Ivan has produced and directed films for HBO, BBC, ARTE, Channel 4, PBS and Discovery Channel. A former lawyer and UN peacekeeper in Bosnia, he holds degrees in international law (Leyden) and journalism (Columbia). Ivan received the 2013 AACTA for Best Documentary Series and 2012 ADG award for Best Direction in a Documentary Series, for his work on Go Back To Where You Came From.
Ivan’s other acclaimed projects include Baghdad High, about teenagers in Iraq (HBO); How To Plan a Revolution following democracy activists in Azerbaijan (BBC) and Surviving Hunger a film on famine in Ethiopia (CNN).
Ivan’s films have won the Rose D’Or, Prix Europa, Japan Prize, Golden Nymph, the R.F. Kennedy Journalism Award and an Amnesty International Media Award. His work is regularly screened at major festivals like The Tribeca Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Michael Moore’s Traverse City festival and the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival.
Ivan has also taught at AFTRS, produced for Four Corners, developed the Logie winning SBS series Law & Disorder and produced the ABC series Great Southern Land.
Ivan co-authored that series’ accompanying book, published by Harper Collins.
Awards & Nominations
2016 - Winner - Walkley Awards - Best Documentary (Hitting Home)
2016 - Winner - AACTA Awards - Best Documentary (Hitting Home)
2016 - Winner - Amnesty Awards - Best Television (Hitting Home)
2016 - Nominated - AACTA Awards - Best Documentary (Matilda & Me)
2016 - Nominated - Screen Producers Awards - Best Documentary (Hitting Home)
2016 - Nominated - Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report, TV Week Logies (Hitting Home)
2016 - Won - Best Direction in a Documentary, Australian Directors Guild Awards (Hitting Home)
2015 - Nominated - Best Social & Humanitarian Program, Banff Television Festival (Borderland)
2013 - Won - Best Documentary Series, Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Go Back to Where You Came From)
2008 - Won - Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca Film Festival (The Boys From Baghdad High)