A Cat Is Always Female

Martina Meštrović, Tanja Vujasinović

animated-documentary film

year: 2019

format: DCP, HD
duration: 15'45"

production: Kreativni sindikat
distribution: Bonobostudio

Through a feminist lens, the filmmakers pay homage to their professor Marija Ujević Galetović – one of Croatia’s most important sculptors. Marija's life story and views are told through a combination of video footage and animation of her feminine sculptures.


More About the Film

scriptwriters, directors: Martina Meštrović, Tanja Vujasinović
animation: Martina Meštrović
director of photography: Jasenko Rasol
editing: Iva Kraljević
dialogue editing: Iva Kraljević, Tanja Vujasinović
music: Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz
sound design and sound mix: Hrvoje Pelicarić
producer: Igor Grubić

Martina Meštrović (1974) graduated on a Sculpture department from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1998. She has held several solo and group exhibitions. In 2004, she joins the art collective Kreativni sindikat, working as a 2D and 3D set designer, animator and director. She lives and works in Zagreb.
Filmography: Her Dress for the Final (2023), A Cat Is Always Female (2019), Peter's Forest (2016), Bla (2013)

Tanja Vujasinović (1974) completed MA Fine Art studies at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in 2006 and graduated on a Sculpture department from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1999. She works with a variety of media including video, sculpture and sound. She participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She lives and works in Zagreb.
Filmography: A Cat Is Always Female (2019)


  • Vedran Šamanović Award 2019
  • Special Mention, Mediterranean Film Festival Split 2019
  • Special Mention, Tabor Film Festival 2019
  • Critics' Jury Award, FeKK Ljubljana Short Film Festival 2019
  • Special Mention, Liburnia Film Festival 2019
  • ASIFA Croatia Special Mention 2019
  • Special Mention, Animateka International Animated Film Festival 2019
  • Honorable Mention, SEEfest South East European Festival, Los Angeles 2020
  • Special Mention, Diversions International Short Film Festival 2020
  • Special Mention, Flipbook Film Festival 2020
  • Dokumetar Award for the Best Croatian Documentary Film 2020
  • Jury Mention, BEAST International Film Festival 2021

Festivals +

Animafest Zagreb – World Festival of Animated Film (3/6-8/6/2019)
Mediterranean Film Festival Split (13/6-22/6/2019)
Croatian Film Days (14/6-18/6/2019)
Tabor Film Festival, Croatia (11/7-14/7/2019)
Anibar International Animation Festival, Kosovo (15/7-21/7/2019)
Supertoon International Animation Festival (21/7-26/7/2019)
FeKK Ljubljana Short Film Festival (19/8-24/8/2019)
Turku Animation Film Festival (21/8-25/8/2019)
Liburnia Film Festival (26/8-30/8/2019)
Fest CurtasBH – Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival (30/8-8/9/2019)
Betina Film Festival (4/9-8/9/2019)
Balkanima European Animated Fillm Festival (1/10-6/10/2019)
Vox Feminae Film Festival (2/10-6/10/2019)
CinEast Central and Eastern European Film Festival, Luxembourg (3/10-20/10/2019)
Videomedeja International Video Festival (10/10-12/10/2019)
Warsaw Film Festival (11/10-20/10/2019)
DOK Leipzig - International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (28/10-3/11/2019)
Primanima World Festival of First Animations (30/10-2/11/2019)
Olhares do Mediterrâneo – Cinema no Feminino, Lisbon (30/10-3/11/2019)
interfilm International Short Film Festival, Berlin (5/11-10/11/2019)
PÖFF Shorts, Tallinn (19/11-27/11/2019)
Animateka International Animated Film Festival (2/12-8/12/2019)
Piccolo Festival dell'Animazione (9/12-19/12/2019) 
Luksuz Film Festival, Krško (13/12-14/12/2019)
Animac International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia, Lleida (27/2-1/3/2020)
Tricky Women/Tricky Realities International Animation Film Festival, Vienna (11/3-15/3/2020)
Unfiltered Cinema Film Festival, Minsk (13/3-15/3/2020)
NonStop Barcelona Animació International Festival of Animation (19/3-22/3/2020) 
Sheffield Doc/Fest (10/6-10/7/2020)
Diversions International Short Film Festival (2/7-5/7/2020)
SEEfest South East European Festival, Los Angeles (24/6-16/8/2020)
Flipbook Film Festival, Skopje (7/8-13/8/2020)
Malatesta Short Film Festival (22/8-30/8/2020)
Rising of Lusitania - AnimaDoc Film Festival (7/9-13/9/2020) 
Animatricks International Animation Festival (15/10-18/10/2020)
Imprópria Gender Equality Film Festival, São Miguel, Azores (22/10-24/10/2020)
Banjaluka International Animated Film Festival (24/10-28/10/2020)
Linz International Short Film Festival (12/11-15/11/2020)
Winter Apricots Prilep International Film Festival (18/12-19/12/2020)
BEAST International Film Festival, Porto (24/3-28/3/2021)
Animist Tallinn International Animation Festival (18/8-21/8/2021)  
L'Alternativa - Barcelona Independent Film Festival (15/11-28/11/2021) 
Lublin Film Festival (19/11-27/11/2021)