, KulturKontakt, Vienna, Austria
2012 -- Best Central and East European Documentary - Jihlava International Documentary Festival, Czech Republic (for Mirage)
2012 -- Best Short Documentary – London Short Film Festival, London, UK (for Mirage)
2012 -- Best Serbian Documentary and FIPRESCI Serbia Best Documentary – Beldocs, Belgrade, Serbia (for A Letter to Dad)
2011 -- Cottbus Discovery Award – Filmfestival Cottbus, Cottbus, Germany (for Mirage)
2011 -- Best Balkan Documentary – Dokufest 2011, Prizren, Kosovo (for A Letter to Dad)
2011 -- Silver Eye Award Nominee – Institute of Documentary Film, Czech Republic (for A Letter to Dad)
2011 -- Winner (Extra Muros) – Pravo Ljudski Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (for Mirage)
2011 -- Special Mention for Best City Film – Open City London Documentary Festival, UK (for Mirage)
2009-2011 -- David Munro Memorial Scholar, National Film and Television School, UK
2007 -- 1st Prize – Mediterraneo Film Festival, Salerno, Italy (for After the War)
2006 -- Best Documentary – Balkan Black Box Festival, Berlin, Germany (for After the War)
2006 -- Audience Award – DokumentArt Film Festival, Neubrandenburg, Germany (for After the War)

Selected Screenings and Exhibitions


  • Artists' Film International, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (Museum of the Revolution, group show, Sep 2015 - Jan 2016)
  • Artists' Film International, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin, Germany (Museum of the Revolution, group show, Nov 2015)
  • Unsere Neue Nachbaren, Mariahilferstraße 43, 1060 Vienna, Austria (street installation in collaboration with Belgrade Raw collective, Oct-Nov 2015)
  • Our New Neighbors, Trg Nikole Pasica, Belgrade, Serbia (street installation in collaboration with Belgrade Raw collective, Oct 2015)
  • Other People's Dresses, Galerija Otok, Dubrovnik, Croatia (Museum of the Revolution, group show)
  • Artists' Film International, Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway (Museum of the Revolution, group show, Sep-Dec 2015)
  • Artists' Film International, Belgrade Cultural Centre, Serbia (Museum of the Revolutionand Mirage, group show, Jul 2015)
  • Artists' Film International, Project 88, Mumbai, India (Museum of the Revolution, group show, Apr 2015)
  • Kulturkontakt Artists in Residence Exhibition, Vienna, Austria (Museum of the Revolution, group show, Mar 2015)


  • Biennale di Venezia – 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture – Pavilion of Serbia (Museum of the Revolution, site-specific installation)
  • I want to speak about the war, Klovicevi Dvori Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia (A Letter to Dad, group show)
  • I want to speak about the war, Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (A Letter to Dad, group show)
  • Nordisk Panorama, Malmö, Sweden (A Letter to Dad)
  • International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, India (A Letter to Dad)
  • This Human World, Vienna, Austria (Escape)
  • Watch Docs, Warsaw, Poland (Escape)


  • DOK Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (Escape and A Letter to Dad)
  • Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam - film programme curated by IDFA (A Letter to Dad)
  • Sarajevo Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Escape)
  • Balkan Documentary Competition, Dokufest 2011, Prizren, Kosovo (Escape)
  • Penn Museum, Penn State University, USA (A Letter to Dad)
  • Festival du cinéma de Brive - Rencontres européennes du moyen métrage, Brive, France (Mirage)
  • London Short Film Festival, London, UK (The First Step)
  • ZagrebDox, Zagreb, Croatia (A Letter to Dad)


  • International Documentary Competition, Trieste Film Festival 2012, Trieste, Italy (A Letter to Dad)
  • "Architecture of Reassurance", London Short Film Festival 2012, London, UK (Mirage + talk)
  • Making Tracks, London, UK (Mirage with live score by The Cabinet of Living Cinema)
  • UCL Development Planning Unit (Mirage + talk)
  • POINT Conference, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (The Real Social Network + talk)
  • Tempo Documentary Festival Stockholm, Sweden (A Letter to Dad + The Real Social Network)
  • Engage Conference, Skopje, Macedonia (The Real Social Network)
  • One World Film Festival Romania (The Real Social Network)
  • Play-Doc Festival, Tui, Spain (Mirage + talk)
  • Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival 2012, Ljubljana, Slovenia (A Letter to Dad)
  • Docudays UA, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Official Selection - Full Frame Documentary Festival, Durham, USA (A Letter to Dad)
  • Documentary Competition - Filmfestival goEast, Wiesbaden, Germany (A Letter to Dad)
  • Crossing Europe, Linz, Austria (A Letter to Dad)
  • Neisse Film Festival, Neisse, Germany (A Letter to Dad)
  • Bread and Roses Film Festival (Mirage + The Real Social Network)
  • The Cabinet of Living Cinema at Ritzy Brixton, London, UK (Mirage + live score)
  • Docaviv, Tel Aviv, Israel (Mirage + The Real Social Network)
  • Cronograf Film Festival, Chisinau, Moldova (A Letter to Dad + The Real Social Network)
  • Cine Migratorio, Santander, Spain (Mirage)
  • Workers Unite Film Festival, NYC (The Real Social Network)
  • Beldocs, Belgrade, Serbia (A Letter to Dad)
  • London International Documentary Festival, London, UK (A Letter to Dad)
  • Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Arts (The Real Social Network)
  • Films About Place, Allery Gallery, Manchester, UK (A Letter to Dad + Mirage)
  • FilmForum Belgrade, Serbia (Mirage + talk)
  • CinemaCity, Novi Sad, Serbia (Mirage + talk)
  • MakeDox, Skopje, Macedonia (Mirage + talk)
  • Open City Documentary Festival (The Real Social Network)
  • Secret Garden Party (The Real Social Network)
  • Dokufest, Prizren, Kosovo (A Letter to Dad + panel)
  • Supetar Super Film Festival, Croatia (A Letter to Dad + talk)
  • Kratkofil, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina (A Letter to Dad)
  • Shambala Music Festival, UK (Mirage + live score by the Cabinet of Living Cinema)
    Social Media Film Festival, Las Vegas, USA (The Real Social Network)
  • Aye Aye Film Festival, Nancy, France (A Letter to Dad)
  • Document, Glasgow, UK (A Letter to Dad + After the War)
  • CineMigrante, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Mirage)
  • Traveling Festival Docudays, Ukraine (Mirage)
  • Historical Film Festival Rasnov, Romania (The Real Social Network)
  • Astra Film Festival, Sibiu, Romania (A Letter to Dad)
  • Jihlava International Documentary Festival, Jihlava, Czech Republic (Mirage + Q&A)
  • Balkan Florence Express, Florence, Italy (A Letter to Dad)
  • Dani srpske kulture, Zagreb, Croatia (Mirage + A Letter to Dad)
  • RealVision, Tainan City, Taiwan (A Letter to Dad)
  • Architectural Faculty, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia (Mirage + Q&A)
  • WatchDocs, Warsaw, Poland (Mirage)
  • Alternative Film/Video, Belgrade, Serbia (Mirage)


Official Selection - IDFA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (A Letter to Dad)
"Global East", Filmfestival Cottbus, Cottbus, Germany (Mirage)
Human Rights Film Festival, Zagreb, Croatia (Retrospective: Mirage, A Letter to Dad, After the War)
Free Zone Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia (A Letter to Dad)
"Extra Muros", Pravo Ljudski Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mirage)
Dokufest, Prizren, Kosovo (A Letter to Dad)
"City Films", Open City London Documentary Festival, UK (Mirage)
Branchage Film Festival, Jersey, UK (Mirage)
International Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Mirage)
Uno Port Art Film Festival, Japan (Mirage)
"Young Spirit of Europe", European Film Festival Palic, Serbia (Mirage)
Rencontres Henri Langlois, Poitiers, France (Mirage)


Previous years

  • DocLisboa 2009 (After the War)
  • DokumentART 2006, Neubrandenburg, Germany (After the War)
  • Document Film Festival 2007, Glasgow, Scotland, UK (After the War)
  • Balkan Black Box 2006, Berlin, Germany (After the War)
  • Festival dei Popoli 2006, Florence, Italy (After the War)
  • Febiofest 2007, Prague, Czech Republic (After the War)
  • Mediterraneo Video Festival 2007, Salerno, Italy (After the War)
  • Kunst in Oorlog (Art in War) 2007, Utrecht, the Netherlands (After the War)
  • Beeld voor Beeld 2007, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (After the War)
  • OFFshore 2007, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (After the War)
  • Worldfilm 2007, Tartu, Estonia (After the War)
  • Festival of Ethnologic Film 2007, Belgrade, Serbia (After the War)
  • Alternative Film/Video Festival 2006, Belgrade, Serbia (After the War)
  • Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival 2006 (After the War)
  • Zolotoy Vityaz (Golden Knight) 2006, Kaluga, Russia (After the War)
  • Festival of Documentary Film CRONOGRAF 2006, Chisinau, Moldova (After the War)
  • Asterfest 2007, Strumice, Macedonia (After the War)
  • European Film Festival Palic 2006, Serbia (After the War)
  • DokuFest 2006, Prizren, Kosovo (After the War)