Dr Ana Grgic is Course Leader for MA Visual Effects at London College of Communication (LCC).
Ana is a film scholar and researcher with film industry experience. She holds a PhD from the University of St Andrews, Scotland and an MA from the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III, France.
Ana's doctoral thesis employed affect theory and memory studies to analyse the relationship between moving images and the spectator’s perceptual experience of early cinema in the Balkans. Her MA dissertation focused on analogue film restoration theory, methodology and practice, drawing from scholarship on art history and aesthetics, film preservation practice and philosophy.
Ana’s research interests focus on film history, affect theory, memory studies, and postcolonial spaces with regards to cultural, historical and technological contexts of film’s production and reception.
Ana has worked on several feature film projects during her career, starting as an intern in the camera department on the HBO hit television series Rome II – filmed on location and at Cinecittà film studios in Rome, Italy.
Since joining the visual effects department, Ana has worked as a freelancer on all stages of a film’s production, from prep to shoot to post-production on several feature films in the UK including Andrei Konchalovsky’s The Nutcracker, CBS Film “American Assassin”, Midsummer Films “Hurricane Heist”, Fox Productions “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Ana has also worked for Moving Picture Company, one of London’s largest visual effects production studios with a long track record of award-winning VFX work across both film and advertising.
Ana’s interdisciplinary background is reflected in the MA Visual Effects course at LCC, which offers both a theoretical and practical approach to visual effects – exploring its role in the creative industries and how it shapes and challenges our understanding of concepts such as perceptual realism, illusionism, and representation.
Ana’s work has appeared in publications such as Film Quarterly, Frames Cinema Journal, Short Film Studies, Contemporary Southeastern Europe: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Southeastern Europe and Studies in Eastern European Cinema, awarded the Best Doctoral Student Article by the British Association for Film and Television Studies in 2017.
She has also co-edited a special issue on Albanian cinema for KinoKultura and contributed chapters to The Film Festival Yearbook 5: Archival Film Festivals on specialist silent cinema festivals as sites of memory, and Cinemas of Paris on the history of several Parisian arthouse cinema theatres.
She presented a Masterclass entitled “Movements in Matter” at TAF Thessaloniki Animation Festival in 2016, focusing on the affinities between visual novelty in early cinema attractions and visual effects imagery in contemporary cinema.
Besides being a member of academic networks (Society for Cinema and Media Studies, British Association for Film and Television Studies and British Association for Slavonic and Eastern European Studies), Ana's commitment to film and media studies extends beyond academia.
She regularly collaborates with film festivals and cultural associations (such as Balkans Beyond Borders), writes for the online semi-academic film journal East European Film Bulletin and acts as president of a cultural centre, Balkan Cultural Centre.
Ana was one of the organisers of The 5C Project, a year-long film literacy project funded by Creative Media, taking place in Croatia, Greece, Romania and Albania.
Since 2015, she has worked with the Albania Cinema Project to program international screenings and roundtables to introduce new audiences to Albania’s rich cinema, and as a Board member she was involved in the preservation and exhibition of Balkan cinema heritage through the Archives in Motion workshops.