Director Slobodan Maksimović (1975) was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He graduated in film directing from the AGRFT. His short films have won over 30 international awards. His debut feature Thanks for Sunderland (2012) received the Best Slovenian Film Award. His second feature Nika (2016), screened worldwide, was the best youth film at the Motovun FF. His latest short film The Invisible Hand of Adam Smith (2018) has won over 15 international awards.
Zakaj? Zakaj pa ne? Vsi štirje glavni favoriti so bili približno enaki, vendar nas je med njimi najbolj prepričal prav Maksimovićev film. HVALA ZA SUNDERLAND nas je zabaval in se nas dotaknil. Čeprav je narejen površno, nam je kljub temu ostal v spominu.