Stefan Malešević is a Serbian film director, producer, writer, and editor. He was born in Belgrade in 1975 and has been active in the film industry since 1996.
Malešević began his career as an assistant director to renowned Serbian filmmaker Goran Marković. During this time, he worked on various films, including The Wounds, which won the 1995 Cannes Film Festival's Special Jury Prize. He also worked on Marković's The White Suit, which won Best Film at the 1998 Pula Film Festival.
In 1999, Malešević wrote and directed his first feature-length film, The Wounds. The film, which is set in a small Serbian village during the Yugoslav Wars, was critically acclaimed and won several awards, including the Grand Prix at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
Malešević continued to direct and produce feature films throughout the 2000s. His most notable films include The Border Post (2006), which won Best Film at the 2006 Pula Film Festival, and Four Minutes (2006), which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2007 Academy Awards.
In the 2010s, Malešević wrote and directed the science fiction film Republika Srpska (2013). The film was praised for its originality and won the 2014 Grand Prix at the Belgrade International Film Festival.
Malešević has also written and directed several short films, including The Island (2009), which was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2009 Sarajevo Film Festival, and The Return (2012), which won Best Short Film at the 2013 Belgrade International Film Festival.
Malešević has also served as a judge at several international film festivals, including the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and the 2009 Sarajevo Film Festival. He is currently a professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.
In addition to his work in film, Malešević is an active member of the Serbian film community. He is a founding member of the Serbian Filmmakers Association and has served on the board of the Belgrade International Film Festival since 2011.
An acclaimed filmmaker and respected teacher, Stefan Malešević has firmly established himself as one of the leading figures in Serbian cinema.