Our Team

People behind Pendance
Festival Director & Founder


Robert is a Serbian-Canadian film director, and cinematographer. He’s a published author and a serial entrepreneur. Robert graduated from the University of Toronto in 2011 and began working at a Boston hedge fund as a proprietary trader. In 2016, he launched Pensare Films, a Canadian film studio that has now produced 10 films which have screened at over 150 film festivals.

Features Programmer


Kayla developed her knack for storytelling through playwriting and performance creation. She is a screenwriter, director, producer, and editor, who worked with the Calgary International Film Festival in 2018, and LakeShorts International Film Festival in 2019. She’s a sucker for a well-crafted dark comedy and 4K food porn.

Filmmaker Relations


Maria is a graduate of the University of Toronto. She served as the workshops/Doctrina co-ordinator for Pendance 2020, and currently serves as the filmmaker relations coordinator for the 2021 Pendance Film Festival.

Features Programmer


Barry is a playwright, screenwriter, director, and producer. He graduated summa cum laude from York University in 2013 with an honors BA in humanities. He’s written countless screenplays, stage plays, and directed the 2016 feature film A Journey to a Journey.

Artistic Director


Tijana brings fifteen years of experience directing and producing licensed TV franchises such as; Kitchen Nightmare, X Factor, and Wheel of Fortune. Other experience includes work on feature films, TV dramas, commercials, and talk shows. She holds a BFA in directing from the Academy of Arts, Belgrade.

Press & Sponsorships


Kamelia is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Human Biology. She's a technical recruiter with a deep interest in documentaries and filmmaking. She serves as the press and sponsorships coordinator for the 2021 Pendance Film Festival.