Sonja Tarokic (1988, Zagreb) has an MA degree in film directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts and a BA degree in comparative literature at the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities in Zagreb. She is the writer and director of several internationally awarded short films (On Shaky Ground, I'm a Self-Made Woman, Smart Girls, You Bitch!), while her debut feature film The Staffroom was premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2021, where it was awarded Special Mention. With this project she participated in Torino Film Lab Script&Pitch and Framework development programmes. She works in advertising and video production, and as of this year has become an associate professor at the Academy, teaching a class in film acting for directors and actors. She used to write a lot of film theory essays and film critiques, and has been running her own scriptwriting workshop for three years, aimed at developing short films by young local authors.