Watch Jovanka Vuckovic’s SELF PORTRAIT – FREE!

A short film made for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab that pays homage to Martin Scorsese’s “The Big Shave,” by way of Lucio Fulci.

In honour of Women in Horror Month, I’d like to share this micro short I made for the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab in 2012 (with pocket change). Each director made a self portrait that introduced themselves to the other filmmakers in the lab. This was mine. Music by legendary Lucio Fulci composer Fabio Frizzi. Enjoy!

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Watch Jovanka Vuckovic’s THE GUEST

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In this short existential thriller, a man must face his personal demons as a consequence of a mysterious bargain he has made.

Jovanka was one of 25 filmmakers from around the world invited to compete in the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Emerging Filmmakers Competition, funded by RBC Royal Bank. The Guest was made for the competition and had its world premiere at TIFF, followed by official selections at FrightFest, Fantastic Fest, Sitges – where it was nominated for a NEW VISIONS AWARD – and many others. SEE COMPLETE LIST OF FESTIVALS HERE. The Guest also received a theatrical release in 25 Cineplex Odeon theatres across Canada from Raven Banner Entertainment.

NEW VISION AWARD Nomination – SITGES International Film Festival 2013

REVIEWS

“Enigmatic and Chilling.” – James Whittington, Horror Channel

“It’s a Kafkaesque dilemma, like a parasite burrowing into your brainstem… A haunting and visually remarkable Faustian tale on its surface, with a transcendental beating heart within it; THE GUEST is more than welcome in my house.” – Mitch Harrod

“The Guest is a special grotesque bon bon. Just when we think we know where it’s going, Vuckovic takes us there with heart-stopping images that are as beautiful as they are mind fuckingly sickening. I think it’s time for someone to give this lady a wheelbarrow of dough to make a feature.” – Greg Klymkiw, Film Corner

ADDITIONAL INFO For more information, please visit the THE GUEST IMDB page.

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GAME OF THRONES STAR LENA HEADEY AND DIRECTOR JOVANKA VUCKOVIC TEAM UP FOR ADAPTATION OF CLIVE BARKER’S JACQUELINE ESS

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GAME OF THRONES STAR LENA HEADEY AND DIRECTOR JOVANKA VUCKOVIC TEAM UP FOR ADAPTATION OF CLIVE BARKER’S JACQUELINE ESS

TORONTO, CANADA– Monday May 5th, 2014 –Raven Banner Entertainment and Seraphim Films today announced actress Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, 300, Dredd) has been attached to co-produce and play the titular role in the feature film adaptation of Clive Barker’s Jacqueline Ess, to be helmed by director Jovanka Vuckovic.

“Lena Headey is a marvelous performer with an incredible presence,” says executive producer Clive Barker. “As far as I’m concerned, there is no better choice of actress for the role of Jacqueline. Her beauty and authority will carry the day.”

Jacqueline Ess is the first feature from Vuckovic, whose film credits include the award-winning short film The Captured Bird from executive producer Guillermo del Toro, and the groundbreaking all-female horror anthology XX.

“Jovanka Vuckovic’s vision for Jacqueline Ess is at once devastating and beautiful,” Barker says. “Let there be no question: this is the film she was born to make.”

Adds Vuckovic: “I have coveted Jacqueline Ess for many years. And for as many years, I have imagined Lena Headey in the role, so I am absolutely thrilled that she and I will be teaming up to bring Clive’s phantasmagoric, feminist body horror story to life onscreen.”

Jacqueline Ess tells the sexually charged tale of a woman who, in her thirst for change, achieves the ability to transform people’s bodies at will. It originally appeared in Barker’s acclaimed Books of Blood anthologies, which also include stories that inspired the horror films Lord of Illusions and Candyman.

“All of us at Raven Banner have been huge fans of Clive’s Jacqueline Ess for years,” says managing partner Andrew Hunt. “It has all the qualities one wants in a modern horror film. We’re honoured to have Lena and Jovanka join the team.”

Headey and Vuckovic will serve as co-producers on the film along with Raven Banner. This is a story that is very personal to Barker and as a result, he, along with Seraphim’s Mark Miller and Ben Meares will serve as executive producers.The script, which is being co-written by Vuckovic and Christian Francis, is currently underway. Jacqueline Ess is slated to go into production in late 2014.

Jovanka Vuckovicis an award-winning filmmaker and author. She has released several critically acclaimed short films that have played notable festivals around the world and is currently co-producing the first ever all-female horror anthology with XYZ Films.

About Seraphim Inc: 

Seraphim is Clive Barker’s production company. For more than twenty years, Seraphim has brought Clive’s work to global audiences as he explores his imagination through multiple media.

About Raven Banner Entertainment

Raven Banner Entertainment is a sales, distribution and production company based in Toronto specializing in genre films for the worldwide market.

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XX: The First Ever All Female Horror Anthology

I’m so proud to finally share this with you all. Thanks to Todd Brown and the amazing people at XYZ Films, I am Executive Producing (and writing and directing part of) the FIRST EVER ALL FEMALE HORROR ANTHOLOGY. XX: featuring filmmakers Jennifer Chambers Lynch (Chained), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body), and myself. Guadalajara-based stop-motion animator Sofia Carrillo will also create the film’s title sequence, as well as the animated sequences appearing between each segment.

The First All Female Horror Anthology

The First All Female Horror Anthology

More details at the Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

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