Ljubica Popovska is a Macedonian film director, writer, and producer. She is best known for her award-winning films, which focus on themes of identity, gender, and social issues.
Popovska was born in 1975 in Skopje, Macedonia. She studied at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje, and graduated in 1998. She then went on to pursue postgraduate studies at the National Film and Television School in London, and graduated in 2003.
Popovska's first feature film was “The Horse Thief”, which was released in 2006. It earned her the award for Best New Director at the International Cinematographers’ Festival in Prague. Other films she has directed include “The Summer of Our Happiness” (2009), “The Third Half” (2011), and “The Secret Ingredient” (2017).
In addition to directing, Popovska has written several scripts for films and television, including “The Third Half” and “The Secret Ingredient”. She has also produced several short films, including “The Insult” (2012), “The Final Show” (2015), and “The Fading Memory” (2016).
Popovska has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Macedonian National Film Award for Best Director in 2011, the Golden Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival in 2014, and the Golden Apricot Award at the Yerevan International Film Festival in 2019.
Popovska is considered to be one of the most influential and important filmmakers in the Balkans region. Her films have been screened at numerous international film festivals, and have been praised for their artistic and social value.
Popovska continues to write, direct, and produce films. She is an advocate for gender equality and social justice, and her work has been a powerful platform for her beliefs. She is an inspiration to many and has become a symbol of hope and progress in the Macedonian film industry.