Zharko Ivanov is a languages and literature graduate at the Philology Faculty in Skopje, Macedonia. In 2006 he attended the Film Art College in Sofia, Bulgaria after which he completed a Masters in Cultural Studies at the University of Skopje and a Masters in Animation Film Directing at The University of Audiovisual Arts. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Film and Literature theory focusing on adaptation of literary works into film. He is the president of the Macedonian branch of the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA) and is founder of the production company “Flip Book” with which he has produced more than 20 short animated, documentary and live action films. As a director, his films have been shown at more than 100 festivals around the world and have won more than 15 awards.