November 18, 2020 - Zoran Zivkovic, a quiet, diligent, patient employee, a well-known producer in the film world of the region, has left the Herceg Novi and Montenegrin cultural scene forever. The consequences of COVID-19 were tragic for Zoran. He succumbed to them shortly after he was hospitalized at the Kotor General Hospital.
Zivkovic was born in 1949 in Kolasin. He received his early education in Cetinje and Belgrade. He graduated in 1983 from the Academy of Film and Television in Prague, where he later obtained a master's degree in film and television production.
For the past two decades, he has been engaged in significant projects in Montenegro and Serbia's culture and media.
Zoran Zivkovic was the producer, selector, and director of the Herceg Novi Film Festival - Montenegro Film Festival. Also, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Service RTCG, program director of the Mimosa Festival in Herceg Novi, producer of the first Montenegrin national opera "Balkan Empress," as well as producer of Montenegrin representatives at Euro Song (2005, 2007 and 2008).
During his long professional career, he participated in the realization of numerous art projects, which exceptionally contributed to Montenegrin culture and art's affirmation. He realized several films, multiple music programs, videos, TV movies, and theater plays as a producer.
For many years he was engaged in the production sector of BITEF (Belgrade International Theater Festival). He was the producer of numerous theater plays, film and TV projects. Zoran Zivkovic was also a member of the jury of the International TV Festival in Bar, the Mediterranean Theater Festival - Purgatory in Tivat, the Southeast European Film Festival in Paris, then the producer of the FIAT International Alternative Theater Festival in Podgorica, and the artistic director of the Herceg Novi April Theater Festival (HAPS).
The Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts CANU published in its collection Zivkovic's works: "Herceg Novi April Theater Festival" in 2007 and "Film Festival in Herceg Novi" in 2010 (Film Art in Montenegro - Past, Present, Future, and Perspectives).
Zoran Zivkovic was a member of the Association of Filmmakers of Montenegro from 1985, a member of the Council of the Music Center of Montenegro, and the President of the Council of the Film Center of Montenegro.