Elma Tataragic was born in Sarajevo in 1976. She graduated screenwriting from Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts and obtained her Master of Science degree and PhD in Film and Literature. She co-wrote short film FIRST DEATH EXPERIENCE and wrote and produced short NORTH WENT MAD. She has produced and co-written the feature film SNOW shown at Cannes 2008 – Semaine de la critique where the film won the Grand Prix. The film has been shown at over 80 festivals and won over 30 international awards. She is writer for the film THE DAY THAT HAD NO NAME (Berlinale 2017 Panorama) and has written and directed award winning short film I REMEMBER (2016). In 2019 two films she has written have been selected for Berlinale STITCHES (Panorama selection) and GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNYA (Competition) winning each two awards. Both films won over 80 international awards at film festivals worldwide, while Elma Tataragić was awarded for best screenplay at Lecce Film Festival, Shanghai Film Festival, etc,.
She has been with Sarajevo Film Festival since it was founded in 1995, where she now works as selector for Competition Program. She is President and member of Filmmakers Association of BiH and Bosnian and Herzegovinian representative of European Film Promotion. She has been teaching screenwriting at Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts since 2002, now as a professor and vice dean for International affairs. She has written two books on screenwriting with a third one in progress. She is a member of European Film Academy and in 2021 two feature films she has written have been shot. She is currently working on two feature films and a short film.
2021 – in postproduction: CLOSED TO PUBLIC, THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD
2019 – GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNYA, screenwriter; STITCHES (screenwriter)
2017 – WHEN THE DAY THAT HAD NO NAME, screenwriter
2016 – I REMEMBER/ SJEĆAM SE, short, director and writer
2013 – HOLIDAY AT THE SEASIDE, short (script editor)
2011 – TJELESNE FUNKCIJE / BODILY FUNCTIONS, short (script editor)
2010 – REVERS, short (script editor)
2008 – SNIJEG / SNOW, writer and producer
2003 – SJEVER JE POLUDIO / NORTH WENT MAD, short, writer and producer
2001 – PRVO SMRTNO ISKUSTVO / FIRST DEATH EXPERIENCE, screenplay collaborator
2000 – PLUS MINUS, short (writer / director)