Originally from Bosnia, Irena studied in Prague, graduating from the Film Academy (FAMU). She has also studied at the Sam Spiegel Film and TV School in Jerusalem and obtained a Master degree from National Film & TV School, London UK. Growing up in a country whose social and political issues culminated in war, and living in the post- communist Czech Republic, Irena is left with many stories that she wants to bring to the screen using the diversity of social and cultural forms of the East and the West.
Among other films, Irena produced multiple award winning films such as Village B, [dir. Filip Remunda] Czech Dream [dir Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda], Czech Peace [dir Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda], All Good for the world and Nosovice [dir Vit Klusak], Who will be Gurkha [dir Kesang Tseten], etc.
Irena has organised and programmed several film festivals including a tribute to Stephen Frears at the 2001 Sarajevo Film Festival, Indies Film festival in Prague 1999 and Festival of Czech Films in Bosnia 1998. In 2004, Irena worked as a scout for Easter European films for Venice Film Festival Biennale. In autumn 2007 Irena founded Film Institute in Banjaluka and intiated the Banjaluka International Film Festival – BLIFF 2008, acting as its artistic director.
Irena has been lecturer and tutor at various film academies and film festivals, as expert on international film sales and distribution, and creative project development and producing. She has also been Jury member at numerous film festivals.